ASUS Eee Top v.2 to have battery, wireless keyboard & mouse

The ASUS Eee Top all-in-one touchscreen PC isn't even on customers' desks yet, and the company are already talking about what features its successor might bring.  Already in development, the second-gen Eee Top will include a wireless keyboard and mouse together with an internal rechargeable battery to turn it into a portable media center.

"You'll be able to pick it up and take it with you.  The plan is that you'll be able to move it around the house" Matthew Warner, account manager, ASUS

Given the extra space on offer and its low-power components, it's a fair assumption that a reasonably sized battery would be able to give the Eee Top some decent unplugged runtime.  Its 15-inch display, far smaller than that on other touchscreen PCs such as HP's TouchSmart range, then becomes a benefit rather than a drawback: picking the Eee Top up and whisking it from kitchen to bedroom would be a straightforward proposition.

ASUS apparently see the Eee Top as a flagship product for 2009, and are confident about strong sales not least because of its budget price tag (around £400 in the UK).  The company recently announced its Q3 2008 financial performance, with the Eee PC range in general contributing to almost a quarter of ASUS' revenues for the period.