Acer Computer Australia have launched Aspire One, its first 8.9″ ‘Netbook’. Powered by the latest Intel Atom processor technology, Aspire One is an internet device designed to make online activities fast, simple and convenient.
Acer has developed its first Netbook to be stylish and lightweight; Aspire One weighs in at less than one kilogram (for the Linux version, taking the Windows XP option sees the computer fatten up to 1.1 kg) making it the lightest Netbook in its class. Acer has improved upon the current market standard in ultra portables and has taken it a step further by offering a Netbook that is smaller than an average office diary (24 x 17 cm), lighter than the competition and has a full and easy to use software application suite with battery life of up to 7 hours (up to 3 hours battery life with standard 3-cell battery, or up to 7 hours battery life with optional 6-cell battery.)
Acer has worked hard on improving the user interface. For example, the OneMail application integrates up to 5 email accounts into one central inbox. Similarly, users can have multiple instant messenger accounts via a single point of access.
Aspire One features an 8.9″ CrystalBrite LED backlit display (resolution of 1024×600 pixels), CrystalEye webcam and 802.11b/g WiFi built-in as standard for easy access to available wireless networks.
Choice of operating system
Aspire One will be available with Linpus Linux Lite or Windows XP Home, and comes with 512MB or 1.5GB of memory respectively.
There are two alternatives for data storage: a NAND flash module of 8GB or an 80GB internal HDD. In addition the Aspire One reads 5 different types of memory card – Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card – for absolute data freedom.
Colours and price
Available in four fashionable colours to suit the individual, Sapphire Blue, Seashell White, Coral Pink and Golden Brown, the Aspire One launches today with the first model netbook pre-installed with Linux at $599.00 (RRP inc GST).