Asus' new Eee PC 1004DN adds an optical drive

It's one of those things we knew we'd see sooner or later. Someone has managed to cram an optical drive into a tiny Netbook frame, and not surprisingly, Netbook pioneer Asus is behind the new system.

A Netbook with an optical drive. It's almost like a real computer...

It's one of those things we knew we'd see sooner or later. Someone has managed to cram an optical drive into a tiny Netbook frame, and not surprisingly, Netbook pioneer Asus is behind the new system.

Dubbed the Eee PC 1004DN, it's a 10-inch Netbook with an Express Card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a DVD burner. Judging from the photos, it also has the same revamped keyboard as the recent Eee PC 1000HE.

No word yet on price and availability, but we suspect this is another attempt to drive consumers towards slightly more expensive Netbooks, which aren't exactly high-margin items at $350-$499.

Check out the official specs after the break:

Display

10" wide active matrix LED backlight TFT, WSVGA 1024x600 pixels, 252K colors max

Dimensions

277mm x 194mm x 27.4-34mm

Weight

1.45kg with HDD (with 6-cell battery and ODD)

Battery

Li-Ion 57.72WHrs - 6 cells, 5200mAh

Processor

Intel® N280 1.66GHz Processor with 512k L2 Cache
FSB 667MHz 2.5W TBP thermal

Chipset

Intel GN40
ICH9Mb (Integrated GMA 4500M graphics core)

Main Memory

1 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 2GB DDRII DRAM

Storage

Up to 1.8" PATA 120GB, 4200 RPM

Communications

Built-in Bluetooth® v2.1 module
802.11n
Support Antenna x 2

Camera

1.3 Megapixel Video Camera

Microphone

Array Mic

Keyboard

Keyboard: W:254mm chiclet type

Audio

Hi-Definition Audio CODEC
Built-in high quality stereo speakers

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.

 

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