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Gateway LT23 netbook gets fresh makeover

June 23, 2010 at 10:05 am

Gateway LT23Gateway has refreshed its netbook range with the LT23 series, complete with N450 Atom Pine Trail processor and a change in aesthetics too. The model is still typically basic coming with a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) display, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD and a 6-cell battery that is good for 8 hours of battery life. It also comes with a swirling pattern that extend from the lid down to the wrist rest.

Other features include Wi-Fi (b/g/n), three USB ports, memory card reader along with a “social network” button that presumably gives you direct access to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. The LT23 is available now in champagne, pearl or black with prices starting at $329.99.

Via LaptopMag.

New Acer netbook range now available at Amazon.com

June 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

Acer Aspire D260Acer announced a number of new netbooks recently. This range is now either shipping or up for pre-order in the United States through Amazon.com. This includes the following:

- Acer Aspire One 533 for $329.99. 10-1 inch, N475 Atom, Bluetooth 3.0.

- Acer Aspire One D260 for $329.99. 10.1-inch, N450 Atom CPU.

- Acer Aspire One 521 for $349.99. 10-1 inch, 1.7GHz AMD Athlon II Neo K125 CPU.

- Acer Aspire One 721 for $480.94. 11.6-inch, AMD Athlon II Neo CPU.

- Acer Aspire 1551 for $499.99. 11.6-inch, 1.3GHz dual-core AMD Athlon II Neo K3325 CPU or 1.5GHz dual-core AMD Athlon II Neo K625 CPU.

- Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T for $599.99. 11.6-inch, Intel Core i3 or Core i5.

Via Netbooked.

Acer’s ION 2 Aspire 532G 10” netbook cancelled?

June 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Acer Aspire 532GAcer’s first 10-inch netbook the Aspire 532G has reportedly been cancelled according to Pierre from Blogeee. Apparently, technical problems meant that the Acer and Nvidia teams could not deliver on the performance front and hence cancelled the netbook. To be honest, this all sounds a bit too vague. Surely, other manufacturers are prepping 10-inch netbooks so why is Acer having difficulty?

If true, it would be a big blow to Acer and leave the ION netbook market pretty much to Asus. It’s not clear whether this cancellation is on a global basis, although if those technical issues are true, then I don’t see why region would make a difference.

Acer Aspire One 521, 533, 720 and D260 gets official in US

June 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Acer Aspire OneAcer has officially released four new Aspire One netbooks the US complete with pricing information. We’ve come across all netbooks before, but as quick reminder, the 11.6-inch AO721 and 10.1-inch AO521 run an AMD Athlon II Neo processor with ATI Radeon HD4225 graphics and a HDMI output. The AO521 has Bluetooth support too.

The 10.1” AO533 will run Intel’s new DDR3-enabled N475 processor, whilst the dual-booting 10.1” AOD260 will come with the standard N450 Atom processor. All four netbooks come with a 250GB HDD and Wi-Fi(b/g/n). The AO721 gets 2GB RAM whilst the rest will ship with 1GB. Read more

Packard Bell Dot S4 netbook revealed [Video]

June 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Packard Bell Dot S4Packard Bell has announced another netbook in its ‘dot’ series called the dot S4. The 10.1-inch netbook has a 1024 x 600 resolution display and is powered by a 1.66GHz N450 Atom, 160GB/250GB HDD and up to 2GB RAM. It will also have a chiclet keyboard and a touchpad that supports gestures.

The model will come in three different bi-colour options. The Packard Bell dot S4 will have 3-cell and 6-cell (4900mAh) battery options. Other features include Wi-Fi (b/g/n), three USB ports and Windows 7 Starter. Check out a hands-on video after the jump. Read more

Acer prepping 1830Z ultrathin alongside 1830T

June 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Acer 1830TAcer is preparing to launch the 11.6-inch Aspire TimelineX 1830Z alongside the already heard of 1830T, in August/September according to Blogeee.

Both models are expected to be very similar apart from the processor used. The 1830T will be powered by a Intel Core i3-330UM CPU, whilst the 1830Z will come with an Intel Pentium U5400 ULV processor. Both devices are expected to cost around the €599 mark on launch. Check out the specs after the break. Read more

Acer Aspire One 533: DDR3 packing 10.1-inch netbook outed

May 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

Acer Aspire One 533Acer is set to launch its own DDR3 10.1-inch netbook called the Aspire One 533. It will be powered by the upcoming DDR3-enabled N455 and N475 Atom processors. The benefits of DDR3 memory is that it needs only 1.5V, which is 0.3v less than DDR2 memory. This should in theory result in longer runtimes.

macles says that the battery life of the AO533 will be 10 hours and it will come with optional Bluetooth 3.0 support. There are a few design differences too, including a touchpad that rests in a chrome bed. Hard specs aren’t known right now, but don’t expect anything different over the current norm (1GB RAM, 250GB HDD and Windows 7 Starter). We’re likely to hear more on availability and pricing at next week’s Computex show in Taipei. Click through for a number of photos. Read more

Acer’s AMD-powered Aspire 721 hits US pre-order

May 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Acer Aspire 721The 11.6-inch Acer Aspire 721 has turned up for pre-order at Amazon.com for $429.99 in Mesh Black colour. The specific model (AO721-3574) is powered by a 1.7GHz single-core AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor and comes with ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics, 2GB DDDR3 RAM and a 250GB HDD.

It features an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display, 1.3MP webcam, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Windows 7 Home Premium and a 6-cell 4400mAh battery good for 5.5 hours of runtime. Performance versus Intel Atom equivalents isn’t known right now, but at this price point it’s an enticing proposition.

Via Netbooked.

Acer Aspire One 360: 10-inch Atom netbook unveiled

May 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Acer Aspire One 360Acer has revealed a new 10.1-inch netbook called the Aspire One 360. It appears to be the Intel variant of the Aspire One 521. The name purposely hints at a 360 degree design, although I haven’t noticed any changes to the typical netbook design.

Specifications for the AAO 360 haven’t been revealed although we know it will come in four colours (Onyx Black, Think Pink, Moon Shadow and Cool Purple). There doesn’t appear to be any access panels and the battery panel is flush. Check out a promo video of the Aspire One 360 after the jump. Read more

Acer Aspire Timeline 1825PT, 1825PTZ launched in UK

May 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Acer Aspire Timeline 1825PTAcer has announced that the 11.6-inch Aspire Timeline 1825PT and 1825PTZ convertible netbooks should now be available in the UK. We’ve heard plenty about these models already, but we now know that the 1825PTZ will hit UK retail at a £599.99 price point and the 1825PT will cost £699.99.

The AS1825PT offers the SU7300 Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD for the £100 extra. This compares to the SU4100 processor, 3GB RAM and 250GB HDD on the AS1825PTZ. Both models come with an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) capacitive display, Windows 7 Home Premium, HDMI, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 and a 5-in-1-card reader.

Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch reviewed

May 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch The last we heard of the 11.6-inch Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch convertible netbook was back in December when we reported of a planned UK launch in Feb 2010. Well that date has come and passed and I’ve still not seen it hit UK retail. Despite this, TrustedReviews has come up with a review of the device that may signal it’s about to hit the streets.

The Butterfly Touch is similar to Acer’s 1420P / 1820PT / 1820PTZ models and has an 11.6” multi-touch (1366 x 768) display, powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor and Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics. TrustedReviews found it to be a very capable convertible netbook offering excellent battery life (452 minutes in MobileMark 2007), good build quality, a well packaged software bundle and a reasonable price point (£499). Seems like it’s worth checking out, although you may want to hit TrustedReviews for the full lowdown before you purchase.

Acer confirms “no short-term plans” for Chrome OS netbook

May 18, 2010 at 8:17 am

Acer netbookIn a somewhat unusual move, Acer released a statement refuting recent rumours that it plans to showcase a Chrome OS netbook at the upcoming Computex show in Taipei. Whilst the company believes that Google’s new operating system is an “exciting product announcement”, it says it has “no short-term plans for such a product.”

There have been a number of rumours that Acer will be launching a Chrome OS netbook, along with suggestions that it wanted to be the first company out of the block with a Chrome OS device. The timing of the statement perhaps suggests it has been released to keep those rumours in check and maybe has something to do with Chrome OS not being in a ready state to showcase right now. Click through for the full press release. Read more

Acer’s AMD-powered Aspire One 521 netbook in HD video test

May 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm

AAO 521Acer officially revealed a new line-up of AMD-powered 10-inch and 11.6-inch netbooks earlier this week. The AAO 521 has a 10-inch display and comes with a 1.2GHz single-core AMD V105 processor along with ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics with HDMI out. The latter highlights the confidence in its ability to handle HD video, even though the screen only has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

A couple of videos have appeared from Notebook Journal.de and nDevil that give an idea of how well it plays HD video content. As you’ll see HD content seemed to play ok, although the same can’t be said for YouTube HD that seemed to stutter. This could be a driver issue so I wouldn’t get too disheartened if you were eyeing the AAO 521. Check out the videos after the jump. Read more

Acer prepping Chrome OS netbooks for Computex?

May 14, 2010 at 10:03 am

Chrome OSAcer really wants to be first out of the door with a Chrome OS device. According to a report from VentureBeat, Acer will be launching new Chrome OS devices (most likely netbooks, smartbooks or tablets) sporting the new OS at Computex Taipei in early June.

Acer may not have the Chrome OS limelight to itself though. Samsung has also talked of developing ARM-based smartbooks powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. Google is expected to release Chrome OS during the second half of the year. Techcrunch says that Chrome OS is coming along quickly but isn’t ready as things stand, they’ve also got some images of what the OS is likely to look like.

Update: Acer has confirmed that it will not be showcasing Chrome OS netbooks at Computex.

Acer reveals Aspire 521, 721 1551 AMD-powered netbooks [Video]

May 12, 2010 at 8:27 am

Acer Aspire 521Acer has revealed a new line-up of AMD-powered netbooks at an event in Cannes. This includes a 10-inch model (AAO 521) and two 11.6-inch models (Acer Aspire 721 and 1551). Subsidiary Packard Bell also announced the dot.a, a rebranded version of the 11.6-inch models above.

The Acer Aspire One 521 has a single-core 1.2GHz AMD V105 processor, DDR3 support, ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics and a HDMI output. You’ll still only get a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) display though. It comes with 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD and a 7-hour battery life. Read more

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