~A super cheap, super slow net book!~
When looking for a super cheap net book that could be used as a small portable device to surf the net with for use when away from the home, I came across the Acer Aspire One series A150 Bb model in a local electrical product store. At the time of purchase the little net book was on sale at a nicely reduced price which made it seem like an attractive buy. Having been used to using a range of Apple products for my computing needs I found it took a while to become fully used to the workings of the operating system that came loaded onto this net book. Having used the net book for various tasks such as surfing the net, writing documents etc, my feelings are that whilst the pre installed Windows XP seems to work well enough, I still prefer the rival Apple way of doing things as this little net book really can be super slow when in use.
~The 'Crystal Brite' screen and more~
The net book has a small and compact 8.9 inch screen that the makers call a 'Crystal Brite' LED back lit display which has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. In use I found the display screen to show a clear and easy to read and use image, although I found that once I had created a small number of bookmarks at the top of the page for ease of use when on the internet, the size of viewable screen seemed to become really tiny and much harder to view. This meant I had to get rid of the bookmarks in order to regain another inch or so of the screen, so as to allow me to view the screen without becoming frustrated at the tiny size of the pages I could see displayed. This is something that I consider to be very annoying and also rather inconvenient.
The outer casing of the net book is well made with it having a neat and smart look that makes it look attractive to the eye. The deep inky metallic blue shade used on the case of the version of the net book that I bought is a nice calming colour that looks easy on the eye and doesn't get too marked or smudged with finger prints when the product has been in use. The blue toned case is easy to wipe off and clean with a soft cloth and some suitable computer cleaning products and the black plastic panel that sits on the bottom of the net book provides a good slip free surface on which the net book sits when using this at a desk or table. The net book is compact enough to be used almost anywhere you can get a decent internet connection and it folds away neatly after use allowing you to store it away in a bag or case without it taking up too much space.
~Why are we waiting?~
The hinges that sit at the back of the net book are sturdy and well made and there have been no problems with opening and closing the case when wanting to use the net book. There are a series of indicator lights that sit on the chunky hinge area and these have sometimes been an annoyance as the light that flashes to show the net book is doing something when directed to do so, can and does flash for ages until the net book eventually responds. If you are thinking of buying something like this I would suggest that you may need the patience of a Saint in order to be able to sit waiting for the net book to respond when surfing the net, as this thing is very slow! In fact I am certain that there are small snails who could deliver emails and send over internet pages at ten times the speed that this net book can even when working at it's best.
~Web cam, in puts/ out puts etc~
There is a so called ' Crystal Eye' web cam built into the top part of the screen on this net book which the makers say provides the ability to live stream and take part in video chats, conferences etc, although I have never had much use for that and so am unable to comment much on how well it works other than to say it is there and does work to a certain degree. There are a number of ports on this model which include a useful 5 in 1 card reader which can be used with SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD products, there are 3 USB 2.0 ports and an external display/ VGA port, a headphone/ speaker/ line out jack/ microphone in jack, an ethernet port and a DC in jack for an AC adapter. These all seem well formed and easy to access should you need to do so and there have been no problems using them as and when required.
~Look, feel and ease of use~
The over all feel of the net book is of something that has been made reasonably well and the unit does look as though it was built to last, with it having a sturdy feel to both the outer case and the screen and keyboard. Once the net book has been opened up ready for use the screen has enough brightness to ensure that images and text are displayed as well as can be on such as small screen of this type, although in my honest opinion the Apple iPad which has a slightly larger display, is far far superior in terms of how it projects images and text and would be a better buy for many as it has greater versatility and is so very easy to use when compared with this rather slow to respond product. As mentioned once you book mark a few sites on this net book the viewable screen seems super small and makes for a hard time when using this for more than an hour or so.
The keyboard on the net book is quite large when you consider the size of the product and it takes up almost the entire width of the net books casing which makes for easier handling and usage as you don't feel that your hands are too close together when typing away on it. The black toned keys are chunky yet respond well when in use and return back to their original position with ease. The small touch / track pad that sits on the lower part of the net book in the centre of the space not taken up by the keyboard is around an inch or so deep, with it being roughly 2 inches wide, making it small and compact and not as responsive as it might have been had it been just a teeny bit larger and more workable.
Sapphire Blue Metallic Effect Outer Case
8.9 inch Acer 'Crystal Brite' TFT LCD Screen
Pre Installed Operating System is Windows XP Home
Intel Atom processor N270
1024MB RAM / 2 512MB Configuration
120GB SATA Hard Disk Drive
Wireless LAN b/g, LAN: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Integrated 0.3Mp Acer 'Crystal Eye' Webcam
Possible 3 Hour Battery Life with the 3 Cell Battery Pack
Power Cord and AC Adapter included
~Summary and rating~
On the whole as a portable device that can be used to surf the net with when away from home, the product does what it should and works well if you don't mind waiting a little longer for the pages to load. If you have been used to faster more efficient models than this one, the Acer Aspire One net book will be a frustration, as you don't get that almost instant response from it that you often want from a computer product these days. The product I have also had an issue with the battery charging unit becoming unable to be used to charge up the net book after only 6 moths of use, which meant it had to be replaced. This was an irritation although to be fair the net book was still under warranty at the time and Acer swiftly provided a new charger at no cost once we sent the faulty unit back to them.
Over all my feelings about this net book are a little mixed as it does have some good features, yet as it seems to be so very painfully slow when in use with the internet it can be a little tiresome to use at times. I eventually decided to purchase an iPad as an alternative to this product for use when I was not able to have access to a full sized desk top or lap top and this has been so much better in terms of ease of use and speed as pages load almost in an instant and the little iPad can be used either as a touch screen product or with its own little keyboard which can turn the iPad into a super tiny desk top computer when it is needed.
Sadly the Acer Aspire One cannot compete with more up to date rival products and whilst it does have its uses and is still in use from time to time, it is never my first call when wanting to use a computer product. There are many nice features about the product with the presentation being neat, smart and compact and the display being clear enough if you ensure that you don't book mark too many things when using the product to surf the internet with. The pricing for this product was reasonable when I bought it, as it had a good reduction of around £80 at the time, taking it down considerably in price and making it fair value for what it is. On the whole my rating for this product has to be a little lower than it might have been due to it's super slow response times when in use, which is why the product only gets a 2 star product rating as these slow speed issues cannot be denied or hidden by the products neat and compact appearance.
Ive used this netbook for about a year now and its not let me down.Perfect for internet and office programs. Its hard to believe how small it is but it works pretty well.It plays games like quake 3 with no problem to. It gets alittle hot sometimes but nothing to worry about.The keyboard works well with a decent sensitive keysThe mouse pad is probobly the let down on this with it zooming in and out on webpapes if u slide it on the side of the pad which can be annoying. I use a usb mouse which stops all of this and there is plenty of usb. 3 ports and 2 card readers.It plays standard videos alright, 720 videos dont work but if you upgrade the hdd to ssd it does.I would reccomdned it to anyone wanting a small and cheap netbook
If you are looking to buy a laptop but dont want to spend too much money, or if you have a desktop pc and wish you had somthing a little more mobile than this Acer netbook is what you need! It is very affordable as it runs on Linux (open source software so everything is free - search opensource or linux on the internet and check it out!) It is very small, very compact, very easy to use. It searches for available wifi at the press of a button and connecting is very easy. Even though it runs on Linux and not windows should not put anyone off... in fact it should put you on, if you have something with windows that you want to do put cant you (more often) have to buy new software, with Linux you just go online find an open source forum ask a question and someone will reply and tell you how to do it.... for free. Cant say better than that.
They run really fast, the battery life is only just over 2 hours but lets face it if your travelling somewhere your gonna want a break.. so check out the Acer Aspire One... you will love it!
I have a 13" laptop but I am so active and needed something smaller and lighter but with the capabilities of other laptops.
Acer Aspire is small, light and has enough ram & hard for every day work, it`s speed is quite good to, much faster than some pcs!
the only downsides might be not having a cd player which is not a big deal to be honest because every data can be transferred by usb sticks these days and also an external cd player can do the job.
Also, mine has noise problem, after sometime the fan starts to make noises I don`t know if it`s only mine, or it`s a common problem!
But overall it is very useful, I can hold it in my hand while walking in the street and check my emails (it is wi fi enabled) also reads sd and other types of memory cards.
Since getting a new job, I was quite excited to buy my first very own laptop. I bought this laptop on January 22, 2009. I bought it from buy.com, and the laptop arrived right on the date the website provided. The color I bought was pink, and upon opening it looked like a very pretty color. It was such a small laptop! I was not surprised it was so small because I knew all about the laptop already. It was very cute! I could see the part of the laptop where the little webcam lense was poking out of the top of the screen. I was so excited to turn it on and have a little laptop all on my own! I planned this laptop to be both my computer system for home and school. (I plan on starting school in August). I had a laptop to use during my high school years, but it was so big and heavy, I decided to go with something much smaller.
So here is this cute laptop, sitting in front of me. It came with a 6 cell battery (the 3 cell battery that it comes with only lasts up to 3 hours). So I bought the 6 cell battery that lasts around 6 hours. It also came with an AC adapter, and a thin little laptop cover. I turned on the laptop. It was such a huge disappointment! I heard the laptop turn on, and the power light was on, but the screen was black! I was so sad, but I charged the laptop anyway just to make sure the battery was charged- it was, but still no screen!
I decided to contact Acer technical support. First I called them and they said to send the laptop in for repair. Before I shipped it, I also contacted Acer technical support online, too. They told me to take out the battery and press the power button for thirty seconds, then plug the laptop back in to the outlet, and then once it turns on put the battery back in. To my surprised, the laptop's screen actually turned on! Too bad it did not last for long, because a few minutes after it turned on, the screen froze. I turned the laptop off and tried to start it again, but it did not work! I always had to wait a few hours between each time I turn the laptop on.
So I decided to send the laptop back in for repair instead of turning it in for a refund because I could not even get in contact with buy.com since I could not find the order number. I shipped the laptop to the repair center, and about a week after, I recieved it again. It came with a slip that said "We updated the bios. Tested ok." I was so excited to finally have a working laptop! I guess I am some crazy lunatic person because I expected the laptop to work after being sent to the repair center- but it didn't! In fact, I tried doing the power reboot thing and the screen did not even turn on! It came back in a worse condition then I originally got it!
I was very mad, and the laptop was stressing me out. I mean $400 for a useless piece of metal, and I had my mom giving me lectures about how I made a mistake. I learned my lesson! But still I had to deal with a yelling mother and short $400 from my bank account. I contacted Acer again on the internet and they told me to call a number. I did not call the number because I did not want to deal with this crap again. I filed a complaint with the BBB, and my mom is getting her money back from the credit card company. (The BBB is short for the Better Business Bureau - a place where consumer and companies can correspond regarding problems.) I refuse to pay another $15 (10 pounds) to ship out a laptop for a second time when it should have been working in the first place!
A few days ago, Acer called me in response to my BBB complaint, and they said that they will pay for the shipping to get it repaired. I just basically let him say what he had to say, and then I hung up. I did not tell my mom about the call so she cancelled the transaction on the credit card. I did not even bother calling Acer back, because their customer service sucked! When I got my laptop from the repair center, the address and name on the box was wrong! I am surprised it even got to me!
Here is a copy of the correspondence at the BBB between me and Acer. (The dates are backwards- starting on the next line is my last letter to them.)
Date Activity Description
03/09/2009 Case Closed RESOLVED
03/09/2009 Inform Business - Case Closed RESOLVED
03/06/2009 Dispute RESOLVED- with Letter
(The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.)
Well I have resolved this matter on my own. I would like to say that I am not happy with my customer service and product, and I have made sure everyone I know has heard what I had to say about this company.
I was surprised the business did not offer to replace my broken laptop with a new, working one.
I do not want to bother with packing and mailing laptops, even though the shipping would be paid. I want a working laptop, and I thought sending the laptop off once would suffice!
As I have said, I have worked out my own resolution to this problem.
Do not expect me as a future customer. You obviously do not cherish and take care of your customers or we would not even be having this dispute right now.
Have a good day.
03/06/2009 Forward Final Response to Consumer CLT.cf.rtf
03/05/2009 Received Business' Rebuttal Response
Ms. Fultz accepted our offer of repeat repair with inbound shipping covered. Acer apologizes for the difficulty Ms. Fultz has had; however Acer is not prepared to make any other offers at this time.
03/05/2009 Forward Consumer Rebuttal to Business BLT.cf.rtf
03/05/2009 Consumer Rebuttal to Business Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
When Acer contacted me, I hesitantly accepted. I figured out that my mother already called the credit card company and cancelled the transaction, so I sent the laptop back to buy.com. In the beginning I did not want to send my laptop back again anyway because although the shipping was paid for, I would still need to go out of my way to pack the laptop properly and find a FedEx place. I asked for a refund and apparently they did not want to give one even though I have had a lot of trouble with it and the laptop still does not work.
03/03/2009 Forward Business response to Consumer CLT.cf.rtf
03/03/2009 Receive Business Response
Thank you for your recent inquiry. We appreciate the Better Business Bureau's efforts to resolve consumer complaints and to promote communications between businesses and consumers.
Acer contacted Ms. Fultz and offered a repeat repair and to provide inbound shipping. Ms. Fultz accepted the offer. The repair has been set up and a RMA number has been provided.
I hope this letter has satisfactorily addressed the Better Business Bureau's concerns. Thank you again for your inquiry and for providing the opportunity to respond. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Corporate Customer Care
So now everything is settled, I am just waiting for my $400. (The laptop cost $400 which is about 288 pounds.) Please do not ever buy electronics online, and if you do, make sure it is a repectable company that will help you handle problems asap. I learned my lesson and I do not want anyone to go through what I have!
Because of my anger toward Acer, I also would like to recommend you try to stay away from this brand as much as possible because the customer service sucks, and apparently the products do too!
Oh and one last comment- people may think I am being too harsh and talk about how everyone makes mistakes. Yes, everyone makes mistakes, but I gave them a chance to fix it, and they didn't!
I do agree you can get some good deals online- but the problem is sometimes the products you get online may not work, and it is very hard to deal with that company since it is probably located in a state that is different than your own!
Hello everyone and welcome to this review.
Well... Unfortunately my old HP laptop had reached the end of its life; it was time to get a new one. Im surprised that it lasted as long as it did considering the amount of times I drop my laptops. After researching on the web for a while I got a bit confused, there were so many laptops available and there were many good and bad reviews on each, I really did not know what to think. So, a trip to Comet was in order, I just wanted to pick one that looked nice and had okay features. If it was bad I always had the 28 day Comet return policy available, after all I would only lose around £10 for a repacking fee if the laptop was not for me. I would just have to make sure I don't drop it!
To Comet I went and right at the front of the store was an advertisement of a net book. It was of course the Acer. It was on special offer of only £199 and included a free 8GB memory expansion card. At first I thought it was too small, but for the price I couldn't go wrong, even if I used it just for travelling and college. So off I went and had the last one left in stock. It looked really cute because of its size and was a metallic blue color, I had to have it!
What is a Net Book?
Well, a Net Book is a really compact laptop designed mainly for use on the internet. They are really small so they are easy to travel with but still have a decently sized screen for ease of use. Net Books are not designed for gaming but will easily handle everyday tasks such as word processing and drawing of course. They also generally have a longer battery life than most laptops due to smaller components such as the screen and no CD-Rom drive. Basically a net book will do evrything your normal computer would do but is made very portable.
A net book can be used with any internet connection a normal laptop could use. I use mine on WiFi and pages are loaded really quickly, downloads are also very fast and streaming videos and music is amazing. Faster than my old laptop.
Well, it was opening time; the box was minute, just as I expected being such a little machine. But inside I found quite a lot. Inside was;
The lovely Blue Net book
A small protection sleeve (For keeping your net book protected)
A battery and also some leaflets that I never bother reading.
The net book was very easy to set up, it was ready charged and all I had to do was go through the Windows setup wizard. This was quite easy but it took 30 minutes, usually it only takes 10 minutes, not sure why it took so long. But once set up was complete it was quite evident just how quick it was.
Net books specifications:
I went for the Acer that was on offer so the specs are not the best available in the range but are perfect for me.
1GB of RAM
1.6GHZ Atom Processor
8GB hardrive plus an extra 8GB on a memory stick
The extra memory is easily installed into the side of the net book, there is a slot specifically designed for adding extra memory. It will only accept SD card so no others can be used as extra memory however there is another slot that accepts many other cards which I will explain later on.
I chose to run mine on Windows XP as I was very familiar with that operating system, there was also a Linux version available for £20 less, but I was not sure if I would get used to the new layout so I stuck with my good old faithful Windows XP, even though it is a pain at times.
Now when I opened this beauty up I realised just how many features it had!
*Built in webcam - For use on MSN messenger and other face to face chat software, also for taking snaps of yourself or surroundings. A decent VGA Camera.
*Built in microphone - Also for use on MSN messenger, for video calls and for recording sound.
*Built in speakers - Obviously for playing sound, I was surprised this had speaker s considering the small size; they are also of great quality.
*Touchpad - Most laptops have touchpads but this also has a mini one built in, its surprisingly easy to use
*Super Bright quality screen - A nice 8.9 inch screen with fantastic definition and scrisp display.
*Built in card reader - Reads many cards such as SD and pro for easy picture transfer or any other file in fact - accepts upto a 30GB SDHD card.
*Three USB ports - I was really surprised this had three ports, considering the size this is fantastic.
*Ethernet port - For connecting devices via Ethernet, such as internet connections and game consoles.
*Built in Wi-Fi Wireless adaptor.
Unfortunately considering all of those great features this net book has, it is missing one crucial piece of hardware. That being the CD- Rom / DVD drive, for many people this may be an inconvenience but I hardly ever use them anyway, but it would have been nice! External drives are easily available for around £10 on eBay. Not a bad price at all.
Do not be fooled by this net books small size, it has a load of power. The intel Atom processor is designed for net books and travel, but it is really powerful. All applications are loaded almost instantly and it hardly ever freezes. I admit that it can take 5 minutes to warm up from start up, however I never switch it off; I just close the lid when finished. When I want to use it I just flip it up and away it goes!
Does this net book really not play games?
Well, the man in Comet did tell me there was no chance of playing games on these and that I would have to pay an extra £300 for a laptop that did. To be honest I think they were trying to overcharge me as this little machine plays online games perfectly! I have tested Runescape with no problems at all, also Flight Simulator 2002 that I loaded onto the hardrive, plays both with no problems at all.
At first I was worried about the battery life due to the batteries very small size, I was wrong to worry as it lasts very well. When using on the internet via Wi-Fi I get around 3 hours of use, maybe slightly under at times, when using for word processing I get around 3 and a half. Not bad at all, extra batteries are available on eBay but are more expensive than most at around £49.
Now being such a small size you may be wondering, does the keyboard suffer? Well I must say it does not too much. The keys are nicely spaced out and have all of the necessary buttons needed in your daily computing lives. To save space Acer have removed the number pad usually found of the right of the keyboard, this is no problem as they still have the numbers above the letters. All buttons on the keyboard are easy to press and feel very strong so I think they shall be lasting a very long time. I have used Acer laptops before and was very unimpressed with the keyboards but they have really got it spot on with this net book.
The net book also came with a 3 month free Mcafee protection and a 30 day trial of Microsoft Office 2007. I have used both and they run really well on the net book.
This is a really great net book; it runs super fast with the Atom processor and has a great battery life. The keyboard is easy to use and looks a lot easier to use compared to other net books I have seen. Many extra features make this laptop very appealing and are all useful. The net book is also very light and easy to move around, great for travel.
I hope this has been useful, thank you for reading,
AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!!
I got one of these a few weeks ago for work. I ended up buying it from ASDA, they had a deal on for £150, but it was a slightly different spec in that mine only has 512mb RAM, this has 1GB, and mine came with LYNUX instead of XP.
So.....I increased the RAM to 1.5GB (this is the max you can upgrade any acer aspire one too), and is pretty tricky to do if you want a pit more RAM memory. There are loads of 'how to' guides on the internet, but suffice to say it requires the removal of the keyboard and motherboard.
Anyway, your 1GB is more than enough to run XP and most applications such as Office etc. I installed XP too, so now the same spec as this one, and it is just amazing. I can't believe I have intrinsically the same as my desktop on a timy little laptop, it's just great.
I can use my netbook exactly the same as I would my home PC, it has brilliant Wi-Fi, I just can't say enough good stuff about this netbook, other than it is AWESOME!
Enjoy it, because you will!
BAD POINT: The battery only last around 2 hrs, whereas some netbooks will go for 4-5 hours. You can buy larger Cell batteries that last upto 7hrs for £45 off ebay though!
Being a bit of a techie, I approached this netbook with some doubt. After all, the hard drive and RAM sound find but what about the processor? Atom processors have never really been heard of before the advent of netbooks and I was curious as to its capability.
My doubts were well founded.
This netbook is only really good for basic internet access and simple office type functions (its best if you use a less system intensive program, not the lastest microsoft office version). Games are out of the question as is music editing. Storing photos is fine but the built in graphics aren't great meaning it can get a bit slow sometimes.
If you need a small laptop for the front room for internet access, then this is fine (assuming you don't pay more than £200).
But to be honest, with a normal laptop being sometimes £50 more (depending where you go), why not get something with a little more kick?
The only selling points for this netbook are its size and its looks...don't expect to get a whole laptop replacement with this unit.
Having finally given in to temptation for a laptop/netbook i was on the look out for something unobtrusive with a good size keyboard and a big memory,So it was the Acer Aspire one.
I opted for the Linux version purely as when i bought mine from Comet they had the windows and the linux versions on show and the linux was so much quicker booting up and even now versus my wifes laptop i am up and on the internet in less than one minute!!
Linux is not for everyone and some knowledge of computing may well mean you get a more fufilling experience out of the One,but for me just surfing the internet doing some office documents,letters,spreadsheets etc (linux uses open office 2.3 which is almost identical to windows) it is perfect,also downloading pictures is dead easy and can be done straight from an SD card,very cool.
No disc drive but am not yet missing it,maybe they are seen to be cannot do without items but really think about it how many times do you use it?
Am ADDICTED to the touchpad and will never use a mouse again it is like an extension of my arm,no joke! even though the buttons are located on the side of the pad,after 5mins it is perfectly normal.
As with new things accesories are difficult to find,a great tip is a vinyl skin
,event though it is a beautiful machine with a lovely blue high gloss finish i was worried to hell about scratching it!! all i can say is LAPJACKS.COM vinyl skins superb!!
Overall buck the trend and buy the only "one"
What can i say? I mean honestly, this laptop is great in every possible way. It has the looks, it has the feel (the touch pad is like no other i've used) and the key presses are just that, not punches.
For the size this laptop comes with good hardware specs - the screen is crystal clear and has a smooth finish - and within its tiny shell is packed a 1.6 GHz cpu, 1 GB of memory and 120 gig hard drive. This is perfect for running Win XP home, and if XP isn't for you it's easy enough to install linux from a flash drive (vista wont run on this properly unless you slimpack it).
So far the only real setback is lack of CD drive, so installing new applications can be an annoyance. But if you're in with new 'technologies' then i have no doubt a lot of your software would be digitally delivered.
The WiFi quality is good, an N would be better but the price would soar. Resolution is nice, and almost as good as my desktop screen (also acer) and the built in webcam is unnoticeable but powerful.
Based on the size the specs are great, and if you need something portable all i can say is AspireOne!
(all my ratings are based on size)
The Acer Aspire One is one of the sleekest and most stylish examples of the new breed of ultra-portable laptops - or 'netbooks'.
With a huge 120GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, this pocket sized wonder packs more punch than your average library desktop PC.
The 8.9 inch widescreen display runs at a crisp 1024x600, offering a definition and fidelity second only to the most expensive PC monitors and HD TVs. Combine that with built-in speakers, webcam and wifi internet capabilities and you'll begin to see why this little beauty is taking mobile computing into the next generation.
The touchpad is functional and easy-to-use; although it does take a while to get used to the placement of the left/right mouse buttons. They're on the left and right of the pad rather than below, meaning you'll need to adjust to moving your fingers into odd positions occasionally. Having said that, by installing the bundled TouchPad drivers, mouse buttons can be mapped to different sections of the touchpad.
With 3 USB ports, and ethernet port, plus a VGA out (to hook up to a PC monitor or TV) Acer have really given their customers a great deal of options when it comes to peripherals and auxilliary input/output. If the enormous (and it really is considering the overall size of the netbook) 120GB HDD isn't quite large enough, there's also the option of boosting storage space via an SDHC card (or two).
The unit comes complete with AC adapter and a rather stylish leather case. It's also available in a number of different colours, with a smooth laminated finish on top and classic reflective black inside. The small drawback here is that the black surround of the screen can sometimes catch any bright light from behind you, although that really is a minor gripe.
It's not all fun and games though; the downside here is that the battery life can be somewhat disappointing - maxing out at around 3.5 hours with the screen brightness at its lowest level. More powerful 6-cell batteries are available, but be prepared to cough up an extra 80-100 pounds for the privilege.
Overall the unit is great-looking, highly functional, and has a superb storage capacity with a good amount of room for expansion. Couple all this with a good deal of peripheral possibilities and a high definition screen and you've got yourself a great netbook at a fantastic price.
This one comes highly recommended, don't miss out!
This was a present for my daughter shes 12, a good ram for internet use, the only draw back is we have 3 usb mobile and we had to download a patch for it to work on linux, I had to go to a local macdonalds for free wiifii to download a mobile patch, after that it connected fine. Its a handy size notebook with a lovely pouch and very compact, the keyboard is quite tightly spaced, and my daughter couldnt find it user friendly. I found it quite difficult to switch from internet to desktop mode.
The webcam takes good pictures which is useful to be inbuilt. We chose the metallic blue its shiny and wipes down easy. It comes with office.org free and the operating system is linux although we werent familiar with it my daughter had not problem with using it. There is a useful media slot to insert a cameria media card. There is no cd or dvd facility which my daughter did not favour. This cost £233 in tesco 1/12/08
I just bought this recently from Play with 512mb RAM for £189.99 The netbook is small, stylish and can run many programs easily. I checked the HDD and it was really 160GB so it could be in others. The features in this netbook is great e.g speakers, webcam, microphone, built in Wifi. The keyboard itself is on the small side which takes some time getting used to aswell as the touch sensor but these are small problems considering the size of it. The battery life is average and lasts for about 3 hours which is decent and isn't a big issue for me but if this is a problem you can buy a 9 cell battery from fleebay. The OS is Linux which is relatively easy to use as when it starts up the whole screen is the menu with all the applications. There are however drawbacks to this OS. It is very limited in terms of software because there is not much software for Linux. Once you have found a software such as VLC player to watch films, it freezes alot. I bought it specifically for the internet and to watch movies in university so I chose to change my OS. One word VISTA!! I installed Vista basic and thought it would be slow but NO it ran smoothly and now I have installed many programs. VLC player works great, microsoft office runs well even though the RAM is only 512mb. So if you want a simple, easy to use netbook buy this as Linux has all the software installed in order to use the features. Or if you want to have a small laptop which runs Vista, office, internet and has a built in webcam I recommend this for price.
Acer Aspire One A150-Bb-1GB belonged to the top of my christmas wish list and it really did came true when my husband gave me one just the other week.
The first time i saw this little masterpiece of technology, i eventually fell in love with it. It has a beautiful metallic blue color (though there are also other colors available in the market), an 8.9" widescreen, a built-in camera, speaker, microphone for easy chatting, a wireless lan for surfing anytime, anywhere as long as there is WI-FI signal and soft touch keyboard. And since it a notebook, you can carry it around with you all day. in fact you can just stuff it inside your everyday bag.
Since it uses Window's XP i never had any problems operating it because it is very user friendly. The speed of the processor is also very satisfactory in my opinion.
The only problem with this notebook is that the keys are too compressed so that people with large fingers will have a hard time using it. Furthermore, since it is a notebook, there is no DVD drive thus installation of some software will be a little more tricky. Another thing that i noticed is the sound, which is i think is not so clear. The battery life is a little bit short for me (5-6 hours) who is an internet addict. Oh well, it will be good to bring an extra one just in case.
All in all, i think the overall performance of this Acer aspire one is satisfactory. And since it is Acer i expect this product will stay with me for a very long time.
The Acer Aspire One model is a notebook I recently bought from PC world, it was on offer for £199. I needed a cheap notebook to carry out simple tasks such as using MS office and run some simple accounts software. I also wanted Wi-Fi to access the internet via my home PC router, so this notebook seemed ideal for what I was looking for.
The notebook itself comes with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition O/S. It has WiFi, Fast Ethernet, and an ultra compact 8.9" WSVGA TFT Screen for crystal clear viewing. The Acer Aspire One A150 has an Intel Atom N270 Processor that runs at 1.6GHz for professional mobility.
Acer redefines mobile connectivity with the Aspire one, also known as a netbook due to it being powerful and acquires net friendly computing features in a compact design weighing as little as 2.2 lb. The Ads for this notebook are aimed at business professionals, students and world travelers, it offers a choice of operating systems, wireless connectivity and Internet access. The Acer Aspire ONE A150 Notebook features 1 GB of RAM and a reasonable 160 GB hard drive.
Visually the Aspire One has an 8.9" CrystalBrite LED backlit LCD with 1024x600 resolution and a integrated CrystalEye webcam that is easy to use and has multiple functions. The Aspire One comes with the Intel Atom processor, built with the world's smallest transistors and designed specifically for low power consumption while delivering the power and performance you need for full online freedom. This makes it ideal for regular home or office use as it is enough for day to day tasks. Also as the notebook is light and compact it is easy to travel with.
- Processor Mfr Intel Processor Speed 1.6GHz Processor AtomTM N270
- Cache standard, primary 0KB Cache standard, secondary 512KB
- Hard Drive 160 GB
- RAM standard 1GB DDR2 SDRAM RAM maximum 1.5GB
- Display 8.9 active-matrix/TFT/XGA Display, maximum resolution 1024 x 600
- Network interface card included
- Wireless NIC included
- Battery Type Lithium Ion
- OS Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Keyboard Details Standard
- Pointing device type TouchPad
- RAM details 1 GB / 1.5 GB (max) DDR2 SDRAM - 533 MHz SO DIMM 200-pin
- Display and video details Intel GMA 950 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0
- Software included; Adobe Acrobat Reader, Acer Launch Manager, Acer eRecovery, McAfee Internet Security Suite (Trial).
- 1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
- 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5 mm, 3 x Hi-Speed
- USB - 4 pin USB
Dimensions and weight:
- Width, inches 9.8
- Height, inches 1.1
- Depth, inches 6.7
- Weight (lbs) 2.2
What's in the box?
- Acer Aspire ONE A150 Notebook
- Lithium Ion Battery
- AC Adapter
- Power Cord
- 1 year manufacturer's warranty
Overall I was happy with the purchase of the Acer Aspire One A150 as it was exactly what I was looking for at a good price of £199, normally RRP £299. I've not had any problems with the notebook and is still running fine. I wouldn't advice it to play games on as the graphics card would be unable to handle it. One let down is that it doesn't have Bluetooth built in. I didn't need it as I have a Bluetooth dongle but for people who don't it should have been built in as standard. I should also mention the notebook comes in 2 colours which I know of black (Bb) and black white (Bw) the codes are in the model name. The battery lasts me around 4-5 hours which is quite good. I would recommend this notebook for light to medium regular use.