As we reported earlier this week, Asus has cut prices across its entire Atom-powered Eee PC line. The cuts have sent the Eee PC 901 down to around $499, which is affordable enough. However, the Eee PC 1000H looks far more tantalizing now that it's down to just $449.
Not only does the 1000H have a bigger screen than the 901, but it also has a bigger, more comfortable keyboard and a proper hard drive. Sticking low-capacity solid-state drives into netbooks sounds great on paper, but as we pointed out in our review of the Eee PC 901, it forces users to make unpleasant compromises—like having to remove Windows XP functionality in order to fit a hibernation file on the "fast" portion of the flash storage. As Scott just pointed out in his Etc. blurb this morning, the hard drive makes the 1000H much quicker than the 901 overall, too.
Considering the 1000H has such a well-rounded feature set—1GB of RAM, 80GB of fast mechanical storage, a six- to eight-hour battery, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth—we think it's a steal at just under $450.