Considering Apple's domination of the tablet market, having something in common with the iPad 2 can surely be no bad thing, right?
In the Asus Eee Pad Transformer's case, unfortunately it is. For just like Apple's tablet, the innovative tablet/laptop mashup is being hit by a fairly serious stock shortage.
The Eee Pad Transformer first showed its face at CES back in January, and immediately attracted plenty of attention for its unique take on the tablet genre. It's able to live life happily as a conventional 10.1in slate, but also comes with a fully functioning keyboard dock which effectively turns it into a full-blown laptop.
And it's proved a popular idea, as the hybrid device quickly sold out of existing stock when it went on sale last month. Or did it?
The last week a number of different versions of events have surfaced – some suggested supply demands were to blame, and vendors were simply saying the device was sold out because it sounded better than saying not enough stock had arrived to cover consumer demand.
Now Asus, as you'd expect, has come out to solidly deny the rumours. Netbook News quotes ASUStek spokesperson David Chang as revealing it really is just overwhelming demand that's behind the current shortage of available stock.
According to Chang, the company is set to produce 100,000 units during May, and double that in June. “If the demand continues to increase substantially,” said Chang, “then we will have to continue to ramp up production in order to fulfill our customers' demand.”
So, too much demand or too little supply? It's largely irrelevant, as the only real difference really is how it makes Asus look. The average punter loses out either way.