Sneak Peak at the Acer Aspire 1420P

Sneak Peak at the Acer Aspire 1420P

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Today is Day 2 of PDC09, and attendees were given a nice “treat.” During this morning’s keynote, Windows and Windows Live Division President Steven Sinofsky took the stage and announced that all attendees* of this year’s PDC will be given an Acer Aspire 1420P Convertible Tablet PC. This is being done to show our gratitude for the support we received by PDC attendees in the development process of Windows 7. This PC enables developers to leverage many of the unique Windows 7 capabilities including multitouch – which I will talk about further down in this post.

Acer Aspire 1420P

This laptop promotion is the result of a collaborative effort with Acer, whom we worked closely with to have these laptops ready for PDC. This PC is not yet available in the US (Acer has not yet announced pricing and availability for this PC) so that makes this “PDC Edition” of the laptop exclusive to PDC attendees.

Aspire 1420P PDC Box  Aspire 1420P PDC Box

The Aspire 1420P PDC Edition comes with the following specs:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Processor: Intel Celeron CPU SU2300 @ 1.2GHz
  • Memory: 2GB (Supports up to 8GB)
  • Display: 11.6” Widescreen |1366x768 Resolution
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Network: 10/100/1000 Ethernet | Intel Wi-Fi Link 1000 802.11b/g/Draft-N
  • Mobile Broadband: 3G
  • Storage: 250GB

For a more complete and detailed list of specs, click here.

The Aspire 1420P comes with 3 USB ports, 1 HDMI port for connecting to HDTVs and monitors, a VGA port, Ethernet port, and a headphone and microphone jack. The laptop features a unique design with a metallic textured design just above the keyboard and a metal hinge for converting the laptop into Tablet mode. Its design is essentially a small laptop with Tablet PC features. It’s slim, light, and has a small footprint – making it easy to carry around. This laptop features a CTRL+ALT+DEL button and a Flip 3D button. Also, the Aspire 1420P uses the Windows 7 Sensor and Location Platform to adjust the screen depending on which way you hold the PC (in Tablet mode). For example: if you’re holding it a landscape position, the screen will display in landscape for you. Vice versa if you hold it in a portrait position.

Close-up of Aspire 1420P  Another Close-up of Aspire 1420P  And the stylus on the Aspire 1420P

We worked with Acer to image the laptops with some great software – including the beta release of Office 2010.

Because the Aspire 1420P supports Windows Touch, we’ve included the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 as well as Corel Paint it! touch.

Corel Paint it! touch

Corel Paint it! touch allows you to use your fingers to draw and paint. You can also turn your photos into paintings too.

One application I’ve written about recently is Amazon’s Kindle for PC. Amazon has released Kindle for PC and it works great on this laptop. You can download the beta of Kindle for PC today here. You can use multitouch gestures to move from page to page on the Kindle book you are reading. You can also zoom in and out with ease. For more on the Kindle for PC app, check out my demo video here on this post. In Tablet mode, reading books with Kindle for PC is very nice.

The Aspire 1420P also sports Mobile Broadband. With Windows 7, using Mobile Broadband is easier than ever before. Windows 7 will automatically detect if a Mobile Broadband connection is available (after inserting your SIM card).

Connect to a Mobile Broadband Connection in Windows 7

You can choose to connect to the Mobile Broadband connection where you will be required enter subscription details from your mobile carrier. No need to mess with 3rd party Mobile Broadband connection utilities.

Not only can you use multitouch with the Aspire 1420P, you can also use it as a Tablet. The Aspire 1420P is perfect for writing down notes using Microsoft OneNote 2010 (my favorite Office app).

OneNote 2010 on the Aspire 1420P

Overall, this PC will be great for all the developers attending PDC to experience many of Windows 7’s new features and to be able to develop with those features in mind.

* This promotion is for full-conference attendees who are onsite at PDC. It is not available to Microsoft attendees, members of the media, government employees, staff, speakers, crew, volunteers, day pass attendees, guests, or Workshop-only attendees.

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  • Nice review. But as I know this TabletPC doesn't support multi-touch feature.

  • That is one giant can of Dr. Pepper.

  • @Nim

    Uhhh, you sure you know what your talking about?

    The SU2300 runs rings around the Atom. Benchmarks and real world testing bear this out.

    And you made a noob mistake about why they chose processors like this. It's abt cost and heat. Putting a faster processor in a comp like this would make it more expensive and bigger in some instances.

  • nim
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    you guys seriously p*ssed off the media with this give away. i know i didn't pay to attend, but working your b*tt off for a tiny salary covering pdc in a whole load of news items wasn't made easier by being excluded from the give away. i know there's probably a law making it hard for msft to give away stuff to members of the media. and i know i probably just have the wrong job, but boy am i jealous. seeing 5000 devs walking around with their free laptops just hurts. still i wish everyone who got one an awesome (and hopefully productive) time using it. one more thing though: if the windows-team really "designed" the device, why didn't you go with a better cpu... the celly su2300 is just not good... doesn't even have more boom than an atom. guess there's a difference between what sinofsky said about msfts involvement in the design and the reality. still, great give away. except for the exception of the press. not everybody's working for huge media companies.

  • "All full-conference attendees of this year’s PDC will be given an Acer Aspire 1420P"

    Nice promo, looks like a sweet little machine to nice that it can support up to 8GB of ram.

    I just downloaded the Office 2010 Beta from www.microsoft.com/2010 , it runs nice and is faster than the earlier tech previews.  Wonder what Office is like running on a Multitouch screen, I imagine PowerPoint would be the Office application that would benefit most from Multitouch technology.

    Anyway Im totally jealous of the 1420P promo recipients.

    Still I guess life could be worse I could be in a red suit about to beam down to a planet with James T Kirk.  LOL