is it still a netbook if it has an optical drive????

Asus will this month further muddy the netbook waters by releasing an Eee PC with an optical drive. The E1004DN will have the usual Atom N280 CPU, a 120GB hard drive and the HD-capable GN40 graphics chipset. Presumably it will also have the usual complement of SD card reader, triple-USB ports and six-cell battery.

Why would Asus stick a battery-sucking, space-eating optical drive in such a tiny machine? With an optical drive, is this even a netbook anymore?

i'm guessing that the machine will become thicker to accommodate the spindle, therefore breaking the purse-ability (that's right. i said purse,deal who wants some???) of the netbook.

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