If you were reading TR earlier this week, you might have seen us talk about Acer's new Aspire AS1410 laptop. As far as we could tell, that ultraportable seemed to tick all the right boxes: dual-core low-voltage CPU, six-cell battery, Windows 7, and netbook-class pricing (just 400 bucks).
Well, Newegg has now started carrying the system for $399.99 before shipping. And indeed, it looks particularly tempting for the price.
You get an 11.6" 1366x768 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Celeron SU2300 processor, GMA 4500MHD graphics with HDMI out, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB 5,400-RPM hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a six-cell battery rated for six hours of run time, and Windows 7 Home Premium x64.
There's no catch on the portability front, either. This little laptop weighs a scant 3.08 lbs and has a thickness of 0.87-1.18"—right in the same league as many netbooks with far less attractive feature sets.
We'll have to get this thing in our labs to reach a definite verdict, but it definitely looks like an excellent choice if you're in the market for a compact and affordable ultraportable this holiday season.