Good news American patriots: The long awaited ASUS Eee PC 900 sporting a 8.9-inch screen and a multi-touch FingerGlide track pad will make its US retail appearence on May 12. Both the Linux Xandros and Windows XP versions will we sold for $549. See the full specs here. The new system, which strays from the original $399 price point, will sport a bigger screen with a higher resolution, an improved 1.3-mega pixel webcam, and a multi-touch track pad. That gives you a lot more comfort for your money but the new system, which is $150 more than the original, still contains the same Intel Celeron M processor. When we spoke to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen a few months back he predicted the 900 system would retail for about $499. I would say the inclusion of an Atom processor would justify the increase to $549, but do the new specs? Does the new system take the Eee PC out of its original low-cost category? You can get plenty of decent systems for under $600, take this ThinkPad R61e for $577. Sure, the ThinkPad is bigger but you get loads more horsepower and hard drive space for your money. Which comes to our age old question: do you like the Eee PC because of its size or because of its price point?