If you've been wondering how to make Asus's diminutive Eee PC even more stylish, you might want to think about fitting a touch screen â€“ and that's now easier than ever.
A new kit designed to offer solderless installation of a touch-screen on the 7â€ Eee PC 701 has been unveiled by jkkmobile via the hacker haven Hack A Day. The kit, provided by Chinese retailer Mobile01 provides everything you need to turn the Eee PC into a touch-screen enabled unit â€“ and there's no worries about melting through important cables or burning your fingers, as it comes with all the connectors pre-made.
Although this isn't the first touchscreen mod for Asus's popular ultra-small notebook, it is the easiest. Using the USB headers already present on the Eee PC motherboard, the panel comes with a USB hub that fits internally in the Eee to ensure that the webcam â€“ often the first victim when modders start to run out of free USB ports â€“ continues to work after the panel is installed. While parts of the nine-step instruction list sound a little hairy â€“ I was particularly concered regarding step 3, â€œbend the frameâ€ - there's certainly a lot less to go wrong here than with your average touchscreen modification.
While this mod, like any other, will result in a thoroughly invalidated warranty, the very fact that it involves no soldering or cutting will make it more approachable for would-be modders lacking the experience or confidence to make a good job of soldering additional components to the micro-sized motherboard in the Eee PC.
The kit is expected to sell for around Â£40, with a version that includes a Bluetooth module on the PCB coming in at Â£50.