With the runaway success of the iPad, you knew it was only a matter of time before everyone and their mama threw their hat into the ring for tablet domination. ASUS, who previously created the Netbook market that Apple is trying to kill with it’s iPad, is looking to grab a piece of the tablet pie (which, coincidentally, tastes a lot like piles of money) with a pair of tablets dubbed Eee Pads. The most interesting of the two is the EP121, which features a 12 inch screen, Intel’s low power Core 2 Duo CULV processors, Windows 7 for an operating system, and a 10 hour battery life on par with the iPad’s. There’s also an integrated web camera and a USB port for connecting peripherals to. If this all sounds more like a laptop sans keyboard than an iPad…well…you’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head there. And only time will tell if people prefer “real” computing experiences to the more “computer lite” experience offered by the iPad. No official word on when they’ll be available yet, but ASUS estimates you’ll be shelling out between $399 to $499 for them when they see the light of day.
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