Asus reveals specs, pricing for Eee 904 and 1000

Asus reveals specs, pricing for Eee 904 and 1000

Summary: The new models both use a larger chassis than earlier iterations of the Eee PC and are therefore also heavier

TOPICS: Hardware

Asus has released the final specifications and UK pricing for its two new Eee PC models, the 904 and the 1000.

The Eee 1000 is Asus's long-awaited extension of the Eee line into 10-inch-screen territory, and brings the company up against rivals' devices, such as the MSI Wind. Because the chassis of the Eee 1000 is larger than other netbooks in the line, it can accommodate a larger keyboard.

The Eee 904 is effectively the Eee 900 in the chassis of the Eee 1000, larger keyboard included. Like the smaller Eee 900, the 904 has an 8.9-inch screen and uses a Celeron processor rather than the low-powered Atom processor used in the 1000 and the 901.

Despite their differing screen sizes, both the 1000 and the 904 have a screen resolution of 1,024 by 600 pixels. They also both come with six-cell batteries and built-in webcams, and use a gigabyte of RAM.

The 904 comes only in a Windows XP flavour and has an 80GB hard drive and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connectivity. Because of the larger chassis, it weighs 1.36kg. The Windows XP version of the 1000 also uses an 80GB hard drive and weighs 1.45kg. The Linux version of the 1000 has a 40GB solid-state drive and weighs 1.33kg. Earlier iterations of the Eee netbooks weighed in at around 1kg or less.

Both versions of the 1000 have 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

As for pricing, the Eee 904 will cost £269. The Linux version of the Eee 1000 will cost £369, while the XP version will cost £349. An Asus spokesperson told on Thursday that the Eee 1000 was "with distributors already", while the 904 will be on shelves in about a week's time.

The £269 Eee 904, which comes only in a Windows XP flavour, is effectively the Eee 900 in the chassis of the Eee 1000

Topic: Hardware

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  • So the Linux version is more expensive AND has a smaller disk?

    How does that work then? And where's the selling point? This sounds as if the Microsoft Tax is being levied again.
  • Very true - the Linux pricing has changed...

    ... but, and it's a big "but", the 40GB drive is solid-state - a pretty big SSD for the current market too, certainly at the price.

    That said, I'm having trouble figuring out why Asus has chosen to go the 10"-screen-chassis route. Well, I can see the market - those who want a bigger keyboard - but HP and Acer do a fairly good job of the keyboard on their 8.9" models.

    We saw and held one. Basically, we in the ZDNet office are struggling not to go "meh" at the Eee 1000 (and, I guess, the 904). It's noticably heavier than, say, the 901. It's really pushing the border between "netbook" and "notebook". Not so cool anymore.
    David Meyer
  • Eee 1000 will cost

    No way! Even with a 40gb SSD one would assume the Linux book would come in at the same , or lower price than XP. Looks like Microsoft is telling the manufacturers how they can price their systems now. How long is the public supposed to put with this outrageous behavior? I realize M$ is afraid of the competition, because they can't compete on a level field. Time to put a stop to this crap.
  • Asus

    They will all be cheaper by Xmas. Early adopters always pay the price.

    Acer Aspire 5315-2153, $348 Walmart Special,Mandriva Linux 2008.1 Spring Edition
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  • why pay 349 for less?!!

    Is this price premium for the smaller size?....I ve seen much higher spec laptops, some even from asus for this price!!
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    Well, It clearly means that LINUX is a much more efficient and stable system. High quality means high price ; nothing wrong about that.
    Linux is well known as the Rolls-Royce of the operating system, while Windows and all the M$ softs look like "Trabant" or "Lada" beside.
    Just ONE proof of this, I've been stuck to the Intenet for 5 years using nothing else than Debian Linux and never a virus, spyware or else touched my computer.
    A. GOMEZ. From France
  • Linux may be high quality, but Asus didn't pay for it!

    If you are suggesting that Asus is charging a premium for Linux then you are also suggesting that Asus is gouging its Linux customers.