Acer Aspire One AO721
Acer America today announced two new versions of the popular Aspire One series netbooks, now with AMD-based high-definition capabilities. Updated with AMD Athlon II Neo processors, the 11.6-inch Aspire One AO721 and the 10.1-inch Aspire One AO521 are designed to deliver high-definition graphics and video playback and smooth video communications that are not possible with other netbooks.
The Aspire One AO721 and Aspire One AO521 utilize AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processors and ATI Radeon HD 4225 Graphics with 384MB of dedicated system memory for greater mobile performance than you might expect from a netbook. Users can vigorously multitask, even with visually-intense, high-definition applications, while freely exploring the Internet, sending and receiving emails, watching videos and playing games – all while untethered from a power outlet.
The Aspire One AO721 has a high-definition 11.6-inch CrystalBrite LED backlit display wrapped in a black matte, mesh-textured cover which limits fingerprints and smudging. Despite being less than one-inch thin and about three pounds in weight, the Aspire One AO721 provides a full-sized keyboard, enabling users more accurate and comfortable typing. The Aspire One AO721 is equipped with 2GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 250GB internal hard drive loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium.
Acer Aspire One AO521
The Aspire One AO521 netbook features a HD 10.1-inch CrystalBrite LED backlit display, weighs about 2.75 pounds, and features a 93%-sized keyboard as well as 1GB of DDR3 memory and up to 250GB internal hard drive. The AO521 is available in two patterned designs in black and brown. The Aspire One AO521 also comes equipped with Bluetooth and Windows 7 Starter.
Both the Aspire One AO721 and AO521 netbooks also feature HDMI ports for connecting your netbook to your HDTV. Available today at a variety of US retailers, the Aspire One AO721 has a suggested retail price of $429.99 and the Aspire One AO521 is priced at $349.99.
Intel Is Down But Not Out
For those diehard Intel fanboys out there Acer also announced the Aspire One AOD260 and Aspire One AO533 with Intel Atom processors.
Acer Aspire One AOD260
Both the AOD260 and AO533 feature 10.1-inch WSVGA LED-backlit displays, Wi-Fi, built-in webcams and large keyboards with Multi-Gesture touchpads. The key difference between these two Atom-based netbooks is that the AOD260 uses “a sophisticated design that makes a fashion statement” while the AO533 is focused on delivering long battery life at low cost. In other words, Acer designed one to appeal to mobile fashionistas and the other netbook to appeal to budget-conscious consumers.
The Aspire One AOD260 netbook looks as much like a fashion accessory as it does a functional netbook. The patterned design, smooth surface, chrome-plated logos and flush battery are all intended to be eye-catching, while the Intel Atom N450 processor provides good battery life and enough performance for everyday tasks.
The AOD260 is less than 1-inch thick and ranges from 2.43 to 2.76 pounds depending on battery size. Additionally, it comes in four colors – black, charcoal, pink and purple.
Acer Aspire One AO533
The Aspire One AO533 netbook features the higher-performance Intel Atom N475 processor and a 6-cell Li-ion battery that promises to deliver 8 hours of battery life on a single charge. Additionally, 1GB of advanced DDR3 memory and a large 250GB hard drive provide the hardware basics you need to get your work done.
Weighing in at 2.76 pounds, the AO533 features a more industrial design with a glossy display cover available in red, black or white with chrome accents.
Both netbooks use a Multi-Gesture Touchpad with “anti-slip microbead” texture, allowing users to pinch, flick and swirl their fingers across the touchpad. It also allows users to scroll, zoom in and out, and flip through web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more. The keyboard is 93 percent standard size and should offer convenient typing space.
Price and Availability
Both the AOD260 and the AO533 will be available at US retailers later this month. The Acer Aspire One AOD260 will start at a suggested retail price of $298.00, while the Acer Aspire One AO533 will start at a suggested retail price of $329.99.