Both Asus and Acer have produced numerous netbook models to keep potential costumers feeling as though they are getting the latest and greatest netbook. This marketing tactic has awarded both companies as they are currently the top netbook dealers worldwide. Despite this fact they have decided to put a hold on new netbook releases until the middle of August.
The decision to freeze new netbook releases is likely due to the fact the Intel is releasing the Atom N550 dual core processor for netbooks in the third quarter of this year. Asus and Acer need to liquidate excess inventory to make room for future netbooks with the N550 processor.
The faster N550 processor will increase performance but also the cost of the netbooks that carry them. The cost increase will be minimal so current Asus and Acer netbooks with slower processors will be harder to sell. Because of this it doesn’t make much sense for the companies to produce many new netbooks with the slower processors prior to the A550 processor release.
July 1st will be the day that the Acer Aspire One D260 netbook becomes available to the masses. This netbook is unique in that it can dual boot with Android OS and Windows 7. While the Android aspect is not part of the standard option, it is nonetheless available to buyers interested in a netbook with a 15 second boot time. Gone will be the days of having to wait several minutes before checking one’s e-mail.
With the exception of the dual boot option, the netbook has all of the standard specifications. It comes with a 10 inch WSVGA display, a 1024 x 600 resolution, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, and runs on Intel’s 1.66Ghz Atom N455 processor. You can also choose between a 160GB or 250GB hard drive and between 1GB or 2GB of RAM. Other complementary features include WiFi, a webcam, and 8 hours of run time provided by the netbook’s 6-cell battery. With the battery, that weight comes to 2.75 pounds. Acer has not yet revealed how much this netbook will cost, and whether or not the masses will flock to this netbook will depend on this last feature.
At Computex, Acer showed off their first netbook run on Google Chrome OS. Most analysts agree that while Acer may be the first company showcasing such a netbook, other companies will soon follow suite due to the strength and flexibility of Google Chrome OS and also because Acer is not the only company to have struck a partnership with Google. Which company will be next?
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Computer manufacturer Acer has recently released a new addition to its existing Timeline series of netbooks. The new Acer netbook is unique in that it’s a convertible, i.e. it can be used as both a tablet and a netbook.
Named the Acer Aspire 1825PT, this netbook features an 11.6″ high definition LED display with 1366×768 resolution, is powered by a 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, and has 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. It’ll also feature a multi-touch trackpad, a multimedia card reader, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HDMI/VGA out ports, the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium OS, and a webcam.
The 1825PT’s 6-cell lithium ion battery is rumored to last for roughly eight hours and the netbook itself will be available in three distinct colors: Sapphire Blue, Diamond Black, and Ruby Red. The price point for this convertible powerhouse is currently set at $889 US.
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A few days ago, there was a rumor that Acer would be releasing a Chrome OS-based netbook at the upcoming Computex 2010 showcase. Unfortunately, this rumor turns out to be just that — a rumor. Recently, Acer has officially said that it will not be releasing such a device at Computex 2010.
Furthermore, Acer has announced that they will not be releasing any Chrome OS-based devices. Don’t worry though, we’ll keep you posted when we hear any other juicy rumors.
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In a couple weeks — two to be exact — Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer is rumored to be launching netbooks (and possibly other tech devices) that run on the Google Chrome OS. The official display will take place at the Computex Taipei Show that will be held from June 1 to June 5.
It’s still uncertain what other devices the Google Chrome OS will be featured in, but Google has mentioned that smartbooks and tablets running ARM processors would be likely vehicles. There has recently been rumors that Samsung is developing ARM-based smartbooks running Chrome.
Using an OS other than Google Android for netbooks is a good idea. The Android OS is better suited for tablets and cell phones. Google originally planned to release the Chrome operating system during the second half of 2010. The rumored Acer Chrome OS-based netbook is expected to launch in June, so that’s just perfect.
Market research company iSuppli is reporting that notebook shipments are expected to post double-digit growth in 2010. This growth is expected because of increased shipments for netbooks and Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (or CULV) notebooks.
Overall in 2010, 209.5 million units of notebook PCs will be shipped, which is 25.5% higher than the amount of notebooks shipped the previous year. The netbook category itself is expected to have 34.5 million shipments in 2010, a 30% increase from the previous year. Four years from now in 2014, netbook shipments are expected to hit a whopping 58.3 units! CULV notebooks are expected to have 14.5 million units shipped in 2010, which is a 93% increase from last year’s 7.5 million units.
Taiwan-based netbook manufacturer Acer leads the pack in netbook shipments; it has been the market leader for two years and holds 37% of the market. ASUS, also Taiwan-based, currently ships 5.5 million netbook units and holds 21% of the market. Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and Dell are third, fourth, and fifth in netbook shipments. These top five netbook manufacturers make up 90% of the market.
People might have thought Acer, the new rebellious teen on the block and netbook powerhouse, would have come out full throttle into this tsunami of tablet products. Instead, however, they plan to go against the tide, refusing to take part in the tablet war. Acer’s champion of choice will instead be the ultra-thin laptop, a form factor that has never truly realized its full potential.
Acer Taiwan’s President Scott Lin simply retorted to Digitimes that, while there would be no difficulty in developing such a tablet, it simply has no place in the Acer business model. He estimated that 20-30% of their business this year would come from ultra-thin laptops, a surprisingly large statistic for what has remained a niche market for so long. This is indeed a peculiar and unique announcement, given the current climate where the public’s attention is fawning over tablets.
He also mentioned models thinner than 2 cm (0.7 inches) coming out this year. Most likely, some of those fabled Chrome OS netbooks will be tossed into this mix. Whether or not they will be ready to compete with the tablets will be seen in due time.
Acer, already the second largest computer maker in the world, has ambitious plans for the future. According to Bloomberg, Acer is tossing its hat into the already over-saturated yet underdeveloped market of eReaders, facing off with the likes of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and others. No specifics have been announced other than it will have a 6-inch, monochrome (assume E-Ink) screen and ship in Europe.
More surprisingly, Acer is announcing an online apps store. Jim Wong, president of the Acer IT product division, has stated it would contain hundreds of applications, “otherwise you can’t call it an app store.” It will likely be a cross-platform marketplace for Android, Windows Mobile, and ChromeOS.
However, Acer’s most stunning announcement is the fact it has announced plans to rush forward with a ChromeOS netbook to provide a “a change to the Microsoft-Intel environment,” according to Wong. The mention of Intel hints that this new product line might be ARM powered as an alternative to the standard Atom on-board most mainstream netbooks. Acer plans to release the netbook sometime around Q3 2010, on schedule with Google’s release date for ChromeOS.
Via Bloomberg, image via Wikipedia.
As CES 2010 draws closer, netbook makers have been dropping hints about their upcoming netbooks in order to whet consumers’ appetites for new technology. Acer is the latest in the line of manufacturers to do so, today announcing the Acer Aspire One AO532h featuring an Intel Atom N450 CPU, 10.1″ screen, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The boost to the battery is due in part to the efficiency of the Intel Pinetrail chipset and the LED screen, but also to Acer’s new high density 6-cell battery.
The Aspire One AO532h has a multitouch-capable trackpad and 93% keyboard – a tad larger than average. You can get this thing for only $299 with the standard 6-cell, or with the high-density 6-cell for an additional fee.
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We just got wind of some new information about Acer’s first Intel Atom N450 netbook, the Aspire One 532h. This 10.1″ computing machine has 1280×720 resolution, is powered by an Intel Atom N450 processor and Intel GMA3150 chipset (an upgraded version of the current Intel GMA950), and comes with 1 GB of RAM and either a 160 GB or 250 GB hard drive.
Other specs include Wi-Fi, a memory card reader, optional Bluetooh, three USB 2.0 ports, a D-sub connector, a webcam, and Windows 7 Starter Edition. There’s an option for either a 3-cell or 6-cell battery as well.
The base price for the Aspire One 532h netbook is €299 (or ~$441 USD), slightly more expensive than its predecessor, the Aspire One 531h, but as there’s nothing exceptional about Acer’s newest Intel Atom N450 netbook, if you have a netbook already, you need not worry too much about upgrading.
The Acer Ferrari One netbook is finally available for purchase. Some specs of this fully-loaded 11.6″ netbook include:
- 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor
- AMD M780G chipset
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 graphics chipset
- High-definition widescreen display
- 250 GB hard drive
- Built-in optical drive
- Optional WLAN
- Windows 7 Home Premium
The netbook’s weight falls roughly around 3.31 pounds and its height is about one inch. To learn more, check out one of our previous articles.
You can get your very own Acer Ferrari One netbook with a 6-cell battery for a higher-than-average $599.99.
Acer recently showed us their new laptop with a multi-touch display. The Acer Aspire 5738PzG series gives us a 15.6 inch screen with a multitude of Windows 7 gestures that will be supported by the laptop. Because they also included an All-In-One PC featuring this multitouch technology, they decided to follow a minimulist design scheme, which comes with Microsoft’s TouchPack.
Their laptops will not only come loaded with Windows 7, but will have touchscreen support that allows users to perform simple everyday tasks like printing, sharing information, emailing, and taking pictures, all with simple gestures that better allow a user to interface with their devices. The laptops being a whole new definition to the words “user friendly.”
The news was announced in Chairman J.T. Wang’s recent interview with Digitimes, in which the Chairman stated that he was “confident” Acer would be the first.
The announcement shouldn’t be tremendously surprising – Acer is one of the only manufacturers with an Android netbook on the market, so it makes sense that it would use this partnership with Google to jump into the Chrome space ASAP. We should expect Acer’s Chrome netbook by mid-2012.
The world’s second-largest PC maker has designs on being the first to offer a Chrome OS Netbook. However, this new machine’s hardware shouldn’t just be more of the same – Google says new Chrome netbooks will have bigger keyboards and screens, SSDs, 802.11(n) Wi-Fi and x86 or ARM processors.
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Acer is currently the world’s second biggest PC manufacturer, but it’s looking to crank up its presence in Chinese markets within two years.
CEO Gianfranco Lanci explained to Reuters just why that’s not good enough:
“We don’t like being anything less than No.3 … You need scale, although of course it’s always a balance between market share and profit margins. Five years from now, China is going to be larger than the U.S.”
Acer plans to take extra market share by cutting selling prices by about 5%-10%. No word yet on whether those effects will be felt elsewhere, but at that outset that seems unlikely – manufacturers commonly practice price discrimination between different regions.
Target is announcing a new Sunday-to-Wednesday run of pre-Black Friday deals that we thought you’d like to hear about. The price cuts aren’t godly, but definitely worth a look if you’re on the market and don’t want to deal with Black Friday crowds.
Most of the good ones are on TVs. You can get a 32-inch LCD TV for $398, 50-inch plasma for $698 or a 42-inch 1080p LCD TV for $597.
Other deals include a $20 gift card with the purchase of a Wii, dual-screen portable DVD player for $119, and a 10.1-inch Acer Aspire One netbook for a mere $199.
You should be seeing these deals in your Sunday paper, or alternatively at Target.com in the near future.
If you’re looking for a laptop that does all the basics and don’t want to shell out a buttload of dough, here’s some food for thought. This holiday season (actually, starting tomorrow) an Acer Aspire laptop will go on sale at Best Buy for a mere $249.
This Acer Aspire laptop will feature netbook-like specs, including an Intel Celeron 900 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive. It’s price tag will also be comparable to that of a netbook, ringing in at $249. In addition to this Acer laptop, some other items on Best Buy’s holiday list will include 30+ laptops, six netbooks, 17 desktops, and four all-in-ones.
In time for the holidays, Acer has created a monster laptop, four times the weight of a run-of-the-mill netbook. The weight is worth it when you consider the potential to play World of Warcraft at mind-numbing resolutions anywhere you go. And the weight is literally worth it when you consider the price – starting at $1350 on Newegg, the AS8940G-6865 falls neatly into line with Acer’s usual highly competitive pricing.
For your $1350 and willingness to haul a 10-pound laptop with you, you will receive in turn the new Intel® Core™ i7 Quad-Core 720QM processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M, all manifesting themselves across a glorious 18.4 inch HD screen. Also features Windows 7 and Blu-ray capabilities. Spinal support not included.
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Office Max’s Black Friday ad was posted but has mysteriously disappeared. It’s rumored that within this ad, the Acer Aspire One netbook was priced at less than $150 a pop. This is quite a deal, considering this netbook normally retails for nearly $150 more.
If you’re interested, keep on the lookout for any developments – and of course we’ll keep you posted. In the meanwhile, feel free to read one of our previous articles to learn more about the Acer Aspire One netbook. And if you hear any other awesome netbook deals, feel free to let us know.