|Screen Size||8.9 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Max Screen Resolution||1024 x 600 pixels|
|Processor||1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270|
|RAM||512 MB DDR2|
|Memory Speed||533 MHz|
|Hard Drive||8 GB SSD|
|Card Description||Graphics Media Accelerator950|
|Wireless Type||802.11.b, 802.11.g|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||3 hours|
Acer Aspire One 8.9-inch Mini Laptop (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB Solid State Drive, Linpus Linux Lite) White
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- 1.6GHz Atom N270 Processor
- 8GB solid state hard drive, 512MB DDR2 SDRAM (expandable)
- 802.11b/g, Ethernet, three USB 2.0, VGA, and 3.5mm audio out
- 1.3 megapixel camera, SDHC and multi-format media readers
- Linpus Linux Lite operating system
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The Aspire one was designed to get you online in no time at all and thanks to the Linpus Linux Lite operating system, start up and shut down times are reduced to the minimum. With the Aspire one running on Linux environment, the simplicity continues with the intuitive and specifically optimized software interface. The Aspire one is built for Internet navigation and features an 8.9" LED-backlit LCD screen that fits the 1024*600 web resolution to perfection. Smaller than an average diary and weighing less than 1 kilo, the Aspire one puts freedom in the palm of your hands.
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Changes I've made... I added a 4 gig SD card for storage expansion... I opened the systems 'Advanced Mode' with a simple hack I found on YouTube... I have downloaded and installed Thunderbird for Linux as my email client and the VLC media player as an alternative to MPlayer, with the help of the ([...] Though 'MPlayer' and 'Media Master' work great with most files.
You can't really update FireFox I found out (without a lot of work and knowledge of Linux) as it's part of the operating system, but I found two useful add on's for FireFox... 'Tiny Menu' and 'Mini Fox' they add to the browser's screen space.
I used the Acer One 'Windows Manager' (advanced mode) to change the look and feel of the windows (I'm using CRUX)... It ships with bright blue XP looking windows.
I use a program on my Windows Vista desktop called "Any DVD Converter / Professional" to rip DVDs... It is an All-in-One DVD ripper and video converting tool which helps you rip movies from a DVD-Video disc to all popular video formats.
I have pretty much settled on Flash (.FLV) as my file of choice over MPEG... Smaller file sizes by a third and good quality playback... I transfer the files to a 8 gig SD card, pop it in the Acer One, open it with either MPlayer or VLC, and I'm at the movies... The sound is great with headphones, not so good on the Acer One speakers. The screen is really good, clear with great color.
It comes with an Adobe PDF reader, so I've added some ebooks. The "Open Office" program it ships with can publish in PDF, a great multi-platform file.
I'm happy I choose the Acer One / Linux, it's easy to use, fast, fun and useful!
1. In white, it's too pretty. Using mine in a Hot Spot Cafe makes me look like an old gay guy.
2. The keyboard is too small for me to touch type.
3. The Touchpad is too difficult for me to efficiently control the pointer.
4. After downloading all the upgrades and patches, etc., I was left with only 3.6GB of hard drive.
Okay, now I will tell you how I overcame these problems:
1. I ignore the first problem. I'm 70. Why should I care.
2. I type slower and more carefully to solve the 2nd problem. Actually, I do most of my real work at home on a standard keyboard. In a Hot Spot I am either shopping at nearby Sears or Circuit City and Goggling for competitive prices on line, or I'm using the Aspire One to read email or entertain myself or others.
3. To solve the pointer problem I downloaded the driver for my Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks. The download for Apple computers works fine. Downloading from a Hot Spot is much faster than downloading on my desktop computer - which is connected via 56K modem. I live close to a Hot Spot so I can use their unsecured Internet connection for free. Private files are kept only on my desktop computer.
4. I purchased the 8GB HDHC memory module to solve the HD shortcomings. Installation requires only plugging it in and updating the BIOS - both of which are simple. This gives all the memory I need, but a 16GB HDMC is also available. And with no private information on the hard drive, I can go on line without any special security programs which take up space and slow processing while on the Internet. I can just use the recovery disk if files on the hard drive are corrupted by a virus or whatever.
All the features and programs have been very well thought out for popular use. It is lite and can go anywhere. It uses very little electricity so it doesn't get very hot - like my full size laptop does. The Operating System, Linux, is very simple and almost completely intuitive to use. THIS IS A VERY USEFUL LITTLE COMPUTER AT A VERY LOW PRICE. In fact, if I didn't have very large photo, music, and so many other files, it would be my favorite.
BEFORE YOU BUY, go browse the excellent 'Acer Aspire One User Forum' to get an idea of the issues Linux may present, and the support that's easily available.
A couple of drawbacks:
1.the 'Manual' that comes with the AAO is laughably lame. As long as you can access the internet on another device, there is a world of excellent support available from the user community, for every level of user. It's apparent that people who have this gadget love it, and they are generous in helping each other work out any quirks.
2. I was disappointed to find that my new Lexmark printer will not, cannot, work with the AAO. Lexmark doesn't provide Linux drivers. To avoid ugly surprises, check in advance to see if there is a Linux driver available for your printer, if that's important to you. The Linux Foundation's Open Printing database has that info.
I'm having a ton of fun with this--the only function that's difficult is putting it down.