Target starts carrying $299.99 Eee PCs

— 1:34 PM on July 31, 2008

Asus may have controversial aspirations for high-end Eee PCs with intimidating price tags, but the company hasn't given up on the cheaper members of the Eee line. In fact, it's struck a deal that will see the cheapest Eee variant take residence on Target store shelves.

Target already lists the $299.99 Eee PC 2G Surf on its website, and Asus tells us the chain will feature the netbook at 150 of its retail locations across the United States—from Bangor, Maine to San Diego, California. Asus has been selling the 2G Surf at that price in the U.S. since last year, but the system has been available chiefly at online retailers like Newegg.

The Eee PC 2G Surf features a 7" 800x480 display, an Intel Celeron processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 2GB flash drive, and a 2.8-hour battery. You definitely won't be watching Blu-ray movies or playing Crysis on a laptop like that, but the Eee PC 2G Surf does weigh in at just two pounds (920 g), and it has a Lillliputian footprint of only 8.9" x 6.3" (23 x 16 cm)—not a whole lot bigger than a DVD case.

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