New Asus "Seashell" Netbook to Hit U.S. for $420
After an initial British launch, the $420 Asus Eee PC 1008HA netbook, a.k.a. Seashell, is now on its way to the U.S. market, according to Newsfactor. The 1" thick, 2.4 lb device sports 1GB RAM, Bluetooth v2.1, a 160GB hard drive, a 1.3-megapixel built-in camera and a keyboard measuring 92 percent of a full-size keyboard. The Seashell also features a 10.1" LED-backlit WSVGA 1024x600 screen and a two microphones set up in a digital array to reduce noise.
Users get 10GB of free online memory for the first 18 months of their Seashell ownership. Ports include one Ethernet, two USB, an SD card reader and a pop-out VGA adapter dongle. Battery life clocks in at six hours according to Asus' Web site.
PC World got a quick look at a preview model and posted a largely positive first impression.