We're doing our darnedest to keep our expectations in check, but it looks like the long, painful wait for a halfway potent netbook
may be drawing to a close. With Windows 7
just months away, laptop makers are finally able to skirt around Microsoft's Windows XP-netbook limitations
in preparation for a better, more refined OS. The just-leaked Aspire Timeline 1810T, for example, shares the same chassis as the underpowered Aspire One 751
, though the innards are similar to those found in the Timeline series
. We're talking an 11.6-inch display (1,366 x 768 resolution), Intel's 1.4GHz ULV SU3500 processor, GMA 4500MHD graphics, hardware accelerated decoding of HD video, up to 4GB of RAM, an HDMI socket, gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, optional 3G / Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and an 8-hour battery. Naturally, this one is slated to ship with Vista Home Premium, but that free upgrade to Win7
makes said pill entirely easier to swallow. C'mon Acer
-- dish out the price and release date, won'tcha?