An alert reader posted the link to the ASUS R2E available on Best Buy! It shows as "Backordered, Usually leaves our warehouse in 1-2 weeks time," so maybe that bodes well on a release happening really soon.
Price listed is $1099.99. Higher than I would prefer, but not wholly unexpected. It ships with Vista Home Premium.
The model listed on Best Buy seems like a pretty standard configuration. Interestingly, the ad claims the memory is expandable to 4GB. Given that the ASUS website lists 1GB as soldered onboard, I’m not sure how Best Buy is able to put on 4GB. Now, if it has confirmed 2GB as the max memory, I would have both believed it and been very, very happy.
- Intel® Stealey™ processor A110 with 400MHz frontside bus, 512KB L2 cache and 800MHz processor speed
- 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 memory for multitasking power, expandable to 4GB
- Note: optical drive not included
- From our expanded online assortment; not available in all Best Buy stores
- 7" WVGA LCD touch-screen display with 800 x 480 resolution; digitizer pen included for taking notes
- 80GB hard drive (4200 rpm)
- Fingerprint reader for added security
- Intel® 945GU Express graphics with up to 64MB shared video memory
- USB 2.0 port for fast digital video, audio and data transfer; Secure Digital media slot
- Built-in 1.3MP Web cam makes it easy to video chat or send video mail
- Built-in Intel® Wireless Wi-Fi Link 3945ABG wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g); built-in 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN
- Built-in GPS receiver
- Weighs only 1.8 lbs. and measures about 1.1" thin for lightweight portability; lithium-polymer battery and AC adapter
- Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition operating system preinstalled
See it at Best Buy