Acer Aspire ONE A110-AB

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Acer Aspire ONE A110-AB

Acer redefines mobile connectivity with Aspire one, the revolutionary netbook packed with fun and powerful computing features in a diminutive 8.9" for...

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Review of "Acer Aspire ONE A110-AB"

published 13/05/2009 | craggybuk
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Tempted to write a new review. Been away for so long, I'm a little bit rusty.
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"Be inspired by the Acer Aspire One A110"

--Background--

My wife has always moaned that she could never get onto the family PC as it was always being used by either my kids or myself. After doing a bit of research, she convinced me to buy her the Acer Aspire One netbook which she would use for web browsing and writing simple documents. I was a bit sceptical of the device, after all, to me it was just a cheap laptop. But, alas, she won and off I went to Currys armed with my credit card to begrudingly buy her one.

--In the box--

The box in which the Aspire comes is very small. You'd be able to fit it under your arm and carry it no problem. As well as the netbook, there was a mains battery charger, a user manual and a recovery cd which I thought was strange considering there isnt a cd driver in the netbook!!

--Initial Setup--

I must admit I found this impressive. From turning on to booting up was 15 seconds. A wizard takes you through all the standard setup questions such as region, time zones, etc. Even setting up the wireless network connection was a breeze, this was always something I was a bit wary about having had previous experience of Linux and knowing how picky it could be. Within 5 minutes of switching on for the very first time, we had a fully working internet connected netbook. The most impressive setup feature was still to come though. I wanted the netbook to be able to connect to my network printer, the HP Photosmart 3210. I thought the netbook wouldnt stand a chance of knowing about this printer without the need for 3rd party drivers. How wrong I was!! I clicked the add printer button, found my printer to my amazement and hey presto it was installed and working in seconds leaving me gobsmacked but very happy indeed.

--Internet and Email--

The netbook uses the Firefox browser and as far as I can tell, it is exactly the same version you would expect to see on a normal desktop, laptop computer. With this in mind I wont go into too much detail here.

The email client is Acers own aspire mail. This behaves like any basic email client such as Outlook Express and again, was very easy to set up to connect to my ISP (Virgin) although you do need to know the names of the POP3 and SMTP servers beforehand.

For all you MSN addicts out there, the Aspire comes with its own version of messenger which is compatible with both Yahoo and MSN/Windows Live services. As the netbook comes with a built in webcam, you can use this with both services although I found it fiddly to get it to work with MSN as I had ticked a box to make use of advanced MSN features which disabled the camera!!!

--Other software--

The Aspire comes with Open Office preinstalled. Open Office is an opensource rival to Microsoft Office with most document types being compatible. First impressions of Open Office were that it looks almost identical to MS Office without taking ages to load. Opening an MS Word document with Open Office couldnt be easier, all formatting was exactly how it should have been, nothing was out of place.

Other office style utilities are also preinstalled, programs such as calculator, calendar, organiser, picture editor, video editor and file explorer are all worthy of a look if you are lucky enough to be able to play on this netbook.

Finally in terms of software, the Aspire comes with about 10 games (roughly half of these are trial/time contrained games). These are mostly puzzle games and are fairly addictive.

--Interface--

The user interface is absoloutely perfect for any user, be the a novice or expert. All functions are accessible from a menu structure and there are no start bars, like in XP. You really cant get into any mess by going deep into the system and not knowing how to come back out.

--Conclusion--

This little toy has won me over. The clarity of the screen is so much better than I ever could have imagined on something so small. Bootup time is almost instant, useage is simple, battery life good. In fact, I am really struggling to find anything bad to say about it. Its just great!!!

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  • catsholiday published 04/05/2010
    Looks very like my little Acer Aspire one but not sure what model and the software is different
  • plod591 published 30/07/2009
    These were on sale in Morrisons a short while ago for £249 which sounds a good deal having now read this review.
  • tune57 published 28/07/2009
    This is the same as the one I have
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Product Information : Acer Aspire ONE A110-AB

Manufacturer's product description

Acer redefines mobile connectivity with Aspire one, the revolutionary netbook packed with fun and powerful computing features in a diminutive 8.9" form factor. From the moment you switch it on, the Aspire one is ready to go in just 15 seconds. That's what Acer calls a smart start. Once on, the interface is pure simplicity - a home screen divided into four areas that contain all the applications you need to stay connected, work, play, and organize your life on the road. And as your Aspire one is as unique as the way you use it, you can customize the applications on the home screen so that it's just right for you. Fast, simple and indescribably chic. That's your new life with the Aspire one.

Product Details

Product Description: Acer Aspire ONE A110-AB - 8.9" - Atom N270 - Linux Linpus Lite - 512 MB RAM - 8 GB SSD, Acer Aspire ONE A110-BB - 8.9" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 16 GB SSD, Acer Aspire ONE A110-BW - 8.9" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 16 GB SSD, Acer Aspire ONE A110-Bc - 8.9" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 16 GB SSD, Acer Aspire ONE A110-Bp - 8.9" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 16 GB SSD

System Type: Netbook

Operating System: Linux Linpus Lite, Win XP Home

Processor: Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz / 512 KB Cache

Memory: 512 MB DDR2, 1 GB DDR2

Storage: 8 GB SSD, 16 GB SSD, 80 GB HDD

Display: 8.9" LED backlight CrystalBrite 1024 x 600 / WSVGA

Graphics: Intel GMA 950

Networking: 802.11b/g , 10/100 Ethernet

Battery: 3-cell - up to 3 hours, 6-cell - up to 7 hours

Colour: Sapphire blue, Golden brown, Seashell white, Coral pink, Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 24.9 cm x 17 cm x 2.9 cm, 24.8 cm x 17.1 cm x 3.6 cm, 24.9 cm

Weight: 1 kg, 1, 1.1 kg, 1.2 kg

Localisation: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, United States

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Wireless Broadband (WWAN): 3G

Type: Netbook

OS Provided / Type: Linux

Display / Diagonal Size: 8.9

Hard Drive / Type: Solid State Drive

Hard Drive / Capacity: 8

Display / Native Resolution: 1024 x 600

Processor / Type: Intel Atom

Processor / Clock Speed: 1.6

Manufacturer: Acer

RAM / Installed Size: 512 MB

General

MPN: LU.S030A.096, LU.S280A.073, LU.S030A.228, LU.S020A.069, LU.S020A.089, LU.S030A.076, LU.S030A.203, LU.S070A.064, LU.S440A.027, LU.S060A.048, LU.S020A.174, LU.S130A.106, LU.S430A.054, LU.S030B.029, LU.S020B.008, LU.S130B.006, LU.S430B.006, LU.S020A.203, LU.S130A.107, LU.S430A.093, LU.S030B.055, LU.S020B.032, LU.S130B.026, LU.S430B.027, LU.S320B.002, LU.S020A.067, LU.S030A.074, LU.S030A.014, LU.S020A.012

System Type: Netbook

Operating System: Linux Linpus Lite, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz

Cache: L2 - 512 KB, 512 KB

Front Side Bus: 533 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GSE Express

Memory

RAM: 512 MB, 1 GB ( 1 x 512 MB + 512 MB (soldered) ), 512 MB ( 1 x 512 MB )

Max RAM Supported: 1.5 GB

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Speed: 533 MHz

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Slots Qty: 1

Empty Slots: 1, 0

Storage

Main Storage: 8 GB SSD, 16 GB SSD, 80 GB HDD

Display

Type: 8.9"

LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight

Resolution: 1024 x 600 ( WSVGA )

Widescreen: Yes

Colour Support: 262,144 colours

Features: CrystalBrite

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Max Allocated RAM Size: 8 MB

Camera: Integrated webcam

Resolution: 0.3 Megapixel

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio, DirectSound

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad

Features: Built-in numeric keyboard

Communications

Wireless: 802.11b/g

Wireless Controller: Acer InviLink 802.11b/g

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet

Features: Acer SignalUp

Battery

Technology: 3-cell Lithium Ion, 6-cell Lithium Ion, Lithium Ion

Capacity: 2200 mAh

Run Time: Up to 3 hours, Up to 7 hours

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 1 x memory ( 1 free ), 1 x memory ( 0 free ), Memory

Interfaces: 3 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45

Memory Card Reader: 5 in 1 ( SD Card ), 5 in 1 ( SDHC Card ), 5 in 1, Yes

Software

Software Included: OpenOffice.org 2.3, Acer Aspire One Mail

Miscellaneous

Colour: Sapphire blue, Golden brown, Seashell white, Coral pink, Black

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Localization: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, United States

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 24.9 cm, 24.8 cm

Depth: 17 cm, 17.1 cm

Height: 2.9 cm, 3.6 cm

Weight: 1 kg, 1.1 kg, 1.2 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Traveller warranty - 1 year, Limited warranty - 1 year, Limited warranty - 1 year ¦ Traveller warranty - 1 year, Traveller warranty - 1 year ¦ Limited warranty - 1 year, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year ¦ Traveller warranty - 1 year

Wireless Broadband (WWAN)

Technology: GSM, GPRS, UMTS, EDGE, HSPA

Generation: 3G

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

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