Xandro Presto Beta Hands-On (LAPTOP Magazine)

Last week, Xandros released a beta of Presto, a Xandros-based Linux distribution designed for laptops/netbooks and ultraportables as an “instant-on” OS environment. It’s considered a “pre-boot” environment that works with Windows XP and Windows Vista-based systems. It allows you to quickly boot into an environment … Read more

Microsoft’s Windows 7 Netbook Challenge

Netbooks, Sub-notebooks, ultraportables, whatever you want to call them, Microsoft is trying to figure out how to maximize their revenue from potential Windows 7 sales, without causing the manufacturers to go with an alternative. This is an issue that Microsoft has been looking at for … Read more

HP Mini 1000 Mi Review (liliputing)

Last week, liliputing reviewed the HP Mini 1000 Mi version of the 10.1″ Intel Atom-powered HP Mini 1000 netbook series. The model reviewed has a glossy 10.1″ display, 60GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, and Bluetooth, and retails for around $435. While the Mini 1000 Mi … Read more

More on the Slimmer / Slimline Acer Aspire One

Acer Aspire One 10-inch There’s been some talk and some images popping up about a slimmer than usual Acer Aspire One. Macles had a few photos, along with speculation that it would be packing a Solid State Drive (SSD) or similar flash memory-based storage in order to keep the size of the profile down, as well as moving some of the ports around.

An anonymous reader of NetbookNews.de has sent them quite a bit of information along with photos that are clearly not publicity or marketing stills – they show the machine in use, as well as closeups of the ports. They claim it’s got a normal Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz) CPU under the hood, and is based on the current 945GME chipset (ICH7).

Just as important – they claim it’s got a 160GB HDD, which you would think might add to the bulk, however if the measurements they gave NetbookNews.de are accurate, namely the thickness of 0.9 inches / 24 mm, then it is indeed quite a bit slimmer than the 10″ Acer Aspire Ones that are currently shipping.

The keyboard layout resembles the current 10.1-inch Acer Aspire One, although the Synaptics touchpad looks larger. In one of the photos you can clearly see the SD Expansion slot, something that was dropped between the 10″ and 8.9″ Acer Aspire One.

Some notes on the “Slimline” Acer Aspire One AAO:

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Dell Inspiron Mini 9 – 33% Sold With Linux

Back in October of last year, MSI mentioned a high return rate for Linux netbooks versus Windows XP-based netbooks. In some cases, up to four times the Windows XP return rate. That hasn’t been the case with the 8.9″ Dell Inspiron Mini 9 when it … Read more