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Asus Adds EeePC 1002HA Non-Wedge Model To Netbook range

Asus has merged the S101 and the 1000H to bring out the new 1002HA laptop, a stunningly good looking netbook which should prove to be a serious competitor to more pricey sub-laptops.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has produced a very svelte 1.1Kg device with a 10-inch monitor and will be using a brushed metal chassis - rather than plastic - to pack some great components like an Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard disk drive and a 2-cell 4200mAH battery (rather than a 4-cell one).

Other features include a webcam, SDHC card reader, a VGA port and three USB ports.

Even if one more 1002HA adds to the already crowded (and confusing) market, the 1002HA should definitely get heads turning and to make it even better, it no longer sports that wedgy profile that the original EEE PC introduced.

Expect it to appear early next year (or before Christmas) at a price of around £350 (French Blogeee (opens in new tab) website puts the price at Eur449).

As things are going, it wouldn't be surprising if Asus brings out a serious competitor to the Macbook Air next year.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.