Acer Aspire One AOD257-1489 10.1-Inch Netbook Review

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The Acer Aspire One AOD257-1489 10.1-inch Netbook computer is one of the new breed of mini laptop computers that offer all of the most needed basics of portable computing at a very welcome price. They designed netbooks for busy people on the go who need access to the internet and a full suite of basic software tools without the necessity of getting into serious graphic or audio output. Their small size and light weight make them far easier to transport than even the smallest regular laptop. Long battery life on account of their smaller display is another big plus for people who do not wish to pack a power cord around with them at all times.

For those users tired of everything being offered in corporate gray color schemes, the Aspire One comes in white, black, and burgundy. It measures approximately 7 ½ by 10 ¼ inches and weighs a feather light 2.9 pounds. The Acer Aspire One has a very vivid CrystalBrite 10.1 inch LED screen that can be configured to run all the way up to 1024 x 600 pixels for high quality video performance. The Acer Aspire One netbook comes with the Windows 7 Starter OS pre-loaded, as well as Microsoft Office Starter 2010 so the user can get right to work as soon as the netbook comes out of the box.

The all-Intel combination of the Atom N570 dual core processor and 3150 graphics media accelerator provides smooth, fast performance, while the 320 GB SATA hard drive finds data fast at 5400 rpm. The Aspire One hooks up to the virtual world with an 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter and a fast Ethernet LAN connection for swift, reliable connections anywhere. As a bonus, there is a built in 0.3 megapixel webcam for social media access. As mentioned above, the 6-cell Li-ion battery carries a long lasting punch that can carry the Acer Aspire One for as long as 8 hours without recharging.

Pros

Looking at the reviews for the new Acer Aspire One AOD257-1489 10.1-inch netbook shows there are two basic groups of people who have purchased this laptop. One group seems perfectly happy with the netbook, while the other group seems not very pleased at all. An examination of the complaints of the second group reveals that their primary complaint involves durability at least in theory, but much of their dissatisfaction seems to be based on a lack of understanding about what netbooks are designed for.

Cons

One reviewer complains that she always picks her laptops up by grabbing the screen and seems astonished that this causes the screen of the Acer to crack when she does this to her new 257. This seems like a poor way to carry any laptop, much less a netbook, which is designed for light weight and portability at the expense of ultra-reinforced case components. Another reviewer complains that he broke off the keyboard connector when trying to upgrade the Ram on a do-it-yourself basis. The group of satisfied reviewers report that the Acer does pretty much what they expect it to do and offer a few tips on turning it into an even better piece of equipment.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Acer Aspire One is a very representative entry into the netbook market. It offers all the basics, plus plenty of upside, at a very affordable price.

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