Asus’ highly regarded 1008HA Seashell series EEE PC introduced at CeBit 2009 has been officially announced for the North American market. Pricing is set at $429.99 for the 2.4lbs. device. Pre-orders are also eligible for a $20 rebate. With the explosion in netbook popularity, manufacturers are turning towards design and elegance to set themselves apart, and being the pioneer in netbooks, Asus again leads the way with an ultra-thin case modeled after its sea-dwelling namesake. The case is infused with tiny reflective specs in a process called In-Mold Roller technology that lends to increased durability and aesthetic distinctions. Available colors are black, white, pink, blue, sapphire blue and ruby red.