Acer has been pumping out new mini-laptop models over the last few months at a pace that would have made Asus jealous last year. But some of the most intriguing new Acer Aspire One units werent’ available in the US… until now.

The Acer Aspire One AOD250 has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. It ships with a 3 cell, 2600mAh battery, includes 802.11b/g/ WiFI and measures 10.17″ x 7.24″ x 1″. This netbook will carry an MSRP of $298, which means you shouldn’t be surprised to find it for even less from some retailers.

The Aspire One AO751 is kind of like the AOD250’s big brother. It has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an 1.22GHz Intel Atom Z520 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. This model  with a 6 cell, 5200mAh battery, and also includes 802.11b/g WiFi. It measures 11.18″ x 7.79″ x 1″ and carries an MSRP price of $379.99, although it looks lke there will also be a version with a 3 cell battery for $349.99.

via Engadget

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7 replies on “Acer launches Aspire One D250 and 751 in the US”

  1. Also, it looks like they’re taking a page from Asus’s book and trying to baffle us with model numbers:
    AA1 model 571 is the 10″ model with the tiny disk drive.
    AA1 model 751 is the new 11″ model.

  2. The D250 has a 10.1″ 1024 x 600 display and uses a 1.6GHz N270 CPU.

    The 751 has an 11″ 1364 x 768 display and uses a 1.33GHz Z520 CPU.

    The D250 is a netbook using a processor intended for a netbook.
    The 751 is bigger and has greater resolution, so it is equipped with a processor designed for a UMPC or MID, which is by definition smaller than a netbook.

    The N270 CPU consumes more power than the Z520 CPU, so it is installed in the unit with a 3 cell battery.

    The Z520 CPU consumes less power, so it is placed in the unit with a 6 cell battery.

    I understand 🙂 We have run into this several times before.

    Actually, I’m confused. Maybe one of you processor geeks out there in Liliputer Land could explain this to me. Does it have something to do with Microsoft’s requirements for XP use? (I think both units will ship with XP.) Does the Z series CPU have some video capabilities I’ve forgotten about?

    I notice that the 1.33GHz Z520 is $30 cheaper than the 1.6GHz Z530 and they both seem to have about the same power consumption.
    Is there anyone who would not want to pay the extra $30 and get the Z530 for a big, high resolution unit like this?

    1. I can think of two reasons, but neither satisfies me:

      1) They are trying to keep the cost down to make up for the more expensive display.
      2) They are trying to offset the increased power usage of the larger display with a lower wattage processor.

      They should just get the same specs as a normal netbook, but very slightly larger batteries (4 cell and 7 cell).

      1. Speaking of batteries, any word on battery life with the 6 cell?

        And whether the 6-cell will be flush-fitting? I’ve seen some awful 6-cell protuberances that basically ruin perfectly portable machines…

        1. Brad’s Engadget link above, which I finally got around to reading, has a huge amount of spec info from Acer, but no clear information about the implementation of the 6-cell. They imply that ALL the models are only 1″ thick. If this is true for the 6-cell, they either did a darned good design job or let it stick out the back.

          They also say that several different configurations will be available, even different ones within the 6-cell category. This is encouraging–maybe the 1.6GHz Z530 processor will be available.

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