The Asus Eee PC 1005PR netbook is now shipping in America. This model looks a lot like the Eee PC 1005PE, and for the most part, it’s the same computer. Both models have 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processors, 1GB of RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. They both have 6 cell batteries and run Windows 7 Starter Edition.
But here’s what makes the Eee PC 1005PR special: It has a 1366 x 768 pixel HD display and a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator which should let you watch high definition video on that high definition screen.
The video decoder isn’t a full fledged graphics card, so don’t expect to use the Eee PC 1005PR for hard core gaming. But if you plan to spend a lot of time watching HD video, Asus says it’s now shipping. Most retailers I checked still list the computer as out of stock or available for pre-order, but it looks like it should be available soon for about $399 from the following retailers: