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I bought one of the original 8gb models not long after these were launched. It didn't get off to the best start, as it had to go back after a week to get the keyboard replaced.
After this, things went quite well. I removed the pre-installed Linpus in favour of the more modern Ubuntu Netbook Remix, which worked perfectly.
The little thing won't win any awards for speed, but for everyday use of Internet Browsing, word processing, listening to music etc. it is perfectly capable. The screen is bright and great for watching videos, the speakers are quite good quality as netbooks go, and the keyboard is comfortable to type on. The trackpad having the mouse buttons at the side takes a little bit of getting used to, but is good and responsive when you do. The built-in webcam, whilst only being 0.3 megapixel, I find is brilliant in all conditions, and works well with Skype.
As long as you don't expect to be watching 1080p video or playing the latest games, it is a fine machine. It also boots up in no time at all.
I have also used it as a presentation machine hooked up to a projector, which it managed with no problems.
The only downsides I have found with my machine are that after about 7-8 months the battery started to degrade quite badly, and now is lucky if it manages to power the machine for 30 minutes. I am also aware of a friend with the same machine, with the same problem over almost the same timescale.
Also the SSD used in the machine is quite slow, so sometimes the machine locks up for a few seconds, mostly during things like Youtube, or anything where small writes are made to the disk. There are some tweaks available however that work quite well in making this problem less intrusive.
One other small use I have for mine is that it works brilliantly when connected to my OBD2 diagnostic tool for my car. The small size makes it perfect for this.
As these have been out for a while now, they can be had extremely cheaply. They are great for their intended use, as a small web browser, or would make an excellent second computer.
I got this last summer, and although it's a lovely computer, I've had some issues with it. Firstly, my webcam decided to stop working, then I couldn't open Firefox, and finally, it would not allow me to access any network connections at all.
I would love to restore it to it's factory settings, but the lack of CD drive prohibits that.
As it is though, with the Linpus OS, the battery life is okay, and it's perfect for writing on a bus or train journey (and it was great for bedtime surfing!) The keyboard appears small at first, but it's easy to use. If you have long nails (like my grandma) it's a little tricky, so I'd suggest trying the keyboard out instore to ensure you can use it.
When I buy an external CD drive, I'm going to put Ubuntu Netbook Remix on it, which should enhance the battery life further.
The OS currently though, is quick to load and easy to use. Perfect for anyone, especially at this bargain price ;)
This little netbook is fantastic. I have read a few mixed reviews which were mostly about how it doesnt work with vista/xp etc. This comes with Linux - which is free open source software. If you want vista/xp buy one with them installed. With Linux, because its open source you are effectively paying for just the netbook hence the price. The software itself runs a little differently than Windows but with a little reading of the workings of Linux (google Linux) you will understand the that it can do anything if not more than Windows... and remember open source equals free.... the default browser is firefox and the default documents are Open Office which does everything Microsoft Office Suite does (even saves your work in any format you want)
The Acer Aspire One is very compact, very light and has a very large hard drive and with its 1GB of ram runs very fast. When you switch it on you are ready to roll in around 20 seconds. The home page is very easy to follow and is set into catagories so you can choose to connect to the internet, go to entertainment and your files all from the home page. With it being small and compact it is ideal for anyone who travels to/for work and needs something that is not too comebersome to take on the train (fits into a small case - you even get one free with it!) or even if you are a couch potato and want something to pop on your knee while you are watching tv!
My wife has always moaned that she could never get onto the family PC as it was always being used by either my kids or myself. After doing a bit of research, she convinced me to buy her the Acer Aspire One netbook which she would use for web browsing and writing simple documents. I was a bit sceptical of the device, after all, to me it was just a cheap laptop. But, alas, she won and off I went to Currys armed with my credit card to begrudingly buy her one.
--In the box--
The box in which the Aspire comes is very small. You'd be able to fit it under your arm and carry it no problem. As well as the netbook, there was a mains battery charger, a user manual and a recovery cd which I thought was strange considering there isnt a cd driver in the netbook!!
I must admit I found this impressive. From turning on to booting up was 15 seconds. A wizard takes you through all the standard setup questions such as region, time zones, etc. Even setting up the wireless network connection was a breeze, this was always something I was a bit wary about having had previous experience of Linux and knowing how picky it could be. Within 5 minutes of switching on for the very first time, we had a fully working internet connected netbook. The most impressive setup feature was still to come though. I wanted the netbook to be able to connect to my network printer, the HP Photosmart 3210. I thought the netbook wouldnt stand a chance of knowing about this printer without the need for 3rd party drivers. How wrong I was!! I clicked the add printer button, found my printer to my amazement and hey presto it was installed and working in seconds leaving me gobsmacked but very happy indeed.
--Internet and Email--
The netbook uses the Firefox browser and as far as I can tell, it is exactly the same version you would expect to see on a normal desktop, laptop computer. With this in mind I wont go into too much detail here.
The email client is Acers own aspire mail. This behaves like any basic email client such as Outlook Express and again, was very easy to set up to connect to my ISP (Virgin) although you do need to know the names of the POP3 and SMTP servers beforehand.
For all you MSN addicts out there, the Aspire comes with its own version of messenger which is compatible with both Yahoo and MSN/Windows Live services. As the netbook comes with a built in webcam, you can use this with both services although I found it fiddly to get it to work with MSN as I had ticked a box to make use of advanced MSN features which disabled the camera!!!
The Aspire comes with Open Office preinstalled. Open Office is an opensource rival to Microsoft Office with most document types being compatible. First impressions of Open Office were that it looks almost identical to MS Office without taking ages to load. Opening an MS Word document with Open Office couldnt be easier, all formatting was exactly how it should have been, nothing was out of place.
Other office style utilities are also preinstalled, programs such as calculator, calendar, organiser, picture editor, video editor and file explorer are all worthy of a look if you are lucky enough to be able to play on this netbook.
Finally in terms of software, the Aspire comes with about 10 games (roughly half of these are trial/time contrained games). These are mostly puzzle games and are fairly addictive.
The user interface is absoloutely perfect for any user, be the a novice or expert. All functions are accessible from a menu structure and there are no start bars, like in XP. You really cant get into any mess by going deep into the system and not knowing how to come back out.
This little toy has won me over. The clarity of the screen is so much better than I ever could have imagined on something so small. Bootup time is almost instant, useage is simple, battery life good. In fact, I am really struggling to find anything bad to say about it. Its just great!!!
I thoroughly impressed with my Acer Apsire One. I bought the 512Mb ram, 8Gb flash version in the summer and it has had constant use.
1. Comes with Linux (Linpus) installed.
2. Very simple to get wireless comms' up and running. Windows users need have no fears it really is a doddle.
3. More than adequate preinstalled software ( firefox for the web, OpenOffice for word processing and office tasks) it even has some games.
4. Robust build quality - I've had mine for 6 months and despite dropping it a couple of times it hasn't missed a beat.
5. Powerful enough to run 2d CAD programs. Qcad is pre-installed.
6. Lovely screen, small but crisp and bright.
7. Cheap as chips.
1. Poor documentation. This is offset by the plethora of information on the web. I don't know why acer are so coy about all the free sofware that can be easily installed with pirut etc.
2. The battery charge life is a little on the short side.
As a student, I'm always looking for a bargain: something that will last me, provide decent, out-of-the-box functionality, and -- possibly most importantly -- be cheap.
The Acer Aspire One fulfills all of these needs, whilst also being an ergonomic joy: the keyboard, although small, is fully functional and easy to type on. This functionality extends to the screen, which although small is well-lit and clear. The same values of simplicity go for the Linux Linpus Lite operating system, it too is simple: I was connected to the internet via a wireless connection in a matter of minutes, and the OpenOffice software preinstalled is a worthy substitute for MS Office Indeed, Linux is nothing to be afraid of, and, although the majority of computer users will be unfamiliar with it, I now prefer it to its more corporate counterparts.
Overall, considering the implications of price (and what you do indeed get for this price) the Aspire One is a fantastic buy. I have had no problems with it whatsoever, and the only shortfall -- the small memory -- can be fixed by a plug-and-play external HD. This product is fully recommended, and I would also recommend visiting www.aspireoneuser.com to peruse further the capabilities of this excellent machine.
Acer Aspire had 9410 big laptop about 1 year ago and I still use it and I am so happy I had that one. It is perfect. IT has got ony one problem that It is not doing good when you put vista on it. IT work absolutely perfect with xp so fast and so good.
But this Aspire one A110-AB is not as mush as good aspire 9410. I bought this laptop from friend of mine with very good deal almost for free. I am trying to sell it. I used about 1 month. I am not happy. it is not easy to use and keyboard is not that good.
But if you want to try. IT does worth. Maybe it is me about ketboard and mouse and ease of use. So, you try it. Otherwise. IT is working very well. I mean, IT does the job. specially when you or on the net. It is fast on the net