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Splitting the Atom: Acer Aspire One goes dual-core

The Aspire One AOD255 adds a dual-core Atom into a 10.1-inch Netbook.

dual-core: the Acer Aspire One AOD255
Dual-core: The Acer Aspire One AOD255. Acer

Netbooks don't change very much in terms of specs, at least compared with other laptops, but there has been one new wrinkle as of late: dual-core Atom CPUs.

Acer's 10.1-inch Acer Aspire AOD255 Netbook includes a new dual-core Atom N550 CPU for a very reasonable $329, along with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Starter. A single-core AOD255 will still be sold as well, starting at $269. It comes in four colors--red, black, brown, and aquamarine--and will go on sale later this month.

Acer has a line of "premium" Netbooks featuring 11.6-inch screens and AMD Athlon II Neo processors, so what does a dual-core Atom offer? Based on price, it doesn't cost quite so much to upgrade, though its performance as compared with a Neo CPU may not be nearly as eye-opening.

Is a dual-core Atom worth it? We'll be taking an up-close look at dual-core versus single-core Atom performance in Netbooks later this week, so stay tuned.