11.6" Acer Aspire V5-171-6675 also weighing in at 3.05lbs for $450 uses Intel's previous generation "Sandy Bridge" Core i3 CPU which consumes a slightly more power so battery life is likely to be a little shorter.
Small and light generally comes at a premium. The middle Acer is not as expensive as the 1st because it uses last year's "Sandy Bridge" CPU rather than a current year "Ivy Bridge" CPU. Other than the possibility of a little longer battery life in the newer Acer, both of them should do the job as long as a 11.6" screen is not too small for you to read text.
That screen size should be fine, I can read just fine on my 10" tablet. I'm not too concerned with battery life, since I'm not planning on using it far away from an outlet, I've got my tablet for that. This will mainly be used for hotel rooms/guest stays, etc which is why I don't want to spend too much on it. I don't travel too much, but when I do it's always a dilemma on whether or not to bring my laptop with me because my tablet just can't give me a full web browser. I can't wait until they come out with a true laptop/tablet hybrid so that I can carry around one device and be able to watch movies for 7+ hours without having the battery die on me (like my tablet can do) and do light laptop duties/full web surfing.
. I can't wait until they come out with a true laptop/tablet hybrid so that I can carry around one device and be able to watch movies for 7+ hours without having the battery die on me (like my tablet can do) and do light laptop duties/full web surfing.
That probably won't happen for another 6 - 8 year.