ASUS Eee PC 904/904HD/905

ASUS Eee Monitor
ASUS' Eee PC family continues to grow

It seems as though "too much of a good thing" is not something that crossed ASUS' mind following the success of the original Eee PC 701 4G. With competion springing up from various manufacturers from MSI to HP to Dell, ASUS is now throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the newcomers.

The first new addition to the Eee PC family came in the form of the Eee PC 900 which added a larger 8.9" screen, larger SSD capacities, and a multi-touch track pad. Not long after hooking new customers in with the 900, ASUS announced its successor: the Eee PC 901. The Eee PC 901 brought Intel's Atom processor to the mix along with a completely new chassis design.

Feeling heat from the 10" MSI Wind, ASUS days later announced the 10" Eee PC 1000 and 1000H complete with Intel's Atom processor, nearly full-size keyboard, and the option to select a HDD for the first time on the Eee series.

As if those new models weren't enough, ASUS is now throwing in four additional models: the Eee PC 903, 904, 904 HD, and 905. The Eee PC 903 crams the 901's Intel Atom-based components into the 900's chassis design (some previous Eee PC owners have complained about the "blinged out" 901). This appears to be the only change for the 903.

Next up are the Eee PC 904 and 905. Although not much is known about the differences between the 904 and 905, both use the larger 10" Eee PC 1000's frame with the smaller 8.9" screen from the Eee PC 900/900. So users can now have the 8.9" screen and a larger keyboard; but they now have to deal with the increased screen bezel.

Finally, we have the Eee PC 904 HD. This model has the same characteristics as the 904/905, but adds in a HDD instead of an SSD.

Confused yet?

On top of all this, ASUS also recently showed off the new Eee Monitor which appears to be a 19" or 20" all-in-one machine complete with six USB 2.0 ports, a 56k modem, NIC, and a media reader.

While it's commendable that ASUS is not leaving the Eee PC series to languish in previous successes, one must wonder if the company is going to confuse or alienate its customers with a dizzying array of overlapping models.

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