Acer has announced a 10in netbook that it hopes will repeat the success of the 8.9in Aspire ONE model it launched last summer. The Aspire ONE was one of the most successful netbooks of 2008.
A Windows XP machine, the 10in Aspire ONE will weigh 1.18kg and will come with integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. WiMax will be offered as an upgrade option. The base specification will cost £299.
The 10in Aspire ONE's wireless connection will be bolstered by the inclusion of Acer's SignalUp technology - essentially an integrated wireless antenna that optimises the laptop's ability to pick up Wi-Fi.
Acer will offer the 10in netbook will run off a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor with a 533MHz frontside bus and come with up to 2GB of DDR RAM. Its screen will have a resolution of 1,024x600 and will have a MagicEye webcam built in to its frame. It will have a 160GB hard disk and a media card reader.
"Despite the recent problems of the financial markets and general economic uncertainty, the netbook and notebook markets will continue to grow in 2009", predicts Acer president and CEO Gianfranco Lanci.
"With companies focused on containing the crisis, consumers and products designed for them become more important as users simply cannot do without their personal communication instruments."
Available in red, black, red or blue, the 10in Acer Aspire ONE will come with either a three-cell or a six-cell battery - the latter should last up to 7 hours between charges. The laptop is certified as an Energy Star 4.0 device, backing up Acer's claims of its low power consumption.
Click here for our review of the Acer Aspire ONE with Windows XP.