Earlier we brought you details on the Aspire One--Acer's rival to the Eee PC 900. While you've been reading that, we've been hanging with our chums at Acer, getting a proper hands-on, and taking pictures. Lots of pictures.
Feel free to click through to the images now, but you might want to stick around for some details. Specs-wise, Acer's supplying both Linux and Windows XP versions of the One. Both models will use an 8.9-inch 1,024x600-pixel screen, the same 1.6GHz N270 Intel Atom CPU that you'll find in the MSI Wind, … Read more
It's been a big week for small systems.
On May 29, VIA formally announced (here) its "Nano" family of low-power x86 processors. These chips will be especially valuable in small laptops, UMPCs, and so-called mobile Internet devices (MIDs).
Then on June 2, NVIDIA announced (here) its Tegra 600 family, which is also being marketed for MIDs. But Tegra is a very different animal. It's based on an ARM11 processor core, which can run Windows Mobile or Linux but not Windows XP or Vista.
VIA's Nano processors are based on a new microarchitecture that is a … Read more
After months as the subject of speculation in the media, Acer will introduce its own low-cost mini-notebook PC at the Computex trade show in Taipei on Tuesday.
The device will be called the Acer Aspire One, as expected. It will come with an Intel Atom processor, and run Linpus Linux Lite, with Acer's own user interface. Other specs include: an 8GB solid-state drive, 512MB of RAM, 802.11 b/g WiFi, an 8.9-inch screen, and a standard 3-hour battery.
The Aspire One will be available beginning July 2 for $379. Later that month, a version running Windows XP … Read more
We just saw Dell's semi-undercover attempt at a small, inexpensive laptop, and now Acer is getting in on the action, if these leaked shots of something called the Acer Aspire One are to be believed.
First spotted on the Web site UMPC Portal, and then quickly spreading around blogville, it purportedly has a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4GB SSD hard drive, and runs Windows XP on an 8.9-inch screen (like the Asus Eee PC 900).
No release date or price yet, but there's a strong possibility we'll see this unveiled at … Read more
If you're anxious to get your hands on that crazy-looking Acer Predator gaming PC, Acer informs us that U.S. customers still have time to save up. It won't be available here until mid-third quarter (aka "around August").
Can't wait? You can always head to the U.K. if you want it sooner. Our CNET UK compatriots report that they'll get it next month. CNET UK's Rory Reid also outlines three different tiers for the Predator, and he has pricing, at least converted to pounds from Euros. Using Rory's numbers to convert … Read more
One look at the Acer Predator design, and we were sold. Seemingly inspired by the iconic masked aliens from the movies, the angular body kicks girlish, curvy designs in the rear and (almost) makes gamers feel like real men-at-arms.
Under the panel lies a Core 2 Extreme processor, three-way SLI graphics support, TV tuner, and up to 8GB of system memory (for 64-bit operating systems). Though there is currently only a desktop on display, from the teaser site we gathered that a line of Predator notebooks seems likely. Availability, pricing, and other details are unknown so far.
Your desktop replacement options expanded today, with Acer announcing its 16- and 18-inch Aspire Gemstone Blue notebooks are now available. The 16-inch Aspire 6920 starts at $849, and the 18.4-inch Aspire 8920 starts at $1,299. Both models have an Intel Core 2 Duo chip, Nvidia GeForce graphics, and a display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920x1080-pixel screen resolution for full HD goodness. The 18-inch model finds room for 5.1 speakers; the 16-inch model serves up 2.1 sound. Blu-ray is an option on higher-end configurations.
The Gemstone Blue design is a new look, which … Read more
You may (or may not) have heard some buzz lately about new laptop sizes, as models with 16- and 18-inch screens join the traditional 12-, 13-, 14-, 15-, and 17-inch party (plus all those 7- and 9-inch mininotebooks).
That may seem a little like overkill, but there is at least some method to the madness when it comes to the new 18-inch screen size (and these new sizes may eventually replace more traditional 15- and 17-inch displays). Take, for example, the very first 18-inch laptop we've gotten our hands on, the 18.4-inch Acer Aspire 8920.
The new screen … Read more
Regardless of whether you believe in the recession, you have to admit it's looking like lean times in laptop-land, with only a handful of products hitting the market this week.
But sometimes a handful is enough. Gamers will no doubt be satiated by news that the long-awaited Alienware Area-51 m17x is finally available for order, even if its starting price is a wallet-squeezing $2,199. Also for gamers, Asus dished the deets on its 17-inch G70 gaming laptop. Frequent travelers will be psyched that the Lenovo IdeaPad U110, a Best of CES Award winner, is officially available for purchase (… Read more