Asus to introduce first Eee PC with optical drive

By Justin Mann on March 27, 2009, 1:38 PM
As the Asus Eee PC line continues to evolve, we have seen it grow from just a single netbook offering to dozens of different hardware devices ranging from tiny 7-inch mobile units to standalone desktops. Now Asus has announced it will continue expanding the lineup with new Eee PC models that have optical drives included.

At least two such models are on the pipeline. The Eee PC E1004DN, for example, will reportedly carry a price tag that sits somewhere between $530 and $590 and should also bring with it more hard drive space and newer hardware. We can expect this model to show up next month while a second unit, the Eee PC 1008HA, should arrive in May.

Itís very interesting to see how netbooks have evolved to include larger displays, more storage options and now optical drives as well. I wonder, though, where's the incentive to go with a $600 Atom-based system over any number of entry-level laptops which could come loaded with much faster hardware?

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gunste24 said:
When I decided on the ASUS Eee1000HE Netbook as a travel PC (with XP), the need for an optical drive became quite secondary, when I determined that I could download any programs on CDs to a 2 GB USB drive to transfer and install on the Netbook. - There is no need to buy an external DVD drive. Even if one wants to play DVD movies, one can just acquire a 16 or 32 GB keychain drive for playing them.
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