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.
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.