Acer dropping prices like Galileo dropped the orange


Acer’s netbook, the Aspire One, the netbook that our own John Biggs called “quite small” is getting a smaller price as well. Starting now, the base model with Linpus Linux Lite and a three-cell battery will fall from $379 to $329, the XP version will fall from $399 to $349, and a new six-cell, XP version with a 160GB hard drive will sell for $399. That’s insane. Check out that new one with the big hard drive for sure.

I looked around at all the places the Aspire One is sold and the prices haven’t dropped yet. The announcement was just made today, though, so give the retailers some time to adjust. The new Acer One, by the way, is model number AOA150-1447.

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Acer Drives Outstanding Value in the Netbook Category With Price Reductions on Its Popular Aspire one

Ideal for Students, an Acer Aspire one Ultra-Lightweight Mobile Internet Device Featuring Windows XP Is Now Available for Just $349

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(Business Wire)–Acer America, the third largest vendor in the global PC market(source: Gartner data, 2Q 2008), today announced it has lowered the price of the popular Aspire one ultra-lightweight mobile Internet device in the U.S. retail channel. In a move that will provide affordability and value just in time for back-to-school, the Aspire one featuring Windows XP Home(R) will now retail for $349.

Compact and smart, the Aspire one provides continuous access to the Internet in an easy-to-use, stylish and ultra-mobile platform.Light enough to tote in a backpack at just 2.17 pounds, the Aspire one is designed to be an affordable, entry-level, "first PC" solution for students, as well as a secondary computing device for on-the-go tech savvy enthusiasts and professionals.

The Aspire one is ideal for everyday tasks such as Web browsing,checking email, listening to music, instant messaging, viewing photos,VOIP calls and streaming video. Equipped with Intel(R) Atom(TM)processor, Windows XP(R) Home, 1GB of RAM memory installed, 120 GB internal hard drive, and a three-cell battery, the Aspire oneAOA150-1570 is now priced at $349. The Aspire one AOA110-1722 with Linpus(TM) Linux Lite is now priced at $329.

"The Aspire one is a breakthrough product that meets the connectivity needs of both students and mobile professionals," said Kristin Markworth, senior manager of notebook product marketing for Acer America. "By increasing the value of our mobile Internet device lineup, Acer is opening the Aspire one experience to a whole new base of users."

Also introduced for business and education customers, the Aspire one AOA150-1447 offers a professional solution for those who require added performance. Featuring a six-cell battery, 160GB internal hard drive and Windows XP Home, the Aspire one is perfect for on-the-go business travellers and environments which require long-lasting battery power. The Aspire one AOA150-1447 is now available via Acer authorized resellers with prices beginning at $399.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Aspire one netbook is available now via Acer’s authorized resellers and at major retailers nationwide. All models come with aone-year limited warranty.