If you’d asked me a few months ago which new netbook features we’d start to see in 2009 I probably would have said touchscreen displays, faster processors, and alternate operating systems including Google Android. But we’re almost halfway through the year and while the touchscreen Asus Eee PC T91 is due out any day now, the only two touchscreen netbooks available are the the Gigabyte Touch Note and laptops based on the Intel Classmate PC design. Processors haven’t gotten much faster (yet) and Google Android netbooks are still in the early works. But you know what is taking off this year? Higher resolution netbook displays.
The HP Mini 2140 and Dell Inspiron Mini 10 are already available with high resolution 10 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel screens. And now Macles reports that Acer is preparing a new Aspire One 571 with a 10.1 inch 1280 x 720 display. To help with decoding H.264 and high definition video, the mini-laptop features a Quartics Q1721 multimedia coprocessor which handles hardware decoding and encoding of H.264 and several other codecs.
Macles also reports that Acer has taken a rather baffling step of including an unusual optical disc drive that supports Vmedia, which are kind of like tiny Blu-Ray discs which can hold about 1GB of data.
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that the Acer spire One 571 will cost at least a few bucks more than most Acer netbooks thanks to that optical disc drive, HD media coprocessor, and high resolution display. But there’s no official word on pricing or availability yet.
I bought the new aspire 571,
definitely different from aspire D250/150. It has 11.6″ WSVGA screen, HD, 160GB HDD, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1.33GHz, Intel Atom (i forgot what type, but it’s not N280).
it’s thinner than the previous, like mac air.,
i’ll post the photo later
VMedia? A new format? Bahh, there is no point!
You know what? Too bad UMD is dead. Even killed they are far better then these Vmedia discs. The Universal Media Disc (UMD), as most people might remember, is an optical disc medium developed by Sony for use on the PlayStation Portable. It can hold up to 1.8 gigabytes of data and Sony had worked out the tech for writable UMDs as well. (Sony had tech in place to put even more on a disc thus if the tech had been supported we’d all ready have a better format then these Vmedia doo-dads.)
Then again I think putting any sort of optical media out on netbook is just too short tem to be useful. Tossing out new fomats is just a bad idea unless you have the money, power, and backing for the long term.
A disc drive that holds 1/32nd as much as a relatively inexpensive, ubuquitous USB flash drive? Why?
Yea. Or to make it more clear, this thing is 1GB RO and they hope to get 2GB RW before they fold up shop. You can buy 2GB of USB or SD flash memory for less than they are probably paying to press an oddball custom disc today.
It is a safe bet this format will never take hold, so forget finding any content offered for sale. This would be as dumb as introducing a new high density mini-disc format. Oh wait, that’s what they are doing and they don’t even have Sony’s marketing muscle. And this minidisc has the exact same 1GB that Sony was selling in a RW format years ago as MD-HD (and a very slightly modified form is the media for the PSP) only the media is a little bit smaller, understandable considering the several years that have passed.
At least they are trying something new, I look forward the reviews. 🙂
get rid of the video crap and i’d be interested. i just want something simple and high resolution…
me too. And matte, please, but not as crappy as the m912x…
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