One of the first Asus netbooks to ship with an Intel Atom N2600 Cedar Trail processor is now available for purchase in the US. The Eee PC X101CH is a budget netbook with a 10.1 inch display, 1GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive, and a price tag of $280 or less.
Newegg is offering the netbook for $279.99, but you can find it for $10 less at SuperBiiz or Adorama.
The 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N2600 dual-core Cedar Trail chip should offer slightly better performance than the Pine Trail chips used in earlier Asus netbooks. At the very least, this will be one of the first netbooks from the company to be able to handle 1080p HD video playback thanks to Intel’s improvements to the integrated graphics for its Atom chips.
The netbook has an HDMI port and a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display. It runs Windows 7 Starter Edition and has a VGA webcam above the display.
One of the reasons this netbook costs less than most 10 inch mini-laptops is that it comes standard with a 3 cell, 23Whr battery instead of the 6 cell batteries that are more common among netbooks these days. Asus estimates you should get up to 4.5 hours of run time out of the standard batter.