Is the Asus N10 still a Netbook for $849?

Is the concept of a high-end luxury Netbook an oxymoron?

Is it still a Netbook at $849?

At what point does a Netbook become a regular old laptop? The upcoming Asus N10 has all the features we'd expect to see in a low-cost, low-power Netbook-style system, including a 10-inch screen and power-saving Intel Atom CPU.

The only catch is that electronics retailers are now listing the system as "coming soon," for a whopping $849. For that you get 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, Windows Vista, and even a GeForce 9300M graphics chip, which is a pretty nice setup, but that's a far cry from the predicted $486 to $630 range we heard about when the system first popped up on our radar.

So, is the concept of a high-end luxury Netbook an oxymoron? Or are you willing to pay regular laptop prices to mix more mainstream components with a Netbook's size and battery advantages?


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET


Mac running slow?

Boost your computer with these five useful tips that will clean up the clutter.