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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"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:

"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.

I know which one I would recommend.

Edited 2008-09-05 15:06 UTC

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