The Acer Aspire One 756 is a cheap portable laptop with an 11.6 inch display and a starting price of just $330.
While Acer has been offering netbooks with Intel Atom processors under the Aspire name for years, the Acer Aspire One 756 is a little different. Instead of an Atom chip, it’s available with a choice of Intel Celeron 877, Intel Pentium 967, or Intel Pentium 987 processors.
These aren’t exactly top-of-the-line chips, but they should make the laptop faster than a typical netbook.
First introduced in May, the Acer Aspire One 756 is now available at select stores. I haven’t seen any online retailers selling the laptop yet, but it’s apparently on sale in-store in at least one CostCo location.
Update: Several Aspire One 756 notebook models are now available from Newegg. It’s also available from Amazon for $349.99. (thanks Eric!)
Acer also tends to sell its products through Target, Staples, Walmart, and other bricks and mortar stores, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this laptop show up in those places soon.
The notebook measures 11.2″ x 8″ x 0.8″ and weighs 3 pounds. It has a 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 4 cell battery, Intel HD graphics, HDMI output and 802.11n WiFi.
The least expensive models sell for $330, while the priciest versions run $380.
The difference between those two laptops? The cheapest model has 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a Celeron 877 CPU, while the $380 version has twice the RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a Pentium dual-core 967 processor.
There are also mid-range devices for $350.
I guess not all thin and light laptops released this year are going to be ultrabooks costing $700 or more.
Can I download Microsoft office on this?
This morning I picked up the Acer Aspire One AO756-2623 at Best Buy for $249.99 and $270.61 after sales tax. 2GB RAM, 320GB hard drive. I can always add more RAM later. This is $30 off the normal price, and I thought this was a great deal. Just my first impressions from the store, the build is not as solid as I might like but I guess that comes with the very light weight. Also the arrow keys are very small, and no dedicated home and end keys. But I figured I could live with these things given the low price. I expect in every other way it will blow the doors off my old Atom N450 netbook.
well … except for battery life … will see what I can do about that
I’ve decided to return this netbook … the speakers are just too terrible … can’t understand the other person in a webcam chat. Speakers in my old Gateway 10.1 netbook are much better. Hard to stomach such a serious downgrade in audio quality.
this notebook has the best price to performance ratio in my opinion…..the most imp quality for netbooks/ultraportables
This sounds like the almost perfect combination of size and function at a great price. Now, if only it were made by Asus or Lenovo.
But I dont think they will.
So Acer it will be.
By the way, any idea on the gpu? Is it a 3000?
Can buy the lower 2 CPU models at newegg now, and the Celeron with 500GB HD at Costco. Remember Costco gives you 90 days to return, and a 2 year warranty. Here is a newegg link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100017489&IsNodeId=1&Description=aspire%20one&bop=And&CompareItemList=-1|34-215-387^34-215-387-TS%2C34-215-388^34-215-388-TS
Looks like both the Celeron 877 and Pentium 967/987 are coming with the more basic Intel HD GMA instead of the 3000.
Device Manager just identifies it as Intel HD Graphics … CPUID and PC Wizard didn’t tell me anything more … finally ran Intel System Identification Utility – and it identifies the graphics as Intel Processor Graphics 2000.
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