Not much is known about the E-TV other than that it will sport a 42″ LCD screen with an integrated Linux-based PC. The E-TV is due in September 2008. The E-TV is an extension of Asustek Computer’s fairly successful Eee PC. The Eee PC is a fairly affordable 7″ notebook PC that allows for simple communications and cloud computing. Pricing is not known but compared to regular 42″ LCD TVs the E-TV will require a premium of just $200, tops.
In my opinion, any non-detachable PC on a TV is doomed to fail. The PC and the TV develop at very different paces. The top-of-the-line PC today becomes mainstream in about one year. On the other hand, the creme de la creme TV of today can last for a lot longer, often 5 years or more. Of course, when there is a complete technology transition such as from CRT to LCD, high-end TVs can become next to worthless rather quickly. And this is what is happening now.
What I would have liked to see instead is a E-TV that connects to and works well with the Eee PC, offering aÂ basic butÂ very large display for the Eee PC that allows for cloud computing and TV watching. Simple and affordable.
[tags]ASUS,, LCD TV, Linux, PC, 42″[/tags]