The gadget world is too caught up with the upcoming Apple iPad that we totally overlook the fact that tablet PCs like the ASUS Eee PC T101MT already exist. Sure, they may not be as slinky and seductive as Steve Jobs' latest (and greatest?), but they're more versatile and more practical than what we give them credit for.

The beauty of a tablet netbook is that it's just the right size to still be considered portable. Previous tablet PCs were essentially laptops with swivel-and-tilt screens, thus making them too bulky and too heavy to be carried around for extended periods. The T1010MT, although still quite hefty, is bearably light at 1.3kg. It's also easy to handle given that it's only 31mm thick.

Unlike an ordinary netbook, most of the ports are not located on either side. Instead, a good number of them are on the back, such as the VGA and LAN ports, the power plug, and two of the three USB ports. It may seem weird, but this actually makes them accessible even when you're holding the PC upright while on Tablet mode.

The keyboard is a throwback from the ASUS Eee PC S1010H, although with one major improvement: Key support is now solid all around. The island-style/chiclet design is simple yet eye-catching and works as an alternative should you not be satisfied with the touch screen.

But the feature that really sets the T101MT apart from the pack is its touch screen. It's a resistive "multi-touch screen," although we haven't been able to use it with more than one pointing device at a time even with the pre-installed ASUS touch software. You'll have to make do with the multi-touch trackpad for your pinch-and-zoom fix. Nonetheless, the 10-inch LCD is sensitive and accurate enough for use without a stylus and proves to be a very useful ereader, especially if it's vertically oriented.

As a netbook screen, the 1024 x 600-pixel resolution screen fails to impress (most netbooks already have sucky screens, mind you). Colors look more subdued than usual, as the thin layer of film that gives the screen its touch capabilities "blocks" an otherwise decent display.

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  • Works great as a reader
  • Good battery life
  • Accurate touch screen
  • Screen colors are subdued
  • Still on the heavy side
  • Average performance even with an Atom N450 CPU
Bottom Line
  • A tablet that has real multitasking capabilities on the side. Hear that, Apple?
Editor's Pick No
Price P26,900
Tech Specs
  • Processor
    • Type: Intel Atom N450
    • Speed: 1.6GHz
  • Motherboard/Chipset: Intel NM10
  • Memory (RAM)
    • Type: DDR2
    • Capacity: 1GB (2GB max)
  • Storage
    • Type: HDD
    • Capacity: 160GB + 500GB ASUS WebStorage
  • Video Card: Intel GMA 3150
  • Sound Card: HD Audio Built-in
  • Optical Drive: n/a
  • Webcam: 640x340-pixel (0.3MP) VGA
  • Screen
    • Size: 10.1 inch resistive touchscreen
    • Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels (XGA)
  • Connectivity
    • Modem: n/a
    • LAN: 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
    • Bluetooth: ver. 2.1 with EDR
    • DLNA: n/a
  • Ports
    • USB: 3
    • Firewire: 0
    • VGA: 1
    • DVI: 0
    • HDMI: 0
    • Card Reader: MMC/SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MSP
    • Expansion Port: 0
    • S/PDIF: 0
    • Mic: 1
    • Headphone: 1
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Starter
  • Battery Life: 4 hours (actual), 35Wh
  • Size: 264 x 181 x 31mm
  • Weight: 1.3kg

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