Information supplied by Asus to its resellers leaked earlier this week, suggesting the low-cost Eee PC notebook would arrive on U.S. shores tomorrow. The system made its debut one day earlier than originally expected
, however, and is readily available at computer and electronics retailer Newegg.
Newegg has begun offering the top-end (at least stateside) 4G variant of Asus’ tiny Eee PC for $399.99. Weighing in just over two pounds, the system comes standard with an Intel Celeron M ULV 900MHz processor, 4GB SSD for storage, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 7-inch 800x480 display, 802.11g wireless, three USB 2.0 ports and runs an Asus-optimized version of Xandros Linux – Eee PCs with pre-installed Windows XP are still to come at a later date.
Although nowhere near the initially expected price of $200, the Eee PC should still appeal to those who need an affordable, compact laptop to carry along. Asus has yet to announce the release dates for the two other Eee PC models, which should hit U.S. retail shelves with price tags of $299.99 and $349.99.