Acer Aspire ONE A150-Bb

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Acer Aspire ONE A150-Bb

The Aspire ONE is Acer's first 8.9" notebook powered by the Intel Atom processor, providing leading performance for your Internet centric lifestyle. ...

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published 23/03/2009 | Phantom_Wombat
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Pro Great value for money; nice keyboard for the size.
Cons Short battery life, no built-in 3G, unconventional mousepad layout.
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"Great value if you can stand the niggles."

This is Acer's entry into the netbook arena and mostly it's a pretty good machine. You get the same Atom CPU as is in most of the other leading contenders, a 1024x600 9-inch screen, 1GB RAM, 160GB Hard drive, 3USB ports and a webcam. This is all for a price a bit less than the competition, although there are a few issues of ergonomics with the machine that you'd want to look at first.

Netbooks generally aren't going to have the same power as laptop and desktop machines, even those that are a few years old. Don't be fooled by the clock speed of the Atom; it's a much simpler processor and doesn't really pack more punch than a Pentium III. The reason netbooks use it is for its low power consumption. Consequently no netbook is going to be good for things like HD video editing, 3D games and computer aided design. However it will handle web browsing, chat, office applications and casual games with relative ease.

A big selling point is one of the nicest keyboards for its size. Where things like the Eee PC 901 take a fair amount of practice to get used to, most touch typists could use the Aspire One straight away with good speed and accuracy. Since the keyboard is the distinguishing feature between these machine and smaller, yet still very powerful, smartphones and ultra compact PCs, I'd think that an important configuration.

Unfortunately, this doesn't quite extend to the mousepad which has a strange layout with the keys on the side rather than at the bottom. This is understandable in light of getting as much room for a good keyboard as possible but does take some getting used to.

It's particularly cheap if you go for the Linux version, which is very nicely presented and including the sort of office, web browsing, media applications and games that'll make it a useful machine without any additions. However, unless you've got reasonably good hacker skills you won't easily be able to add much to those and run the risk of having to reinstall from scratch if you attempt anything too ambitious and mess the machine up in the process. The Windows version will set you back another £50 and is probably the one to go for if you do need to set up custom additional software. However that runs it into the same price bracket as some rather better netbooks such as the Samsung NC10 and Advent 4211. If Linux won't do, you should probably look at one of those.

The one final consideration is battery life and the Aspire One isn't particularly good here. You'll get two and a half hours from one at best which is OK for occasional use away from the power socket, moderate train commutes and short haul flights. However, it's not going to be much use for long haul travellers and those looking for truly mobile computing either. A lack of built in 3G means you've also got to get an additional modem or find a wireless LAN somewhere for internet use.

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  • M.Newcastle published 02/09/2009
    I love my Acer, tried my Dad's EePC notebook and can't be doing with it. When my lovely little laptop need replacing I'll keep this in mind
  • ben-lloyd published 09/04/2009
    I will get myself a Netbook one day, but it probably won't be this one ;-)
  • Viro published 02/04/2009
    Great review.Thanks
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Product Information : Acer Aspire ONE A150-Bb

Manufacturer's product description

The Aspire ONE is Acer's first 8.9" notebook powered by the Intel Atom processor, providing leading performance for your Internet centric lifestyle. The ultra small and slim form factor reflects your on-the-go lifestyle. In addition to its charming appearance, Aspire ONE helps you stay productive entertained and connected to your digital world.

Product Details

Product Description: Acer Aspire ONE A150-Bb - 8.9" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 160 GB SSD, Acer Aspire ONE A150L - 8.9" - Atom N270 - Win XP Home - 1 GB RAM - 120 GB HDD

Product Type: Netbook

Operating System: Win XP Home, Win XP Home - Norwegian, Linux Linpus Lite

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

Memory: 1 GB DDR2, 512 MB DDR2

Storage: 160 GB SSD, 120 GB HDD, 80 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD

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

Graphics: Intel GMA 950, Intel GMA 950 - 8 MB

Networking: 802.11b/g , 10/100 Ethernet

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

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

Weight: 1 kg, 1.1 kg, 1

Localisation: United Kingdom, Norway, Netherlands

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Dimensions (WxDxH): 24.9 cm x 17 cm x 2.9 cm, 24.9 cm x 19.5 cm x 3.6 cm

System Type: Netbook

System / Hard Drive Capacity: 160

RAM / Installed Size: 1, 1 GB

Processor / Clock Speed: 1.6

Display / Diagonal Size: 8.9

Manufacturer: Acer

Display / Native Resolution: 1024 x 600

Hard Drive / Capacity: 160, 80

Processor / Type: Intel Atom

Long Name: Aspire A150BGB3G

Wireless Broadband (WWAN): 3G

Type: Netbook

Hard Drive / Type: Hard drive

OS Provided / Type: Linux, Windows XP Home Edition

General

MPN: LU.S050B.136, LU.S040B.082, LU.S050B.081, LU.S050B.106, LU.S050B.072, LU.S050B.272, LU.S050A.074, LU.S050A.348, LU.S050A.105, LU.S360A.203, LU.S450A.081, LU.S040A.272, LU.S040A.074, LU.S040A.105, LU.S090B.047, LU.S400B.045, LU.S460B.003, LU.S080B.051, LU.S360B.031, LU.S450B.013, LU.S040B.168, LU.S040B.073, LU.S040B.107, LU.S040B.079

Product Type: Netbook

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

System Type: Netbook

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Atom N270 / 1.6 GHz

Cache: L2 - 512 KB

Front Side Bus: 533 MHz

Chipset: Mobile Intel 945GSE Express

Memory

RAM: 1 GB ( 1 x 512 MB + 512 MB (soldered) ), 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: 0, 1

Storage

Main Storage: 160 GB SSD, 120 GB HDD, 80 GB HDD, 160 GB HDD

Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

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, Intel GMA 950 - 8 MB

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Max Allocated RAM Size: 8 MB

Camera: Integrated webcam

Resolution (MP): 0.3 Megapixel

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio

Resolution: 0.3 Megapixel

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

Capacity: 2200 mAh

Run Time: Up to 3 hours

Connections & Expansion

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

Interfaces: 3 x USB 2.0 ¦ VGA ¦ Headphone output ¦ Microphone input ¦ LAN

Memory Card Reader: 5 in 1 ( SD Card )

Software

Software Included: Acer Launch Manager, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office 2007 (Trial), McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days trial), Acer eRecovery Management

Miscellaneous

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

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Localization: United Kingdom, Norway, Netherlands

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 1 kg, 1.1 kg

Height: 2.9 cm, 3.6 cm

Depth: 17 cm, 19.5 cm

Width: 24.9 cm

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Traveller warranty - 1 year, Limited warranty - 1 year

Wireless Broadband (WWAN)

Technology: GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA

Generation: 3G

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