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A netbook purchase choice just might be a little harder now, or actually easier, depending on your point of view. The Acer Aspire One is now appearing on Amazon in new configurations and colors. Yup, they cost a bunch more, but some will be happy with […]

AceraspireoneblackA netbook purchase choice just might be a little harder now, or actually easier, depending on your point of view. The Acer Aspire One is now appearing on Amazon in new configurations and colors. Yup, they cost a bunch more, but some will be happy with the upgraded configurations. For starters, there’s a 6-cell battery available which is a huge benefit for folks that want more than three-hours runtime. Need more hard drive capacity than the paltry offering of the original Solid State Disk drives? How’s a 160GB drive spinning at 5200 RPM grab you for running the included Windows XP Home operating system? Acer’s even tucking in 1GB of memory so you don’t have to. That’s a good thing because cracking open the Aspire One for a simple RAM upgrade is a bear.Amazon offers this configuration in three color choices starting at $499: Black, White and Sapphire Blue. At last check, the white model was in stock and there was actually some price reductions on the other colors. Right now, I see the Sapphire Blue model down to $399, although it’s not currently in stock. The version in black can be had (for the moment) if you think $469 is worth the upgrades. I’m inclined to say yes they are having a less than optimal experience using the 3-cell version with slower SSD and 512 MB of RAM with XP.(via Small Laptops)

  1. are you sure this article is accurate? because the 6-cell/160GB units have been available for awhile now & at only $399.

    has Acer done a huge price hike?

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  2. I’m fairly certain we haven’t yet reported on the availability of the 160GB drive / 1 GB models of the AAO, but I could be mistaken. In any case, Acer might sell direct through their retailers at $399; the higher priced units are available through 3rd parties at Amazon. It’s not at all uncommon for these companies to tack on to the cost. That would also explain why the $399 version is out of stock… folks likely jumped on that price when it was available.

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  3. These have been there for preorder from Amazon for awhile now, but haven’t actually been available through them yet. Electronica Direct is shipping them, though at a markup since nobody else has them with the US keyboards. (Mine is in the UPS truck driving around town and should be here any minute now :D)

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  4. It’s here, and so awesome. It makes a nice addition to my HP TX2500. (Two notebook minimum. I own no desktop, largely due to this site. :D)
    I haven’t had any issues with it yet, except one. The battery looks like a nice handle until you try opening the lid. BAD idea. My fingers are still smarting.
    Aside from that, very nice~

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  5. All three colors are now $429.99 and in stock at amazon.com (J&R).

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