The Acer Aspire One continues to be one of the most popular budget netbooks on the market today. There are several different models within the Aspire One line so the specific product features and specifications will vary slightly from model to model.
We review the Acer Aspire One AOD150 netbook here in an effort to highlight many of the features and what you can expect to get for your money performance wise. Prices include a variety of Acer netbooks under 300 dollars including this model.
Powered by the Intel Atom N270 processor which has 512KB of L2 cache, a 533MHz front side bus, and a clock speed of 1.60GHz this model certainly takes advantage of the low power consumption capabilities. This particular configuration generally is designed specifically for small netbook computers so that they will consume as little power as possible in an effort to provide the longest battery charge life while giving the best performance. Intel has consistently been able to successfully address these challenges.
The standard configuration of the AOD150 includes 1GB of DDR2 533 SDRAM configured as 512MB on-board and the other 512MB being in the SODIMM slot. This is a perfect combination for ultimate netbook performance with Windows XP installed as the operating system. This provides adequate system memory for the operating system to perform well and for the basic computing tasks which netbooks are designed for to perform responsively and efficiently.
There is a choice between a three cell battery and a six cell version. Battery charge life can range from two and a half hours to six hours depending on which battery is used. Many people will use the common approach of having a spare laptop battery always on hand which is recommended. Most people who have used laptops for a while know that it is less than convenient to try to find a replacement battery for their particular make and model on the spur of the moment.
One tactic is to buy the netbook with the three cell battery and have a spare three cell so that when one runs down swap out to the other. Not only does going with the three cell version save you money on the original purchase price of the netbook but if you use this particular technique you will always have a spare on hand as well.
The AOD150 comes with the larger netbook display screen of 10.2 inches versus the lower cost 9 inch models all of which can be found in our selection of used and refurbished Acer laptops. This model also offers a native resolution of 1024x600 pixels which is standard fare for netbook computers. We found the display to be pleasantly bright and clear during our netbook review.
With the three cell version the total weight is a mere 2.6 pounds which is one of the reasons that netbooks are so successful in the market. All of these small mobile computing devices made by most of the big name computer manufactures are designed and built for consumers who are looking for a solution to ultra portability in a laptop. Getting online through wired or wireless networking, sending and receiving email, surfing the web, downloading files, working with productivity software, all of the basic activities are able to be accomplished with a laptop computer that basically fits right in the palm of your hand.
Additional standard features found include 160GB hard drive, Mobile Intel 945GSE chipset, integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, a total height of only 1.3 inches, AC adapter, 3 USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, built-in Ethernet, and as is typical for netbooks there are several colors to choose from as well. The color selection from various manufacturers ranges from fun and bright colors such as red or pink to more conservative tones such as brown and black which won't seem out of place in the boardroom.