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I decided to buy this netbook last year having only owned a full-sized laptop before. I wanted a netbook that would be convenient for using and packing on my train journeys home, as well as for everyday use (browsing the internet, writing emails etc).
What I love most about the Acer Aspire One Happy is how very compact (25.9cm x 18.5cm x 2.4cm) and lightweight (1.25kg) it is. It can easily be carried around without requiring much effort or bag space. It also doesn't weigh you down when used on your lap.
The long battery life (up to about 5 hours in reality) is a winner as you can carry on using the netbook when you aren't near a plug (great for journeys, use in the kitchen, garden etc). It allows you not to feel tied down when using the netbook, as it doesn't matter if you unplug it for a while to use in a different room without bothering to take the charger with you.
Another good feature about the battery is how easily it is removed - you simply slide two clips on the bottom of the netbook and the battery can be released. This means you can power the netbook by plugging it in without involving your battery, thus so helping to preserve the battery life that makes this netbook so great.
The netbook comes with a built-in wireless LAN adaptor, meaning you can easily pick up wifi. There is also a built-in camera and microphone which has saved me having to buy these seperately for using Skype.
There are of course some limitations and things you should think through before choosing this netbook (or any similar model)....
1) Will no CD/DVD drive annoy you? Overall I decided that I do not use a CD drive very often, but that I would have my full-sized laptop for any situations where I wanted/needed to. If I didn't have this other laptop to fall back on this may have annoyed me more.
2) Do you have trouble typing on small keys? The keyboard is a little fiddly to use and wouldn't be recommended for anyone who wants to do large amounts of word processing. For everyday use I get on with it fine.
3) Will the small screen be annoying? This can be a little annoying when using the netbook to watch films etc. Also internet sites occasionally require scrolling along if they are too big to fit to the screen size
readably. (On balance though I wanted the small screen size for the lightweight and compactness that go hand in hand with this).
4) This won't cope well with very demanding software use, e.g. gaming, for which you are better using a laptop.
Overall I've been very happy with the Aspire One Happy. Since purchasing, I have chosen to take it with me in so many situations where I would not have bothered/wanted to carry my full-sized laptop, because I can just slip it into a large handbag or average sized backpack without any hassle - it really is very handy. I also think it is great value for money, a big factor in my choice - it gives me lots of handy features without costing the earth. A year on the netbook still works well and gets daily use.
Today I was brought a new netbook from a friend of mine, who wanted me to give it some quick tests and generally put some software on it and just generally set it up and prepare it for computing. I've always been in two minds when it comes to netbooks. On one hand i feel they are a very handy to have around. Their lightweight small and easy to carry, a huge space saver and they don't have the nasty overheating problem with laptops and the annoying spinning sound of a fan. However the other side they are too small to use in some cases, screen can be too small, there is NO internal DVD/CD - ROM drive, can be hard to install software onto.
With the Acer Aspire One Happy-2DQuu i was in both these mind sets at a first glance. At first you can see the netbook is rather small sized; measuring at only 25.9cm x 18.5cm x 2.4cm. So for people used to fully sized laptop or desktop computer keyboards and screens the switch may be difficult to adjust to. When picking up the One Happy you can tell its lightweight; weighing in at only 1.25kg.
-Memory (Storage, RAM, Cache) & Processor-
For a netbook i was surprised at the size of the internal hard drive storage space. With the One Happy packing a 250GB internal HDD you will be pushed for finding files to fill up this hard drive. The downside to its memory uses however is the 1GB DDR2 SDRAM pre installed RAM, with up to 2GB max to be installed. Seeing as this laptop comes pre installed with Windows 7 Starter, 1GB RAM won't stretch far after software has been installed on the system. It also comes pre installed with a 512KB - L2 Cache memory storage. Finally the netbook comes with a Intel Atom N450/1,66 GHz processor to keep your computing running swiftly and without crashes.
The notebook comes with a smaller screen size than what is found on traditional laptops and desktop monitors. It has a 10.1" LED Backlight CineCrystal TFT 1024 x 600 Resolution (WSVGA). The graphics on this notebook are powered by a Intel GMA 3150 Dynamic video memory technology 4.0 graphics controller.
Audio on this notebook is controlled internally by a sound card and then played through built in stereo speakers on the notebook. There is also one headphone 3.5mm jack input for headphones or linking to an external speaker source. There is also a 3.5mm jack input port for a microphone or other recording equipment.
Thank fully and a feature i was impressed with is the built in wireless LAN aerial, allowing for instant wireless connection, without the need of having to fiddle around with USB adapters and software. The wireless adapter information and networking configuration is IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11n using the Acer Invilink Nplify wireless NIC There is also an Ethernet, Fast Ethernet port to allow for wired computing on the internet.
Firstly the netbook does support input devices using an optical or wireless USB connection to allow for external mouse's and keyboards and other input devices to be used with the netbook. There is also a integrated QWERTY keyboard and touchpad with left and right click buttons. Finally for social networking and instant messaging there is a integrated 1.3 megapixel web camera built into the top of the screen display.
The netbook is powered by a AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz) AC Adapter. This then powers and charges the 6-cell Lithium Ion battery. This battery gives aprox 8 Hours run time.
Overall the main bad points i feel there are with the One Happy, that stops you from being 'Happy' is the fact there is no CD/DVD - ROM drive so installing software from a CD can be a pain. The screen can also at times be rather annoying due to it being so small. Finally the keyboard its self and touch pad are rather small can be hard to use if you have big hands.
I feel this is a great netbook if you aren't planning on using it for heaving software usage. This is perfect for school work and taking to course classes to quickly type up notes and other information. Basic word procession and document making are really what these are made for and surfing the web. A definite must have for any students needing a quick and easy tool for essays and note taking and other word processing needs.