Asus Adds CD/DVD Writer to Eee 1004DN Netbook

Asus Adds CD/DVD Writer to Eee 1004DN NetbookAsus continue to refresh their Eee product range with all the gusto of a hyperactive speedfreak on a conveyor belt, adding the new 1004DN laptop to their fast-moving collection of netbooks.

Well, we say ‘netbook’, but with the 1004DN being the first Eee to offer a ‘super-Multi optical disc drive (ODD – or CD/DVD writer to normal folks) it’s starting to blur the lines between netbook and small laptop.

As well as packing a DVD writer, the Eee comes with the same generously proportioned keyboard as the 1000HE, offering typing a surface “92% that of a conventional desktop keyboard,” with larger ‘Shift’ key for a speedier pinkie/typing interface.

Inside lurks a 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor, backed by up to 120GB of storage, and there’s a fingerprint scanner for extra security.

There’s also a multi-touch touchpad onboard, plus a digital array microphone and a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam for some webcam/Skype action, with the fabulously named “Eee Splendid” serving up four different visual modes for keeping the multimedia lush and the battery life prolonged.

Asus Adds CD/DVD Writer to Eee 1004DN NetbookThe Eee range has an excellent reputation for its long life batteries (our Eee 901 has been a stellar performer in this regard) and Asus claim that this puppy can keep on rocking for up to 5.9 hours*.

Display 10″ wide active matrix LED backlight TFT, WSVGA 1024×600 pixels, 252K colours 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