The Good Small and light; well-done custom touch-screen interface; good battery life.
The Bad Uses less powerful version of the Intel Atom CPU; not much space on the tiny SSD hard drive.
The Bottom Line Asus does a good job combining a Netbook and a touch screen in the Eee PC T91, even if the system hits a couple of first-generation snags.
Asus Eee PC T91
We first caught sight of the Asus Eee PC T91 back at CES 2009 in January, and were immediately taken with the idea of combining a small, low-cost Netbook with a touch-screen interface. Seven months later, the final product is here, and it's largely successful for a first attempt at this kind of hybrid. It's a much more flexible way to interact with a Netbook--especially if you're tripped up by the tiny touch pads and keyboards found on most minilaptops.
The Eee PC T91 has a rotating display that can be spun 180 degrees and folded down, akin to what you'd see in something like the HP TouchSmart TX2, and its screen reacts to your finger or an included nonactive stylus. The optional custom touch interface, with big, easy to grab icons, works well--even if it's not as slick and responsive as the touch interface on, for example, an iPhone.
We appreciate Asus' attempt to keep the price firmly in traditional Netbook territory, and a convertible tablet laptop for only $499 seems like a good deal, even for one with a smallish 9-inch screen. Our main hang-ups are the use of a slower version of Intel's Atom CPU and the small 16GD SSD hard drive (plus an additional included 16GB SD card, for 32GB total).