The beauty of breaking out of the Windows XP mould is saying goodbye to Microsoft's set limitations on netbook power (most notably, 1GB of RAM). Setting the stage for the autumn's next-gen Battle of the Future Netbooks, Acer's as-yet-unofficial Timeline 1810T has all the trimmings that place it head and shoulders above the currently Atom N270 and N280-dominated crowd.
First off, it has a ULV processor that's faster than Atom netbooks by a fair margin. Then there's the HD video decoding. The 1810T can also support up to 4GB of RAM. Other bonuses include HDMI, b/g/n Wi-Fi, and the ability to upgrade to Windows 7 (because it runs Windows Vista Home Premium).
Details revealed so far include a 1.4GHz Intel ULV SU3500 processor, an 11.6-inch 1,366x768-pixel screen, up to 4GB RAM, HDMI output, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, optional 3G and purported 8-hour battery life. More pics over the page.
It looks like netbooks will finally be released from their protective
shell that's been keeping them at virtually the same specs for the last
year or so. We expect this upgrade will be accompanied by a price hike, almost certainly over the £350 point -- what would you pay for it? Do you think there's still room for more basically specced netbooks?