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.
In a far away land, also known as Cannes, France, some new Acer netbooks were recently unveiled for the public. Acer already is packing heat with the release of Apsire One 532g, powered by the Ion 2, but is bringing another two HD netbooks into the fray. The two new devices are the Acer Aspire One 521 and Gateway LT22. Both of them share some nifty upgrades, such as 1.2GHz AMD V105 processors and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics. The graphics capabilities of these netbooks is going to be critical for their success on the market, as they can handle some light to medium gaming without noticeable difficulty. The battery life of both is still not entirely known however.
One particularly distinguishing feature of these netbooks is that they HDMI ports. This clever little feature will give these netbooks a home in any multi-media home entertainment system.
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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.
Dell Insprion Mini 10v – Touting the standard 10.1″ screen display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10V netbook is available on Dell.com for $299, a $98 discount from the original price of $398.
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 – Also equipped with a 10.1″ screen display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM, in addition to a 1.3 megapixel webcam and HD TV tuner, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook will be available at Walmart.com for $398 with free shipping. In comparison, it sells for $499 on Dell’s website.
Toshiba Mini NB205 – This 10.1″ netbook boasts 1 GB of RAM, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, and a battery that can last up to 9 hours. You can grab your very own Toshiba Mini at Amazon.com for $329, which includes a $50 discount from the original price of $379.
Acer Aspire One AOD250 – Available at Walmart.com for $328 (with free shipping), this netbook’s tech specs are no deviation from the standard. It has a 10.1″ screen display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM. At least it has a 6 hour battery.
HP Mini 110 – Equipped with a 10.1″ screen display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, and 1 GB of RAM, this Mini is available at Kmart.com for $309.99. That’s only $20 off the original price, but a discount nonetheless.
This year, netbooks are on fire and Windows 7 is hot hot hot, so if you’re interested you’d better get to these sizzling deals before they’re gone. Otherwise, if none of these netbooks tickle your fancy, check out some of our previous Cyber Monday articles for more great deals. Happy (online) shopping!
The Gateway LT2021u and LT2022u netbooks for $199.99 that were on sale starting today have already sold out, but another noteworthy deal that’s still available is the LG BD270 blu-ray player that’s going for $99.99. If you’re still interested in the Gateway LT netbook, check out Verizon’s Black Friday deal.
On Black Friday, the Acer Aspire One netbook with a 3-cell battery will be available for $189.99, in addition to a TomTom GPS for $59.99.
If you’re interested in more deals, be sure to check out Newegg before they’re all gone. Also, be sure to keep your eye out for upcoming Cyber Monday deals. In the meantime, happy shopping and Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
Amazon has recently released some promotions on their website for laptops. They include a $75 gift certificate with the purchase of an ASUS UL20A thin and light laptop and a $100 gift card with the purchase of an ASUS UL50A or ASUS UL80V laptops.
The gift certificates are valid on purchases made off Amazon.com, but since the website sells a whole slew of items, they can basically be used just like cash. If you’re interested in buying a netbook, like the Samsung N130 or the Android Acer Aspire One, you could even do that too.
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.
134 freshman got their Acer netbooks this September, and it’s caught on wildly with students and teachers alike. Kids like the convenience of typing notes over scribbling them down. Students use a school network to check assignments and see recent grades posted to a private account.
Milton High School has a more engaged plan than other Vermont schools, and plans to get netbooks to all of their students by 2012. Students keep their netbooks for the entirety of their high school careers, turning them in during the summer.
A few issues have arisen with the program, one that any college student is familiar with – kids playing games and checking Facebook during class. Though a security plan is in action, Principal Anne Blake preferred to focus on the cause rather than the sympoms:
“How do we teach responsible use? …We can spend our whole future talking about blocking.”
Families pay a $25 insurance fee for the netbooks. The netbook program cost the school district $300,000 this year, $78,000 of which was for the machines themselves and half of which will be paid for by federal stimulus money. The rest was for wireless internet and other infrastructure necessary to uphold the netbook program.
The netbooks for 6-7 hours on one charge – just long enough for a school day.
Acer has been quite the attention-getter lately, announcing today that it would offer Windows 7 Starter Edition on its Aspire One D250 netbook the same day as its Android Aspire One netbook went up for pre-order on Amazon, which you can read about here.
The netbook destined to receive Windows 7 Starter, the Aspire One D250, has a 10.1-inch LED screen like most other Acer Aspire One netboks. However, its resolution is higher, at 1280 x 720 pixels. It features the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, GMA 950 graphics chipset, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD.
Other features are expansive, including USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a card reader, and webcam. The touchpad is multitouch as well, a big bonus considering that Windows 7 will support gestures. The 6-cell battery is a big plus, running for as long as 7.5 hours.
You can expect Acer’s new Windows 7 netbook by October for 46,800 or around $553. Pricing should be lower in the event of a US release, so keep your eyes peeled.
The long-expected Android Acer Aspire One has been making big strides in recent weeks, today finally going up for pre-order on Amazon. The netbook costs $349.99 and dual-boots both Google Android and Windows XP.
The 10.1-inch netbook is the Acer AOD250-1613 model, and comes with a 1.66 GHz Intel N280 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB HDD, Intel GMA950 graphics and a 6-cell battery lasting, supposedly, up to 9 hours on one charge.
If you buy one now, you don’t pay shipping when the netbook is released. Get on it!
The third quarter launch date for Acer’s Aspire One Android netbook has come and gone. The next launch date is rumored to be set for sometime this November, just in time for the holiday season.
The Android netbook probably won’t be that much cheaper than the current 10″ Acer Aspire One netbook (~$350) though, since it has similar specs (including the Windows OS). We’ll keep you posted on any developments.
Have an 8.9″ Acer Aspire One netbook? Feeling decorative? Well, you can accessorize your netbook with a netbook skin. Not only do these skins help in preventing your actual netbook from getting all scratched up, but they’re also pretty fashionable. Check out some of the available designs below.
The skins are easy to apply, although they must be trimmed with a razor or utility blade to fit the netbook, and can also (supposedly) be easily peeled off as well. There is also a pre-fit piece for the area where you rest your palm on the netbook.
If you’re interested in getting one of the skins above for your own Acer Aspire One netbook, Amazon is offering the black/white design here, the pink/white/black design here, and the white/red/pink design here. Check them out!
Concerned about messing up your netbook’s keyboard? Fret no more – Amazon has a solution for you.
It may not look like much, but a simple keyboard skin cover can prevent smudging, chipping or other types of damage to your new netbook. This particular one fits on two different models of Acer Aspire One, and is available for only $10.99 with an included wristband.
Several reports have been alluding to a delay or cancellation of the project, prompting Acer to reaffirm its intentions. The new netbook will essentially be the traditional Windows XP Aspire One with a 10-inch screen, Atom CPU, and a different OS.
Rumors about the upcoming netbook have been around since Acer displayed a netbook running Windows XP and Android side-by-side at Computex Taipei last month. Acer’s Android Aspire One won’t dual-boot, but at least we know it’s on the way.
Taking advantage of the popularity of netbooks, AT&T is expanding their selection of 3G netbooks that are available to consumers. Beginning shortly, AT&T will be selling the following netbooks for $199.99 each (with a two-year data plan and after a mail-in rebate): the Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 10, and Lenovo S10.
Each of these netbooks will weigh less than 2.9 pounds, have 1 GB of RAM and 160 GB hard drives, be equipped with the Microsoft Windows XP Home OS, and have built-in webcams.
These new AT&T netbooks will be offered nationwide both through retail and online channels.
As for data plans, AT&T’s service will cost $40 per month for a 200MB plan and $60 per month for a 5 GB plan. If you think shelling out $60 is too much, you can also consider going with a cheaper plan and making more use of Wi-Fi Internet spots, such as Starbucks coffee shops.
Disclaimer: For AT&T customers that cancel their two-year contracts after enrolling in the service for at least 30 days, there will be an early termination fee of up to $175.
Could the 11.6-inch Acer Aspire One netbook be on the way to the can already? There are a few strong indicators that the answer is yes.
While the Aspire One A0751h was released as recently as May 18th, Digitimes is reporting that Acer will deliver an 11.6-inch Timeline series netbook set “to establish a clear boundary between the two product lines” or even replace the netbook.
A likely motive for the replacement of the new netbook is that shipments of the 11.6-inch Aspire One have been less than astounding. Why? The HD-resolution can’t even play HD video due to a tiny 1.2 GHz chip.
Perople who already bought an A0751h can’t be pleased, but at least Acer’s getting on the ball to improve its lineup.
We mentioned that the Pixel Qi netbook e-reader screen was coming to market soon, but we didn’t know the magnitude of the boosts in energy efficiency that the new screens could give.
Time got a look at some Acer Aspire One netbooks modded with the Pixel Qi 3Qi Hybrid display this week, and the results were astounding. The netbook has a toggle switch for changing between emissive and reflective display, which means you can use the netbook with LCD viewing for full color and video capability.
I don’t have a clue who’s going to be reading on a netbook for 40 hours straight, but the numbers are promising. The screens should come in at under $200. That doesn’t sound great, as that’s 50% of the cost of a netbook without the screen, but as the technology gets cheaper the Pixel Qi e-reader screens should start to become mviable for new netbooks.