COMPUTEX 2008 Spotlight - Compact Notebook PC Roundup

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COMPUTEX 2008 Spotlight - Compact Notebook PC Roundup

One of the prevailing themes at this year's COMPUTEX Taipei is the growing interest in compact notebook PCs. It was at COMPUTEX last year that Asus introduced the world to the Asus Eee PC, but since then, it seems like every other major manufacturer has either already entered or is about to enter this segment of the market.

It would nearly impossible to cover all of the subnotebooks that were on display at COMPUTEX Taipei 2008, but we managed to round up a good number of them for your perusing pleasure. Don't let their small stature deceive you; interest in small form factor laptops is absolutely HUGE!

Acer Aspire One

COMPUTEX 2008 Spotlight - Compact Notebook PC Roundup

Just as all the rumors seemed to be saying, the Acer Aspire One was introduced at this year's COMPUTEX. Featuring the new Intel Atom processor and an 8.9-inch widescreen display, the Acer Aspire One has a few details that will set it apart from the competition. For example, Firefox comes pre-installed for "faster and more secure web surfing." Even if you don't find yourself awash in a sea of Wi-Fi, you can still stay connected via the Mobile WiMAX 3G WWAN connection.

The user interface has been designed specifically for the Internet. You get dedicated icons that "allow click-and-launch convenience for enhanced entertainment and productivity." All the major applications are split across four major groups: Connect, Work, Fun, and Files.

Asus Eee PC

COMPUTEX 2008 Spotlight - Compact Notebook PC Roundup

The one that started it all just got a little bigger. At a special launch event, we were introduced to the Intel Atom-powered Asus Eee PC 901 and the larger Asus Eee PC 1000. The former has an 8.9-inch display, whereas the latter bumps it up to 10-inches. There is also the Eee PC 1000H, which is the first of the Eee PC line to get a hard disk drive instead of a solid state drive.

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Michael Kwan is freelance writer and professional gadget geek. He's been reporting on the world of technology for years, playing countless console games along the way too. Be sure to check out his personal blog, Beyond the Rhetoric, for posts on freelance writing, personal development, entertainment, video games, and more. Follow him on Twitter too: @michaelkwan

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