Acer Launches New 11.6-inch Aspire One Netbook

Acer has unveiled an impressive number of new devices at a New York press event including a 11.6-inch Aspire One model that looks more like a posh sub-laptop than a traditional netbook.

Although it is bigger than usual, the "nouveau" Aspire one packs not only a full size keyboard; in comparison other smaller netbooks sport 10 percent smaller keyboards.

The 11.6-inch LED backlit screen is slightly smaller than say, the 12-inch screen of the Dell Inspiron Mini 12, but allows for a resolution of 1366x768 pixels which is HD Ready and found on some 18.5-inch monitors.

At less than 25mm thick, it is thinner than the previous version and comes with the same set of specifications as its rivals; an Intel Atom CPU (either the Z530 or the Z520 CPU), Intel US15W Express Chipset, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, a webcam, integrated WiFi, Bluetooth, Three USB Ports, VGA, HSDPA compatibility (with embedded SIM), Dolby Pro Logic sound and a multi card reader.

Battery life is expected to be excellent; it comes with a 6-cell battery which would allow for a 8-hour lifespan although a 3-cell battery will also be available. Should Acer make the laptop available for roughly the same price as the Aspire One - about £300 - it will be a hit.

The new Aspire One will be available in four different glossy colours and will also include a multi-gesture touchpad, allowing the user to use two fingers to execute commands.

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Our Comments

The new Aspire One brings Acer even closer to perfection. There is not much that can be added to the netbook from an aesthetic point of view to make it better. The screen is just large enough and the netbook is still light enough not to jeopardise portability. It does however brings the notion of netbook back into the picture since this particular model blurs even more the lines between netbooks and sub-laptops.

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