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?