Acer subsidiary Packard Bell has announced plans to sell its new line of Dot mini-laptops in the UK. Basically, these are just rebranded versions of Acer Aspire one laptops… with a few changes in both branding and specifications.
The Packard Bell Dot S has a 10.1 inch display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and Windows XP. Prices will start at about £249 or around $397 US. If you ask me, it looks a lot like the Acer Aspire One D250.
The Packard Bell Dot M has the same chassis as the Acer Aspire One 751. But the insides are a bit different. In lieu of the underperforming Intel Atom z520 CPU found in the Aspire One 751, the Packard Bell Dot M has an AMD Athlon L1110 and up to 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. The computer runs Windows Vista and will run about £349 or $556 US. A version with an Intel processor will also be available.
We first heard about the Packard Bell Dot M and S in April, but now it looks like we have a time frame for a product launch (in the UK anyway). Both laptops should be available in July.