Acer shows off new 10.1-inch Aspire One netbook

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What a difference an inch makes — or 1.2 inches to be more precise. It’s highly likely that Acer will phase out its 8.9-inch Aspire One in favour of the new 10.1-inch model just announced.

Weighing in at just over a kilo, the machine features a LED-backlit WSVGA display offering a 1,024 x 600 resolution, choice of Atom processors (945GSE Express or 82801GBM), up to 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, card reader, webcam and Wi-Fi.

It comes with Windows XP and a variety of Acer and trial software pre-installed, and is available in four high-gloss case colours: white, blue, red and black.

Acer claims that with the optional six-cell Li-ion battery pack you can squeeze up to seven hours use from a single charge. Note the word “optional” there — no word on how much juice you’ll get from the standard battery it comes with.

The new models should be available from mid-February and, though the price hasn’t been confirmed yet, they’re likely to start at around £299.

Acer UK

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Andy Merrett