ASUS’ Eee Note EA800 note-taking tablet is a curious device, opting for monochrome LCD instead of the usual frugal E Ink display, and positioned by the company as a resolutely niche, companion device rather than a converged do-anything slate. NetbookNews have snagged one of the first, managed to get ASUS to re-flash it with English firmware rather than Chinese, and then wasted no time before unboxing and demonstrating it on video.
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They’re surprisingly enthusiastic about the EA800, too, with the 8-inch slate running quickly on its Marvell CPU. Whether students and other note-takers will find it quite so appealing remains to be seen, of course.
Meanwhile, ASUS has put up the user manual for the Eee Note EA800 [PDF link], along with the guides for the DR900 Eee Reader [PDF link] and TZ900 Eee Reader [PDF link]. A US debut for the EA800 is expected sometime in Q1 2011.
[ASUS manuals via EeePC.it]