The Bottom Line
- Very Affordable
- Six Cell Battery For Longer Run Times
- Smaller Keyboard For 10-inch Netbook
- Mouse Button Difficult to Use
- Units Shipping With Various Amperage Batteries
- Intel Atom N270 Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory (2GB Maximum)
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 10.1-inch WSVGA (1024x600) Wide LCD With VGA Webcam
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.3" x 8" x 1.3" @ 2.9 lbs.
- Windows XP Home
Guide Review - Acer Aspire One D150 10.1-inch Netbook Subnotebook Laptop PC
Feb 24 2009 - The Acer Aspire One D150 is essentially an upgrade of the extremely affordable Aspire One netbook. The biggest difference between the new D150 and the previous model is a larger overall screen that moved from 8.9-inches to 10.1-inches. It still retains that same 1024x600 resolution but is easier to read thanks to the larger pixels. The larger LCD panel means that the case is also a bit larger than the original model.
The other significant change with the Aspire One D150 is the move from a small three cell battery pack to a larger six cell model. This gives the unit a significant boost in battery life allowing the netbook to run for between 5 and 7 hours. Why such a large range? Even though Acer claims a 5800mAh battery, some units are shipping with much smaller capacity batteries. This is still a big jump in the battery life compared to three cell batteries but disappointing that they aren't consistent.
Performance of the Aspire One D150 is essentially identical to pretty much every Windows XP based netbook. It uses the original Atom N270 processor with 1GB of memory and a larger 160GB hard drive.
The best part about the Aspire One D150 is its cost. With street prices around $350, this is easily one of the most affordable 10-inch netbooks on the market. In order to keep production costs low, Acer has decided to use the original keyboard design of the Aspire One series. This means that the keys are 89-percent full size compared to many other 10-inch netbooks featuring 92-percent size keys. This can be problematic for some, but Acer's decision to use a full sized right shift key does compensate somewhat. Acer did put in a larger trackpad design to take advantage of the extra space. Too bad the trackpad button is relatively thin and not the easiest to use.