Acer's Timeline range of ultraportable notebooks has been priced for the US, and whereas we were expecting a starting price of around $699 Acer are actually delivering a $598 entry-level machine. That gets you the 15.6-inch Timeline with Intel's 1.3GHz Pentium SU2700 and 3GB of DDR3 RAM; if you want one of the 14-inch or 13.3-inch models budget $699.99 or $899.99 accordingly.
Chinese OEM Tongfong and VIA have announced the latest Via Nano based ultraportable, the Tongfong S30A. A mere 33mm thick and tipping the scales at 1.4kg, the S30A has a 13.3-inch display, integrated DVD burner and 2GB of RAM; it uses the VIA 1.3GHz Nano U2250 processor together with the unified VIA VX800 MSP and discrete S3 Graphics Chrome 435 ULP graphics making for a HD-capable machine.
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Clickfree have announced a new drive in their automated backup range, the Clickfree Traveler, which is around the size of a credit card and weighs about the same as a pen. As well as up to 64GB of storage, it includes the latest version of Clickfree's automatic backup software. There's also news of the Clickfree DVD Transformer, a simple dongle that makes backing up to DVD or CD straightforward.
Don't let the hard-drive and DVD burner fool you: this isn't an ultraportable laptop, but a netbook cooler with extra talents. Century's Netbook Stand aims to address two of the more common complaints about budget ultraportables, low storage capacity and no optical drive, by squeezing both things into a compact slice.
TriGem USA have announced a new 12.1-inch notebook, the Averatec N2700, which the company is calling a "back-to-the-basics" machine due to the absence of any preloaded "bloatware". Aside from a hassle-free initial startup, the N2700 offers an Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.0GHz processor, 4GB of DDR2 memory and an 250GB hard-drive.
RealNetworks are developing a rival to the expensive Kaleidescape DVD jukebox, based on their own DVD encryption-bypassing Facet application, which would retail for under $300. A prototype of the Facet DVD server can store around seventy movies, and is based on Linux; however the movie studios are hoping to cut Real off before a release, in a lawsuit that will reach the bench today.
ASUS' Eee PC 1004DN is one of the first generally available netbooks to include an integrated optical drive, something which has split opinions among aficionados of the segment. HKEPC have been playing with the Intel Atom N280/GN40 netbook and, while on paper it's an impressive prospect, the reality is that hardware and software just don't tally up quite yet.