Netbooks can indeed be handy. If you find one with a decent keyboard, you can actually be productive on the things.
These new Acer Aspire One netbooks look like they’re ones I could get behind, especially with their enhanced battery life. More details after the break. Acer added to its netbook line by giving us these babies, granting the lower end models dual-core status. The AOD255 includes the new Intel Atom dual-core CPU, along with an 8-hour battery life, 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive.
The more powerful models (AO721 & AO521) run AMD Athlon II Neo processors and bear ATI Radeon graphics, which will have 384 MB of dedicated system memory. They will also have HDMI output, which is handy for all the HDMI-laden LCD TV’s floating around. The 721 will also have 2 GB of DDR3 RAM with a 250 GB hard drive, with the 521 dropping to 1 GB of RAM with a 160 GB hard drive. Both offer up to 6 hours of battery life.
All models will have 802.11 b/g/n wireless, fast Ethernet LAN connectivity, a built-in webcam and microphone, and run Windows 7 Starter. The AOD255 will also include Microsoft Office Starter 2010.
All-in-all, not bad machines if you’re in the market for a netbook. The decision, then, is whether or not you go for the more powerful & multimedia-focused AMD models or stick with the (theoretically) more productivity-oriented Intel model. In any case, check out Acer’s site for more information.