ASUS Eee PC™ T91: A Head-Spinning Nice Touch

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

ASUS have on June 10, 2009 announced the latest addition to its highly successful Eee PC™ range – the Eee PC™ T91, the first to feature a swivel touch-screen and suite of touch-screen software applications.

Once again being first-to-market with the latest innovations, ASUS created a buzz with the T91 at CES earlier in the year and are now launching the product into the UK market with an expected availability of early July.

Key Features of this ASUS Eee PC are:

  • 8.9” LED Backlit / Resistive Touch Screen Panel (Swivel)
  • TouchSuite software including Photo Editing & Memo
  • Choice of User Interfaces (Window XP, ASUS TouchSuite and Widget modes)
  • 1GB RAM (DDR2)
  • 82GB Hybrid Storage (16GB Solid State Drive + 16GB SD Card + 30GB Portable Hard Disk Drive* + 20GB Eee Storage)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Webcam
  • Available in Black or White
  • Genuine Windows® XP Home
  • Global 1-year Collect & Return warranty
  • SRP from £449 inc VAT
Users can enjoy touch-screen use as a simple, fun and user-friendly way to perform their day to day computing tasks:

TouchSuite: Users can use finger or stylus input to easily scroll documents and key in text, as well as to control a range of specially designed touch-screen applications pre-loaded onto the T91. The list of TouchSuite programs includes a host of functions including:

FotoFun: Users can navigate, organise and edit their photos via a customisable album interface. Fingertip control can perform simple tasks such as adjusting brightness, zoom and adding frames. FotoFun also allows users to upload their pictures to popular photo websites.

Memos: Users can easily remember important notes and tasks by jotting handwritten notes which can be ‘stuck’ onto the desktop. Interactive memos can even be sent across Eee PC™ devices to provide top notch sharing functionality for family and friends.

Touch Gate: With this application users can instantly switch between interfaces – from XP mode (a standard XP interface with a convenient application dock) to Widget Mode (shows a host of information in widget format), or Touch Mode (a streamlined icon-driven interface for ultimate user friendly navigation).

IE Toolbar: With this Internet Explorer toolbar, users can zoom in and out of webpages with fingertip manipulation, as well as speeding up the process of opening and switching between websites.

The Eee PC™ T91 has design and functionality which enables users to experience its range of features whilst on the move:

Flexible Design: The T91 is easy to carry under the arm and be used literally whilst on the move as the swivel-screen design means the tablet PC can be placed anywhere – not just on flat surfaces – and still allow comfortable use.

Lightweight and Slim: Designed for being used whilst on the move and cradled in users arms with no more hassle than a magazine, the T91 is one of the smallest and thinnest gadgets with an 8.9” display – measuring only 225x164cm and under 1kg in weight.

16GB Solid State Drive: Shock-resistant and robust internal SSD for greater protection against bumps and knocks whilst moving.

Eee Storage: Users can upload up to 20GB of media and documents to the web to the free online storage facility for access anywhere, anytime.

5 Hour Battery*: The integration of Super Hybrid Engine technology improves power management In order to provide extended battery life for users, reducing the need to carry extra adapters and allowing long-term use with no-compromise performance.


The T91 is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth® connectivity which ensures users can benefit from quick and simple access to the Internet and other devices in order to stay in constant communication:

Available from the start of July, the T91 is anticipated to have an SRP of £449 Inc VAT.

ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than ten thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company’s revenue for 2008 was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek’s “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years. ASUS was rated No.1 in quality and service by the Wall Street Journal Asia.

With an unparalleled commitment to innovation and quality ASUS won 2568 awards in 2007 – an average of 7 awards for every day of the year.

Over a remarkably short period of time ASUS has become one of the top laptop manufacturers worldwide creating compelling computer experiences that have delighted consumers across the world. ASUS are the Fastest Growing Laptop Brand in Europe and ASUS sales are outstripping manufacturers who traditionally dominated the market.

ASUS notebooks have changed the face of the consumer electronics market place with the introduction of highly original and ground breaking notebooks like the Eee PC™ family and the Lamborghini range. ASUS’s design excellence is renowned and it is always informed by the life-style needs of consumers creating laptops that are technologically advanced, sophisticated and refined yet ruggedly robust.

I must say that, while having seen a number of touchscreen PCs, whether netbooks or other, and I believe this ASUS Eee PC is the first netbook with this facility, I am not as yet someone who has the greatest faith in them in regards to keeping the screens safe, so to speak. Too many screen of this type I have seen that are so badly scratched that viewing is becoming difficult.

I believe that there are horses for courses, as they say, and while handhelds, such as PDAs, Pocket PCs and Blackberries, etc., are great for on the move and have their place, netbooks and laptops, in my opinion, should be used with keyboards. But this is just my view...

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