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I bought this netbook not really knowing what I was getting myself into. Unfortunatley I didn't 100% know what I was getting myself into. I didn't realise that it was a different operating system, and when I found it to be Linux I was rather annoyed. Simply because you can still get Linux even if you have a chrome os, ios, or windows 8.1 so I thought this was a bit of a rip off for the price. Also I have always found it to run slower than other processors but this, I've been told, is all in my head. It has hardly any ram, so I find a lot of my tabs crashing on me and then I lose what it is I am doing. Never good if you want it as a reliable piece of technology to help you with work or school work. It has a very nice style to it, and would even say it is very bold in its stlye. However even the style is a bit outdated as clearly it is old so things have changed in the pass 5 years or so. For the price of this, seen on Amazon at 280 buy yourself something quicker, slimmer and lighter and for the same price. Another problem I have is the battery life, I just don't seem to know where all the power is going. Sometimes I will be lucky enough to get 2 hours out of it, but thats max. So just long enough to watch a film and do a bit of research.
This netbook is not a laptop. It won''t be the fastest machine you''ve every used, nor will it be able to process as much as a proper laptop or modern tablet can. It is, however, brilliant for its price and for its size. This is not a new device and in the modern day, technology moves quickly, but this is not passed its time just yet. I received this netbook second hand for a fraction of the price it would have been a few years ago after my previous laptop broke. It has proved to be a brilliant replacement, only made even better by it''s small price. It will happily open 5 tabs and cope with 3-4 windows being open at one time. Pushing over this limit may cause problems but you cannot expect any more from a small device like this. It''s a shame that devices like this are falling out of fashion with the increase in tablet popularity. This device is as easy to use as any tablet I have ever used and the keyboard adds to its ease of use. On the downside, the battery life is very poor meaning that without the power cable plugged in, the device can last only 4-5 minutes (This is only because it is second hand and has been used for many years). The device can also often slow up every 10-15 minutes and cause the mouse to move very little and for all features to almost stop completely for a short period of time.
I bought this netbook just over a year ago, as my previous laptop had died a death. I thought it would be ideal to sit with on my knee doing my college work or surfing the net whilst I watched television.
I don't know that much about computers but thought that this would be ok for me as I only needed it for surfing the net, checking my emails and typing up assignments for college. But I was clearly wrong! As soon as I started using it I found it was very slow. I didn't think it was possible for it to be slower than my old laptop, that was years old but it was! It was so slow, it was actually painful!
I really wish that I had not bought this netbook and had got myself something completely different. I do not know much about computers, so I don't know if all netbooks are this slow but I do know that I would never buy a netbook again, as this has completely put me off. I think it is probably just that it has a very low memory but I do not know who this would be suitable for.
To be fair it is a nice looking netbook and its great for sitting on your lap for hours, as it is so light weight but the memory on it is just too low for me. I feel like I have wasted my money buying this and I am glad that it was not expensive. However, I completely gave up on using it after a couple of months and have been using my desktop PC instead. I am now looking to buy a new laptop and this time I will definately be doing my research before I part with my cash.
I bought this little invention just under 2 years ago. I already had my desktop pc which I was getting fed up of sitting at all night unable to chat on facebook and watch tv at the same time!!!!
Now I am not too great with computers so I wanted something that was going to be reliable for my needs which is just checking emails, using word, ebay and facebook. Not so much for photos and music which is why I didn't think it would be a problem having such a low internal memory.
But right from the start I found it very slow and as time went on it became painful and unbearable to use and even after friends taking a look at it for me it didn't make a big enough difference for me to want to use it.
On the plus side it is a neat little netbook which is comfortable to use on your lap and if it had been quicker it would of been a dream to use. I have now gone back to sitting for hours on my uncomfortable chair in front of my desktop and the netbook hasn't been switched on in months.
I would recommend purchasing one with much higher memory!!
I bought this Acer as my older Dell had fallen to pieces and I have a desktop I mainly use for my day to day stuff. It cost me £130 from Morgan Computers (website) and although sold as a refurb was actually brand new in original packaging but in a tatty box.
The first problem was it only had 512MB RAM, this wasn't a problem as I had a spare 512MB module in order to upgrade to 1GB. How wrong was I. There is no flap on the bottom of the laptop to upgrade the RAM. In order to upgrade it I had to remove the keyboard, bezel and motherboard. The entire job took me half an hour, and I am a computer engineer so I am used to taking things apart.
The next problem was the Linplus operating system. It is a stripped down version of Linux but it was horribly outdated with Firefox 2.0 and updating things seemed quite tricky. I quickly installed Ubuntu 10.4 (main version) and there was no problems at all. All the drivers worked straight outside the box, even the built in web cam! It runs better than Windows would.
The build quality of this netbook seems excellent and the keyboard is very good for its size. Battery life is disappointing at around two hours but the netbook was so cheap I can't complain about that. The Atom processor is a bit too slow for anything other than word processing and surfing the net. It can play the BBC Iplayer but there is too much lag.
Part of the problem will be the solid state hard drive, although read speeds are good write speeds are far too slow so anything requiring virtual memory will slow the system right down. I really wish I had bought the version with a proper hard drive now. The plus side though if I drop it down the stairs at least I won't loose all my data!
The screen is very good for its size and the netbook is so light weight I can carry it around every time I travel without noticing it.
This is a real geeks laptop, out of the box its fairly useless but with some tinkering it can be made into a fine light weight surfer of IPAD capabilities.
I only got this very recently and I have to say..Im pretty impressed with it. I bought it from ebay for a bargaining £73.02 and next working day delivery of £10.99. I was pretty impressed with the price.
When it arrived, I was like a little kid.. I couldnt wait to open it. I got it out of the box and placed the battery and started to charrge it. I turned it on and it asked me to personalise it, for example; password, date, time, country, language etc. Within a few minutes I was all ready to begin using the little netbook.
It found the wireless connection within a few seconds and I was online just like that! No mess, no hassle, just very simple!
** The Good **
Handy and portable sized netbook
Found the wireless connection very quickly
Speedy little thing, loads webpages quickly - has a Intel Atom processor N270
Very light, weighs less than 1kg!
8.9" CrystalBrite screen - very crisp and clear
Built in Crystal Eye webcam
Very pretty and comes in a range of colours: white, pink, black, blue and brown
Comes with a multi 5 in 1 card reader
Has an SD card reader
Good battery life of 3 hours
3 USB ports
Quite soft keyboard keys
** The Bad **
Operates on Linux, which differs a pretty lot to Windows and takes a while to get used to
Not as straight forward when putting items on the homepage or installing programmes
Overall I am very impressed with this little beauty and I think once I get used to using Linux, I will be OK! Im getting the hang of things and have managed to download a few things myself from reading online forums and user guides. However, if it wasnt for the online guidance, I would be very stuck and wouldnt have a clue what I should have been doing. Maybe Acer should have provided a few details about using Linux perhaps.
What I am most impressed with is the speed of this little thing. I would say that it can load a webpage as quick as any current laptop. Very impressed. I just need to still figure a few things out about it, but overall very happy with it.
I would say that this laptop would be very good for those not used to using Windows as there are no pre-conceptions of how a cimputer works. The way Linux is set up is very easy to navigate around but can be abit of a pain when you try and use or install something that is not directly and easily accessible.
I would definitely recommed this netbook to anyone who needs to use a computer on the go.
I was given this netbook as a gift and i absolutly love it. I was a bit dubious at first because of its size but i'm now used to it. Its very fast when loading programmes I can't really fault it.
It comes with a very handy carry pouch which is a very snug fit. I am using for work purposes and it fits really well in my handbag so I don't have to have a massive laptop bag as I have previously.
The only downside that I have found is it doesn't have a cd/dvd drive however I have bought an external one as an extra which has solved the problem but its something that I didn't initially think about until i wanted to load something on by cd!
All in all an excellent netbook and i have certainly recommended it to my friends and family my mum was that impressed that she has bought one!!