Mini-Netbook (Acer Aspire One)…

My wife and myself are frequent visitors of WalMart. When we get there, we park in the same area, we go in the same entrance, and then we always separate in the store and cruise our circuits in the store. The circuit she travels takes a considerable amount of time and I’ve learned to navigate my circuit like a sloth. My circuit consists of tools, automotive and the grand finale of electronics (tvs, computers, cameras, peripherals, etc…). Like a sloth I slowly navigate the circuit hoping I will see something really different, especially in the electronics section; however, nothing really changes. I think it is really neat that they sell PC’s and PC peripherals, but going there for that sort of thing is like going to the convenience store for bread. Today, it was different… As I sluggishly clawed my way (like a sloth) past the aisle that displayed some notebook computers, my inner electronics instincts, told me to stop. What caught my eye was a very, very small notebook computer. My inner electronics instinct, now became an inner voice, that yelled “buy me, buy me, I’m different, buy me”. There before me was a mini-notebook (or netbook), with an 8.9″ screen, that was manufactured by ACER for $348.00. For some reason, I have always envisioned owning a small computer that I could easily tote around and here it was right before me. Well, now that I’m 50 and grown up, I passed up the urge and went into my usual “planning stages”:

  1. Review the specs on the internet
  2. Check out customer reviews on the internet
  3. Check for best pricing
  4. Convince Wife (which will be easy since my birthday is coming up)

The specs and description of this computer, as posted on WalMart site, is reflected below. Customer reviews for this PC, on their site, was very good; however, I have not checked out additional reviews on the internet at the time of this posting. Their pricing, from what I’ve found, is unbeatable… I sowed the seed with the wife; however will have to slowly nurture it. If anyone out there has any comments on this “netbook”, please feel free to comment below. You can see this PC on the WalMart site by clicking on the “Acer Computer” graphic below.

Acer 8.9″ Aspire One with Intel Atom Processor N270, Blue

This ultra-portable laptop is the ideal traveling companion that lets you take the Internet on the road without the heavy load. The Intel Atom Processor combines performance, power and efficiency to explore the Internet and stay connected while on-the go. Windows XP Home Edition lets you surf the Internet, edit documents and photos and read email.

Key Features & Benefits:

Intel Atom processor N270

1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 cache

8.9″ WSVGA high-brightness Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD

Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

1024MB DDR 533MHz Dual Channel Memory

Use multiple applications without a decrease in performance

120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

Store large video files, music, photos, documents and more on this expansive drive

Additional Features:

Windows XP Home

Acer Crystal Eye Webcam 3-cell Li-ion (2200 mAh) Battery

3 – USB 2.0 Ports AC Power Adapter

Multi-in-1 Card Reader AC Power Cord

Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Modem Cable

3-cell Li-ion (2200 mAh) Battery

2.19 lbs. 995 g (system unit only)

 

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UPDATE(10/21/2008)

Completed all of the planning stages, as previously indicated, and now have the Acer Aspire One in my possession.  The “convince my wife” stage was not as bad as I had anticipated.  So far, I have found the physical and operating qualities of this product to be awesome, especially for the price ($348.00).  Really, the only downfall I could find was that the case is so glassy, that it is a magnet for fingerprints.  It is pretty much designed with the concept that you will use it for portability and internet access; however, I wirelessly remote into it, via VNC software, to test software downloads, etc…  The LCD Screen on this is absolutely great for a small LCD (8.9″) and when I remote into it with my main PC, the remote screen image is unbelievably clear.   The Aspire One, from what I can tell, has a hidden partition with the factory install image in place in the event you have to completely restore the system back to factory defaults. The factory default restoration process appears to be quite easy and can be accessed either during bootup or by the restoration software installed on the operating system (Windows XP Home).  The Aspire One can be booted from a USB flash drive; AND, as a result, I installed Acronis Disk Imaging on the computer, created a bootable USB disk, and created an image of the PC on another USB flash drive.  Following that process, I archived the “boot image” and the “disk image” on my main PC’s backup drives.  For the money, really nice product.  Specs for the Acer Aspire One, that I purchased, is reflected below (PDF file):

Specs – Acer Aspire One

UPDATE(11/08/2008)

Amazon.com Customer Reviews of the Acer Aspire One…

Amazon.com - Acer Aspire One Reviews

8 Responses to Mini-Netbook (Acer Aspire One)…

  1. Bill Mullins says:

    Hey Rick,

    “buy me, buy me, I’m different, buy me” – “should have listened, should have listened, should have listened”. LOL.

    Sounds like an incredible buy – XP Home AND a 120GB SATA Drive! As you say, lucky that birthday is coming up

    BM

  2. whatsonmypc says:

    Thanks Bill… I’m still exploring the specs and pricing on these. I did see on the Acer site they are also making these in 160 gb models w/Windows XP Home or can go with a Linux version…

    You are so right, I “should have listened, should have listened, should have listened” LOL…

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  4. Acer says:

    Acer Aspire One AOD150-1165
    I was looking for a compact laptop that I could use between home and work and also take on my frequent road trips to visit my family. My biggest gripe about laptops in the past has been the short battery life, so I was very pleased when my Acer came from Amazon yesterday (April 9th) with the 5800mAh battery. I don’t know about speed with the standard 1GB memory because I replaced mine with 2GB (so easy a caveman can do it) before I ever turned it on. But it boots up fast and is surprisingly quick. I love the size. It fits perfectly in my leather notebook. I touch type and while the keyboard is a little small it is very easy to get used to. Like some have reported, the touchpad buttons are a little stiff but they have a positive feel to them. It’s a non-issue with me because I hate touchpads in general and use them only in a pinch. I found a nice little Logitech USB mouse for about $19 that’s even a perfectly matching cobalt blue. The first option you will need for most any of these netbooks is a good USB DVD burner to load your software and make backup emergency disks. I bought one just before I bought the netbook. The 10″ display is bright and extremely sharp. The setup was simple I was up and running on my wireless network in less than 5 minutes. Most of my time was spent removing bloatware and building emergency recovery disks. This is really a great little computer with a solid feel and very attractive to look at. At the price you cannot beat this little netbook.

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  6. Andy Vandermeulen says:

    Goodday to you all.
    I am also a very lucky guy, as I am the proud owner of the Acer Aspire 150,but have one problem.
    I do not like the touchpad,and would like to install a Logitech mouse.
    When I push the it into one of the 3 USB ports,the light in the mouse goes on,but cannot work with it.
    On another computer this mouse works fine !!
    Can anybody help me with this problem, and please, if yes, do it in layman terms, as I am a 70 yr.old guy,using this PC,but really dont have any real knowledge of computers.

    Thanks in advance.
    I am living in The Netherlands.

  7. Acer Aspire One Netbook
    I am really please with the purchace of my Acer Netbook. It arrived securely packages within one of orderig it. It is a very easy to set up and operate piece of equipment.

  8. Love Acer says:

    acer aspire one copper
    It is a really nice product for the road, specially when you are on vacations and need to check for info on the web, ligthweigh but powerfull enough to do the job.

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