It appears that Asus have taken note of users complaining about their all over gloss finished netbooks which act as fingerprint magnets. They have just released a new version of the popular Asus Eee PC 1005PE, which has a new non gloss finish, know as the Asus 1005PE-PU27-BK.
The Asus 1005PE is a great netbook, no doubt about that, you can read my review here. But the all over gloss is an annoyance for a lot of users, so it’s great to see this new Asus Eee PC 1005PE-PU27 model available.
It is identical do the standard 1005PE-PU17 but now has a new non gloss lid with a soft touch, which is nicely fingerprint, and light scratch resistant.
As a reminder of the specifications, it has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display (still glossy), the Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, Windows 7 Starter, and a 6-cell battery quoted at a massive 14 hours. Via Liliputing
Update: The Amazon 1005PE-PU27 is now available from Amazon for
Also, it has a plain matte lid (“Black Soft Touch Finish”), and not a textured pattern as first expected. This finish is totally fingerprint resistant and should also be harder to scratch.