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HP and Acer lowered prices of Mini-Notes and Acer Aspire Netbook – Asus and Micro-Star to follow

Hewlett-Packard and Acer have lowered prices of their netbooks as the back-to-school sales season kicks into gear in the U.S., offering bargains for users. Acer slashed prices on its Aspire one netbooks on Friday to as low as US$329 for one version, while HP revealed new prices for Mini-Notes on its website.

Price-cutting by the two big PC vendors could prompt other netbook makers, such as Asustek Computer and Micro-Star International to follow. Netbooks are mini-laptop PCs designed for mobility, and typically weighing less than 2 kilograms. Most of the components on board, including the microprocessor, are less powerful than those of full-fledged laptops so batteries last longer. They’re designed for Internet surfing and work on spreadsheets or word processor documents, not for heavy duty gaming, video editing or other multimedia work.

The HP and Acer netbooks on sale both have 8.9-inch screens, smaller than the most common laptop PC screen size, 15.4 inches. HP is offering reductions of $100 on some versions of the Mini-Note, with prices good through the end of August.

The biggest deals are in higher end models, which run Microsoft’s Windows Vista Business OS.

The price of the HP Mini-Note 2133 KR948UT has been slashed to $789 from $949, according to HP. The device has an 8.9-inch screen, uses a 1.2GHz Via C7-M microprocessor, has 2G bytes of DRAM and a 160G-byte hard disk drive (HDD) for data storage.

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