It looks like the Asus N10 might qualify as a low cost laptop after all. The N10 is the first 10 inch notebook from Asus that doesn’t bear the Eee PC name. It has a few features that set it apart from other netbooks, like an NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS graphics card. And it costs a few bucks more than most netbooks. In fact, earlier this month when J&R posted a pre-order page listing the Asus N10 for $850 I almost decided to stop covering the laptop since the price made it difficult to compare the N10 with a $400 Eee PC or a $329 Acer Aspire One.
But it turns out you’ll be able to pick up an N10 for under $600. That still makes the computer expensive for a netbook, but relatively cheap for a laptop.
J&R has updated its pre-order pages to reflect three different models. The $599 version has a 160GB hard drive, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics, and Windows XP Home. It also has 802.11b/g wireless networking, but lacks the 802.11n support included in the pricier versions.
For another $100, you can get a version with 2GB of RAM, 802.11a/b/g/n support, an HDMI port, a fingerprint reader, Bluetooth, and Windows Vista Home Premium. The priciest model sells for $799 and adds a 250GB hard drive and Windows Vista Business.
Dynamism is also showing the same three configurations, but the retailer is charging $649/$749/$849.
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