Asustek cooking up desktop Eee PC

The Eee PC seems to have become an instant hit since its arrival last month. The system was greeted with rave reviews and high sales, especially in Asustek’s home country of Taiwan. According to DigiTimes, the company is keen to replicate that success on the desktop. DigiTimes quotes Asustek President of Marketing John Tseng as saying a desktop Eee PC is in the works, and the firm hopes to launch it some time next year. Just like Everex’s $199 gPC TC2502, the desktop Eee PC won’t come with a display, although Asustek has yet to settle on other specifications or a price tag for the machine.

Of course, while the mobile Eee PC’s popularity is driven by its small size, low price, and overall high notebook demand, a desktop Eee PC would have fewer selling points. DigiTimes’ sources also say Asustek isn’t seeing outstanding performance in the desktop market, and a transition to a desktop Eee PC "should prove difficult for the company."

Nonetheless, the Eee PC brand name and popularity could help put a desktop system in the spotlight. Tseng tells DigiTimes shipments of Eee PCs are around 5,800 a week, and worldwide shipments have already gone past the 100,000-unit mark. Asustek intends to ship a total of 300,000 units by the end of the year.

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