Acer Aspire One 10.1" dual-core Atom N570 netbooks get summer makeover, $270

Summary:Acer refreshes its travel-ready, Aspire One 10.1" netbooks with milkshake-inspired colors and specs that rival tablets, just in time for summer vacation.

Just in time for summer vacation season, Acer is offering its Aspire One's Happy 2 line of netbooks in milkshake-inspired colors: Banana Cream, Blueberry Shake, Papaya Milk and Strawberry Yogurt (pictured above).

Don't be distracted by the fruity colored lid (and matching touchpad) though, as underneath its hood is a full functioning netbook, albeit a lightweight one designed for casual use and battery saving rather than gaming power. The 10.1" netbook packs a dual-core Intel Atom N570 CPU (beats previous-gen Atom chips according Netbooked's benchmark results), integrated Intel GMA 3150 GPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, which are typical specs for a computer in this class and price range.

Its 0.3 megapixel web cam is admittedly weak but it comes with a 93 percent full-sized keyboard and 3 USB ports as listed on Amazon. Acer claims this netbook will last up to 8 hours before a recharge. It has built-in Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port so you should be able to get online whether in a hotel or net cafe. At just 1" thick and weighing over 2.5 lbs, the Aspire One is easy to slip into a carry-on without adding too much bulk or weight to your luggage.

For just $270, the Happy 2 line of netbooks is definitely cheaper than most Wi-Fi only tablets and you wouldn't have to worry about buying into a soon-to-be outdated Android OS, or looking for peripherals to workaround a lack of USB ports/external card readers on some slates that shall remain unnamed. Even the Asus Eee netbooks with similar specs are going for $320 on Newegg.

These four Happy 2 netbooks are available in mass retailers starting today.

[Source: Netbooked, Amazon, Newegg]

Topics: Hardware

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