As expected, Acer has jumped into the low-cost mini-notebook fray. The company introduced the Aspire One today at Computex in Taipei. Here’s a rundown of the specs:

  • CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor
  • RAM: 512MB, upgradeable to 1.5GB
  • Storage: 4GB or 8GB SSD or 80GB hard drive
  • Display: 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 pixel LED-backlit screen
  • Operating System: Windows XP or Linpus Linux Lite
  • Keyboard: 95% full size
  • Webcam: Yes
  • Ports: 3 USB 2.0, 5-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD), VGA output
  • Communications: Ethernet, 802.11b/g
  • Battery: 3 cell battery with estimated 3 hours battery life, optional 6 cell battery
  • Dimensions: 9.8″ x 6.7″ x 1.14″
  • Weight: 2.17 pounds
  • Price: $379

While that starting price looks pretty attractive, it looks like that’s probably the price for the model with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 3 cell, 3 hour battery. If you want more RAM, additional storage, or a higher capacity battery, expect to pay a bit more.

3G and WiMax options are coming later this year.

[via Eee PC and Laptop Magazine]

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2 replies on “Acer announces the Aspire One subnotebook”

  1. This One (get it? 🙂 ) is looking like a damn good deal to me.

    According to Electronista ( the base model has 8GB SSD, but here’s the cool bit, “as well as a five-in-one card reader. A unique twist is a second SD slot that can be used for expanding the computer’s permanent storage: a file manager app can automatically merge any SD card put into the slot with the built-in memory, giving owners of at least the 8GB Aspire one an upgrade path.”

    So, although it has less space than the Eee PC901 to start with, the Aspire One can be easily upgraded and still have a free card reader for dropping in the SD card from your camera. Brilliant! And it might even allow it to boot from more than one OS.

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