Asus has announced the US pricing for the Eee PC 1008HA Shell netbook. It’ll sell for about $429, which isn’t much more than you’ll pay for the Asus Eee PC 1000HE which is thicker and heavier, but which features a higher capacity, user-replaceable battery.
The Asus Eee PC 1008HA the thinnest and lightest 10 inch netbook in the Eee PC lineup, weighing just 2.4 pounds and measuring less than an inch thick at its thickets point. It features a nice looking new keyboard, and all the specs we’ve come to expect of Asus netbooks including 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1. The only down side is that the laptop has a non-removable battery, which Asus says will run for about 6 hours per charge. There appears to be some evidence that Asus is working on a new model that will have a user replaceable battery.
Asus officially launched the netbook in Hong Kong and Taiwan this week as well, where it’s selling for the equivalent of about $578 US.
Gizmodo reports that the netbook should be available for pre-order on May 18th with a $20 discount, bringing the price temporarily down to $409.
Update: It looks like the same netbook will set you back 399 Euros ($541) in Germany.
Reports say that the 1005HA (1008HA styling with replaceable battery) will boost the weight for 1.1kg back up to 1.4kg. I’m opting for a $309 1000HA.
Wow. It looks awesome, except for the glossy screen. Gloss up the lid all you want, but not the screen!
Isn’t much more than what you will pay for the 1000HE? How about $80 cheaper? Meritline still sells 1000HE for $349 + free shipping.
That is one beautiful computer.
At this point, I’m using a 1000he, and it’s beast of a netbook. However, I don’t think I’d want to give up my large battery and exposed ports for this little guy. Beauty only gets you so far.
Same here. I’ve had mine two or three months and would still choose it over anything out at that time. I’ve never seen the low battery warning but once since I got it, and I’m tolerating the glossy finish pretty well.
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