11.6-inch Acer CULV laptop hits U.S. shores

— 6:00 AM on August 24, 2009

Unlike certain other companies, Acer doesn't seem bothered by offering both a netbook and a consumer-ultraportable laptop with the same form factor. As Engadget points out, Acer has begun offering an 11.6-inch, CULV-based laptop in the United States, right alongside its 11.6" Aspire One 751.

The new Aspire 1410, which is reportedly identical to that Aspire 1810T we wrote about in July, has already gone up for sale at CostCentral in Sapphire Blue, Diamond Black, and Ruby Red flavors. Those blue and black variants are available now for $460.33, while the red one costs about a buck more and is on backorder right now. Comic book villains will just have to bid their time.

Instead of an Atom, the Aspire 1410 packs a Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. This puppy also comes with 2GB of RAM (expandable to 4GB), GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics, a 250GB mechanical hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a battery with a six-hour rating, and Windows Vista Home Premium. You might get a free pass to Windows 7 on October 22, too, although CostCentral doesn't mention that.

For reference, Dell's freshly released 11.6" Inspiron 11z has a slower processor and a seemingly worse battery, but it's a little bit cheaper at $399. As for the Aspire One 751 netbook, you can get that piece of kit for just $350 on Newegg, but brace yourself for relatively sluggish performance—see our review for details.

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