Sure, the dual core version of the Acer Aspire One AOD255 was briefly available from the Home Shopping Network in August, but now Acer has officially launched the netbook. It’s available for pre-order from Amazon, and Acer has put out a shiny new press release listing the netbook’s specs.
The Aspire One AOD255 is available with either a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 single core processor or a 1.5GHz dual core Atom N550 chip.
The laptop weighs about 2.5 pounds and measures about 1 inch thick. It has 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1.3MP camera, 1GB of DDR3 memory and a 250GB hard drive. The Aspire One AOD255 comes with Windows 7 Starter Edition and Microsoft Office Starter 2010. The laptop is available in red, black, brown and aquamarine.
The Aspire One AOD255 runs $329.99, making it one of the cheapest dual core netbooks available.
Acer owns the Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines brands. So it should come as no surprise that shortly after introducing new Acer netbook models, we tend to see similar machines arrive under one or more of these brand names. Latest case in point? The new Packard Bell Dot SE, which appears to be awfully similar to the recently launched Acer Aspire One D255.
Netbook News.de spotted a listing for the new Packard Bell Dot SE.CH/001 at Alltron. Like it’s Acer-branded sibling, this new model featurs a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display and a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core CPU.
The netbook also has 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 250GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Starter Edition. The 6 cell battery is said to be good for up to 7.5 hours of run time, and the netbook weighs about 2.8 pounds.
The Packard Bell Dot SE is available in Europe for about 400 Euros, or roughly $505 US. I don’t expect to see this model in the US anytime soon.
Attending the Taipei Computer Applications Show today? Lucky you. Then be sure to pick up your specially priced Acer Aspire One D255 netbook with dual booting Android and XP operating systems before leaving the venue. Otherwise, the NT$9,500 (about $300) 10.1-inch netbook configured with an Atom N450 processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, 160GB hard disk, and 3-cell battery (with optional 6-cell) will cost you NT$11,900 (about $375) when it hits traditional retail channels sometime in the days ahead.