New Asus Eee PC netbook with optical drive

New Asus Eee PC netbook with optical drive

Summary: If you're one of those people who were on the fence about whether to buy a netbook or a notebook, there's something new that might help you decide. The new Asus Eee PC E1004DN is the same light-weight, easy-to-use netbook you know and love, but with a twist: a Super-Multi optical disc drive.

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If you're one of those people who were on the fence about whether to buy a netbook or a notebook, there's something new that might help you decide. The new Asus Eee PC E1004DN is the same light-weight, easy-to-use netbook you know and love, but with a twist: a Super-Multi optical disc drive.

The Eee PC 1004DN will be the first Eee PC to have an optical drive. The drive allows users to read and write optical discs for easy data back-ups. CrunchGear says the new Eee PC will have the Super-Multi DVD burner, as well as a "chiclet-style keyboard, an Express Card slot, multi-touch trackpad, brushed aluminum casing, and almost six hours of battery life."

The 10-inch LCD display supports 720p high definition playback. Neither price or release date have been annouced yet, but rumors allude to a mid-April release.

Read reviews of the Asus Eee PC 1000 HD. Read the E1004DN press release.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • I don't think data backups are the reason for an optical drive

    You have the SD card for that, or any USB stick would do as well. An optical drive gives you DVD and CD playback. That's the reason for it.
    Michael Kelly
  • RE: New Asus Eee PC netbook with optical drive

    Netbook? or a notebook, or a netbook, or a notebook? I'm so confused! So now the only differentiators between netbooks and notebooks are the Atom processor and slightly smaller keyboard? I think I want a Core2Duo in my netbook now :-)
    djmik
  • Price, weight, and battery life

    These are the three things that differentiate a netbook
    from a notebook. To your point, if any of these start
    to encroach on notebook specs, you might as well go with
    a full fledged notebook for the additional resources and
    its known ability to run Vista|W7.
    Spats30
  • 720p HDMI

    Give it Hi-Def out, and this will be great as a portable Home Media Center. Still need cheap blu-ray, but an external 1TB drive can store just about anybody's ripped content. The tiny Touch...Can't touch this! (Whatever happened to MC Hammer, anyway?)
    Worth2Cents
  • RE: New Asus Eee PC netbook with optical drive

    IT WAS ABOUT TIME. MORE PEOPLE WILL CONSIDER BUYING A NETBOOK NOW.
    elenimosh
  • RE: New Asus Eee PC netbook with optical drive

    This is NOT an EEE netbook, did Microsoft pay them to
    help confuse the issue and take the meaning out of EEE?

    EEE is solid state. Spinning hard disks, or optical
    drives, are not a part of the deal. These are parts which
    make up notebooks, or laptops.
    ben2talk@...