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Acer announces 10-inch Aspire One

Acer announces 10-inch Aspire One

Acer has announced an updated version of its hugely popular Aspire One, complete with a bigger 10-inch screen.

Acer has this morning announced an updated version of its hugely popular Aspire One netbook which comes complete with a 10-inch screen, Windows XP and integrated Bluetooth.

Weighing in at 1.18kg, the new Aspire One should extend Acer's penetration into the netbook market, as it has rapidly moved on from smaller, sub 10-inch form factors adopted by earlier netbooks like the original Aspire One.

It combines a typical 10-inch LED-backlit LCD panel with a 1,024 x 600 native resolution and most of the remaining specifications will be familiar to anyone who has followed the netbook market over the past twelve months.

There's an Intel Atom processor (presumably clocked at 1.6GHz), an Intel 945GSE chipset and up to 2GB of memory. Networking is handled by the integrated 802.11b/g wireless module and there's also 10/100 Ethernet for those that love plugging themselves into the Internet. Bluetooth is also integrated and Acer says that there is the option to specify integrated WiMAX or 3G connectivity as well, should they float your boat.

Other specifications include a 160GB mechanical hard drive, a multi-card reader and an integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam which the company says is optimised for "poorly lit environments."

The new Aspire One is equipped with a six cell battery, which Acer claims will last for up to seven hours - we'll be checking that out when we get one in for review. Interestingly, Acer has decided to drop the original Aspire One's custom Linpus Linux Lite operating system in favour of Windows XP on the updated model - a sign of the times, we reckon, as Windows XP seems to be the most popular option for netbooks these days.

Finally, Acer has said the new Aspire One will be available in mid-February for around £299 (inc. VAT) in its base configuration. This will include a one year warranty and none of the optional connectivity options. We'll leave you with some pictures of the device.

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Did you buy an original Aspire One and if so, what do you think of it? Let us know in the forums.

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quack 23rd January 2009, 14:55 Quote
I'd be quite interested to see how this fares alongside an NC10. Especially price-wise.
M4RTIN 23rd January 2009, 15:57 Quote
i'm sure i've seen a picture, and the trackpad buttons are in the right place now
Narishma 23rd January 2009, 16:05 Quote
Seems the only thing differentiating all these netbooks now are the keyboard size/layout and the battery life. Everything else is pretty much the same, including the price. I have a Samsung NC10 which has the exact same specs as this new Aspire One.
perplekks45 23rd January 2009, 16:26 Quote
2GB RAM? Linux, right?
Tim S 23rd January 2009, 16:28 Quote
SRP of £299 (inc VAT), stock available mid-February.

@perplekks45 - Windows XP and "up to 2GB of RAM" - that'll mean 1GB with the option to upgrade to 2GB I'd imagine.
Tim S 23rd January 2009, 16:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by M4RTIN
i'm sure i've seen a picture, and the trackpad buttons are in the right place now

Added pics... yeah, they've fixed it. ;)
Stickeh 23rd January 2009, 16:42 Quote
Sounds good.

I've got the aspire one and its safe to say one of the best netbooks i think, especially for the price i got it for (160) for the 120gb hdd version. Loving using it every day when im out, in bed, down stairs, or at a friends hooked up to a spare monitor and kb+mouse :)

I didnt find the trackpad buttons being any harder to use really, as you could operate the track with the index and click with your thumb.
reaper1984 23rd January 2009, 18:24 Quote
Thank goodness they junked Linpus, worst operating system I ever used. Used it for two days before tearing my hair out every time I had to type commands just to install a piece of software. Good old XP, what would the world do without you?
Stickeh 23rd January 2009, 19:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by reaper1984
Thank goodness they junked Linpus, worst operating system I ever used. Used it for two days before tearing my hair out every time I had to type commands just to install a piece of software. Good old XP, what would the world do without you?

Not kidding, i did use linpus for like 2 days, while i figured out how to install xp.

Loads of guides on the net, didnt really help so much, so i made my own :D

Works well and even have windows 7 beta on there working lovely too :D
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