Acer Aspire One 532G axed over underwhelming Ion 2 performance?

Jun 18, 2010
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Bad news if you were waiting to pick up Acer's Aspire One 532G, the NVIDIA Ion 2 toting 10.1-inch netbook the company quietly unveiled back at MWC in February.  According to Blogeee, Acer has cancelled the netbook; they're suggesting that "technical problems" left Acer and NVIDIA uncertain that the performance potential of the AO532G would be in keeping with expectations, and so they pulled the plug altogether.

That doesn't come as a complete surprise.  While we didn't have time to properly test the AO532G at MWC, we later saw benchmarks performed on the netbook that in fact suggested the Ion 2 was slower than its first-gen Ion predecessor.  Subsequent testing of the Ion 2 GPU on other machines showed a performance improvement; at the time it was assumed that the Acer had merely been a poorly-showing prototype, but it now looks as though it could have been a more fundamental issue with the netbook.

Acer had previously said the Aspire One 532G would be priced at €379, and indeed Blogeee are suggesting that some retailers had already accepted preorders; those will now be refunded.  No word on whether Acer will make a second attempt with the Ion 2, and if so when that might take place.


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