Acer Enters UMPC Market
Bigger isn’t always better as ASUS proved with the launch of its now famous EePC and other companies are eager to get in on it. Acer is the latest manufacturer to jump into the UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) waters with the news that it is to begin production of its Aspire One. The laptop is just as small as its fellow brethren at 9.8” x 6.7” x 1.2” and weighing just under 2 pounds. Happily the device makes use of Intel’s hot new Atom processor paired with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM. You also get the choice of either Linplus Linux Lite or the more mainstream Windows XP Home. Amazingly Acer is deviating from other companies in that it is offering the option of either an 8GB NAND SSD or an 80GB HDD which is not an option on many other dinky lil-laptops. Base prices for the new Acer Aspire One will start out at around $379.