March 30, 2009 at 1:48 pm
As we revealed last week, Acer is to launch a new series of netbooks under the ‘Aspire One Pro’ name. As the name suggests, these netbooks will be targeted towards business users and ‘prosumers’. At that point we didn’t have any images as to what the new series would look like. We now do, thanks to Macles, and we have to say that it has some very elegant design cues. This includes chrome hinges as well as a carbon fibre bar all wrapped in a slimline form-factor. The ‘Aspire One Pro’ logo can also clearly be seen on the top-right of the screen display.
The pictures also seem to suggest that ‘Pro’ series will have a choice between Windows and Linux operating systems. The keyboard shows that instead of a Windows key towards the bottom left, there instead sits a ‘Home’ icon. These are normally found on units that run Linux. This seems strange to us, given the predominance of Windows systems that are normally targeted to business users.
The first netbooks to be launched under the new name are an 11.6-inch and 10-inch model. It is believed that the 11.6-inch netbook will be powered by a low-power 1.6GHz Z530 Intel Atom CPU and 1GB RAM and come with a 160GB hard-disk drive. It will weigh only 1.25kg (2.8lbs) and be just 1-inch thick. We don’t have any firm details on the specifications of the 10.2-inch Acer Aspire One Pro. Apparently both versions will be available in HDD and SDD configurations. Click through for more photos of the Aspire One Pro.