Acer Aspire One 10.1"

The Acer Aspire One is a very nice netbook. It has all of the hardware you would expect from a top quality netbook including an Intel Atom N270 processor, 160GB...

The Acer Aspire One is a very nice netbook. It has all of the hardware you would expect from a top quality netbook including an Intel Atom N270 processor, 160GB hard drive, and 1GB of memory. Here are the full specs:

  • Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM upgradeable to 2GB
  • 160GB SATA hard drive
  • 802.11 b/g wifi
  • 10.1-inch 1024×600 LCD display
  • 6-cell battery with 6.5 hours battery life

The best feature of this netbook is its price. I saw the red one today on Amazon for under $300 which is an incredible deal. This is also for the 6-cell battery, not a 3-cell that comes with most netbooks in this price range, and it’s good for around 6.5 hours.

The keyboard on the Aspire one is one of the best in its class and is easy to type on and the keys feel very solid and well-made. The trackpad has the usual unibutton left and right buttons which we all know and love, so you might want to get a wireless mouse if it will be seeing extended use.

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Another downside on this netbook is if you try to upgrade the RAM to 2GB. There is no memory access door on the bottom of the netbook like other models, so you will have to take the netbook completely apart to upgrade it. There are tutorials available that walk you through this process if you want to do it though.

You can watch full-screen HD movies if played from an external source, but don’t try it with an embedded flash/java player such as youtube without delays. Normal definition content streams fine though. Where this really shines is web browsing. I’ve been observing 1.5Mb/s download speeds over wireless and web browsing is even zippier at times than on my $3000 workstation. This is definitely what this netbook was optimized for.

Even though the XP version is available for under $300 I would definitely recommend the Windows 7 version for only $29 more here.

Over all the best feature of this netbook is its price. If you want a $300 10.1″ netbook with all of the usual features then this is the one for you.

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