Asustek Eee PC to reach U.S. shores on November 1

The low-cost Eee PC notebook debuted in Taiwan earlier this month, but Asustek has been extremely vague about the system's U.S. release. The company only stated that U.S. customers would see the Eee PC hitting stores "within a few weeks," and that it would cost $299 to $399 depending on the model.

Luckly, the folks at NotebookReview say they've gotten hold of an Asustek sales kit that sheds light on the Eee PC's U.S. launch schedule. Somewhat less encouraging are the contents of the kit, though: Asustek apparently intends to launch the most expensive model first, on November 1, with a meaty price tag of $399.99. That sum will get you a system with a 7" 800x480 display, a Linux-based operating system, 512MB of RAM, a 4GB solid-state drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, 100Mbps Ethernet, three USB ports, a VGA port, a built-in camera, a three-hour battery, and a carrying case. As for cheaper models, the sales kit quotes $349.99 and $299.99 price tags but says specifications and launch dates have yet to be announced.

In the meantime, those waiting to see if the systems will be worth the money can check out NotebookReview's hands-on preview of the $399.99 model here. (Thanks to DailyTech for the tip.)

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