Acer extends Aspire One netbook line with 11.6in model
'Pro' version too
Acer has ramped up its Aspire One netbook family - arguably pushing the range out of netbook territory with a 11.6in model.
Acer's Aspire One 751: 11.6in screen
Said machine, described simply as the "11.6in Aspire One" will be equipped with an Intel Atom processor Acer wouldn't name but - given the use of a US15W chipset, is undoubtedly a Z-series part design for handheld internet tablets rather than netbooks.
Acer provided pics of a machine called the Aspire One 751, which has a large-looking display, so we assume it's the 11.6in model.
Acer's reticence to talk about speeds and feeds suggests to us the netbook will use the newly announced 2GHz Z550. Acer did say the machine will incorporate a 160GB hard drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G, though the latter's likely to be optional.
The D250: just like the D150 only slightly thinner
Acer also formally introduced the 10.1in Aspire One D250, follow on to the recently released D150. There's no real difference in specifications - the D250's key feature is its thinness. It's 25.4mm thick to the D150's 33.4mm thickness, so not exactly a huge difference between them - or between them D250 and the 11.6in, which is also 25.4mm thick.
The D250 will be made available - when, Acer didn't say - with a choice of 1.6GHz N270 or 1.68GHz N280 Atom CPU; up to 2GB of DDR 2 memory; a 160GB hard drive; 802.11b/g Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; 10/100Mb/s Ethernet; and either a three- or six-cell battery. The 10.1in screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600.
The P531: business oriented
Acer also showed off the Aspire One P531, the anticipated 'pro' machine that has a more business-like look than the D150 or D250. Again, no detailed specs were provided, but we'd expect the P531 to have comparable specs to the D250.
Acer was mum on pricing and availability too. ®
its not a ton
My core duo laptop is only just under 1.6kg so its still ok to carry it around.
and as the likes of Hp 2140 is 1.2kg I guess for the extra power and the fact it has dvd rewriter. i can live with the back pain from carrying the extra 400g
Last night I was re-encoding a 1080 wmv hd file using windos xp movie maker and also able to play a 1080 hd file and still the cpu never got more than 70% while doing both. show me a atom netbook that can do that.
looking for pain killers for my bad back....that extra 400g is killing me.....
These displays and resolutions just don't make sense to me. 1024x600 is too tight (especially if you're doing a lot of reading/writing) and having a higher resolution at the same screen size leads to an unhealthy posture...
You forget to mention the key feature of your laptop: "it weighs a ton".
I have had my fill of these "netbook" sorry psion.
I got from a local Computer market a "philips" x67 rebranded twinhead
its got A real cpu a Core duo 1.06ghz 11.1" gloss tft
DVD rewriter built in yes built in
firewire, lan, modem, wifi
it did have Vista on it but thats gone to a legal version of XP home and COA was got for £15.00
5 hour battery life using power saving mode.
and can play full HD wmv files no problem
screen is 1366*768?
Only cost £240.00 with 6 months warranty.
Turns out battery no good. but I was able to rebuild it with new cells . but a real new one costs £100 even at £355 it can do a damn site more than the slowwww atom cpu ever can and give a very good battery life too.