Acer has presented the Aspire one, calling it an all-new communication device designed to make online activities fast, simple and cool.
The Aspire one competes directly with Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) and small notebooks such as the HP Mini-note and the Asus Eee PC.
With a specifically optimized software interface to support connectivity needs, the Aspire one measure just 9.8-inches x 6.7-inches x 1.14-inches and weighs a little more than two pounds (0.9 Kg) with a battery life of up to six hours.
The Aspire one comes standard with 802.11b/g WiFi built-in and in the future may be configure with built-in 3G wireless technology.
It offers a simple Linux interface with pre-installed software separated by functions and presented in four distinct areas on the screen – Connect, Works, Fun and Files.
The Aspire one has an 8.9-inch CrystalBrite LED backlit display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Integrated in the top of the screen is an Acer CrystalEye webcam for live video streaming, video chats and conferences.
Initially available in blue and white, the range of colors available for the Aspire one will be expanded later this year with two new soft tones: brown and pink.
The Aspire one is equipped with Intel Atom processor, Linpus Linux Lite or Windows XP Home, and comes with 512MB or 1 GB of RAM memory installed.
There are two alternatives for data storage: a NAND flash module of 8GB or an 80GB internal HDD. In addition the Aspire one reads five different types of memory card – Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card.
One Mail software suite lets users manage up to six email accounts with a single application interface, including office accounts. A small icon to the right of the message shows the appropriate mail account.
The Aspire one uses Messenger for Instant Messaging, an application that allows users to simultaneously access Skype, Microsoft Messenger and various other instant messaging services. The software can be used with the integrated video camera for instant video-chats and video conferences.
Additional software such as OpenOffice 2.3, one Mail, Messenger, Acer eRecovery Management, Acer Launch Manager, Adobe Reader, McAfee Internet Security Suite, Microsoft Office Trial 2007 are also installed.
This new ultra mobile PC will be available in early Q3 through Acer authorized resellers and selected retailers throughout North America, with pricing beginning at US$379.