Acer may not have any new ultrabooks in its lineup, but the company says the spirit of the ultrabook lives on now that thin and light design are becoming common characteristics for portable notebooks. Acer says it’s new E Series and V series notebooks are good examples… but I think the best examples might be the smallest members of the family.

Acer’s new 11.6 inch Windows notebooks weigh about 3 pounds, measure less than 0.9 inches thick, and feature fanless designs thanks to their low-power Intel Bay Trail processors.

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The Acer Aspire E11 is a small notebook with a choice of an Intel Celeron or Pentium Bay Trail processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, and 4 color options. It has a fanless design, gets up to 5 hours of battery life, and supports up to 1TB of storage and up to 8GB of RAM.

The notebook measures 11.46″ x 8.3″ x 0.83″ and weighs 2.84 pounds.

Acer also offers a touchscreen model called the Acer Aspire V11. That version’s a tad heavier, at 3.06 pounds. And it only comes in two colors. But it offers longer battery life, with up to 7 hours of run time and it’s only a hair thicker, at 0.85 inches.

The notebooks have full-sized Ethernet and HDMI ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB 3.0 port, and SD card slots. There are stereo speakers on the bottom of the case, but no other holes… because there are no fans needed to keep the systems cool.

The Aspire E11 will launch in America in June for a starting price of $270 and the Aspire V11 should be available at about the same time for $370 and up.



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16 replies on “Acer Aspire E11 and V11 are small, fanless Windows laptops”

  1. hi. i’m not a very techy person and i do not know how to check laptops very well (so i asked my friends and also asked around the web).
    so, here’s the thing: i use ms word a lot (bc of my course that i’m taking), i watch tv series & movies a lot too (online) and i use skype & itunes very often. those are probably the only things that i do with my current crappy laptop. so i was wondering, should i buy Aspire E11? money wise (bc im just a working student) and considering with the things i do with my laptop? 🙂

  2. Is there a more specific date on when we can order these? I can’t even find them on uk sites. I’m deciding between this and the vivobook x202e

  3. Does the V 11 come with haswell or bay trail? I do not see how it could get 2 extra hours of battery without using haswell, and there is a pentium inside sticker on it, and a intel inside sticker on the e11.

  4. I really like the 11 inch designs but why can’t they give that great of battery life? How is asus able to give 10 hours of battery life in the T00 tablet and they can’t get that in a larger laptop.

    1. The T100 is using a mobile Tablet optimized SoC, which only has about 2W SDP and probably never exceeds 5W for max TDP either… Everything built into it also is designed for mobile power optimization, like the LP-DDR3 RAM, eMMC, etc.

      While this Acer model is using either a Celeron or Pentium branded Bay Trail M/D, which means it’s not optimized for mobile and uses more power… There is a trade off in that these SoCs will tend to provide a bit more performance and you get added support for things like SATA 2 drives instead of eMMC, DDR3L RAM, etc. that should all help provide more performance but they all also tend to use more power and the max TDP can be up to 10W for the highest rated Bay Trail M/D SoC…

      The Celeron N2830 dual core, for example, is a 7.5W max TDP SoC… But the performance is only a bit below a Haswell Celeron dual core 2955U and a little above the Bay Trail T quad core Z3770… and unlike the other Core based Celerons, the latest batch of Bay Trail based Celerons, like the N2830, have features like Quick Sync enabled… which up till now you could only get with the Mobile Bay Trail T SoCs…

      So consider, you’d be getting a bit better performance as the trade off for battery life, as long as it’s a newer model SoC then you won’t be losing out on any features, thermal tolerance has also been improved in the newer model SoCs, and the Bay Trail M/D SoCs support up to 8GB of RAM and can already run 64bit Windows 8 as they don’t need to worry about Connected Standby/InstantGo support…

    2. The T100 uses the tablet version of the Bay Trail chip, the Z-series, I’m assuming these laptops use the N-series which are almost double the TDP. Also, these are fairly low cost machines, so Acer will cut costs by using smaller batteries

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