Acer today announced U.S. availability of the Acer Aspire one, an ultra-lightweight mobile Internet device with prices beginning at just $379. Here is more info:
The Acer Aspire one provides continuous access to the Internet in an easy-to-use, stylish and ultra-compact platform. It's designed to be an affordable and simple solution for web browsing, checking email, instant messaging, VOIP calls, streaming video, viewing photos and listening to music.
Masterfully simple, the Acer Aspire one boasts an intuitive software interface specifically optimized to support connectivity needs. Whether it?s keeping up with friends via email or Facebook, watching YouTube videos or conducting research, Aspire one makes computing simple. The solution is ideal for students who need to conduct research on the web, communicate via email and use light productivity applications for school work. It?s also an excellent secondary device for mobile professionals desiring a lightweight form factor for staying informed as well as accessing email, key files, music, video conferencing and instant messaging while on the road.
Lightweight, Stylish Design Weighing just 2.17 pounds and measuring 9.8 x 6.7 x 1.14-inches, Aspire one is lightweight, compact and fits snugly in a backpack or tote bag. It also offers a stylish design with a unique selection of colors to suit personal preferences and lifestyles. The smooth surface is comfortable to touch. Distinctive details, such as the attractive orange hinge ring, highlight the appealing look and feel. Initially offered in either sapphire blue or seashell white, Aspire one will also be available in golden brown and diamond black later this year.
The Aspire one has a vibrant 8.9-inch CrystalBrite WSVGA LED backlit display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Integrated in the screen is an Acer Crystal Eye webcam featuring Acer PrimaLite technology. This unique camera affords live video streaming, video chats and conferences, even in low-light environments.
This highly mobile Internet device comes standard with a 3-cell battery that provides up to 3 hours of battery life. When used with an optional 6-cell battery the Linpus Linux Lite version of Aspire one offers up to 7 hours of battery life, giving users the freedom to enjoy mobility for a coast to coast flight or almost a full day?s play.
There are two practical options for data storage: a NAND flash module of 8GB with an additional SD card slot for smart storage expansion or a 120GB internal hard drive. In addition, the Aspire one reads five different types of memory cards ? Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card for maximum flexibility. The additional SD card slot seamlessly integrates with the internal NAND flash module as an added storage device. The ability to have both a multi-in-1 card reader and a SD card reader at the same time, allows users to download photos from the multi-in-1 to share with others and store to the SD card as an internal storage device simultaneously.
For enjoying MP3 music and videos, the Aspire one comes with two built-in stereo speakers and offers high-definition audio support. The system also comes standard with 802.11b/g and is Wi-Fi certified for connecting wirelessly at home, at school and Internet cafes. Acer SignalUp technology ensures maximum quality and stability to the wireless signal. Simple, Easy to Use Software The Aspire one is offered in several models based on either Linpus Linux Lite or Windows XP Home software.
The simple, intuitive Linux interface clearly organizes everything task-centric. The pre-installed software is separated by use of functions and presented in four distinct areas on the screen ? Connect, Works, Fun and Files ? making it extremely simple to get online, be productive and just have fun. A click of the home key brings users back to the home page at any time.
This new mobile Internet device comes with the Aspire one mail software suite that lets users manage up to six email accounts with a single application interface. A small icon to the right of the message quickly and clearly shows the appropriate mail account. The system also provides Messenger for Instant Messaging with a single sign-in to manage multiple messenger accounts, which allows users to simultaneously access Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Microsoft Windows Live Messenger and various other instant messaging services. The software can be used with the integrated video camera for instant file sharing, voice chats and video conferences.
Additional software such as Acer eRecovery Management, McAfee Internet Security Suite, Microsoft Office Trial 2007 and Adobe Reader are also installed on the Microsoft XP Home version.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability The Acer Aspire one is available now via Acer?s authorized resellers including BestBuy, Circuit City and CDW. Prices range from a manufacturer?s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $379 to $499 depending on configuration. All models come with a one-year limited warranty.(6) The available models include:
Acer Aspire one AOA110-1722: Available now for a MSRP of $379 ? Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache) ? 512MB Memory ? 8GB SSD NAND Flash Module ? 8.9-inch WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite 1024 x 600 ? Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 ? Acer Crystal Eye Web Camera ? 10/100 Mbps LAN ? 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Certified WLAN ? 3-Cell battery ? Multi-in-1 Media Card Reader ? SD Storage Expansion Card Reader ? Linpus Linux Lite ? 3 USB 2.0 Ports
Acer Aspire one AOA150-1570: Available now for a MSRP of $399 ? Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache) ? 1GB Memory (512MB On-board) ? 120GB Internal Hard Drive ? 8.9-inch WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite 1024 x 600 ? Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 ? Acer Crystal Eye Web Camera ? 10/100 Mbps LAN ? 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Certified WLAN ? 3-Cell Battery ? Multi-in-1 Media Card Reader ? SD Card Reader ? Windows XP Home ? 3 USB 2.0 Ports
Acer Aspire one AOA110-1566: Available for a MSRP of $449 ? Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache) ? 1GB Memory ? 8GB SSD NAND Flash Module ? 8.9-inch WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite 1024 x 600 ? Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 ? Acer Crystal Eye Web Camera ? 10/100 Mbps LAN ? 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Certified WLAN ? 6-Cell Battery ? Multi-in-1 Media Card Reader ? SD Card Reader ? Linpus Linux Lite ? 3 USB 2.0 Ports
The Aspire One looks to have the best keyboard layout of the netbooks (lowering the cursor keys instead of compromising the right shift key), but also happens to have the worst touchpad layout of the netbooks (mouse keys flanking the pad)... what were they thinking?!