Acer has unveiled its first 'Pine Trail' netbook. The Aspire One 532 netbook is a Windows 7 laptop powered by Intel's N450 Atom chip (also known as the Pine Trail processor) This combines low power consumption with a battery life of around 10 hours between charges.

The Acer Aspire One 532 has onboard Intel GMA graphics. The memory controller is also embedded in the Atom processor. The N450 is designed to offer better graphics and general system performance than the N270 and N280 processors found in the first generations of netbook. 

Measuring 259x185x25.2mm and weighing 1kg, the Acer Aspire One 532 runs Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition and has 10.1in LED backlit display. Its keyboard is nearly full-size (93 percent of that of a standard keyboard) and has a multi-gesture touchpad. Acer has given this an 'anti-slip' coating to make gesture controls more accurate.

The Aspire One 532 has 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard disk drive, a card reader, Acer CrystalEye webcam and Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity.

Costing £299 inc VAT for the standard configuration, the Acer Aspire One 532 netbook will go onsale in the UK at the end of January.

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