ASUS officially confirms Eee with DVD drive


Make way for the Eee PC 1004DN, ASUS’ first netbook with a built-in optical drive. Rumors swirled last week, but ASUS made everything official by announcing that the machine will feature a Super-Multi DVD burner, a chiclet-style keyboard, an Express Card slot, multi-touch trackpad, brushed aluminum casing, and almost six hours of battery life.

Other specs include:

  • Intel Atom N280 CPU at 1.66GHz
  • 10-inch 1024×600 screen
  • Weighs 3.2 pounds with six-cell battery
  • Intel GN40 chipset with GMA 4500M graphics
  • Up to 2GB of RAM, up to 120GB hard drive
  • Bluetooth, 802.11n, 1.3-megapixel webcam, fingerprint reader

So the slightly-bumped CPU is a nice addition and the Express Card slot is definitely welcome. It’ll be interesting to see how many people buy this for the optical drive, too. All in all, this appears to be a more business-y offering from ASUS.

No word on price or availability yet, although the previous rumors hinted at an April release.

Eee PC 1004DN [Press Release]