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Six Cell Acer Aspire One Battery Hits Pre-Order

Gordon Kelly


Six Cell Aspire One Battery Hits Pre-Order

Sticking with our subnotebook/netbook theme today Acer is next up with some crowd pleasing news: a six cell battery option for the Aspire One is now being made available.

Spotted available for pre-order on US site CDW by the sharp-eyed (and dinky?) Liliputing, the six cell has no formal release date but at an eye popping $119.99 (approx £60) it will cost almost a third as much as the Aspire One itself.

Against this however we are seeing contrasting reports that the battery will cost just an extra $50 on new machines, so what can we expect from such a battery boost? Sadly we don't know for sure. CDW keeps quite on the specs too, but basic mathematics (my favourite kind) from our impending review got two hours twenty minutes from the current three cell battery on full brightness with WiFi on so the six should safely hit the four hour mark.That makes it no Eee PC 901 beater but a definite improvement.

Still, complaints aside at least a six cell option is officially on its way - even if its pricing means this is the first time I have ever seen a battery listing recommending a laptop as an 'accessory'...

Look out for our Aspire One review soon...

In related news MSI's popular (and successfully rebadged) Wind is apparently set to take an unwelcome price hike according to site jkOnTheRun. Initially the US will be hit with the base model jumping from $399 to $499 (even if it still remains well clear of Eee PC 1000 territory). An MSI rep explained, "Since the cost of the battery and materials raise (sp), we had no choice but adjust the MSRP to $499.99 with 3-cell battery and $549.99 with 6-cell.”

We await UK implications with clenched teeth...

Note: Please excuse the MSI confusion in the earlier version of this story. It's what happens when I'm taken off my medication - tea and ginger snaps (thanks Brad)



Price hike via jkOnTheRun

Brad Linder

August 4, 2008, 6:38 am

The link (and image) refer to the 6 cell battery for the Acer Aspire One laptop, not the MSI Wind. Also, the price is $120, not $199.

Geoff Richards

August 4, 2008, 2:08 pm

Thanks Brad - fixed. And we've ordered Gordon a new pair of glasses :)


August 4, 2008, 2:11 pm

Yep - cheers Brad, I've posted a thank you in the story (and demanded a refund from my optician!)


August 4, 2008, 3:07 pm

&#16360 for an official Acer battery is nothing new, infact it's slightly below average based on the rare occasions I have to stock official batteries (I usually go for 3rd party), just because it's a battery for a cheap laptop doesn't then make the battery cheap too.

Andy Vandervell

August 4, 2008, 3:49 pm

Indeed, batteries are one of the least appreciated price inflating features of any notebook. Conceivably, were the Eee PC 901 to feature only a 3-cell battery like the Acer Aspire One, it could retail for a fair amount less - presuming Asus would pass the saving on at least.


August 4, 2008, 3:59 pm

Batteries for me are one of the most frustrating parts of a laptop. As you say they are expensive, they also degrade rapidly and their technological advances lag a long way behind those of the other components. If they had matured like CPUs or GPUs we'd have 6 month batteries the size of a memory key by now ;)


August 4, 2008, 7:28 pm

makes u think someone is keeping them down to keep the prices high doesnt it, abit like other types of power hmmmm

Andy Vandervell

August 4, 2008, 7:29 pm

Matters probably haven't been aided by one of the main battery factories burning down a few months ago.

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