Acer has launched an 11.6-inch Aspire One netbook, the Aspire One 751h, and it's a touch more aspirational than the current version.
Pushing 12 inches, a good portion bigger than the current 8.9-inch version, the new model is pushing at the upper limit of portability for a. But Acer has thinned the frame to just 25mm, and the company claims it weighs "little more than a kilo", so the 751h should still be easily luggable.
Inside there's an Intel Atom processor and Mobile Intel US15W Express chipset, with 160GB of built-in hard drive storage. A multi-memory card reader is included, along with Bluetooth and 3G. Wireless Internet connection comes courtesy of 802.11b/g Wi-Fi with Acer's multi-antenna Signal Up feature.
One advantage of a bigger frame is a larger keyboad, which is described by Acer as 'soft-touch' for extra typing comfort. We'll test that out when we get one in for a full review. We're also hoping the new multi-gesture touchpad improves over the earlier Aspire's fiddly effort.
The 11.6-inch screen boasts 1,366x768-pixel resolution with an LED backlight. Coupled with a six-cell battery with an estimated life of 8 hours, that should make it good for watching movies on the go.
The 11.6-inch Aspire One 751h will come in white, dark blue, red and black. UK pricing and availability are yet to be announced.