Asus' Eee PC 1000HE has become available for pre-order in the United States. We first stumbled upon this netbook at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, and we saw it featured a new, chiclet-style keyboard with the right-shift key in the correct position. Well, that's not all that makes this system special.
According to Asus, the Eee PC 1000HE also features a new Atom N280 processor that runs at 1.66GHz with a 667MHz front-side bus—faster than the 1.6GHz Atom N270 (with its 533MHz FSB) that powers most other netbooks. On top of that, the 1000HE has a high-density 8700mAH battery. Asus claims a maximum 9.5 hours of battery life when using its Super Hybrid Engine's power-saving mode with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the integrated webcam disabled.
Aside from those little touches, the 1000HE's specifications sound similar to those of the older Eee PC 1000H: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a 160GB mechanical hard drive, and a weight of 3.2 lbs.
Asus has ended up setting the Eee PC 1000HE's suggested retail price at $399, a little cheaper than the $469 it quoted last month. The press release says folks can pre-order this system through the Eee PC Facebook group, although it looks like that group simply links to this page with a list of participating e-tailers. Oh, and you can save $25 by pre-ordering.