Asus goes for the brushed metal look on the new 10-inch Eee PC 1002HA

Asus is showing off a new brushed-metal design for the 10-inch Eee PC Netbook.

At a media preview event Thursday night in New York, Asus showed off for the first time a new brushed-metal design for the 10-inch Eee PC Netbook. The new Eee PC 1002HA has essentially the same components as the Eee PC 1000 -- Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP, Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a few different SSD and HDD hard drive options -- but in a sturdy, upscale-looking chassis with a brushed metal lid and wrist rest.

It almost reminds us of the HP MiniNote 2133, one of the very first Netbooks, which had a similar brushed-metal design. That model was aimed at business and educational users, and the recent consumer version, the HP Mini 1000, has a plastic body.

The new Eee PC 1002HA will ship sometime in early December, and start at $499.

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