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Here we have the Acer Aspire One A110. Let's start off with the specs:
Sapphire Blue Design
8.9" Acer CrystalBriteTM TFT LCD
Operating System: Linpus Linux Lite version/Windows XP (Depending on which you choose!)
Processor: Intel® AtomTM processor N270
Memory: 512MB RAM (1*512MB Configuration)
Storage: 8GB NAND flash module
Connectivity: Wireless LAN b/g, LAN: 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet
Webcam: Integrated 0.3Mp Acer Crystal Eye webcam
I/O Interfaces: 3 * USB PortsPort, 5-in-1 card reader (SD), (MMC), (RS-MMC), (MS), (MS PRO), (xD), SDTM Card reader for storage Expansion
Battery Pack: 3 Cell (3 Hours Battery Life)
Manufacturer Part Number: LU.S030A.096
The world of netbooks is so vast and confusing to most of us just looking for something to potter online with. If you're looking for much more than internet browsing, picture uploading and the odd film streaming you may want to look elsewhere, but otherwise read on...
I'm beyond impressed with this little beauty. I plumped for an Asus Eee 701 first and soon realised my mistake - a typewriter would have better power in it. You know how you always hear someone bemoaning the slow tediousness of a netbook, and insisting people should opt for a tablet instead? Either they have unrealistic expectations, or they haven't tried the Acer Aspire One A110.
Having tried both LInux and Windows XP on this machine, I can strongly recommend using a Linux OP with this. XP makes the whole system quite laggy and slow, but it speeds up after a fashion and is still perfectly usable. However, Linux really turns this Acer into a powerhouse. It boots up almost instantaneously, and as soon as you can see your desktop, it's ready to use. If you're expecting it to run at a similar speed to your zuped up desktop, you're going to get impatient, but otherwise I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised. I use mine mainly for standard internet browsing, watching films, word processing, uploading pictures etc and it works flawlessly. There isn't even any lagging when streaming a full length film - fabulous!
The only minor issue i have is that opening up too many tabs on your internet browser can slow it down an awful lot, but that's to be expected. Stick to under four at a time, and you're laughing.
There are newer, more expensive choices out there but if you're looking for something that runs perfectly for everyday use but doesn't break the bank - go for this, it won't let you down. x
Well its a Netbook to start, So does what I'd expect, Starts up quickly, very mobile, wi-fi enabled ect. Weighing in at just under 1kg I found this netbook easy to carry around and have with me everywhere. Has a good size keyboard, built in webcam (Initially the version of aMSN it was distributed with didn't have the capability to use it but an update soon fixed that), a nice size touch pad, and a battery that lasts long enough to work with. The screen is clear on the move. However the 8gb SSD wasn't big enough to store day to day files on, easily rectified with an external HDD, but more to carry. The biggest problem by far I had with this netbook is not being able to install any extra programs I wanted/needed, luckily it has quite a large range of programs to start with. I also reinstalled mine with XP Pro, hit a few problems with drivers but other than that worked fine, took a lot longer to boot. I'd recommend this netbook to anyone who just needs a fast netbook to connect via wireless at home or indeed wired to check emails and surf from time to time, but as a main computer I could not recommend as the functionality is not supported.
i am currently writing this review on my acer aspire one and with the decent sized keyboard, not a problem at all! it took a little while to convert to linux, but after some helpful hints and tips online i was able to unlock the full menu, allow downloads and get more out of my netbook, i was also lucky to find one of my uncles had an acer and he unlocked it even further for me, i now have msn, woo! the programmes such as (in windows language) word, edexel and publisher are near enough the same to an extent that creating a document is just as easy as using my old laptop. another point to make is the graphics ect, now i am no expert, but i have found the graphics clear and bright, the color schemes are plesant and look like windows, except for the menu, which i find easier to use as it takes up the whole home screen, this may be a pain for people who want to enter their files from the home page. over all i personally think that this is an excellent netbook for people who arn't game orientated, need tonnes of memory, uses the internet alot (connection is quick and easy, as is startup, i go on my parents computer an it feels so slow now, this acer is speedy!) and just wants a laptop to dose what you need it to and nothing more. ( i also found that i don't need the cd rom as memory is stored on sd/xd cards and pen drives!)
I just bought this computer brand (in pink!) some weeks ago, and I must say I'm very happy with it.
The keyboard and mousepad is a little difficult to handle, so I use an plug-in keyboard instead.
At first I was a bit unfamiliar with the small screen and I thought for myself; "How will I ever learn to use this?", but after just few hours with my new Acer Aspire One, I had gotten used to it and it's so comfortable I never wanna go back to using those big monster machine-like laptops again, haha.
There's no installation CD since the computer lacks a CD-input, but all installation software is available to install from the desktop, it will show a small icon on the desktop and it will do all the work by itself once you click it.
It is a perfect computer for the one who writes alot, or for you who's just tired of bringing paper and pen to work. This laptop is lightweight and easy to carry, it easily fits in a handbag so it's easy to carry with you all of the time.
If you're the type of person that plays alot of games and downloading alot, this is not the computer for you since it doesn't have such huge ammount of space, it's only 8GB. But for you who want to use it as a notepad or just writing and surfing with, it's a perfect choice. The battery life lasts for 3 hours so it's pretty descent.
I LOVE my acer aspire one. It is sooo easy to use, and reliable. I was a little concerned about using Linux rather than Windows, but there isn't much difference. Linux uses far less memory and is intuitive to use.
Memory can be upgraded easily with a micro SD card - I got an 8 Gb from Amazon for about £5 and just put in the slot on the side and Hey Presto 10Gb of memory!
I found the track pad a bit small so bought a Logitech wireless mouse (ARGOS) to use which made a big difference to how I can play games etc.
Internet connectivity is fast using a router. Start up to connection takes less than a minute, main home pc (windows xp)takes at least 5 minutes to boot up including anti virus etc, no such problems with acer. It doesn't need antivirus software or firewalls etc.
I don't use it for documents very often but it can save open office docs as windows if needed.
It is best used sat on the sofa browsing the internet and listening to music on the Media Player!!
One small complaint would be battery life isn't very long - about 3 hours but then I don't use it very often without being 'plugged in'.