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So lets get this straight, small, portable, decent build quality, good features and a half decent screen. £700. I was berated for suggesting that netbook style laptops could replace business oriented ultra-portables, but here we have a netbook-alike doing exactly that.Once Ion 2 hits and it can take the 1.2GHz CULV C2D/S, Windows 7 (which only requires 1 or 2gb ram), and stick a cheap HD in there, take out the fingerprint stuff and other superfluous additions, and you have a similar performing machine, with probably better battery life for even less money! Hell you can even keep the fingerprint stuff and extra ports and price it for £500 which is a damnsight less than £2000 for a super duper Vaio ultra portable.
@Max: Sorry, I don't see anything that this laptop has in common with a standard netbook. It's a relatively cheap business-oriented laptop, and I'm glad someone is finally charging realistic money for one.
Even though this is the age of ridiculous product numbers, just what are Acer thinking with this one?! Ugh.I can very much see the appeal of this. A light, reasonably powerful laptop with a large, high resolution screen. The limited resolutions of Netbooks is why they can never replace a proper ultra-portable for business use. Some program won't even install on Netbook resolutions (Dreamweaver for one).
Also, something I'd love to see with laptop reviews (especially Ultra-Portables) is the weight and size (and possibly picture) of the charger. I have to take my charger wherever I take my laptop so the charger could be the deciding factor between two lightweight laptops for me.
Nice notebook, but 13.3" is just too big for an ultraportable. I hope Acer has improved the built quality of the notebooks. While they present good value for money, my previous experience with Acers hasn't been positive. My VAIO on the other hand...
just had it for a week. an excellent machine for someone who travels a lot. low-key styling, not brash, excellent ergonomics, good build. sure, maybe it does not play games well, but I am in business, not gaming! TM8371-944G16n: intel x25 SSD 160, 4GB RAM, WWAN, Bluetooth, WIFi abgn, fingerprint scanner. Battery lasts 5.5 hours with WiFi and not dimming the screen completely. the screen is excellent, too. even with onboard intel graphics I connect a 19" monitor at home office. and all this for less than half price that I would have paid for similar specs Latitude or Thinkpad - I paid ca GBP 500 in Denmark. Highly recommended. PoisonJam, the charger is half-size or smaller than my Dell charger.
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