Acer Aspire 1825PTZ

It’s a new laptop by Acer.Acer Aspire 1825PTZ is with 11.6-inch screen,HD display,1.3 GHz Intel Pentium SU4100 processor and many more…..

The iPad gets all the attention these days, but tablets have been around for years. They’ve just been bulky, cumbersome, and ugly convertible laptops. There are dozens of them, and none are particularly popular.

The tablet PC concept never proved the runaway hit that Microsoft might have hoped for, but that hasn’t stopped plucky manufacturers trying their best to help touch-powered portables hit the big time. Acer’s latest proves a little more appealing than most, fusing the allure of an 11.6in ultraportable with a balletic touch-screen display.

Having only just awarded the Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch our coveted Recommended Award, we’re now looking at the Acer Aspire 1825PTZ, an 11.6in convertible tablet laptop in the same mould. And when we say “in the same mould” we mean that literally – as Packard Bell (PB) is essentially an Acer subsidiary, the Butterfly Touch and 1825PTZ could have been separated at birth.

After the decidedly chunky likes of the Fujitsu Lifebook T900 , it’s refreshing to find a tablet PC that attempts to major on portability. You could almost get away with describing the Aspire 1825PTZ as cute: it weighs 1.7kg and, despite that touchscreen, measures barely any thicker around the waist than the average 11.6in laptop.

Add the Acer Aspire 1825PTZ to the tally, though it’s sleeker than most convertibles. It’s about the size of a large netbook (11.6-inch screen), but it’s more like a compact laptop, packed with more powerful components. It’s an HD display for starters, running Intel GMA 4500 integrated graphics and a 1.3 GHz Intel Pentium SU4100 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive.

Also included are a 5-in-1 card reader, HDMI output, and six-cell battery, and it connects via WiFi b/g/n, speedy gigabit ethernet, and Bluetooth 2.0.

Finally, it runs Windows 7. Here’s the thing: Folks who are knowledgeable about these things complain that Windows 7, or any traditional operating system designed for a keyboard-and-mouse-oriented machine for that matter, is cumbersome to use on a touch interface.

It’s not just size that sets the Acer apart from the tablet PC pack, however. Where many manufacturers use resistive touchscreen technology, Acer has employed a capacitive panel. The benefits of this are, quite literally, clear to see, and where the displays on many tablet PCs are dogged with grainy, mediocre image quality, the Acer’s panel is clear and bright.

The computer has a 5-in-1 card reader, VGA webcam, 3 USB ports, HDMI and VGA output, mic and headphone jacks, and Ethernet as well as 802.11a/b/g WiFi and an optional 3G module. The Acer Aspire 1825PT comes with a 6 cell, 5600 mAh, 62 Whr battery and weighs 3.8 pounds. It measures 11.2″ x 8.2″ x 1.36″. All models ship with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Twirl the screen into tablet mode and Internet Explorer 8 puts the web at your fingertips. Tap a text box and a shortcut to the onscreen keyboard instantly pops up, pinching gestures allow you to zoom in and out, and flicking a finger left or right skips back and forth through web pages.

It’s the interior where we begin seeing some real design differentiation. Specifically, the screen’s bezel is largely matt and textured rather than glossy, with only a narrow shiny strip right around the screen’s edge. We definitely favour this more rugged finish, as it means you’ll get far fewer fingerprints than on the Butterfly Touch when using the laptop in tablet mode.

So when the screen is in the upright and locked position, it will work like an above-average ultra-portable. When it’s in top-down mode though, I’m sure the stylus is a must-have for those tiny task bar icons.

On the other hand, we definitely prefer the Packard Bell’s softer, textured palm-rests to the hard, smooth plastic ones found here. On balance, however, we would say Acer wins out slightly in the looks department, though there’s very little in it really.

Acer is setting the suggested retail price in the UK at £600 for the Acer Aspire 1825PTZ and £700 for the Aspire 1825PT. While Acer doesn’t spell out the difference, I’m pretty sure the cheaper model will come with the SU4100 processor and less storage and memory.


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