Two new Asus netbooks have hit the streets this week. And when I say new, I mean, netbooks that are incredibly similar to existing models with a few minor differences.
Asus Eee PC 1001PX
This netbook looks virtually identical to the Asus Eee PC 1001P that’s been available for the past few months. The main difference is that it’s available with Windows XP Home Edition instead of Windows 7 Starter. For some reason it also has just 2 USB ports instead of the usual three.
The Asus Eee PC 1001PX has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 802.11b/g WiFi, optional Bluetooth 2.1, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB or 250GB hard drive. It’s available with a 3 cell, 23Whr battery or a 6 cell, 48Whr battery.
ExcaliberPC is taking pre-orders for $279, but the company seems to already be selling the netbook for $289 through its eBay store.
Asus Eee PC 1005PE-PU27
As I noted recently, this model is almost exactly the same as the Eee PC 1005PE-PU17 model that’s already available. The only real difference is that the 1005PE-PU27 has a matte lid that won’t show fingerprints and smudges as easily.
Amazon is selling the Asus Eee PC 1005PE-PU27 for $354. The netbook has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Windows 7 Starter Edition, and a 6 cell battery.