Product Type: Acer Netbook
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Very handy little netbook that won't break the bank
Acer Aspire One Happy-2DQuu
Member Name: iosmond
Acer Aspire One Happy-2DQuu
Advantages: lightweight, compact, easy to travel with, good value, long battery life
Disadvantages: no cd/dvd drive, no demanding software capabilities, small keyboard can be fiddly
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.
Summary: Lightweight and compact netbook for simple every day use that will come in very handy
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