Jun 22, 2010

Acer Unveils the Aspire One A0721 and A0521 with AMD Processors

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Acer America today announced two new versions of the popular Aspire One series netbooks, now with AMD-based-high-definition capabilities. Updated with AMD Athlon II Neo Updated processors, the 11.6-inch Aspire One A0521 are designed to deliver high-definition graphics and video playback and smooth video communications that are not possible with other netbooks.

The Aspire One A0721 and Aspire One A0521 utilize AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processors and ATI Radeon HD 4225 Graphics with 384MB of dedicated system memory for greater mobile performance than you might expert from a netbook. Users can vigorously multitask, even with visually-intense, high-definitions, white freely exploring the Internet, sending and receiving emails, watching videos and playing games - all while untethered from a power outlet.

The Aspire One A0721 has a high-definition 116.6-inch CrystalBrite LED backlit display wrapped in a black matte, mesh-textured cover which limits fingerprints and smudging. Despite being less than one-inch and about three pounds in weight, the Aspire One A0721 provides a full-sized keyboard, enabling users more accurate and comfortable typing. The Aspire One A0721 is equipped with 2GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 250GB internal hard drive loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium.

The Aspire One A0521 netbook features a HD 10.1-inch CrystalBrite LED backlit display, weighs about 2.75 pounds, and features a 93%-sizeb keyboard as well as 1GB of DDR3 memory and up to 250GB internal hard drive. The A0521 is available in two patterned designs in black and brown. The Aspire One A0521 also comes equipped with Bluetooth and Windows 7 Starter.

Both the Aspire One A0721 and A0521 netbooks also feature HDMI ports for connecting your netbook to your HDTV. Available today at a variety of US retailers, the Aspire One A0721 has a suggested retail price of $429.99 and the Aspire One A0521 is priced at $349.99.

Intel Is Down But Not Out
For those diehard Intel fanboys out there Acer also announced the Aspire One A0D260 and Aspire One A0533 with Intel Atom processor.

Both the A0D260 and A0533 feature 10.1-inch WSVGA LED-backlit displays, Wi-Fi, built-in webcams and large keyboards with Multi-Gesture touchpads. The key difference between these two Atom-based netbooks is that the A0D260 uses "a sophisticated design that makes a fashion statement" while the A0533 is focused on delivering long battery life at low cost. In other words, Acer designed one to appeal to mobile fashionistas and the other netbook to appeal to budget-conscious consumers.

The Aspire One A0D260 netbook looks as much like a fashion accessory as it does a functional netbook. The patterned design, smooth surface, chrome-plated logos and flush battery are all intended to be eye-catching, while the Intel Atom N450 processor provides good battery life and enough performance for everyday tasks.

The A0D260 is less than 1-inch thick and ranges from 2.43 to 2.76 pounds depending on battery size. Additionally, it comes in four colors - black, charcoal, pink and purple.

By Jerry Jackson, www.notebookreview.com

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