back to article Asus said to be making gadget inspired by gadget Apple is said to be making

You just can't argue with this kind of tittle-tattle (surely, 'insightful speculation' - Ed), can you? Asus is said to be preparing a handheld tablet with a 4in and/or 7in display and both mobile internet device and tablet PC functionality. It'll be dubbed the Eee Pad. So says a 'source' cited by DigiTimes - no need for a link …

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Well known......

Fictional character, surely.

Assuming one is referring to Edmund Blackadder when discussing the Blue stone of Galveston in comparison with the Spanish Infanta's Eyes.

I am pretty sure that wasn't a historical re-enactment.

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sounds suspiciously like

that other eagerly anticipated pad, the RegPad.

This imaginary market is getting flooded with imaginary product, perfect timing in the run up to the season of that imaginary red suited chap from the North Pole.

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Come on. Someone should have gimp'd (I'm a Linux user, and can't use Photoshop) an eee-pad mockup onto the eee-babe-on-the-beach for this article.

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Fill in the missing word: Eee *BLANK*

Still waiting for the Asus 'Eee Reader' to materialize.

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EeePad?

Are you sure it wasn't just some French bloke talking about the iPad?

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Re: Well known......

And they say the Teutonic races have no sense of humour...

Back to your three-day opera, laddie.

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The Teutons would be confused.

They have put down the Wurst butties and are poring over the history of the UK monarchy to see who exactly made the statement. Hell, it will end up on Wikipedia now you have quoted it within a factual item, thereby cementing Blackadder into our history as an actual person.

Teenagers cheating on their history essays will be easy to spot mind.

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Astounding

I predict worrisome times ahead. If pc companies start aping Apple products that have yet to be introduced they run the risk of maybe, one gloomy doom-filled day, producing something original.

gasp, shock, horror!

We must put a stop to this right now if we want to have any chance of stopping it at all. Apparently we may already be too late. I urge any and all Reg readers to pre-emptively boycott this imaginary product until such time when it becomes available.

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Boycott?

The usual chorus of "I won't buy this [imaginary] product if it is more than 200 [imaginary] quid" on its way...

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Confused

How someone can be at risk to create something original by copying something else (existing or not) is beyond me.

But then again, Apple has always been making shinier, more expensive copies of existing gear so it might be me that doesn't understand the meaning of the word original.

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Oh come on!

Which PC manufacturer hasn't drawn up a POC tablet, some even get them to market only to discover that they are too cumbersome to use?

Sounds like someone found out that ASUS R&D are doing stuff you expect them to be doing and is now claiming an exclusive story!

Give me a break!

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EeeBarGum...

For wall-mounting said EeePad's behind the counter in northern pubs

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That's such a great headline

Non existent thing based on other non-existent thing might turn out to be similar.

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It's already here, just from a different company.

I hate to burst everyone's bubble that thinks this is a new innovation, but mini touch tablets are already here.

http://www.myviliv.com/eng/

They offer it in both a 5 and 7 inch version, fully capable of connecting to your cell providers network. Available with either Win XP or Win 7 on a SSD, the later being the more touch friendly. Unlike anything apple would ever support, this even has a built in slot for an SDHC card, also a 2 way USB connection to connect to another computer to share files and whatever else directly.

If you aren't happy with just the standard windows touch system, don't worry. Viliv has built in a fully supported touch menu themselves.

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@Matthew LeShure

That's a nice looking piece of kit. Does it come with some template Contacts pre-loaded, preferably the spokesmodel's phone number?

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he said that she said ..

I find the title of the story ironic considering the Reg is saying something that another site said they heard some other guy say ...

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ASUS - one of the best (better than Acer)

Although a small company we have 41 work stations each equipped with between three and six screens/computers per workstation and 50% are rotated for new equipment each year.

ASUS has consistently proved, to us, to be the best choice as they supply a full compliment of drivers and associated software whereas our Acer machines had only drivers for XP and Vista.

But the Acers do have one unusual feature, they are silent! Acer service still hasn't found the right driver or a driver that will work with our XP OS.

I think the secret is that Asus, in making computers for other OEM's, learns from others mistakes and avoids them.

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