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Acer set to debut 11.6″ Aspire One netbook


Acer is no stranger when it comes to netbooks, and here they are with a spanking new model to tease our wallets further, testing the limits of just how many netbooks we’re willing to have under a single roof. The model in question would be the first 11.6″ Acer Aspire One netbook that comes with a full-sized keyboard – something many other netbook manufacturers cannot tout for their respective releases. Not only that, the 11.6″ display sure comes in handy as more viewing real estate is always welcome by any computer user. By the way, forgive us for not furnishing you with a model number after reading thus far – the 11.6″ Aspire One AO751h is its name, and it is accompanied by a smaller 10.1″ Aspire One AOD250.

First off, let us take a closer look at the new Aspire One AO751h which is thinner compared to its previous generation (which is only natural I would say), boasting an LED-backlit widescreen display with 16:9 aspect ratio that makes it infinitely more enjoyable to view movies over such a size compared to other 4:3 screens that many of us still “suffer” from. In addition, the 11.6″ screen is a boon for those who are too used to 9″ and 10″ netbook sizes, since the larger display translates to an easier experience on your eyes in viewing multiple windows while reducing the need to scroll to view Internet sites. Touch typists will also appreciate the full size keyboard, although they might want to hook it up to a 21″ monitor when they’re working at home.

As for the smaller Acer Aspire One AOD250, this model will target the needs and demands of mobile consumers who want a compact, light-weight netbook for Internet access and communications. It is also lighter and thinner than its predecessor, featuring a 10.1″ display that makes it the perfect candidate for those who are looking for their first netbook purchase.

You can remain connected to the Internet with either model via Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, and the lack of 802.11n support isn’t disappointing at all since these netbooks were not created to cater to the whims and fancies of power users. Depending on the model you choose, you can have Intel’s Atom N270 or Z520 processors, alongside the choice of a 6-cell battery for the AO751h that offers a whopping 8 hours of operating time compared to just four hours on the 3-cell version. The Acer Aspire One AO751h and D250 will retail for $349.99 and $298 upwards, respectively.

2 thoughts on “Acer set to debut 11.6″ Aspire One netbook”

  1. Lack of “n” isn’t disappointing at all? I must have missed something when they called these “netbooks”.

    I thought a netbook was specifically meant to hook the the internet? I love the Asus 1000HE, but until they get full “n” (ie. runs on 5Ghz) I’m not buying it either.

    Power user? Could be, but mostly I just want to use it anywhere in the city there is a connection.

  2. As a journalist, I am one of those looking for a decent quality mini-computer — with one important specification above all others:

    It MUST have a screen size of 10″ or more (but not much more). ie. The actual distance from LHS Caps Lock to the Enter key on the RHS, MUST be at least 23.5 cm.

    Why is this important?

    Because if you are a touch typist, you simply cannot cope with keyboards that come with mini-computers having 9″ screens — the CL to Enter distance is simply TOO SMALL for convenient use. Your fingers are so cramped, you end up making lots of mistakes. (Or lots MORE of them!) Okay for the “hunt & peck” types, but not for me.

    So mini-computers like the Asus 900, etc., are simply not of interest. The ideal distance between Caps Lock and Return (for me at least) is 24 cm or even 25 cm — but no more, or it’ll be virtually the same as my full-size IBM Thinkpad (28 cm).

    I’d like a “mini” for travelling, and if I can get one like the 10.1″ Acer Aspire One AOD250 at a reasonable price, I’m interested — otherwise I’ll stick with the Thinkpad.

    Mind you, the lack of the 5Ghz, 802.11n support to me IS somewhat disappointing, if it means I can’t always log on when I am travelling…. I’d probably have to buy a separate “dongle” to overcome that — adding to the overall cost.

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