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Acer Aspire One 751h: Screen gets bigger, also ace-er?

Acer has bumped the Aspire One's screen size to a whopping 11.6 inches. Will a hefty battery life and high-res screen make up for that bigger frame?

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 netbook. 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.