Acer are hoping for another home-run with the 10-inch version of their Aspire One netbook, and so far neither the specs nor the estimated pricing has let them down. Going by Akihabara’s brief hands-on, it sounds like the devices themselves aren’t a disappointment either; details are scarce (so make the most of the photos) but they do say they “LOVE the new larger screen”.
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From the live photos, it looks as though Acer have answered perhaps the one main complaint about the original Aspire One: that it felt a little toy-like. The new 10-inch version looks far more maturely-designed, and while it will take a hands-on session to tell what difference the larger keyboard makes, given that the original 8.9-inch model’s ‘board wasn’t exactly awful we’re confident the Aspire One will remain a highly usable netbook.
Three versions of the 10-inch Acer Aspire One netbook are expected: the entry level D150-0B will have the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard-drive and 3-cell battery, priced at around €329 ($425) and launching in February, while that will be followed in March by the D150-1B with the same specs aside from a 6-cell battery, priced at around €349 ($450). Finally, also in March, there’ll be the Acer Aspire One D150-2BG: that will have Intel’s 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor together with the 6-cell battery and integrated 3G quadband UMTS/HSDPA mobile broadband. Pricing for the D150-2BG is expected to be around €449 ($575).