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Acer Aspire One A150L / Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz / 512MB / 120GB / 8.9 inch / Linux / Netbook / Laptop / Blue (LU.S050A.105)

Released on 07 August 2008

Manufacturer: Acer

5.0 out of 5 (18 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The Aspire one is great for getting things done: whether you're checking your mail, managing your online bank account or chatting with friends, the Aspire one offers a simple, intuitive Linux interface that clearly organizes everything you need to surf, work or simply have fun. The pre-installed software is separated by functions and presented in 4 distinct areas on the screen - Connect, Works, Fun and Files - that is so simple it's impossible to get confused: the easier it is to get things done, the simpler it is to enjoy life.

Ergonomics and reduced dimensions do not mean the view isn't spectacular: the Aspire one has an 8.9" CrystalBrite LED backlit display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Integrated in the top of the screen is the unique Acer CrystalEye webcam for live video streaming, video chats and conferences.
  • Processor: Intel Atom N270 1.6Ghz Processor (533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 cache)
  • Memory: 512MB
  • HD Capacity: 120GB
  • Display: 8.9" WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  • Graphics Card: Integrated
  • Operating System: Linpus Linux Lite
  • Optical Drive: None
  • Networking: 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 10/100 Fast Ethernet,

Interfaces:

  • 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
  • SD card reader
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • External display (VGA) port
  • Headphone/speaker/line-out jack
  • Microphone-in jack
  • Ethernet (RJ-45) port
  • DC-in jack for AC adapter

customer Reviews

 Average rating (18 reviews)

 love it!

| | See all mickyb42's reviews (3)

This little laptop is awesome, it does everything that I need from surfing the net to listening to music. I use this mini laptop everywhere I go and it weighs no more than a standard hard back book. Don't let the linux os put you off, it is so easy to use and once you master Linux you wondered what you ever did with out it. The mini laptop is packed with great features and once you master on how to crack linux, it even has more to offer and it wont cost you a penny. A good all rounder mini laptop.

 Awesome!

| | See all anjokid's reviews (14)

This is such a great netbook for people who are not very technical but is also good for people who are technical (with a few probs)
Linux linpus is pretty nice to use, installing new software can be a bit of a pain but most major linux software installs no problem. Theres only a 10 second boot up time which is fantastic!. The wireless range is pretty good compared to laptops i have had in the past. You can install windows xp onto this one and it runs fine too but that is entirely your choice if you want to go down that route (saved me £120) all in all great netbook, if only it had built in bluetooth and a super slim line dvdrw drive it would be amazing.

 FANTASTIC (But get it in White :P)

| | See all ChompingTurtle's reviews (1)

To answer a few peoples q's. I have one of these in white , my opinion but i think looks better in flesh.

1, It is great for watching videos on. Install vlc and its fantastic for train journeys etc or just lieing in bed watchin a flick or tv prog.
2, Yes its compatible with 3g modems. Just need to update using the live update software, which is already on it.
3, Comes with open office which can open/save/create all microsoft word, excel, powerpoint stuff.
4, Yes its better than an eee for most people imo. I'm an advanced user, and found the eee too restrictive, and slow (i had a celeron eee). Where as this you can unlock to allow you to add anything (i.e. Vlc player, or amarok (itunes copy)). The 9 inch screen is just the right size and unlike the eee the keyboard buttons arent in sutpid places. Although the mouse buttons are! You get used to them though.

 Answer a few questions

| | See all saiftynet's reviews (1)

Just to answer a few of the posts here for the new Linux netbook users

1) No DVD/CD player...you need to use an external USB drive for this. These are plug and play, unless you have a really old drive. If it is mainly for watching DVDs on the move, the thing to do is to rip the DVD into a file and read off a USB stick....this is illegal unless you own the DVD. A 2G stick will hold 3 DVDs worth of movies.

2) Messenger. You can chat with MSN users using software called Pidgin or go to website called Meebo. Advantage of pidgin is that you can chat will AOL, Yahoo, MSN, IRC through the same program. Disadvantage, no video. Skype and other VOIP works with Linux

3) BBC iPlayer, YouTube, work yes. You may need to install the Adobe Flash Player plugin. Not all video sites will work...those using microsoft silverlight (very few currently) will not.

4) Microsoft Office applications do not work easily here but there are equivalents in OpenOffice and you can use DOC, PPT and XLS file easily. Some MS Office documents contain VB Macros. These only work with the latest version of Open Office. However these macros are probably the easiest way to carry viruses, so it is probably a good job that OpenOffice doesn't support them! For most simple purposes I would recommend Abiword and Gnumeric. Both are fully functional and blisteringly fast.

5) Linux uses repositories to store software that have been tested and work with the specific distro. This means that any program you want can be installed from the net with couple of clicks from a central store. Most users here recommend moving to Ubuntu Linux which undoubtedly contains one of the largest repositories.

6) Linux is extremely customisable. The beauty of this baby is that you can play around and make it run faster or have more eye candy, My personal favourite is to install xsteem or dosbox, and play 100s (literally) of old DOS and TOS games ...nostalgia heaven!!!

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