I think Acer ALMOST hit the spot with this 10 inch Aspire One netbook. The one I got my hands on is the beautiful candy red flavor, priced at 20,900 Philippine Pesos (445 US Dollars, 265 UK Pounds, 297 Euro) it’s one of the most affordable netbook out there.
Available in blue, white, black and red you can have the colour that fits your style. The glossy lid is smooth and looks as sweet as candy, but it kinda feel like it could easily get some scratch.This model comes with built-in bluetooth and WiFi, but it also comes in WiMAX and 3G variants, which means you get the freedom to go anywhere and still stay connected. At about a kilo the Aspire One feels light (though the wife feels it’s kinda heavy) that I can hold it with my left hand and type with the other hand. According to it’s website, it should be the same size as your average diary but I never used one yet. The built-in webcam and mic is handy, that you can chat out-of-the-box, the webcam doesnt as clear the the one that comes with my iMac but it not that bad. The 10.1 inch LEC backlit LCD screen got a 1024 x 600 resolution which is good but since I got used to a huge screen I find using this netbook close to my face, though not that close too kiss it.
Check out the full specification, photos, and reviews about this small and light netbook after the cut.
- OS: Windows XP® Home Edition
- Platform: Intel® Atom™ processor N270 (1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 cache)
Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset (DDR2 400/533/667 MHz)
Mobile Intel® 82801GBM Chipset
Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, supporting Acer SignalUp™ wireless technology
- System: Single channel with one soDIMM slot
- Display: 10.1″ WSVGA high-brightness (typical 180-nit) Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT LCD, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, LED backlight, 262,000 colors supported
- Storage: 2.5″ 9.5 mm 160 GB hard disk drive, Multi-in-1 card reader (Supporting Secure Digital™ (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Reduced-Size Multimedia Card (RS-MMC), Memory Stick™ (MS), Memory Stick PRO™ (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card™ (xD), Supporting storage cards with adapter: miniSD™, microSD™, Memory Stick Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™)
- Audio: High-definition audio support, Two built-in stereo speakers, MS-Sound compatible, Built-in digital microphone
- Wireless And Connectivity: ntegrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam, supporting 0.3 megapixel resolution
- WLAN2: Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, supporting Acer SignalUp™ wireless technology, LAN: 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet, WPAN1: Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
WWAN7: UMTS/HSPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), upgradeable to 7.2 Mb/s HSDPA and 2 Mb/s HSUPA, supporting receiver diversity and equalizing at 2100 MHz (for 3G models)
- Size and Weight: 260 (W) x 185 (D) x 33.4 (H) mm (10.2 x 7.28 x 1.31 inches), 1.18 kg (2.62 lbs.) with 3-cell battery pack, 1.33 kg (2.95 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack
- Power: 24.4 W 2200 mAh 3-cell Li-ion battery pack (3-hour battery life), 48.8 W 4400 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack (6-hour battery life), 57.7 W 5200 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack (7-hour battery life), 30 W adapter with power cord.
- Keyboard and Special Function Keys: 84-key keyboard with 1.6 mm (minimum) key travel, Touchpad pointing device with two buttons, 12 function keys, four cursor keys, one Windows® key for Windows® XP Home, hotkey controls, embedded numeric keypad, international language support, Power button with LED, Easy-access switches with LED: WLAN, WWAN1
- Interface: Multi-in-1 card reader, Three USB 2.0 ports, External display (VGA) port
Headphone/speaker/line-out jack, Microphone-in jack, Ethernet (RJ-45) port, DC-in jack for AC adapter
- Included Applications: Acer eRecovery Management, Acer Launch Manager, Adobe® Reader®, McAfee® Internet Security Suite, Microsoft® Office Trial 2007,
- Included Accessories: Protective bag
- Optional Accessories: Carrying bag, 3-cell Li-ion battery pack, 6-cell Li-ion battery pack, 3-pin 30 W AC adapter, External USB HDD, External USB optical disc drive
Acer Aspire One Photo
The scratches are on the transparent protective cover, the lid feels susceptible to scratch so I left the transparent cover on.
The Good and the Bad
The good thing about the Acer One D150 are:
- Battery Life: the one that I get to review comes with 8.8 W 4400 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack which can keep up for 6 hours.
- LED backlit LCD screen: Although I found the screen resolution of 1024 x 600 small, text are crisp and the black levels are good, also viewing angle is acceptable beyond that glossy screen finish.
So there are the Pros but the bad things are:
- Keyboard: It’s too small than other netbooks from other manufacturer, it’s too squished together that I find hard time blogging on this compared to my Apple wireless keyboard.
- Interior Design: Colour combination doesn’t work for me, the green accented power button attracts attention when it dont need to.
- Touch Pad: The square aspect doesn’t match the screen and the button is designed as one piece, the left and right button is separated by a rocker, the design looks good but I find it hard to push sometimes.
- Applications Freeze at ransom times, it could be the OS though, or Im just giving the machine tons of load.
Trusted reviews rated it 4/10 on design, 8/10 feature-wise, 7/10 Performance level, and an overall score of 6/10. I do agree with them. If I an to rate this netbook, I would rate it 5/10 it feels like an average netbook but not enought to make a desktop user like me feel comfortable using it.
The Verdict: The Acer Aspire One is a good netbook for the always online anywhere type of person, with it’s great battery life, acceptable design and decent screen size, it’s a netbook that you would love to bring anywhere but don’t run too much app at the same time this is not as powerful as you ordinary notebook. The D150 is good for chatting, emailing, small office work.
The Aces Aspire One also comes in 8.9″ version, more information on Acer.com
Update: If you’re having problem with drivers or just installed Windows 7 you can get the necessary drivers here.