It was just last week that we heard about Asustek's plan to introduce touch screen Eee PCs in the near future. Apparently their manufacturing facilities are really on the ball, as the company has now launched the first such touch screen Eee model. It is an Eee PC desktop, intended to compete with the HP TouchSmart, coming in at a lower price point.

The desktop is somewhat weak on hardware, but not any weaker than you'd expect from an embedded PC system, with a 1.6GHz Atom, a gig of RAM and a 160GB HDD. The size of the HDD was likely chosen due to the limitations that Microsoft has in place for Windows XP on embedded systems. The initial version of the touch screen Eee will run Windows only - though Linux versions may be available soon.

The systems aren't immediately available, with the first batch coming out in late November, though there's no mention about whether or not Asustek had this planned.