New Acer Netbooks Hits 11.6-inch Territory

Acer has unveiled its latest AspireOne, the first netbook with an 11.6-inch screen.

Source: Engadget

When is a netbook no longer a netbook? Given the recent ‘expansion’ of the segment, we’re not sure anymore. Today’s netbooks are greatly different from the original Asus Eee PC with its 7-inch screen, as the latest models come with 10.1-inch displays with large hard drives and even an integrated optical drive.

The line blurs once again with Acer’s announcement of an 11.6-inch AspireOne. To be clear, it’s the display size that sets it apart from other netbooks, but otherwise the spec sheet will invoke a very strong sense of déjà vu with an Intel Atom stuck to the US15W chipset, a 160 GB HDD, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth and optional 3G.

Other notable features of the 11.6-inch AspireOne, but not completely unique to it, is a “multi-gesture” trackpad. It’s unknown if this is similar to the Elan trackpads on the Asus Eee PCs, but Acer describes its own as “allowing you to leaf through pages in the same manner as of a newspaper and allowing you to zoom with just a touch.”

The upcoming netbook should also be fairly sleek, with thickness at just under 1 inch and a weight of 2.2 lbs with a 6-cell battery. Check out more images of the netbook at Engadget.

Acer has not revealed pricing or availability, but we’ll keep you posted.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • this is going to destroy the sony 11-12inch ultra light laptop line up
    the price of one sony TZ can buy two of these, nice
  • 08nwsula
    I don't know the price yet, but why would anyone get this when you could get a dell 13" laptop for most likely the same price if not cheaper. netbooks are just becoming crappy laptops.
  • Because it is smaller and lighter. I like 12inch laptops for use in cafes, flights, etc.
  • solymnar ARE crappy laptops. That's basically the definition. Super cheap parts with very low preformance.

    But yeah much line blurrage. I would imagine the primary trade off between this and the dell 13" will be battery life vs. preformance.
  • Master Exon
    Good, good, now just slap on 1280x800 and Ion and we'll call it a deal.
  • daship
    Any netbook over $300= waste!!!!
  • mrubermonkey
    Netbooks should be in the $250 to $350 range at most.
  • $399 at WalMart last night...
  • BTW, that's exactly what I paid for my 14" Acer Extensa last August: AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-57 (1.9GHz, 512K L2) 2G (4G max) DDR2 667MHz RAM, 120G SATA hdd, Super-Multi DVD burner (+/-R/RW/RAM/DL), VGA *and* SVid out, 1280x800 native res'n w/ Radeon Xpress 1250 (256M dedicated VRAM; upto 896M shared), Vista Home Premium 32-bit, Gigabit ethernet + 802.11b/g, 1394 (FW), IR, 4xUSB 2(all powered), audio in, out, & mic, trackpad w/ 2 buttons & scrollpad (& hotkey to disable trackpad), 5-in-1 mem card slot, PC Card type II slot, V.92 modem, built-in webcam + mic. Incl. 6 cell Li-ion battery, it's 5.3lb. Does all I ask of it and fairly quickly -- it's fast enough to easily record HDTV via my USB2-stick ATSC tuner (evga inDTube), even recording one show while converting & burning another previously recorded at the same time, although it pegs both CPU cores at 100%. But for $400? I'll take my laptop over ANY netbook.