Base price: $309
Okay, lets be honest: you want a netbook and you want it cheap. Seriously cheap. Other netbook makers might dangle High Def or Bluetooth in front you, they may lure you with a fancy touchpad or a sexy design. In the end, of course, theyll jack up the price tag and happily take your money.
If thats your deal, than go shop with Dell (get one with a TV tuner, or a fancy customized lids for extra bucks) or from ASUS, which offers a cool High Def option. As for good old Acer, theyll sell you a perfectly working netbook a netbook, mind you, not a sexy, muscular little portable for a bargain basement $300 bucks.
And honestly, if you really want jazzy performance, dont look to a netbook.
In the Acer Aspire Ones favor, it runs the Atom N450 chip, so its battery is impressively long lasting, a good 8-10 hours by some counts, though real world use may offer less.
Some grumble about the Acers touchpad. Its built into the wrist rest. Its kind of small and the mouse button is on the skinny side. Sure, you can get used to it, and anyway, youre probably only using this unit for email and quick surfing. On the plus side, the keys are decent-sized, as are the function keys. So the Aspire One will get you by, especially given that youll likely get used to its touchpad limitations over time.
Whats not to like? The Aspire One has the standard 10.1-inch wide-screen display with a 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a Webcam, Windows 7 Starter OS, b/g/n Wi-Fi, and cmon, this is nice stereo speakers. It also offers a 250 GB hard drive, which is noteworthy at this price point.
Bottom line: For the price, you can hardly beat it.
The Acer Aspire One netbook (photo courtesy Acer)