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More Details On Acer Aspire One

Andy Vandervell

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More Details & First Impressions On Acer Aspire One

We've been teased with all sorts of details regarding new Eee PC-killers and today Acer announced its Aspire One NetBook. And, having just got back from the launch event, we can now furnish you with a few more details.

Measuring 25cm across and just 2.9cm thick and featuring an 8.9in 1,024 x 600 screen, it'll weigh just 995 grams in its entry-level configuration. This gives it a similar form factor to the Eee PC, while making it smaller than the MSI Wind and the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC.

The full specs are as follows:

* CPU: Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 Cache).

* Memory: 512MB DDR2 533MHz on-board (Upgradable to 1GB or 1.5GB using 512MB or 1GB soDIMM).

* Display: 8.9in WSVGA (1,024 x 600), LED Backlit, 180 cd/m2.

* Storage: 8GB NAND Flash Module (Linux Versions) & 80GB 2.5in HDD (Windows XP Versions), Memory Card Reader (SD, MMC, RS-MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD).

* Audio: Integrated Intel HD Audio, Integrated Microphone & Speakers

* Communication: 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, Integrated 3.6MB 3G/HSDPA (Optional), WiMAX (Optional), 0.3 Megapixel WebCam.

* Dimensions: 249 x 170 x 29mm (WxDxH) for NAND Flash and 3-cell battery version; 249 x 195 x 36mm for HDD version with 6-cell battery.

* Weight: 995g for NAND Flash, 3-cell battery versions; 1.26kg for HDD/6-cell versions.

* Battery: 2200mAh 3-cell battery (3 hours life); 2600mAh 6-cell (7 hours life) - figures derived from NAND Flash editions.

* Warranty: 1 Year Carry-in, upgradeable to 2 Years.

Though they'll be a number of as yet unannounced SKUs, the entry level model will retail at £199 inc. VAT. This will net you a 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 8GBs of NAND Flash storage and Wi-Fi - all of which will run on a rather smart looking custom Linux interface. This system will come with a 2200mAh 3-cell battery as standard, weigh just 996 grams and will be available to buy on July 10th.

Acer is also planning to release versions using Windows XP, which will ship with regular mechanical 80GB hard drives and 6-cell batteries as standard. Other options include HSDPA and WiMAX, though we'd expect HSDPA to be the option of choice within the UK and most of Europe.

First Impressions

Having had a brief moment to play around with the Aspire One, it's clear that the Eee PC has another very worthy contender on its hands. Unlike the MSI Wind and HP Mini-Note, though, Acer seems to be going after Asus' effort on price. At just £199 for the entry-level model it's very competitively priced and though 8GB of NAND Flash and 512MB RAM may not sound like an awful lot, it should be more than enough to run the custom Linux OS it'll run.

Speaking of which, much like the Eee the Aspire One has a nice simplified interface that's split into ‘Connect', ‘Work', ‘Fun' and ‘Files' boxes. Internet browsing is supplied by Firefox and word processing from the ever popular Open Office. You'll also find all sorts of other programs, including a multi-format instant messenger and fully functional email client.

From our brief time with the machine the keyboard felt quite good. Unlike the Eee the keys aren't tiny and difficult to use and had a nice crisp response to them. Likewise, the layout is pretty good and though it lacks a large size Return key, it's not something that's worth getting too worried about. It's worth noting, though, that Acer has gone the HP route by placing the touch pad buttons either side of it, rather than below. It's not ideal and the touch pad is quite small, but without spending more time with the machine it's hard to know how much of a problem this might be.

We should be getting hold of a sample soon, so we'll be able to answer that question and others in the near future.

Jelpy

August 1, 2008, 7:43 am

Does it have 2 Sd slots, one on each side as it looks from some pix?





You don't list SD/HC as being supported by the device; is this exact as journalist often overlook this HIGHLY important matter. Indeed SD is limited to 2GB (4GB in some cases) while SD/HC goes up to 32GB, a huge difference. Especially on a basic 8GB device.





Finally is it possible to install Windows XP (Home/Pro) on the Linux version? I.e. does Acer deliver XP drivers on a CD (or downloadable) as Asus seems to do with their EeePC?

christian buckley

April 24, 2009, 4:16 am

Hi i have got an Acer Asipre One ZG5 and it came with Lynux pre-loaded, i have a 120GB HDD and 1012 MB of RAM, I got bored of the Lynux system quite quickly and found it to be made for children and the elderly, the keyboard is excellent, I have big hands and i find it very easy to type without having to move your wrist as much as you do a bigger laptop.


I have a crstal eye webcam which is very clear and got great detail, better used with a good back light though.


On the left side, there's the power connector, VGA port, ethernet, a third USB 2.0 port, and a special SD card slot for 'storage expansion'. Any SD card you insert into this slot will magically be added to the SSD storage pool - the 4GB SD card I bought upped my storage from 8GB to 12GB. on the right you have got 2 x USB 2.0, 5 in 1 card reader and extenal microphone and earphone jack sockets. the wiresless 'button' is on the front right slides to the right. To the point, i now run windows vista home premium and it runs very fast, smooth and reliable, much quicker than Windows xp home (i tried that first), i have made a bootable USB flash drive to install the operating system and can use any cd/dvd drive on any other pc or laptop on my network, elliminating the hasstle of not having one on the Aspire.


the speakers are very tinny and not very loud and are under the laptop instead of near the screen or even down the side fo the screen, which would of been innovation it's self.


I do have one small gripe about putting vista on my machine and it is only a small hasstle, Acer have not made drivers for the aspire one ZG5 yet, they dont exist. After a few hours of searching I found a driver package from Europe, translated it and installed it. Everything works perfectly apart from the webcam, which says it has a problem with the driver.


i search on.....

simple simon

June 19, 2010, 3:07 am

lovely machine, does nearly everything I want my desktop to do... Ok, not the most powerful, but its not meant to be!





I've upgraded it to the maximun allowable RAM (1.5gb) and put on Windows 7 - I even get an aero screen, which I was not expecting.





Simon

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