Despite recent reports to the contrary, Acer plans to continue producing netbooks. The company has been offering mini-laptop computers with low power processors and low price tags since 2008, and the Wall Street Journal reports that Acer will continue to release new models.
At least that’s what Acer’s CEO told the paper recently.
Acer’s latest netbooks include the Aspire One D270 10 inch mini-laptop with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N2600 Cedar Trail processor. The company also sells a few 11.6 inch notebooks under its Aspire One brand, including the Aspire One 722 with an AMD C-60 CPU and new Aspire One 756 with an Intel Celeron processor.
So if you’re a purist who thinks that a computer needs to have a 10 inch or smaller screen to be a netbook, it doesn’t look like Acer is making any promises. The company has been grouping 10 and 11.6 inch notebooks into the same category for a few years.
Meanwhile, Acer also offers significantly more powerful laptops with the same size display, such as the Aspire V5 Ivy Bridge notebook.
Still, at a time when netbook makers are dropping out of the business like flies, it’s nice to see any sort of commitment to cheap tiny computers.
Hopefully Acer won’t just try to convince us that it’s upcoming Windows 8 convertible tablets with starting prices of $799 are “netbooks.”