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Move over Jose, Acer's Aspire Ultra Small Laptop is The One

A shade under £200, that is how much the cheaper version of the new Acer Aspire One laptop will cost; the Taiwanese giant is a latecomer in a market dominated by Asus but don't underestimate Acer.

The Aspire One sports a 8.9 inch screen with a 1024x600 pixels resolution and will be available both in Linux and Windows flavours; the former will come with 512MB RAM and a 8GB SSD hard drive while the Windows version will cost £100 extra but will throw in an additional 512MB memory and substitute the SSD storage for a more substantial 80GB spinning hard drive.

At 1Kg, this mobile internet device may render a lot of UMPC ranges obsolete overnight; the Aspire One integrates a low-power Atom N270 processor as well as an almost full size keyboard, only 5 percent smaller than your laptop's, and one of those novelty side-button touchpads.

Other specs include Integrated HD Audio courtesy of Intel, a one year carry-in warranty, Wi-Fi compatibility, a 0.3 megapixel webcam and the Linux variant appears to have gone the Asus EEE way by providing with a proprietary user interface that is bound to confound.

Interestingly, the Aspire One will be available both in WiMax and HSPDA flavours - no bluetooth though - and will also feature two different battery types; the 7-cell version allowing you to work for stonking seven hours.

The laptop will be available in four different shades as from next month and you can be sure that Acer's logistical might will ensure that there's plenty of stock around from day one.

It has already sold its entire first quarter's production to its partners and hopes to sell seven million of these this year alone.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.