The budget ultraportable trend showed no signs of slowing this week, as Acer's Aspire One
hit US shelves priced from $379. Meanwhile, sources close to Dell's suppliers tipped the company's upcoming 'E' netbook as carrying a mere $299 price tag
, and perhaps even landing as early as next month.
As for grown-up notebooks, Intel finally made the Centrino 2 platform official
, and with it the promise of not only faster processors but native draft-N WiFi support and longer battery life. In fact this week the company had plenty to be pleased about, as they soundly thrashed
arch-rival AMD with their Q2 2008 financial performance.