Acer Aspire 1410: Single-Core CULV Takes on Atomby Vivek Gowri on May 6, 2010 1:31 AM EST
Acer Aspire 1410: Introduction
We’ve already looked at a number of systems with Intel’s CULV platform, but interestingly, all of them have been of the dual-core variety. We frequently champion the CULV platform as offering massive battery life and decent performance at a very reasonable price, and usually present the lower end, single-core CULV machines as an alternative to netbooks. So it’s only fair to the netbook class that we test an ultraportable based around the single-core CULV platform.
The notebook we have here is the one I personally feel is the best reason not to buy a netbook—the Acer Aspire 1410. The AS1410 is similar to the Acer Timeline 1810T we looked at as part of our CULV roundup. Compared to the AS1410, the 1810T has a dual-core processor, Bluetooth, more RAM and a larger battery, but does cost significantly more. The two notebooks share the same 3.10lb chassis, 11.6” screen, and chiclet keyboard, so the AS1410 is essentially just a stripped down 1810T.
|Acer Aspire 1410 Specifications|
Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500
(1.40GHz, 45nm, 2MB L2, 800FSB, 5.5W)
|Memory||1x2048MB DDR2-667 @ 4-4-4-12 Timings|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD|
|Display||11.6" LED Glossy 16:9 WXGA (1366x768)|
|Hard Drive||2.5" 250GB 5400RPM 8MB (Hitachi HTS543225L9A300)|
Atheros AR8131 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet
Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/g/n WiFi
Realtek AL269 2-Channel HD Audio
(2.0 Speakers with headphone/microphone jacks)
|Battery||6-Cell, 10.8V, 4400mAh, 48Wh|
1 x USB 2.0
AC Power Connection
2 x USB 2.0
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium|
|Dimensions||11.22" x 8.03" x 1.03" (WxDxH)|
|Weight||3.10 lbs (with 6-cell battery)|
Available in Black, Blue, and Red
|Warranty||1-year standard Acer warranty (USA)|
|Price||Black AS1410-8804 starting at $399|
Our test unit has a Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor, which has a clock speed of 1.4GHz, 3MB of L2 cache, an 800MHz FSB, and a 5.5W TDP. Paired to that is the usual GMA 4500MHD graphics chip, 2GB of DDR2-667 memory, 250GB 5400RPM hard drive, 11.6” WXGA LED-backlit screen, a 6-cell, 4400 mAh battery (48Wh), and Windows 7 Home Premium for a retail price of $449. It must be noted that this is an older SKU that has since been discontinued in favor of a lower priced model with the Celeron M 743 ULV processor, though this model is still available from Staples at $399 and from other online retailers for around MSRP.
At $399, this is an insane buy. Literally just $50-60 more than the higher end SKUs of mainstream netbooks (I’m talking Eee 1001P, Aspire One 532h, and MSI Wind U135 here mainly), it offers a lot more performance and value for the money. We'll show just how much you get for the moderate price increase in just a moment, but let's recap the design for those who may have missed it the first time around.