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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Thom_Holwerda
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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.
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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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