Acer Aspire One D150 available in US now: $349.99

No great surprise, given that we're already seeing US reviews and retailers have had the netbook up for pre-order for some time now, but Acer have officially launched the 10-inch Aspire One D150 in the US.  The budget ultraportable starts at $349.99, which gets you Intel's N270 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard-drive, a 1024 x 600 10.1-inch gloss-finish display, WiFi b/g and a webcam.

It's also being advertized as coming with a 6-cell battery 4,400mAh, which is different both the the 6-cell 5,800mAh pack that early reviewers have received, and to the replacement 4-cell 4,400mAh unit which Acer admitted to some reviewers that, after an initial launch period, would be the standard battery.  Acer are quoting up to six hours runtime from the newest-mentioned battery.

Four colors are available – seashell white, sapphire blue, ruby red and diamond black – and you should be able to pick the Acer Aspire One D150 up right now.  Still no sign of the rumored Intel Atom N280 version with integrated WWAN.

Press Release:

Next Generation Acer Aspire One Netbook Now Available for U.S. Customers

New 10.1-inch Netbook Offers Mobile Freedom, Productivity and Reliability

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Acer America, part of the world's third largest PC company1, today announced U.S. availability of the 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD150, expanding the company's growing family of popular netbooks. The new Aspire One AOD150 comes on the heels of its highly successful 8.9-inch predecessor. The global market share leader in the netbook category2, Acer is offering the 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD150 to U.S. customers today with prices beginning at $349.99.

The new 10.1-inch Aspire One provides continuous access to the Internet in an easy-to-use, stylish design with a similar ultra-compact footprint as the original 8.9-inch version. The netbook is designed to be an affordable and simple solution for Web browsing, checking email, instant messaging, VOIP calls, streaming video, viewing photos and listening to music.

"The success of the Aspire One netbook illustrates the enormous demand consumers have for mobile devices that keep them connected," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product management for Acer America. "The new 10.1-inch Aspire One has something for everyone, whether a business user continuously on-the-go, a young student needing an introductory PC, or tech aficionado seeking a lightweight, secondary device with enduring battery power. Netbooks are an ideal solution for those who want a balance of mobility and productivity for quick and easy access to the Internet and other computing needs."

Combining ultra-portability and design

Engineered for mobility and weighing less than three pounds, the Aspire One utilizes the Intel® Atom™ processor which combines performance and efficiency to stay connected while on-the-go. The Aspire One comes with a six-cell battery, providing up to six hours of computing power, twice the amount of the previous platform. Featuring Windows XP® Home, 1GB of memory, integrated 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi network connectivity, and a generous 160GB internal hard drive to store plenty of digital albums, music and documents, the Aspire One is a simple and reliable mobile computing solution.

The Aspire One has a 10.1-inch CrystalBrite™ backlit display, offering a broader viewing area for Web page navigation and data input. For communication needs, the netbook is equipped with the Acer Crystal Eye webcam, delivering smooth video streaming and high quality images for online chats and business video conferences, even in low-light situations. A built-in digital microphone conveys superior voice quality, keeping background noise levels low and minimizing echoes.

The Aspire one is available in four high-gloss color options including seashell white, sapphire blue, ruby red and diamond black. Evoking speed and mobility, the netbook includes stylish details such as an aerodynamic-shaped metallic hinge with a colored accent and a brushed-metal palm rest, which offer a refined design element.

Acer Aspire One AOD150 Specifications

Intel® Atom™ Processor N270 (1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache)

Windows XP® Home with Service Pack 3

10.1-inch WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT LCD 1024 x 600

Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset

1024MB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM Single Channel Memory

Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950

160GB SATA 5400RPM Hard Drive

Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader

Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®

Acer Crystal Eye Web Camera

Two Built-in Stereo Speakers

Three USB 2.0 Ports

6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh)

2.95 lbs.

10.2" (W) x 8.0" (D) x 1.31" (H)

In addition to Windows XP® Home, the Aspire one comes with additional preinstalled software includes Acer eRecovery Management, Acer Launch Manager, Adobe® Reader®, McAfee® Internet Security Suite, Microsoft® Office Trial 2007.

Pricing and Availability

The Aspire One AOD150 netbook is available now via Acer's authorized resellers and at major retailers nationwide, with prices beginning at $349.99. The Aspire one comes with a one-year limited warranty.

[via iTechNewsNet]