With the launch of Windows 8 this week, PC makers are understandably pushing fancy new computers with unusual designs, high performance processors, and high price tags. But you can also find some new Windows 8 computers with pretty low price tags.
The new model features a 1 GHz AMD C-70 dual core processor, Radeon HD6290 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive.
It has a 2500mAh battery which Acer says should provide up to 5.5 hours of run time, thanks to the low power processor. AMD’s C-series chips are basically the company’s answer to Intel’s Atom chips for netbooks.
In other words, they’re not particularly fast, but they don’t consume a lot of power either. What AMD C-series chips do offer, though, is support for HD video playback and 3D graphics acceleration.
The new Aspire One 725 measures 11.2″ x 8″ x 0.9″ and weighs 2.65 pounds. It has 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2. 0 ports, VGA, Ethernet, and WiFi, but no Bluetooth. The laptop runs Windows 8 64-bit.
While there’s no touchscreen on this model, you can use the touchpad to navigate the Windows 8 user interface using multitouch gestures. Another advantage to running Windows 8 is that you can install the Netflix app from the Windows Store. The browser-based version of Netflix doesn’t play well with devices with AMD C and E series processors, but the Windows 8 app should work just fine.
Acer actually shows a starting price of $329.99 for this laptop, but I haven’t seen any stores selling the notebook at that price yet.