ASUS have officially announced their Eee PC 1004DN, the first model in the company's netbook range to include an integrated optical drive. As well as an Intel Atom N270 1.66GHz processor, the Intel GN40 graphics chipset and up to 2GB DDR2 RAM, the ASUS Eee PC 1004DN has a Super-Multi DVD burner.
According to the latest rumors from retailers, the DVD-equipped ASUS Eee PC E1004DN will land in stores come mid-April with a sticker price of NT$18,000 - 20,000 ($531 - 590). The Eee PC E1004DN - first spotted at CES earlier this year - will have an Intel Atom N280 processor, the HD-capable GN40 graphics chipset and a 120GB hard-drive. Those same sources have also tipped the launch of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA.
Sony has decided to take a step toward becoming more environmentally-friendly. They've just announced that their DVD and Blu-ray packaging will start to slim down and make a goal of using less resources to contain their products.
Most movies come in larger plastic cases with cardboard sleeves over them these days. But this is just plain wasteful. Starting immediately, Sony will use 80% of the plastic that is currently used. That's a significant cut back. Plus, the box art will be made from recycled paper. The plastic wrap will not be as thick and the cardboard sleeve will be nixed altogether.
With less packaging materials, it will also cut fuel and resources used to ship the products to stores, saving the company money. The first Sony movie to have the honor of being green is "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" as you could no doubt tell from the picture to the right.
MSI have announced a new, eco-friendly version of their Wind Nettop, the MSI Wind Nettop CS120. The CS120 measures just 11.1 x 9.45 x 2.56 inches but manages to include a slot-load DVD burner, Intel Atom 230 1.6GHz processor, 160GB hard-drive and 1GB of memory (maximum 2GB).
Video capable iPods have made portable media all the more accessible. Attempt to watch anything more than a short clip on one, though, and you'll be wishing for glasses or, preferably, a larger screen. That's where the iLuv i1155 Portable Multimedia Player comes in, offering not only a big display for iPod video playback but a DVD for all the legacy discs that copyright laws won't let you rip. It even manages to look attractive; is the experience as good as the promise, though?
The HP mini-Q nettop which launched in Taiwan last November has shown up in Europe, in the shape of the Compaq CQ2000M. Seemingly the same model as the mini-Q 2020, the CQ2000M promises both reasonable web surfing and basic app performance together with low power requirements.
ASUS' Eee PC Station NAS, aka the ASUS EeeNAS D200, has taken something of a backseat at CeBIT what with all the attention the Eee PC 1008HA Shell gathered, but we're still interested in what the touchscreen device has to offer.
MSI have announced an in-car entertainment system, the Funtoro FunStar ST100, which they're claiming is the pioneer for all-in-one systems. Comprising a core processing and distribution unit, together with a 2-DIN DVD player and front display, the BD765, the system can support up to three separate zones each with touchscreen control.
As well as netbooks, ASUS also brought along an Eee-branded backup device to CeBIT this week. The EeeNAS PC is billed as a 2TB network-attached storage device mated to a PC, with control via a 3.5-inch touchscreen on the front panel.
When ASUS brought their Eee PC 1004DN along to CES 2009 back in January, they were careful to point out that the optical drive-toting netbook was only going to launch in Europe and China. Unfortunately they obviously weren't as clear with their own staff as they were with the press, as the 1004DN has been spotted clearing the FCC.