Acer is expected to announce a new version of the Aspire One netbook with a 10.1 inch screen any day now. In addition to the larger screen, the new model will have an improved touchpad with a single mouse button below the pad instead of pushed off to the sides. The machine will also reportedly get better battery life than existing models.
And that’s all great news. But DigiTimes reports that Acer is considering eliminating its 8.9 inch netbook line to make way for the new 10.1 inch models. And I think that’s a mistake. If the rumors are correct, the new models won’t be much larger or heavier than Acer’s current mini-laptops, they will weigh a little more and will take up slightly more space in your bag. And I’m going to go out on a limb and assume they’re also going to cost a bit more.
I think the smart move here would be to offer customers a choice of netbooks for at least a while. If there’s still strong demand for the 8.9 inch version, why not considering upgrading that model with a better battery, touchpad, or processor in the future? After all, the Acer Aspire One in its current configuration, is one of themost popular netbooks around and has helped Acer pick up some serious market share. Why mess with a good thing?