Asus Windows 8 Computers Announced

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Asus held a press event in New York City today, announcing their new Windows 8 computers including a 23-inch all-in-one desktop, the ET2300, a line of lightweight, touchscreen laptops, the VivoTab RT a Windows RT convertable tablet, and the Asus Taichi, a dual-screen convertable.

The 2300 all-in-one has a display that can be pushed down to nearly lie flat. It has horizontal viewing angles of 178 degrees and runs on a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, with either integrated Intel graphics or NVIDIA’s GT 630M GPU. Other specs include up to 8GB of RAM, up to 2TB in HDD storage, a slot-loading DVD drive, Intel Wireless Display and optional Thunderbolt connectivity.

ASUS also announced a line of lightweight, touchscreen laptops. The new VivoBook family features bargain prices on touch-screen notebooks. The line includes 11, 14 and 15-inch models. The 11.6-inch Q200 (aka the X202) starts at $499 with a Core i3 processor. The 14-inch S400 will start at $599, and the 15-inch S500 will go for $649 and up. The design is similar to their current Zenbook Prime family, though they lack some higher-end features — like 1080p screens and solid-state storage.

The dockable ASUS VivoTab RT will be available on October 26th, starting at $599 for the 32GB model, keyboard included. The 64GB tablet with docking station go for $699. An LTE version is coming to AT&T.

The VivoTab RT is similar to the Android-based Transformer tablets, except it runs Windows RT. It includes a quad-core Tegra 3 chip (the new T30), 2GB of RAM, NFC and an 8-megapixel rear camera with an auto-focusing f/2.2 lens. The keyboard dock has a USB 2.0 port and built-in battery rated for seven hours.

The 2.75 lb. Asus Taichi, is a convertible with 11.6-inch 1080p IPS displays on both sides of the lid. That secondary display becomes the primary display when you close the Ultrabook and convert it to tablet mode.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 12:17 pm .

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