Acer's Aspire 1410 is a notebook in a netbook's body

Acer's Aspire 1410 is a notebook in a netbook's body

Summary: We've seen netbooks such as the Dell Mini Inspiron 12 (R.I.

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We've seen netbooks such as the Dell Mini Inspiron 12 (R.I.P.) and Lenovo IdeaPad S12 in the guise of 12.1-inch ultraportables. Now Acer is trying the reverse--a notebook with the same display size as its Aspire One 751h netbook.

Rumors about an Acer 11.6-inch laptop have been swirling for weeks--under the name Timeline 1810t--but Acer has now posted the details on its U.S. site for an Aspire 1410. Like several netbooks on the market, the Aspire 1410 has an 11.6-inch display, but it uses an Intel ultra low-voltage (ULV) processor, rather than Atom, and runs Windows Vista.

There is a lot of overlap between the Aspire 1410 and the Aspire One 751h. Both have 11.6-inch displays with a resolution of 1366x768. The Aspire 1410 measures 11.2 by 8.0 by 0.9-1.2 inches and weighs 3.1 pounds; the Aspire One 751h netbook measures 11.2 by 7.8 by 1.0 inches and weighs 3 pounds.

Acer lists three different configurations corresponding to the blue, black and red versions of the Aspire 1410. But the basics specs are the same: 1.4GHz Intel Core2 Solo SU3500 processor, 2GB of memory, Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics, 250GB hard drive and Vista Home Premium. Sites that are taking pre-orders list prices ranging from $450 to $475. That is cheaper than some 12-inch netbooks, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 and Samsung NC20, but more than the Aspire One 751h, which costs about $350 with a 1.33GHz Atom Z520, 1GB of memory, Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics, 160GB hard drive and Windows XP.

These ULV-notebooks should be an attractive alternative to netbooks. But despite a big push by Intel--and generally positive reviews for the Acer Timeline series and MSI X-Slim series--they seem to be off to a slow start. Acer has lowered its sales targets for this category on notebooks for the remainder of 2009, according to DigiTimes, a news site based in Taiwan. AMD executives have said that the HP Pavilion dv2, a similar ultra-thin design which uses the Athlon Neo X2 processor, has so far fallen short of expectations as well.

It could be that most customers who choose a netbook really want a netbook, not a notebook. But it's too early to tell. Te back to school and holiday shopping seasons will be a better indicator of the demand for ULV laptops that bridge the gap between netbook and notebook.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Intel, Mobility

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  • The trend: LESS

    People want less not more.

    Cheaper.

    Lighter.

    Less stuff to drain their battery.

    The 10" netbook with linux sings to them.

    Bloatware Oses and kludgy hardware drive the
    customers away.
    jabailo1
    • Sings?

      Maybe, but badly to most ears.
      Confused by religion
  • RE: Acer's Aspire 1410 is a notebook in a netbook's body

    To me, if it has Vista, that makes it a non starter on ANY hardware.
    dmurphy@...
    • Buy it now and free upgrade to Windows 7

      Buy it now and free upgrade to Windows 7...
      Colorado_AL
  • RE: Acer's Aspire 1410 is a notebook in a netbook's body

    Sounds nice, but my biggest beef with this class of notebooks is the slow processor. Why a 1.4 GHz when Atoms run at 1.6? Why not put at LEAST a 1.6 GHz (cripes, my old Celeron is a 1.6) in it if not a 1.6 GHz dual-core SU9600? And enable VT in the BIOS while you're at it, Acer. It seems lots of BIOSes in these laptops don't have VT option in them even though the processor has VT hardware.
    podstolom
  • RE: Acer's Aspire 1410 is a notebook in a netbook's body

    Actually, what happens when MS Windows 7 os comes out, can any of these netbooks handle their equivlent?????? Or will we have to wait to the next netbook?
    mmccaws
  • RE: Acer's Aspire 1410 is a notebook in a netbook's body

    the core solo at 1.4 is ~3 times as fast as the atom at 1.6. (and has 6 times the amount of cache!) why are people still looking at processor speeds!? geez. my old athlon xp runs at 2.1ghz and it's probably probably about as powerful as the atom.

    (and to answer your question on WHY 1.4ghz - POWER.)
    ZDnet Reader 43
  • RE: Acer's Aspire 1410 is a notebook in a netbook's body

    Bought one of these netbooks on Amazon.com and I think they are great for the money. I especially like the small size and how light they are.

    I did have a hard time finding a simple case for it as I like to put in a sleeve and then put it in my bookbag, purse, locker, whatever. However, found a small company that makes a pretty good case for this unit and sells them for only $11.95 with free freight at www.nuvo-tek.com.

    By the same token, if anyone knows of where I can buy a good hard case (not a soft one) that is not too expensive, please let me know.

    Thanks
    rc748