Someone needs to put a vending machine in the lounge where Acer's marketing and design teams hang out. Clearly these guys and gals are starving, or at least that's our hypothesis on how Acer came up with the Aspire One Happy 2 netbook line, "a series of stylish netbooks in four fun and flavorful colors" including "Banana Cream," "Blueberry Shake," "Papaya Milk," and "Strawberry Yogurt."
First things first: This is not a revolution. Although the Acer Aspire One AO532h boasts Intel’s new Pine Trail processor, the Atom N450, it’s no game changer. Instead, think of it as a highly polished evolution of the standard netbook.
Intel’s first Atom CPU, the N270, was the processor that launched a thousand netbooks, among them the 8.9-inch Aspire One, which was our favorite first-generation netbook, as well as one of the most popular. It’s fitting, then, that an Acer Aspire One is one of the first netbooks to arrive with Intel’s much-anticipated Atom N450, which consumes roughly 20 percent less power, and moves the chipset and graphics functionality into the CPU.
Other than the CPU, not much else is new about the AO532h—it has 1GB of DDR2; a 10.1-inch, 1024x600, LED-backlit LCD; and a glossy, fingerprint-magnet chassis. The hard drive is 250GB, which is nice, and both hard drive and RAM are easily upgradeable. It’s the first netbook we’ve tested with Windows 7 preinstalled, albeit the needlessly crippled Starter edition. The track pad, which supports multitouch, is a textured area that’s flush with the chassis; the chiclet-style keyboard is nearly full-size and easy to type on, although the keys depress lower than the chassis, which can be annoying when hitting the keys on the bottom row, where the sharp edge of the frame can dig into your thumbs.
Intel's Pine Trail platform has already hit the netbook scene, so where's the next-gen Nvidia Ion graphics? Glad you asked, says Acer, the first company to show off a netbook outfitted with Nvidia's Ion 2 chipset.
Looking to set a "netbook trend in the digital world," Acer's just-announced Aspire One 532G sports all kind of higher-end goodies, at least in the realm of netbooks. The 10.1-inch unit comes with an Intel Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and Nvidia's Ion 2 with 512MB of dedicated memory to give the integrated GMA3150 graphics a boost when needed.
"Enjoy smoooth and flawless 3D computing, mainstream PC gaming, boost the performance of editing and converting videos, face-tagging photos, and hi-def video playback up to 1080p via HDMI-output to HDTV," Acer explains.
Acer also wants to put to rest any concerns of sub-par battery life, claiming you can expect up to 10 hours of run time.
The Aspire one 532G will start shipping at the end of the quarter and come in Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red, and Pearl Silver.
Acer, who sits as the global market share leader in the netbook category with a 30.5 percent share of the pie (1.8 million units shipped), has just released an 11.6-inch netbook it believes is just what you're looking for.
"We predict that the larger display and keyboard will be a game-changer for mobile consumers looking to take it to the next level with the ultimate mobile device," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product management for Acer America.
The new AO751h sports a full size keyboard and is "thinner than previous generations" at 1-inch high. Acer says it will be available in several configurations, with a baseline model boasting an Intel Atom Z520 processor (1.22GHz, 490MHz frontside bus, 512KB L2 cache), 1GB of DDR2-533 memory, a 160GB hard drive, integrated Intel GMA950 graphics, built-in media card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, and Windows XP Home with SP3.
As configured above, the AO751h carries and MSRP of $350, or $380 with a 6-cell battery.
Why pay $399 for a netbook when you can get the same model for just $79? That's the question Radio Shack hopes netbook shoppers will be asking themselves, and are prepared to answer with Acer's AT&T 3G-equipped Aspire One. Of course there's a caveat, which comes in the form of a qualifying 2-year AT&T service agreement on a rate plan starting at $60/month.
In case you missed it the first time around, Acer's popular Aspire One comes with an 8.9-inch LED backlit LDC screen, Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, Windows XP, and everything else you'd expect in a basic netbook configuration. This is also the same netbook that previously sold for $99 with a service contract, with the latest discount coming in anticipation of Verizon's deal to sell the HP Mini 1000 for a discount.
Acer is reportedly on the verge of releasing a brand new Aspire One that will feature a larger 11.6-inch panel (notably bigger than the 10.1-inch versions available today), and will go down in history for dancing on the line between netbook and notebook.
This new Aspire one will come with a 1366x768 16:9 screen, an Intel Atom Z530 processor and the Poulsbo chipset, along with GMA500 graphics. There’s even supposed to be an extended battery option that will allow up to eight hours of battery life.
No word yet on pricing or availability, but once we know, you will too!
Acer’s 8.9-inch Aspire One has largely been accepted as the sales leader in the netbook market. It’s been so hot that Acer, trying to fix what’s not broken, is looking to release a larger Aspire One AOD150, which will boast a 10.1-inch screen and a doubled battery life for the same $350.
The new Aspire One will have an Intel Atom N270 under the hood with integrated 945GSE graphics, 1GB of DDR2, a 160GB HDD and Windows XP Home edition. And to power it all, there will be a six-cell, 4,400mAh lithium-ion battery that will keep it all moving for up to six hours.
The AOD150 is currently available; so if you’re looking to upgrade the diminutive computer in your life, don’t hesitate to check it out.