The Asus Eee PC 1004DN is the first Asus netbook to sport an optical disc drive. Heck, it’s one of the first netbooks from any company to make room for a disc drive. While I’d originally heard that this model wasn’t scheduled for release in the US anytimesoon, Asus filed documents related to the 1004DN with the FCC in February, which would indicate that the company does plan to release the computer here.
Now DigiTimes is reporting that the computer could be available as soon as mid-April, with a price tag somewhere between $531 and $590. It’s not clear whether that’s the US release date or a global launch date.
The Eee PC 1004DN has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU with the new GN40 chipset, a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and a super multi disc drive that can read and burn a wide range of CD and DVD formats.
DigiTimes also suggests that the ultrathin Asus Eee PC 1008HA “shell” netbook is scheduled for release in May.