Why Does Asus Discriminate Against People Who Prefer Matte LCD Displays on Netbooks?

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I’ve been thinking about which netbook to buy next. I’m leaning towards either the Asus Eee PC T91 touchscreen netbook or a Dell Mini 10 with an HD display. So, I didn’t expect to find much personal interest in this item from EeeUser.com…

Customising Your 1000HE and the 1005HA Arrives

But, I was wrong… Martin points out that two version of the 1005HA are available in Amazon: One has a matte LCD display while the other has a glossy display. That sounds great so far since many people prefer one display type over the other. So, that’s that, right? Choose a display type and you’re done. But, no. Asus, or perhaps Amazon’s buyer, decided these two models would have other significant differences.

1005HA VU1X: $349.99. Matte LCD display. 8.5-hour battery life. Atom N270 processor

1005HA-PU1X: $389.99. Glossy (“Color-Shine”) LCD display. 10.5 hour battery life. Atom N280 processor

So, there you have it. If you prefer a matte screen (minimal reflection) you pay less but also get a shorter battery life and the older processor model. If you prefer the glossy screen (lots of reflections), you have to pay $40 more but get longer battery life and the newer processor. This just doesn’t seem right to me.