Acer Aspire One 11.6"

I’ve been using the Acer Aspire One 11.6 inch netbook for a few days now and thought I’d write a quick review. I decided on getting the 11.6 inch Aspire...

I’ve been using the Acer Aspire One 11.6 inch netbook for a few days now and thought I’d write a quick review. I decided on getting the 11.6 inch Aspire One mainly because of the screen size. I knew that I’d be doing alot of typing and web browsing so the extra 2 inches of screen real estate would make a huge difference, especially with a horizontal resolution of 1366 instead of 1024 with the 10-inch models. The other big selling point was the full-size keyboard. After using it for a few days getting the 11.6 inch model was definitely a good decision.

I had read some reviews that almost turned me away from buying it saying the keyboard was “spongy” and the processor was slow and laggy. After using it for a few days I can say that these problems are very minor and if you want a fast processor then don’t get a netbook.

The keyboard is full size which I really like, and they decided to use flat raised keys instead of ones with beveled edges. I personally like beveled edges better but after typing on it for awhile it was a non issue, and the keys are actually a little larger without the beveled edges.
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I’ve used netbooks with the 1.6GHz Atom processor and this one has the 1.3GHz Atom and I really can’t tell a difference. It has 1GB of RAM which I’ll probably upgrade to 2 with some Corsair or Crucial which will speed things up a little. The Intel GMA950 video card which most netbooks have is a little laggy with full-screen video, especially HD. Youtube videos play fine in normal resolution and Divx and external dvd drives play fine in full-screen modes also. My observed boot-up time has been around 28 seconds, sans bloatware of course.

The battery life is listed at 7 hours max and this is about right, usually around 6 when I’m using it alot.

You won’t want to play half-life 2 or anything on this netbook but it will play small games fine which is all you can expect from a netbook. What it does do very well is browse the web which it is optimized very well for. It is very zippy when browsing through websites and is actually faster opening some pages than my core 2 duo 4GB workstation, probably because it’s still a relatively fresh windows install.

The screen is definitely the strong point of this netbook, the 1366×768 resolution looks exponentially larger than the 1024×768 you see on most netbooks. It is also a glossy finish which some people don’t prefer but I actually do but it’s a personal preference. Also the webcam works very well and integrates seamlessly through gmail which is nice. It has the standard external ports: 3usb’s and vga out along with headphone and mic jacks.

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I got the blue model and I like the color, it looks like it has a real light metal flake in it actually. It’s also very glossy which looks good until it’s covered in fingerprints but there is a solution to this and it’s to wipe them off.

Blue Acer Aspire One 11.6 inch

Overall I’m very happy with this laptop and would recommend it over the 10-inch models if you’re going to be doing alot of web browsing and typing which is probably why you’re getting a netbook to start with. I got mine from Amazon for under $310.