The netbook with an optical drive has finally hit the market, beginning in Taiwan. It’s not the very first netbook with an optical drive, but it’s the first one to use the Intel GN40 chipset.
The Eee PC packs an Atom N280 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 120 GB of space, a biometric fingerprint scanner, Wi Fi, Bluetooth 3.1, a 1.3 megapixel webcam and 3 USB 2.0 ports. It has a multi-touch touchpad for some ergonomic gestures and the 10.2-inch display has 1024 x 600 pixels.
You can expect up to 5.9 hours of juice from the 6-cell battery. It’s on sale for €429/$608 in Taiwan, and you can order one here if you just can’t wait for a release near you.