Acer is the first to launch Intel’s Cedar Trail netbook in India. Although we first got a glimpse of Cedar Trail in Lenovo’s leaked promo video for the S110, Acer is the first to launch the Aspire One D270 in India. The 10.1-inch netbook is priced at an affordable Rs.17,251 and should be available shortly.

Easy to mistake it for their older models

Easy to mistake it for their older models

Under the hood, it’s your typical netbook configuration, other than the CPU that’s been swapped for the new dual-core N2600 Atom processor running at 1.6GHz. This is said to replace the existing Atom N455 CPU. The new chips are built on the 32nm fabrication process so power consumption is lower as well as the TDP. The GPU has now been integrated into the die and has support for DX10.1. Unfortunately, the chipset still uses the existing NM10 Southbridge so there’s no native USB 3.0 support, unless the manufacturer adds a separate controller. Other components include 2GB of RAM, 320GB hard disk, Windows 7 Starter and a 6-cell battery capable of 6 hours (claimed) of battery life. The netbook weighs 1.3kg, comes in a variety of colours and features the ‘water ripple’ design on the lid. We were hoping for a fresh new design from Acer, a way to instantly tell the new netbook apart from the old ones. Looks like we'll have to make do with this for now.

Connectivity wise, we get a total of 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, LAN,  Wi-Fi ‘n’ and Bluetooth 4.0. While this is not a bad launch price for the netbook, we would like to see more 11.6-inch or 12.1-inch netbooks at this price by now. Meanwhile AMD is also readying their Trinity APU netbooks which should spark another price war between the two chip giants, so the price may just drop after all.

Publish date: February 22, 2012 9:10 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 9:39 pm

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