The 599 Euro price tag may seem a bit steep at first. That’s about $808 US. But what you get for the money is an 11.6 inch portable laptop with a 1.3GHz dual core Pentium SU4100 processor, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Oh yeah, and you can fold the capacitive multitouch screen down over the keyboard for use in tablet mode.
I have high hopes for this notebook. Many of the convertible tablets I’ve tested in the past few months have shipped with Windows XP or Windows 7 Starter Edition — which aren’t really optimized for multitouch gestures. They have also tended to have low power Intel Atom processors, and I’m starting to think that you might need a faster CPU in order to handle Windows in tablet mode, since most of these machines have felt a little sluggish when performing certain actions such as rotating the display. While the Pentium SU4100 isn’t exactly a high performance chip, it is significantly more powerful than an Intel Atom processor.
The Acer Aspire 1825PTZ also has a 6 cell, 5600mAh battery, Bluetooth 2.1, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. The laptop is available in black, blue or red.
There’s still no word on a US release date for the Aspire 1825PTZ.
Update: Johannes from Netbook News.de has posted an unboxing and hands-on video. You can check it out after the break.