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June 18, 2010

Acer drops new AMD-powered Aspire One netbooks

Acer is probably best known for being one of the players responsible for sparking the netbook craze with the launch of their immensely popular Acer Aspire One. Today, they’re refreshing that line with two new AMD-powered netbooks, the 11.6” Acer Aspire One AO721 and the 10.1” Acer Aspire One AO521.

AO721 black cover

Both machines are powered by the new AMD Athon II NEO K125 processors, discrete AMD ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics and 250GB HDDs – a  combination that provides a nice balance between performance and battery life. The bigger AO721 comes with 2GB of RAM and Windows 7 Home Premium, while the slightly smaller AO521 has a 1GB of RAM and Windows 7 Starter. Other perks include an HDMI port, 802.11n wireless,  a webcam, and a multi-touch trackpad.  Pricing starts at $429.99 for the AO721 and $349.99 for the AO521, and you can get them both starting today.

AO721 open left Aspire screenshot

Looking at those specs, its amazing to think that just about 2 years ago netbooks were ARM-powered 7” machines with teeny-tiny keyboards, no special features, and virtually no onboard storage. How far we’ve come!

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