The much-anticipated 10.1″ Acer Aspire One has officially been announced, at least in Europe. While it still maintains the same resolution (1024×600) and storage (160GB 2.5″ SATA HDD), the addition to the Aspire One line (or replacement for the 8.9″ Acer Aspire One) addresses several issues that have been raised since the launch of the 8.9″ Aspire One.
The most important, in my opinion, is adding access panels to the bottom in order for the memory/RAM and hard drive to be easily serviced and/or replaced or upgrade. Given that most other netbook makers allowed for easy access so that the customer could upgrade the RAM to 2GB (given how cheap it is) as well as replace the drive with something larger, or one of the cheaper SSDs that have been rolling out lately.
The mouse buttons have also been moved to the bottom of the touchpad instead of the sites. That’s not as important in my opinion, but for others it’s a big change. Many of us learned to use our thumbs and tapping on the touchpad, and this arrangement will be one that is discussed for some time to come – as and example, the recently launched HP Mini 1000 utilizes the side-button arrangement.
The secondary flash/memory card reader expansion slot that could be used for storage has also been dropped. The reasoning, if I were to guess, I would say it’s because these days, any Solid State Drive (SSD) versions of the Aspire One will probably have ample storage. Earlier last year, SSDs were more expensive than they are now, so space was a premium, and the slot was a cheap and easy way for customers to store extra data if they needed it.
Even with the increase in the size of the screen, it still weighs in at 2.6 pounds / 1.18 kg.
Full Press Release:
Jan 23, 2009Milan
Acer, the third largest vendor in the global PC market (source: Gartner data, 1H 2008), today presented an all-new 10â€ Aspire One netbook, complete with a 10-inch screen, Windows XP and integrated Bluetooth, and designed for a fast, simple and utterly cool online life.
Only one year after first appearing on the market, netbooks have totally revolutionized the PC market, helping to form an entirely new market segment that users themselves created through a real need to be online all the time and to socialize around the clock.
Acer, thanks to its unique ability to read market trends and anticipate user needs, rapidly introduced the Aspire One, the worldâ€™s most popular netbook.
â€œDespite the recent problems of the financial markets and general economic uncertainty, the netbook and notebook markets will continue to grow in 2009â€ said Gianfranco Lanci, President & CEO, Acer Inc. â€œWith companies focused on containing the crisis, consumers and products designed for them become more important as users simply cannot do without their personal communication instruments.â€
At a little more than one kilo (1.18 kg), the new 10â€ Aspire One combines style, great features and a new form factor to provide the best combination of ultra-portability and maximum screen size for navigation and data input.
Designed for an optimal web browsing experience and Internet productivity, the 10â€ Aspire One includes a 10.1â€ WSVGA LED backlit display with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels that offers a broader vision for more convenient navigation. Integrated on top of the screen is the unique Acer Crystal Eye webcam optimized for poorly lit environments, a tiny window, tastefully encircled by a mirror rim, that keeps you connected to the world though live video streaming, video chats and conferences.
The 10â€ Aspire One comes with 802.11b/g WiFi and Acer Signal Up technology built-in as standard for easy access to available wireless networks. In addition is equipped with Bluetooth and can also be specified with a choice of embedded WiMAX or 3G wireless technologies for unlimited connectivity.
The 10â€ Aspire One meets Energy Star 4.0 requirements and can be equipped with a 6-cell Li-ion battery pack. With incredibly low idle power consumption, the 10â€ Aspire One guarantees up to 7 hours battery life for maximum fun. The battery indicator, placed on the front side is immediately recognizable even when the netbook is folded.
But the 10â€ Aspire One not only keeps you always connected; it keeps you connected with style. Available in four high-gloss color options including white, blue, red and black, the unmistakable design immediately catches the eye. The slim and streamlined Aspire One evokes speed and mobility, making it clear that it was designed for a life on the go. Stylish details such as the aerodynamic shaped metallic hinge with a colored accent and the fancy bright color rim that encircles the mirror plate power button immediately draw attention. The brushed-metal palm rest offers a refined look while avoiding unaesthetic fingerprints.
The 10â€ Aspire One is equipped with an IntelÂ® Atomâ„¢ processor, Mobile IntelÂ® 945GSE Express Chipset or Mobile IntelÂ® 82801GBM Chipset and can be equipped with up to 2 GB of DDR memory for an enhanced user experience. Notwithstanding the small size, the 10â€ Aspire One features a large 160 GB internal hard drive. In addition the 10â€ Aspire One features a multi-in-one card reader for absolute data freedom.
The Aspire One comes with Windows XPÂ® Home operating system; additional preinstalled software includes Acer eRecovery Management, Acer Launch Manager, AdobeÂ® ReaderÂ®, McAfeeÂ® Internet Security Suite, MicrosoftÂ® Office Trial 2007.
The Aspire one comes with a 1-year carry in warranty which can be extended to 2 years with Acer Advantage.
– Acer – United Kingdom (Press Release)
Thanks to Tim for the link.