It's mini-laptop madness out there. The Asus Eee PC has for the past year held the high ground in the ultra-cheap, ultraportable laptop market, despite increasing pressure from products such as the MSI Wind, Dell's upcoming UMPC and HP's 2133 Mini-Note.

UPDATE: Acer Aspire One Intel Atom mini laptop announced

To stay ahead of the field, Asus today previewed its Intel Atom-based Eee PC 901 laptop at the WiMax Expo, which is being held alongside Taipei's annual Computex exhibition.

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And now, according the this posting on UMPC Portal, Acer is about to unveil its own miniature laptop.

Details are very much of the 'a bloke down the pub whose sister cuts the hair of a cleaner at Acer' variety, but according to such sources, Acer's mini-notebook will run a Linux-based OS, and will undercut the Eee PC on price. Significantly.

All of which is good news for consumers who like inexpensive products. Or 'people', as I like to call them.

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Acer's Mini Notebook

Acer's putative mini laptop, courtesy of a post on UMPC Portal