Barely more than a month after Asus' official announcement—and a couple of days ahead of the rumored April 9 release date—Eee PC laptops pre-loaded with Windows XP have quietly popped up on Best Buy's online retail site.
Best Buy lists both the Pearl White and Galaxy Black flavors of the new machine at $399.99, which is the same price tag Asus slaps on Linux-based Eee PC 4G models. Similarities don't end there, either, because the new notebooks have respective EEEPC4G-W010X and EEEPC4G-BK010X model numbers, and they have the same specs as their Linux brethren: 7" 800 x 480 displays, 900MHz Intel Celeron processors, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, 4GB of solid-state storage, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 100Mbps Ethernet, and integrated cameras. However, instead of Xandros Linux and OpenOffice.org, the new Eee PCs come pre-loaded with Windows XP Home Edition and Microsoft's Work's productivity suite.
Best Buy quotes a one-business-day lead time on both the EEEPC4G-W010X and EEEPC4G-BK010X, suggesting they're in stock and ready to ship. We have one of these in our labs and will have a full report for you soon.