Product Type: Acer Netbook
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Not a bad little machine
Acer Aspire One A110-AB
Member Name: adam_d
Acer Aspire One A110-AB
Advantages: Cheap, good keyboard and screen, great portability.
Disadvantages: Battery "fades" quite quickly, SSD can be slow.
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.
Summary: A nice netbook that works well for the price.
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