The Acer Aspire has been officially launched. I think we need to go straight to a photo first…
And then there’s the second good bit of news – the price. $379.
The specifications look reasonable and include
Intel Atom @ 1.6Ghz
8.9" LED-backlit 1024×600 screen,
512MB of RAM
Linupus Lite OS
8GB of SSD.
SD card reader (5-types)
Four colours: four colors – sapphire blue, seashell white, golden brown and coral pink
3hrs (3-cell) and 6hrs (6-cell) battery options.
Options: 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD. Windows XP
3G and WiMax options to be available later in the year.
Live images and comment from Sascha follow…[Click here]
Sascha from EeePCNews.de has already had hands-on. Here’s what he told me via IM a few minutes ago.
[08:14] Sascha:acer is very good in terms if manufacturing quality
[08:14] Sascha: and they have a great linpus fork
[08:14] Sascha: fast
[08:15] Sascha: good design
[08:15] Sascha: screwed touchpad
Haha. It’s that strange touchpad that caught him out. I think its something you’ll get sued to very quickly though.
In this live image from Computex, we’ve got the Aspire One and 900 side-by-side. The 900 is actually a bit smaller than the Aspire but I doubt anyone is going to argue over the difference!
As for the keyboard, Sascha says its ‘good’ and at 89% of full size (ref) is probably going to be more comfortable than the Eee 900. All in all, I think we’re looking at something slightly better value than the current Eee 900 and on-par with the MSI Wind. MSI and ASUS have some real competition here.
We’re just organising a hands-on video which will be available later but in the meantime, check out the first set of live photos at eeepcnews.de.
Press release at Business Wire