Eee PC 1004DN has built-in optical drive

— 6:00 AM on March 31, 2009

Here's something you don't see every day: a netbook with an integrated optical drive. Asus has announced the Eee PC 1004DN, which would look almost like a regular 10" Eee PC if it weren't for the DVD burner on the right side of the casing. Behold:

Internally, the Eee PC 1004DN packs slightly more recent hardware and a slower hard drive than a typical 10" netbook. Aside from the 10.1" 1024x600 display, you get a 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor, Intel GMA 4500M integrated graphics, up to 2GB of RAM, up to 120GB of 1.8" 4,200-RPM mechanical storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1.

With a six-cell battery and DVD burner, the system weighs in at a reasonable 3.2 lbs. Interestingly, while the 1004DN is a tad wider and deeper than the Eee PC 1000HE, it's actually 4 mm thinner at its thickest point. Perhaps the move from a 2.5" hard drive to a 1.8" model had something to do with the slimmer profile.

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