Product Type: Acer Netbook
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Acer Aspire ONE D255-2DQkk
Member Name: GrayWizard
Acer Aspire ONE D255-2DQkk
Date: 10/09/11, updated on 11/09/11 (117 review reads)
Advantages: Light, great looking, reliable
Disadvantages: Windows 7 is slow
This is a delightful little companion for those who like to use some computing on the go. Firstly this comes equipped what would seem a paltry 1GB ram and for Windows 7 starter, it can certainly feel paltry. The HD space however is actually pretty good for a netbook of this size.
As I said, 1GB ram isn't ideal for Windows 7 and I set about immediately looking to change the operating system. Unfortunately, the netbook does not house any optical drive so I was stuck for options. Luckily though, theres enough USB ports and I had decent sized Sandisk Cruzer to attempt some USB based OS installation. I could have went the windows xp route, however that would cause severe driver headaches. I decided instead to opt for an Ubuntu distribution of Linux.
Installation was simple and quick and everything worked fine without having any driver issues! Great, thats a new operating system that runs faster and is more secure on this beautiful netbook. It was then easy to install office applications (OpenOffice) and other media playback solutions (VLC player). Anyways, I probably digress but I would like to emphasize that this netbook is great with Ubuntu. Pity that it uses Windows or it could have been much cheaper.
Anyways, as far as other features are concerned, lets make one thing clear - this isn't a laptop so the small display does what its supposed to. It should be noted though that the screen is clear and sharp so no quips there.
Connectivity is very good and the onboard WiFi performs flawlessly. Theres the usual audio jacks, 4 usb slots and a VGA out. Yes even a small netbook this size features a VGA out - so if you aren't all to pleased with the screen, plug it to your desktop display and enjoy silent browsing, word processing or video playback.
The 1.3 VGA webcam is standard and works great if you want to talk to your friends and family. What I find best though about the Aspire One is the screen which is a beautiful LED LCD. These types of screens are generally brighter as they are backlit and so provide great viewing angles both indoors and outdoors.
I should perhaps take the time to mention that the netbook just looks amazing. It is simple and glossy black, however, there is something eye catching about it. Be warned though fingerprints may become common pretty quickly.
Furthermore, the build quality is superb and I've never had any issue with reliability (though it does come with 1 year standard warranty). The keys are soft to the touch and easy to use for extend periods. The touchpad is respnsive so no problems there. Battery life is decent at around 3 hours of heavy usage.
Bottom line is that its a light netbook that looks great and works great minus Windows 7.
Summary: Good netbook with great features and specs.
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