Acer gets official with new Aspire One netbooks; starts at $298

Acer gets official with new Aspire One netbooks; starts at $298

Summary: Acer has officially introduced a quartet of new netbooks to be added to the Aspire One collection, all of which have some fairly reasonable price tags.

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Acer has officially introduced a quartet of new netbooks to be added to the Aspire One collection, all of which have some fairly reasonable price tags.

We already saw something about the Aspire One AO521 back in April, so it was only a matter of time that Acer said something concrete. It's just surprising that they took this long. Most of the few details that leaked then stand true today, although there's no mention about Bluetooth 3.0.

One slightly awkward point in the release is about the AO533, which promises "all-day battery life." The maximum battery life on this machine with the 6-cell Li-ion battery is eight hours. Technically, that is a full work day, but you'll have to carry the power cord around if you're going to be using this for any longer (like say on a long distance travel day). A good deal of netbooks can provide more of a battery lifespan than this, but in comparison to the other three on the list and taking the price tag into consideration, it's not bad.

Given that we have four new netbooks on our hands, let's break each one down to get a clear look:

Aspire One AOD260

  • 10.1-inch WSVGA LED-backlit display
  • Intel Atom N450 processor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
  • Webcam and built-in microphone
  • Weight: 2.43 to 2.76 pounds (depends on battery size)
  • Available in black, charcoal, pink and purple
  • MSRP: $298.00

Aspire One AO533

  • 10.1-inch WSVGA LED-backlit display
  • Intel Atom N475 processor
  • 1GB of DDR3 memory
  • 250GB hard drive
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 93%-sized keyboard
  • Webcam and built-in microphone
  • Weight: 2.76-pounds
  • Available in red, black or white
  • MSRP: $329.99

Aspire One AO521

  • 10.1-inch CrystalBrite LED-backlit HD display
  • Windows 7 Starter OS
  • AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor
  • ATI Radeon HD 4225 GPU (with 384MB of dedicated RAM)
  • 1GB of DDR3 memory
  • Up to 250GB of hard drive space
  • Bluetooth
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 93%-sized keyboard
  • Webcam and built-in microphone
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet
  • Weight: 2.75 pounds
  • Available in patterned black and brown designs with a glossy finish
  • MSRP: $429.99

Aspire One AO721

  • 11.6-inch CrystalBrite LED-backlit display
  • Windows 7 Home Premium OS
  • AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor
  • ATI Radeon HD 4225 GPU (with 384MB of dedicated RAM)
  • 2GB of DDR3 memory
  • Up to 250GB of hard drive space
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Full-sized keyboard
  • Webcam and built-in microphone
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Available in black matte finish
  • MSRP: $429.99

The AO521 and AO721 are available immediately, while the AOD260 and AO533 will be out before the end of the month. All of the Aspire One netbooks include a standard one-year parts and labor warranty.

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  • RE: Acer gets official with new Aspire One netbooks; starts at $298

    Missing from specs are the screen resolution. Any of these above the usual 1024x600?
    fernando@...
  • RE: Acer gets official with new Aspire One netbooks; starts at $298

    There is only so much you can add or improve on a netbook because of limitations. Processor, Windows Home Premium and maybe even have 2GB of RAM instead of one. Adding an ATI Radeon isn't that helpful on a small screen. Neither is an HDMI port. Both assume you'll be hooking up to a nicer big screen but netbook is primarily to move around - not to be stuck to a screen.
    Gis Bun
    • RE: Acer gets official with new Aspire One netbooks; starts at $298

      @Gis Bun
      I disagree. A non intel integrated graphics chip is a very good thing. It will let you play HD movies without stuttering or artifacts. And I personally would not want anything without and HDMI output because at home I like to stream MKV format videos directly to my TV. Its why I refuse to buy a blu-ray player because to me they are superfluous. You just don't need graphics at the caliber of something intended to run Direct X. For me that AO721 is pretty much spot on for what I would expect from a netbook.

      Also, I generally don't use the netbook for anything more than a dumb terminal besides playing videos. I centralize everything through one machine and I always just remote desktop to that one machine. Any application I run I would run from the remote machine. It just works better for me that way.
      rengek
  • Windoze compulsory

    In India, they stopped selling OS-free versions of netbooks. Windoze is compulsory. And you have to pay some Rs. 1500/- extra for it.

    Sucks!

    Its a recent development. Till now, we ran Fedora on these. Fedora runs beautifully, as does a whole lot of FOSS. Now we have to look for other brands.

    I wonder, do they follow the same approach in other countries too?
    eCubeH