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Acer Aspire One 725 (I don't hate windows 8)...
Acer Aspire One 725
Member Name: nimnim
Acer Aspire One 725
Date: 12/01/13, updated on 10/07/13 (484 review reads)
Advantages: Super Price
Disadvantages: Might scratch
Acer Aspire One 725
Ok, so I have to admit this won't be a technical review - if that's what you're after look at the spec (those numbers mean nothing to me)... I mean I can use a PC, and bits of software - I'm not a technaphobe but I don't quickly get anything done that is even vaguely technical on my PC.
I was looking for a small lightweight netbook that I can take and use on a train when I am travelling to my placement for university... Before Christmas I was asking round (on a techie forum) what I should be on the look out for when purchasing a net book, and after they had asked what I would look at first (I said if I were to choose I'd go shiny pink, or shiny red), they told me to aim for 2GB RAM. (As far as I can tell, this is the netbooks capacity to 'multitsak' if you will). The bigger them RAM, the quicker the netbook (to a certain degree)... It is also probably worth noting that minimum requirements to run windows 7 is 1GB, so moving onto windows 8, less than two is probably going to be SLOW...
They pointed a few out to me but I decided to wait until the sales.... Which is where I found this gem on Tesco Direct (Boxing day price £229.00, it went up a few days later to £269.00, and is currently £299.00 and out of stock)... Do shop around there are some real bargains to be had, if you take a bit of time and have a look... Onto the purchase...
I have to admit I wasn't looking for shiny blue, that was just a happy coincidence. The product (topside) is nice and shiny, and made of turquoise plastic. When you lift the lid the keyboard surround is also the same blue colour, but a little more matt. The keys are like other netbooks / laptops in that they are flat, and above the mouse pad... To me the product looks nice and funky - however I don't know how well it would fare of I were to drop it (sorry not willing to test the theory here), but it may scratch easily... (I'm not planning to drop it - so all should be well here)...
The measurements for the machine are below (taken from Tesco Direct) - basically this means to me the netbook is smaller physically than a large A4 notebook (the thick ones that are spiral bound)...
Height 20.7 MM
Product Width 376.4
Product Depth 253.0
General ~ This comes with a little leaflet instruction you to plug it in, and follow the instructions. You go through a few screens asking if you wish to name your laptop (mines called Fred), and then asking for a password, you get to choose a colour scheme, and then you get to connect to any wifi networks you know of...
Well I have to admit I have had two of these.
No 1 -
Set up relatively easily to the wifi. Just a case of figuring out my password, and then typing it in. (You get the choice of skipping this, and can revisit later of you wish)... I say just a case of - this took about 2 hours for me. This was not the fault of the netbook though, this was my inability to figure out the password... (It also included me downloading software, and sorting out Firefox as I hate Explorer).
Unfortunately the machine broke on day 6, returned to store and they swapped. They have had no other issues with this machine (they'd had no other returns either), it just wouldn't power up. (They also refunded £25 as a good will gesture making it even cheaper)...
Having found set up for machine 1 so easy, you'd think that this would be a doddle right? Well, the machine again set up was easy.
However my evil superhub (from a nameless beard covered company) didn't want to play... Having Windows 8 on the machine basically meant that it should be ready to go, and it was but I still had to call the superhub tech team to connect it to the wifi... They remoted into my PC (A lovely man called Mark) and had it sorted in about 40 minutes (he called me back on my mobile though so I got to pop my washing out while he did his thing)...
**~Ease of Use~**
Turning the netbook on couldn't be easier - just open the lid (which has no catch on it) and press the little button. It takes a minute to boot up asks for your password, and then takes you to a screen with icons on it... (I will probably have no need for half of these e.g. the Xbox gubbins)...
I have had no issues with it other than it is a little slow (I'm just impatient) - but netbooks are 'blessed' with smaller processors, which is why they cheaper, and lighter... The netbook is 1.2kg and fits into a large handbag. (I have bought it a sleeve to protect it).
The battery charger is easy to plug in, and the battery states on the website that it should last about 5 hours - I'm not entirely convinced. The netbook prefers to be on a hard surface as this will help keep it cooled, and save the fan sucking all the power the longest I've had it run for is about 4.5 hours - but with it being new I suppose I've been making it multitask, which has probably been overheating it's little brain....
I had thought I would have issues as people have said bad things about Windows 8, but this is the best thing about this netbook... I mean I'm still getting used to it, and I'm sure I'm not using the quickest routes to get to things, but it's great. It takes a moment to realise the usual, 'downwards' scroll of vista has changed to a sideways scroll, on 8, and hey presto!!!!
The machine has no CD drive (it's too small) but it does have 3 UBS ports, and an ethernet port (your internet cable). Under the machine there is a small holder that can be pressed, to make it pop out which will hold a memory card. The machine has other ports, and I have had no need to use them, therefore have concluded they are for very technical stuff (IE cables I do not own)...
The machine arrived well packaged so if it had been delivered I wouldn't have needed to worry about bumps or bruises, and it has a very flimsy cover that you can use temporarily (I would recommend buying a sleeve for it though, and the shiny cover wouldn't look as good if it were scratched)...
I have to say I would recommend this product, for the price paid I'm really happy with Fred. He works hard, and does all that I ask of him. Not only that but I got my wish in that he was shiny, and good looking as well as cheap.
Summary: Really good for the price paid
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