With the newest Atom chips, and some of the advances by nVidia and ATi, the line between netbooks and notebooks is being blurred. Not just a little fuzzy, but very unclear, as there is getting to be much more overlap at the bottom end. It looks like the artificial limitations set by Intel and Microsoft are the arbiters of what something will be called, instead of the performance numbers alone.

From TechConnect, an announcement of an Asus netbook with some of these high end netbook features is shown, and if you miss the words Atom and netbook, you might not otherwise know what was being described –

Asus has now finally announced the introduction of its Seashell series Eee PC 1005PR netbook based on the Pine Trail platform that features a 720p (1366×768) 10.1-inch display and is capable of ‘smooth’ HD video playback.
Since the included 1.66 GHz Atom N450 cannot handle high-def clips Asus has equipped the 1005PR with Broadcom’s Crystal HD chip and has also ‘thrown’ in 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive (plus 500GB of cloud-based storage), GMA 3150 integrated graphics, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, 10/100 LAN, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a chiclet keyboard, and a 6-cell battery for up to 11 hours of operation.
The Eee PC 1005PR runs Windows 7 Starter, is backed by a one-year warranty and can be found in the US for with a price tag of $400.

Following the link above will give you the picture, but the unit is fairly mundane in appearance, being black on black. The chiclet keyboard is to be expected, but it certainly would be nice to have an upgrade option. Otherwise, the unit looks very nice, and would make a great item to supplement a desktop for many office workers, or college students.


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