Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Sep 2008 21:33 UTC
Windows A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Acer Aspire One notebook, the variant which came with an Acer-modified version of Linpus Linux. This version was locked-down and difficult to modify, so not too long after I installed Ubuntu, and was reasonably pleased - despite the amount of tweaking it took to get it working. A few days ago, however, I realised Linux wouldn't be ideal for me on my netbook. Due to pragmatic reasons, I'm now running Windows XP.
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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

No Bluetooth on the Acer Aspire One, and a slow SSD. It also has a 3-cell battery ... 1.5 hours only.

That was the disappointment for me, in addtition to the attempted lock-down of Linux. It also has a sealed case.

Given that it was rumoured to have Ubuntu pre-installed, I was going to opt for a Dell Mini Inspiron 9 if it seemed right, but no ... Dell don't want to sell to me:
http://www.cnet.com.au/laptops/laptops/0,239035649,339291812,00.htm
"While in the US there are a range of configuration options including the choice for Ubuntu as your operating system, Australia at this stage has one configuration alone."

http://www.theage.com.au/news/aaa/dell-joins-netbook-fray/2008/09/0...
"Dell has launched itself into the nascent netbook market pioneered by the Asus Eee PC, which analysts predict will soon account for a third of all laptop sales. From today consumers can order the diminutive Dell Inspiron Mini 9 for $599. The first review, published by APC magazine, described it as "very sexy" and praised the inclusion of a 16GB hard drive, webcam and Bluetooth support." (So far, so good)

but then disaster ...
"In Australia the Mini 9 comes with Windows XP only, despite Linux being included as an option overseas."

Dell Australia have blown it very badly here IMO.

Oh well, that has enticed me to look out for other options to get an Ubuntu pre-loaded Linux netbook in Australia.

http://www.pioneercomputers.com.au/products/info.asp?c1=3&c2=12&id=...

And there we have it.

Made in Australia. Check.
$549 = $50 cheaper. Check.
60GB Hard disk. Check.
1 GB RAM. Check. (2 GB maximum ... I thought Microsoft had banned that much RAM in a netbook?)
Webcam included. Check.
Ethernet, Wireless and Bluetooth all included. Check.
Keyboard with function keys. Check.

http://www.pioneercomputers.com.au/products/configure.asp?c1=3&c2=1...

Ubuntu pre-installed as an option. Check. (Save $49 over XP Home). Double check.

Bad luck, Dell Australia ... you miss out. You could have had the market, but you blew it.

Edited 2008-09-05 04:09 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It also has a 3-cell battery ... 1.5 hours only.


That's nonsense, by the way. In both Windows XP and Linux, battery time averages out at ~2.5hrs, with wireless ON.

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truckweb Member since:
2005-07-06

My Aspire last for about 2hrs to 2.5hrs depending on what I'm doing with it. Wireless does eat more energy.

The included SSD is indeed slow. Probably worst than the original EeePC 701 I had before.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"It also has a 3-cell battery ... 1.5 hours only.


That's nonsense, by the way. In both Windows XP and Linux, battery time averages out at ~2.5hrs, with wireless ON.
"

Well I don't have a netbook myself yet, so I can't comment, but 1.5 hours was a figure I'd read somewhere in comparisons.

Regardless, the Aspire One has one of the puniest batteries in this class of machine, however long it actually lasts:

http://www.zdnet.com.au/reviews/hardware/laptops/soa/Acer-Aspire-On...

"The Acer Aspire One is better than most netbooks and is fantastic for anyone who wants a small, cheap machine on which to type and surf the Web. However, its battery life lets it down slightly.

...

The bad:

* Small, oddly designed mouse trackpad
* Poor battery life

...

be warned, though: the One saves weight because it comes with a very small, very lightweight 2200mAh battery"

I mean to say, three warnings in the one review should be enough to alert anybody.

I priced an Acer Aspire One in the local shops today ... here in Australia, with: its weaker battery (3 cell vs 4 cell); same processor, ports and screen; half the RAM capacity; one eighth the disk space and no Bluetooth it costs $150 more in the stores than the Pioneer DreamBook Light IL3 netbook.

http://jkkmobile.blogspot.com/2008/08/meet-pioneer-dreambook-light-...

http://www.ferret.com.au/c/PIONEER-Computers-Australia/PIONEER-Comp...

I know which one I would recommend.

Edited 2008-09-05 15:06 UTC

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