Acer Announces Fanless Aspire E11, V11 Subnotebooks
Intel's budget Bay Trail family of processors, encompassing models for tablets, notebooks, and cheap desktops, offer decent performance with low power draw. Low enough, in fact, that Acer has decided to not go with traditional active cooling for their new 11.6” Aspire E11 and V11 ultraportables, and are proudly trumpeting this fact in their marketing.
Liliputing's photos show an Intel Pentium N3520 quad-core, 2.16 GHz Bay Trail model in use with the pre-release E11 they looked at, though models with unspecified dualie Celerons will presumably be available as well. Both E11 and V11 will offer up to 8GB of RAM and hard drives with up to 1TB of storage.
Ports include two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, HDMI, Gigabit LAN, and an SD card slot; a decent variety of ports for machines of this screen size. Speaking of which, the usual 1366x768-pixel resolutions are in tow.
The lack of fans obviously means less system noise. However, it also gets rid of eventual dust-related overheating and fan failure. Then there's that streamlined, air vent-free look that tablets and smartphones enjoy, that these Aspires can show off as well. In fact, the only “vent holes” on these systems' bottom plates are the grilles for their stereo speakers.
The use of traditional hard disk storage means these machines will still emit some noise, however, and you won't be able to throw them around quite as carelessly as you would a typical phone without risk of data loss. Perhaps Acer will eventually offer solid-state storage as an option.
In the meantime, there are some other differences between the Aspire E11 and V11. The E11 weighs 2.84 lbs, is 0.83” thick, lasts five hours on battery, and will start at USD $269.99. The V11 is slightly heftier and thicker, mysteriously lacks two (brown and blue) of the four case colour options, and commands a $100 price premium, but lasts two extra hours and boasts a touchscreen.
Take your pickings, folks. Personally I think five hours of battery life is too little for a portable machine in this day and age, but touchscreens still seem like a strange feature to add to notebook systems. In any case, come June you'll be able to go to your local big-box store and decide for yourself.