Asus to try its hand at mobile PCs
When ECS unveiled its Desknote mobile PC back in February, I was elated; this was a mobile product I could really get excited about. Mobile PCs are a lot like notebooks, except they use some desktop components rather than more expensive notebook-specific parts, and they don't come with internal batteries. You can always buy an external battery, but the point is more to create an affordable, portable PC that can be used as a desktop replacement.
The mobile PC idea has apparently caught on, and as DigiTimes reports, Asus is looking to get into the act:
Asustek Computer will launch its first “mobile PC” in the fourth quarter, in its hope to leverage experience in notebook and motherboard manufacturing to enter the desktop-replacement notebook category.
Ironically enough, AMD announced its mobile Athlon XP 1800+ processor today. Here's a snippet from the press release:
SUNNYVALE, CA-JULY 15, 2002-AMD today introduced the high-performance
mobile AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor 1800+ with QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture. With AMD PowerNow!(tm) technology, the newest mobile AMD Athlon XP processor gives business and home consumers a dynamic power management tool for performance on demand and enables a cooler, quieter notebook PC.
It will be interesting to see whether the mobile PC converts more PC or notebook users, and if it can even become more popular than notebooks themselves. The mobile PC does have affordability on its side, but ubiquitous WiFi connectivity could make the ability to completely unplug much more attractive.