Acer Rolls Out New Netbooks, Some With AMD Chips

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Acer’s got four new netbook models, two of which are now using AMD processors instead of Intel’s Atom chips. The 11.6-inch Aspire One 721 and the 10.1-inch Aspire One 521 both leverage AMD’s Athlon II Neo K125 CPU and ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics with 384MB of dedicated memory.

The AO721 features 2GB of RAM, an 11.6-inch HD-resolution LED backlit display, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Pricing starts at $430. The AO521 features 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch HD-resolution LED backlit display, and Windows 7 Starter with a starting price of $350. Both feature HDMI output and will be available today from various retailers. More info here.

Of note, that AO521 is the first 10-inch netbook from Acer that I’ve come across with an HD-resolution display. All of the company’s 10-inch netbooks in the past have topped out at 1024×600. The AMD chip is going to ding battery life more than an Intel chip would, but you’ll be getting better video performance in return. Plan on around five hours of battery life versus the 7-8 hours you might be able to get with an Atom processor.

On the lower end of the spectrum, Acer’s also revamped its 10.1-inch netbook line with the AOD260 (Intel Atom N450 CPU, 1024×600 resolution, starting price of $298) and the AO533 (Intel Atom N475 CPU, 1024×600 resolution, 1GB of DDR3 memory, eight-hour battery life, and a starting price of $330). Both will be available “later this month.” More info here.

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