Acer Aspire One available where I live
Took a look at it last Friday at my local shopping mall....but then I live in Bangkok, cost 14900THB or 219 GBP at todays' exchange rate.:-)
Nice to see I can get something before europe for a change!
Punters looking to buy a Small, Cheap Computer are having to play a waiting game. Almost all of the most well known models won't appear until the end of the month. It's a story of slipping releases for many of the vendors concerned. A case in point: Acer's Aspire One was, when the machine was announced, scheduled for a late …
At $300 (US) these are amusing little toys for coffee shops and non-business travel. But with these $600+ prices, I don't know who they think their customers are. I can go to Office Depot and get a great laptop for ~$500 that's better than most desktops--dual core CPU, tons of RAM and hard drive space, high resolution screen, DVD burner, etc. Yeah, it's somewhat bigger and heavier, but given what you get in return I think that's a tradeoff most people would be happy to make.
Well today is the 8th July, and not a one PCWorld branch within 30 miles of my home town has any in!
Are they just liars, because that expectant date has been pushed back at least once? Last week it was the 7th July.
We could do with one at work for our showcase lab, but I would wager we can expect decent stock levels only after its base model, the MSI Wind is readily available.
Only trouble is our budget is 'expiring' end of July and theres no money allocated next year for this sort of purchase!
Oh well. PC World loses out on a sale because they can't get them out the warehouse quickly enough.
Well I would argue that you can get a great laptop for ~$500, for starters most skimp on RAM (and 1 MB with Vista is painful).
But even if that is so you have to look at what you are using your laptop for. Remember these notebooks are 1/2 the size of a full laptop. They have the footprint of a text book and as such you can just chuck them in a rucksack and take them everywhere so it really depends what you are doing with your laptop. If 90% of your time is spent writing some word documents, email and web browsing then these are perfect without having to lug a large brick around with you.
"Well I would argue that you can get a great laptop for ~$500, for starters most skimp on RAM (and 1 MB with Vista is painful)."
Too right: you won't even BOOT with 1MB.
The prices are FAR too high. OLPC is still around 160 euros or £120. +50% on that because OLPC is non-profit-making and your low cost PC should be ~£200 mark with PLENTY profit.
More likely it's just they are able to ream us, so they will.
Half the point of these reading these articles was take another look at the Eee PC girl. Now the she and the register have finally parted company, how about giving the Elonex One girl some publicity? After all, she is the only one with a cheap laptop, and the software is from ABM.
SimplyAcer are quoting 11 August to have these in stock, at £219 for the base model, not £230. Expansys say they have them now, but at £234 for the base model.
Interesting looking at the websites and the price differences between identical hardware with Linux or WinXP: it is £50-53. That is a lot of Microsoft tax.
"They have the footprint of a text book and as such you can just chuck them in a rucksack and take them everywhere "
Unless it's raining and your rucksack not 100% rainproof.
And you'd better treat that rucksack like it held your firstborn, because these machines are NOT robust.
It was why I was looking forward to an XO machine. Splashproof and resilient.
At US$249 over at http://www.bestlinkeshop.com is available now, and has been available for a while...
(I've had mine for nearly 2 weeks now)
Cheaper than the rest, weighs only 700grams, and is slightly smaller than the Eee 701.
Of course, the Linux distro has been hacked and slashed beyond recognicion and is 'rather' limited...
(They manaed to fit Linux, AbiWord, Gnumeric, FireFox 2.0, a PDFviewer, multimediaplayer and even an IceAge II Preview into 350MB... )
I pre-ordered mine (what the hell, it's only a hundred quid) in March. Had an email today, requesting final payment for dispatch within 28 days. However, they have also offered me a free upgrade to the Elonex Onet+, which will allegedly sell for £199. With a further application of the "what the hell" principle I have done so.
The specs on line are not very detailed: same 800x480 as everyone else, 2GB storage, no mention of OS or software thought it's "compatible with MS Office" so I presume some form of Linux.
Now that I've ordered the Onet+ I can't see any mention of it on their website, so I suspect that either they are having One supply problems and punting out something which isn't officially launched yet to fill the gap or - more likely - that I'm about to be an unwitting beta tester.
But what the hell.
PS ElReg folk, contact me f you want the Onet+ to review.
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