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Acer Aspire One - 3 month review

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Well, about three months ago I jumped on the ultraportable/netbook bandwagon. This meant smaller notebook PC's with substantially less power but decent enough to do the basic tasks. Looking at the prices and the config's, I picked up the Acer Aspire One - Windows XP Edition. The following is my honest take on it and my usage typically varies from a general net surfer to an occasional coder since most of my work is done on my Dell workstation. My previous notebook experience includes a short 5 month stint with the Dell Latitude D400.

Firstly, what's good about it - it looks great. I got the blue version and it seems to be one of the better looking netbooks on the market. The RAM is 1GB which is not too shabby for a netbook. The keyboard is comfortable and the screen is clear enough for most tasks. The machine as a whole has solid build quality, good port connectivity options and even includes an SD card reader. Combine all this with great value for money and you get a sureshot winner.

Its not without its flaws however. The trackpad is small and the button placement on it is unintuitive being tucked away in its sidecorners. The Intel Atom processor feels kinda sluggish even though its purpose is to save on power. The battery life is at best decent and if you buy the Windows XP version - be ready for some pre-installed crapware like the McAfee VirusScan trial and MS Office 2007 trial. People may find these useful, however in my personal opinion I was better off with ClamWin and OO.org.

On the whole, the Aspire One is a good buy if you're looking for a not-too-crippled netbook for a decent price (you'll have to check its latest prices on any shopping site). Its 1GB RAM and 120GB HDD gives you enough room to play around but don't expect any sort of gaming or graphic crunching. As long as you're sticking to either the basics or the uber-geek low memory usage stuff like running Mutt or playing with the newest CommonLisp interpreter, you should do fine with this good looking ultraportable.

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didgy58 Icon

05 December 2008 - 09:56 AM
i must say im impressed with my samsung nc10 netebook had it around 3 weeks now. use it on a daily basis, much the same as you do and blown away its a lovely looking machine, they keyboard is more than adequate size. and the performance is more than enough for what i use it for.
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rahulbatra Icon

06 December 2008 - 12:49 AM

didgy58, on 5 Dec, 2008 - 09:56 AM, said:

i must say im impressed with my samsung nc10 netebook had it around 3 weeks now. use it on a daily basis, much the same as you do and blown away its a lovely looking machine, they keyboard is more than adequate size. and the performance is more than enough for what i use it for.


Yup, I'm mighty impressed with that one too. Funny thing is, both the netbooks in this conversation look suspiciously same :)
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didgy58 Icon

08 December 2008 - 04:13 PM
what kind of battery life are you getting on your netbook? was there any reason you picked a netbook running windows? over one running a linux os?
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rahulbatra Icon

08 December 2008 - 11:35 PM
I get something like 2 - 2.5 hours on it. Nothing too great but sometimes does the job.

I initially wanted a Linux Aspire One, but a couple of reasons came in the way. First I wasn't the only one using it from time to time but was the only one knowing Linux. Second, I don't like the distro Acer puts in the Aspire series - Linpus (its ok I guess but not my first choice). I figured somewhere down the line I'd put Fedora/Ubuntu on it myself.

And lastly, they were giving a discount with a free printer on the Windows version :)
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WolfCoder Icon

09 December 2008 - 10:58 AM
Id be cool to put Linux on it. You could install old school emulators if you really wanted a portable gaming thing but it looks completely awesome.
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