Base price: $349
Its a deadly duel: the Acer Aspire One constantly vies with the ASUS 1000HE for best selling netbook honors. To be sure, the Acer Aspire is sweet choice. Price matters, and Acer has worked to keep the cost down: considering the price tag, the Aspire compares nicely with any netbook.
This second generation Acer netbook, the AOD150, touts a spacious and bright 10.1 inch screen. Thats a big improvement over the original 8.9-inch screen.
Weighing in at about three pounds, the Acer still suffers some downsides associated with netbooks. The mouse buttons and touch pad could be bigger. The keyboard is 89 percent full-size, which gives you virtually all the comfort of netbooks with 92 percent full size. Whether that matters is a question of how big your hands are. (The nice units for keyboard size are the HP Mini and the Samsung NC10.)
Downside to the Acer: unlike pricier netbooks, it doesnt have an ExpressCard slot. And if a deluxe option like Bluetooth is high on your list, the Acer isnt your netbook.
On the other hand, its hot looking: its a tad thinner than the ASUS and its got a shiny svelte cover. Plus, the six-cell battery provides in excess of six hours of mobile computing, which is toward the high end.
And again, in the netbook market, price is King, and this is one of the economically-priced units leading the big shift to sub-portables. Bottom line: you cant go wrong with the Acer.
Heres an interesting YouTube comparison between the Acer Aspire One vs. the Samsung NC10. Its a nice side-by-side of the respective screen quality (the ACER is really bright) and the reviewer claims that the ACER runs hotter, with the Samsung offering better ventilation. The reviewer leans toward Linux on the netbook.
Newslash: Acer just released an Aspire One 11.6-Inch. Is a unit this big actually a netbook? No, probably not, but this unit boasts Bluetooth, a multicard reader and Dolby Pro Logic Sound. Fancy, huh?
Laptop magazine calls the Acer Aspire One affordable, stylish and compact and notes that it ran Windows XP about 9 percent better than the average netbook. It also booted in 50 seconds, or about 5 seconds faster than average.
CNET praises the Acer Aspire One for including plenty of slightly more expensive options that add polish and gives the unit kudos for keeping the price near the low end.
The Acer Aspire One (photos courtesy of Acer)
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