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The Acer Aspire One: A Mini Miracle
Acer Aspire One A150-Bb-1GB
Member Name: rtaylor1984
Acer Aspire One A150-Bb-1GB
Date: 02/01/09, updated on 02/01/09 (246 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent storage space, great looking, good amount of RAM, built-in speakers/webcam
Disadvantages: Short battery life, reflective screen, odd touchpad button placement
The Acer Aspire One is one of the sleekest and most stylish examples of the new breed of ultra-portable laptops - or 'netbooks'.
With a huge 120GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, this pocket sized wonder packs more punch than your average library desktop PC.
The 8.9 inch widescreen display runs at a crisp 1024x600, offering a definition and fidelity second only to the most expensive PC monitors and HD TVs. Combine that with built-in speakers, webcam and wifi internet capabilities and you'll begin to see why this little beauty is taking mobile computing into the next generation.
The touchpad is functional and easy-to-use; although it does take a while to get used to the placement of the left/right mouse buttons. They're on the left and right of the pad rather than below, meaning you'll need to adjust to moving your fingers into odd positions occasionally. Having said that, by installing the bundled TouchPad drivers, mouse buttons can be mapped to different sections of the touchpad.
With 3 USB ports, and ethernet port, plus a VGA out (to hook up to a PC monitor or TV) Acer have really given their customers a great deal of options when it comes to peripherals and auxilliary input/output. If the enormous (and it really is considering the overall size of the netbook) 120GB HDD isn't quite large enough, there's also the option of boosting storage space via an SDHC card (or two).
The unit comes complete with AC adapter and a rather stylish leather case. It's also available in a number of different colours, with a smooth laminated finish on top and classic reflective black inside. The small drawback here is that the black surround of the screen can sometimes catch any bright light from behind you, although that really is a minor gripe.
It's not all fun and games though; the downside here is that the battery life can be somewhat disappointing - maxing out at around 3.5 hours with the screen brightness at its lowest level. More powerful 6-cell batteries are available, but be prepared to cough up an extra 80-100 pounds for the privilege.
Overall the unit is great-looking, highly functional, and has a superb storage capacity with a good amount of room for expansion. Couple all this with a good deal of peripheral possibilities and a high definition screen and you've got yourself a great netbook at a fantastic price.
This one comes highly recommended, don't miss out!
Summary: A great little netbook; offering speed, functionality and style.
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