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Asus Announces Eee PC 1004DN


Asus Announces Eee PC 1004DN

Just as a system featuring an Atom CPU but in a chassis with a 21in screen is eminently not a netbook, so too can the same thing be said about a 10in Atom-powered sub-notebook with a DVD drive. Nonetheless, that's exactly what the Asus Eee PC 1004DN has. The implication being that Asus' Eee design team methodology is pretty much akin to throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks.

Disc drive aside, the specs of the 1004DN are fairly unspectacular. An ExpressCard slot and the use of a 1.8in - rather than 2.5in as is standard - 120GB hard drive mark the only other notable differences between the 10004DN and just about every other netbook on the market.

A 10in screen, 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution screen coupled with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU are more standard fodder. Likewise, Bluetooth, Draft-N wireless and Intel's GN40 chipset - offering GMA 4500M graphics and 720p video decoding - aren't anything exceptional.

Battery life is a claimed 5.9 hours from a 6-cell, 5200mAh unit, although whether that's obtainable in real-life is possible.



Martin Daler

March 31, 2009, 2:05 am

"skin throwing spaghetti"

I am trying to get my mind around this but I don't think I am (ab)using the same substances as you.


March 31, 2009, 11:02 am

Hugo, it's time to quit while you're ahead, or at least stop writing about netbooks.

First of all, this is so far the ONLY netbook with the "new" GN40 chipset which is a fairly big deal. Secondly, if you'd actually paid attention to the spec's you would've noticed that the hard drive is is fairly poor, as it's a 4,200rpm PATA drive and will as such be really slow, as most netbooks use 5,400rpm drives.

An ExpressCard slot is actually quite a nice inclusion as well, since several 3G modems use this form factor and it means you don't need to have a USB dongle in your lap.

And why isn't this a netbook? No-one said you can't stick an optical drive in a netbook and Kohjinsha has several models with built in optical drives, this isn't a first for netbooks, just a first for an Eee PC.

Yet again, most netbooks don't have Draft-N WiFi, nor Bluetooth as standard, so saying this is nothing special is kind of mean.


March 31, 2009, 1:51 pm

Why shouldn't it be called a netbook? There is no set definition. For me they should be small, easily portable, powerful enough to browse the Internet and do a bit of work and have a decent battery life.

If Asus could get a 21" screen, DVD drive and a built in printer in the form factor and meet the above criteria then to me its still a netbook. Good luck to them.


March 31, 2009, 5:06 pm

I just wish someone would break the mould and come out with a dual-core Atom based netbook. I've got an ASUS EeePC 1000 which runs Windows 7 almost perfectly, much improved over its Vista performance, but there are occasions when you need a little "patience" waiting for windows to appear (once they're open you're good to go) so a boost from the dual-core Atom's would be very welcome addition.

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