It was almost as if Asus was hoping that world+dog was going to forget about its Eee PC 1004DN, but the company has now finally gone and launched the 1004DN, at least in Taiwan. To freshen up your memory if you’ve forgotten what’s so special about the 1004DN, it’s the first netbook with a built in optical drive and it’s also so far the only netbook to use the Intel GN40 chipset.
Other features include an Atom N280 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB 1.8-inch hard drive that uses a ZIF interface, a finger print scanner for biometric securtiy, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, a 1.3Megapixel webcam, an ExpressCard 34 slot, a multi-touchand three USB 2.0 ports. It also has a 10.2-inch display with 1,024×600 resoluton.
The supplied 6-cell battery is rated at 5.9h of usage and it makes the 1004DN quite heavy at 1.45kg. Pricing in Taiwan for the 1004DN is €429/$608, which makes it a fairly expensive netbook and we have a feeling that the 1.8-inch hard drive will hamper its performance. Besides, do you really use an optical drive these days?
If you live in Taiwan, then you can order one here