Acer is announcing U.S. availability of the Acer Aspire one, an ultra-lightweight mobile Internet device (mini notebook) with prices starting at just $379. The Aspire One provides easy-to-use access to the Internet in a 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.
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The Next Evolution of Mini Notebook Internet Devices
Weighing just 2.17 pounds and measuring 9.8 x 6.7 x 1.14-inches, Aspire One is lightweightand compact for easy travel. 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 features an 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 for live video streaming, video chats and conferences even in low-light environments.
The Aspire one comes with a standard 3-cell battery that provides up to 3 hours of battery life. The optional 6-cell battery and the Linpus Linux Lite version of Aspire one offers up to 7 hours of battery life.
There are two 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. The additional SD card slot seamlessly integrates with the internal NAND flash module as an added storage device. The ability to have both a 5-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.
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 Wi-Fi.
Simple, Easy to Use Software
The Aspire one is offered in several models based on either Linpus Linux Lite or Windows XP Home operating system.The Linux interface clearly organizes everything in a task-centric manner. The pre-installed software is separated by use in four distinct areas on the screen: Connect, Works, Fun and Files ... making it easy for novice computer users. A click of the home key brings users back to the home page at any time.
This new mini notebook 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. The available models include:
Acer Aspire one AOA110-1722 ($379):
Acer Aspire one AOA150-1570 ($399):
Acer Aspire One AOA110-1566 ($449):
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