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Acer Aspire One review

£220 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Acer

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

With more than a passing nod to the Asus Eee PC, and in particular the new Asus Eee PC 901, with the Acer Aspire One Acer has taken on the concept of affordable mini-laptop – and improved upon it.

With more than a passing nod to the Asus Eee PC, and in particular the new Asus Eee PC 901, with the Acer Aspire One Acer has taken on the concept of affordable mini-laptop – and improved upon it.

The Acer Aspire One runs a little warm, and a small internal fan vents through the case bottom, thankfully very quietly. Unlike other Atomic-powered laptops, there's no provision to step-up the processor, but battery-saving settings are found in the KPowersave interface.

While this initial sample runs Linux with SSD storage, a follow-up Acer Aspire One will feature Windows XP and a 80GB hard disk - but expect battery life to tumble from the 3 hours 12 mins we acheived with this model. Also on the cards is a 3G or WiMax module. For the UK, expect to see the former in HSDPA form before long.

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Acer Aspire One Expert Verdict »
1.6GHz Intel Atom
Linpus Linux OS
512MB DDR2 RAM
8.9in (1024x600) display
8GB NAND solid-state storage
1 x SD Card reader
1 x multi-format card reader
0.3Mp webcam
10/100Mbps ethernet
3 x USB
249x170x29mm
1kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

A few glitches aside such as near-useless track buttons, and no user adjustable screen brightness, the Acer Aspire One is the current pick of the breed. Figure in the curvier styling and shiny colours, and Acer moves to the top of the list, especially at the attractive price of £220.

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