Aluminum-clad Asus Eee PC 1218 surfaces online

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An unannounced Asus netbook has won a 2010 reddot design award, and as such, pictures have surfaced online. The Eee PC 1218 hasn't been publicly detailed, and very little information is available, but we like what we see. The brief snippet at says the system packs an optimal balance of usability and portability.

It mentions a "unique internal layout," which allows for a full array of ports to be positioned at the rear of the device, making it "easy to carry and visually uncluttered." Visible I/O includes VGA and HDMI-out, three USB ports, as well as Ethernet, headphone, microphone jacks -- nothing out of the ordinary.

The exterior housing is made with all silver or black-painted aluminum, and it has a webcam with a sliding cover to ensure privacy -- possibly useful for kids at the Lower Merion high school. There's no word on pricing or availability, but we're hoping for more information when Computex kicks off in June.

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