By Evan Ackerman
Straight from Computex comes some specs on Asus’ response to the sudden deluge of competitively featured and priced subnotebooks from the likes of MSI and HP. The Eee 1000 is a souped-up Eee 900/1, with a larger case to accomodate a 10″ screen (same 1024×600 resolution, I think) and nearly fullsize (92%) keyboard. You’ll be able to buy it with Windows XP if you want, and even with a conventional 80gb HD. The biggest news is that the battery life is supposedly over 7 hours and it includes 802.11n WiFi.
It sounds great, but there are two problems, in my opinion. The first is conceptual: at over 10″ and 3 pounds, the Eee 1000 is approaching the edge of ultraportability, and is moving away from one of the most appealing features of the Eee 701… Tinyness. The second problem is practical: the suggested price is somewhere around $650, which (again) is departing from of the greatest things about he original Eee. $500 seems to be the magic number, and paying an extra 30% for about another hour of battery life and 802.11n in a larger package (compared to the MSI Wind, specifically) just doesn’t seem worth it to me.
VIA [ Engadget ]