The Bottom Line
- One of the Smallest Netbooks on the Market
- Ability to Use Multiple SD Cards for Extra Storage Space
- Relatively Low Cost
- Linux OS Difficult to Add Applications To
- Poor Trackpad Layout
- Smaller Three Cell Batter Gives it Shorter Run Time
- Intel Atom N270 Mobile Processor
- 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory (1.5GB Maximum)
- 8GB Solid State Drive
- 8.9-inch WSVGA (1024x600) Wide LCD Display with VGA Webcam
- Intel GMA 950 Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, 5-in-1 Card Reader, SDHC Slot
- 9.8" x 6.7" x 1.2" @ 2.2 lbs.
- Linpud Linux Lite
Guide Review - Acer Aspire One Netbook Subnotebook Computer
8/18/08 - Acer's Aspire One is probably one of the smallest netbooks on the market. It is able to do this because it is using a smaller 3-cell battery. This makes the Apire One thinner than the competition but it also reduces the running life of the system because of the smaller battery.
As with most of the netbooks on the market, the Aspire One is based on the new Intel Atom N270 processor. This single core processors uses very little power yet and still manage basic internet and basic applications alright. To keep the costs down though, Acer has equipped the Aspire One with just 512MB of memory on it. This isn't an issue with the Linux OS but upgrading it to the maximum 1.5GB really helps performance. Upgrading can be a challenge though.
The Acer Aspire One can come equipped with Windows XP (with hard drive and higher price tag), but the more common version in the US market right now is the Linpus Linux Lite powered version. The software is fairly intuitive to use and easy to pick up, but the partitioning limits the usable space to 4GB for users out of the 8GB. The terminal and consoles for adding applications are also buried making it difficult for users to install applications beyond the ones in the Linux package.
One big bonus of the Aspire One design is the dual memory card slots. The primary one is a 5-in-1 reader that supports several different formats. In addition to this though, Acer has put on a dedicated SDHC slot that is used as added storage to the SSD drive. This makes it very inexpensive to easily expand the 8GB SSD for extra space.
Many users might also have issue with the trackpad design. The buttons reside on either side of the pad making it hard to use with a single hand. The material also makes it a bit more difficult to use.