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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.

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Dynamism is also showing the same three configurations, but the retailer is charging $649/$749/$849.

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10 replies on “Asus N10 stays in the netbook game with lower price”

  1. Per what is listed here you get the 9300M GS in the $699 version…

    Seems pretty sweet to me.

    1. Conflicting information. Clicking on the $699 model in t he J&R ad does show the 9300MS, but when “comparing” all three models only the $700 model specs the video card. Other sites do confirm the video card on the mid-level model.

      Sorry boys, I just dent get it. Same processor, same screen resolution as the 1000 series for more $. Buy the 160GB 1000H for $499 and add an extra GB of RAM for $30 and you are still $70 less than the N10EA1 which does not have wireless N but does look like it has a battery sticking out the back.

      Oh well, that’s Asus marketing strategy. Not enough product differentiation vs. the Eee 1000H series for me. Perhaps when the dual core Atoms arrive. To each his own.

  2. At $699 that’s less than I paid for the Mini-Note and it has a bigger HD and a real video card and a better processor. :sigh: I thought I was doing well waiting and not being an early adopter.

    Maybe if my hp develops the black screen of death…

      1. Ok, then for about $60 more than I paid for my hp it has everything the hp has and a real video card that’s probably worth $60. Better now? 😀

          1. I am sure it does. I probably came off as being a “bit “arrogant. It was not my intention. While I would not/didn’t consider the current HP due to the slow processor, I (and most) will admit that it is probably the most attractive and possibly the best built netbook currently on the market . No doubt it has the best keyboard to date!

            While we may disagree on our impressions of the new N10, i am sure we will both agee that as technology and market schange, there will undoubtedly be something better in the works making what we now have “has beens”.

            The most important thing is that we enjoy what we have now and that it serves our needs.

            Peace out.

  3. Still a bit confused. Comparing the lower end $599 model to the 1000H, what exactly do I get for another $100 (Besides an “arguably” nicer looking case)? Oh yeah, NO wireless N.

    Have to move up the $799 model before any real advantages : i.e. video card (I can easily add a bgger HD, extra RAM, and Vista – if I wanted it on my 1000H)

    No thanks.

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