Acer US prunes Aspire One mini laptop prices
Rolls out new top-end model too
Acer has cut the price of the Aspire One, making its Small, Cheap Computer even cheaper. In the US, at any rate.
Stateside, the AA1 with an 8GB SSD, 512MB of memory and Linux pre-loaded will now cost $329 (£175/€221), down from $379 (£202/€255). The AA1 with a 120GB HDD, 1GB of DDR 2 and Windows XP is now priced at $349 (£186/€235) - it used to cost $399 (£212/€269).
Acer's Aspire One: now $50 cheaper in the US
The latter's fall makes way for new Windows XP model fitted not only with a 160GB hard drive but also a six-cell battery. The other models come with three-cell power packs.
Don't get your hopes up just yet if you live in the UK, however. We contacted Acer UK, and the company confirmed the AA1 prices haven't been pruned over here.
That said, that's only on the basis of "August's price-list", so we wouldn't like to say cuts won't come in September. Especially, if Dell announces its SCC in the meantime.
A number of suppliers in the UK appear to be anticipating as much: DSG stores PC World and Curry have been offering the Linux AA1 for £200 of late.
That will be a keymap setting. In any case, if you want to "Learn about linuks!" you should install a normal distribution anyway. Any i386 distro will run. The keyboard worked correctly out of the box with Debian here,.. which is rare with laptop keyboards.
I got one today. My prime purpose is to learn about Gnu Linux , this is the first lesson.
The keyboard driver is configured incorrectly.
Five characters appear from the wrong keys : \ from # , # from £ and Euro from Alt Gr 5 ; @ and " are swapped.
Six characters ar marked and don't appear at all : £ & * ( ) and the broken | .
So far I can find no easy way to rectify this, there is no directly accessible keyboard nationality setting.
Price War you say? Lovely, lovely.. *rubs hands*
ASUS lucky to get bronze.
Upmarket (price wise at least) "tat bazaar" feebay has a lowest 'buy it now' price of $350.
Original 'micro screen' eeepcs are selling for $300.
Will you still get a $99 cash back from ACER to make this EVEN cheaper? Are you listening ASUS and do you even care?
I saw these laptoys today at the local supermarket here in Dubai ( Carrefour ).
They have the price of 1499 DirHams ( DHm ) about £200 I think.
I already have a couple of eeePC's but the ACER looks better and also seem to havea slightly better display.
Still nice tho'