The ASUS Eee PC 1005PR “Seashell” netbook has popped up at Amazon.com with a pre-order price of $399.99. Unfortunately there is no release date – I’ve heard late April or early May but don’t take that as 100% accurate. ASUS is claiming up to 11 hours of battery life with just a 6-cell battery, thanks to their ASUS Syper Hybrid Engine. Keep in mind the 6-cell battery is high-density, and the Atom N450 CPU helps. It’ll be interesting to see the actual real-world battery life.
It’s an impressive little netbook for the price and size – in addition to the long battery life, it has a 10.1-inch HD/WXGA LED-backlit display running at a resolution of 1366×768, and capable of HD graphics thanks to a Broadcom Crystal HD Accelerator. It’s packing a Chiclet-style keyboard.
Asus has included 500GB of free online/cloud storage in addition to the 250GB SATA hard drive. I’m not a big fan of Windows 7 Starter being loaded on it by default, but it is $399.99.
* Intel single-core Atom N450 – 1.66GHz, 512KB L2 Cache
* 10.1-inch “Color-Shine” display w/1366×768 WXGA resolution
* Accelerated HD graphics thanks to a Broadcom Crystal HD Accelerator
* 1GB DDR2 RAM (2 GB Maximum)
* 802.11 b/g/n wireless with Bluetooth
* 250 GB Serial ATA 5400 rpm hard drive.
* Multi-touch trackpad