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Acer Aspire One - 16GB SSD 1GB RAM Linux Model - Play.com (+ Quidco and possibly other discount) £199.99

£199.99 @ Play.Com
Currently the worlds best selling netbook, I know Tesco where selling a combo 8GB SSD + 8GB SD card, but this is a fully integrated 16GB SSD. Play.com seem to be the cheapest option around which I … Read More
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8y, 3m agoFound 8 years, 3 months ago
Currently the worlds best selling netbook, I know Tesco where selling a combo 8GB SSD + 8GB SD card, but this is a fully integrated 16GB SSD.

Play.com seem to be the cheapest option around which I can find and I have checked the majority of sites.

£199.99 applies to White and Brown netbooks only, XP model is £224.99
£209.99 applies to Blue
£224.99 applies to Pink

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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.
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banned#1
rac brings it to about £190. any good people ?
#2
Its about right at the minute as deals go. Wonder how many more retailers will jump on the discount band wagon to shif old stock. All the more savings for the consumer!!:thumbsup:
#3
These ssd drives are really slooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww. I wouldn't bother - and 16GB I cannot see the benefits apart from maybe a slightly better battery performance.
#4
jezzery
These ssd drives are really slooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww. I wouldn't bother - and 16GB I cannot see the benefits apart from maybe a slightly better battery performance.


And better shock-proofing ....
#5
Probably the cheapest for this model, but not by much. This is pretty well the market price.

I can't see why anyone would choose this model. If you prefer to have SSD rather than HDD then you might as well save money and buy the 8GB model, you can always extend the capacity with SD. If you want to store plenty of docs and media then you need the space that a HDD gives, and if it mainly for browsing and email then the 8GB should suffice.
#6
Very slow SSD on the Aspire One and the battery life is quite poor.

With all the new netbooks that are on the brink of release I wouldn't rush to buy this.
#7
Hi all,

I have a friend who isn't very much Linux orientated. How would XP run on this machine would it handle it okay?

He needs a cheap laptop to create word documents/excel and surf the net.

Does anyone know if there is some sort of compatibility between open office and microsoft office
is that like chalk and cheese then?

I would have thought so.
#8
psd99
Hi all,

I have a friend who isn't very much Linux orientated. How would XP run on this machine would it handle it okay?

He needs a cheap laptop to create word documents/excel and surf the net.

Does anyone know if there is some sort of compatibility between open office and microsoft office
is that like chalk and cheese then?

I would have thought so.


Search on here for the Asda Acer deal (it went to about 3500 degrees, so a bit hot). It's a long threadm but will answer all your questions.
Also check out [url]www.aspireoneuser.com[/url] forums and [url]www.theacerguy.com[/url]
#9
social lurker
Search on here for the Asda Acer deal (it went to about 3500 degrees, so a bit hot). It's a long threadm but will answer all your questions.
Also check out [url]www.aspireoneuser.com[/url] forums and [url]www.theacerguy.com[/url]


thanks mate I think that Asda one has expired.

I was thinking at least 1GB for XP 512MB is cutting it too short.

Bit unsure on processor speed. He won't need a big HDD so 10-16GB should do it.
Depends how much space XP takes as well. I forget these things lol
#10
I'd avoid the ssd version of this like the plague. The hard drive version is far quicker and gives you much more space.

Heck you can get the 120gb version from pcworld for £179 http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=842012&category_oid= It's refurbished though.
#11
If anyone wants to buy a spare original new sealed battery for one of these

Only bought on the 3rd march "3 hours battery life"

£25

thanks
#12
psd99
Hi all,

I have a friend who isn't very much Linux orientated. How would XP run on this machine would it handle it okay?

He needs a cheap laptop to create word documents/excel and surf the net.

Does anyone know if there is some sort of compatibility between open office and microsoft office
is that like chalk and cheese then?

I would have thought so.


Believe me it's not the spec of the CPU or ram that makes this unsuitable for XP it's the swap files XP uses and the abysmal read/write speeds on the SSD. You CAN install it, (I have done it) and use something like NLITE to reduce the install and make some changes to reduce swap file writing but it still runs like a dog.

HDD everytime for windows I'm afraid.
#13
andyc1976
Believe me it's not the spec of the CPU or ram that makes this unsuitable for XP it's the swap files XP uses and the abysmal read/write speeds on the SSD. You CAN install it, (I have done it) and use something like NLITE to reduce the install and make some changes to reduce swap file writing but it still runs like a dog.

HDD everytime for windows I'm afraid.


Thanks I will bear that in mind.

I didn't know SSD cards are bad for OS's well MS ones of course.
#14
Was considering this deal last week (missed the ASDA one) but decided against it. The refurbished option from PC World sounds pretty good though.

Would definately go for a HDD version though.
#15
andyc1976
Believe me it's not the spec of the CPU or ram that makes this unsuitable for XP it's the swap files XP uses and the abysmal read/write speeds on the SSD. You CAN install it, (I have done it) and use something like NLITE to reduce the install and make some changes to reduce swap file writing but it still runs like a dog.

HDD everytime for windows I'm afraid.


Not true at all, please do your research before misinforming people. An "out of the box" XP installation will certainly run like a slug on the SSD models, but properly configured it runs perfectly well on an 8GB AAO. Check out the aspire one user forums for the facts.

More RAM certainly helps, and an extra 1GB costs very little and is not hard to fit if you know one end of a screwdriver from the other. I upgraded mine and my wifes AAO's in about 10 minutes each, and that was going slowly.

The HDD model is larger, heavier, noisier and has less battery life.
#16
mikerj
Not true at all, please do your research before misinforming people. An "out of the box" XP installation will certainly run like a slug on the SSD models, but properly configured it runs perfectly well on an 8GB AAO. Check out the aspire one user forums for the facts.

More RAM certainly helps, and an extra 1GB costs very little and is not hard to fit if you know one end of a screwdriver from the other. I upgraded mine and my wifes AAO's in about 10 minutes each, and that was going slowly.

The HDD model is larger, heavier, noisier and has less battery life.



so what do you mean by "properly configured." Does that affect the way XP is installed?
#17
psd99
so what do you mean by "properly configured." Does that affect the way XP is installed?


A certain amount of 'butchery' is required to get acceptable performance out of XP on these budget SSDs. Its not difficult, but probably intimidating to the average user. Whereas with the HDD XP just works, no hassle and no ******ing about.

You could wrap slippers in duct tape or wear wellington boots, both are waterproof, but I know which I would chose - The one designed for the job.

There are good SSDs available, but they cost more than a netbook.

I think that most people applauding the SSDs in these netbooks either have a genuine need for a more shockproof system, or , more likely, are revelling in the geek factor of having to tweak something to make it work.
#18
bytemaster


You could wrap slippers in duct tape or wear wellington boots, both are waterproof, but I know which I would chose - The one designed for the job.


I completely agree.

I fail to understand the desire to save £20 or so and then spend 2-3 hours hacking the system around (and possibly buying extra parts etc.) to get something that you could have purcased initially.

Personally, I'm more than happy with my 8gb ssd and an 8gb sd card (and I might invest in another card or maybe a 16gb). It's a netbook, runs linpus on it, and very simple downloads have given me mobile broadband access (so I can access the puternet wherever I am), skype, vlc and a few extra little games to entertain myself. There's nothing I've needed so far that I couldn't install on Linpus if I wanted because I purchased something designed for the job I wanted it for.
#19
jezzery
These ssd drives are really slooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww. I wouldn't bother - and 16GB I cannot see the benefits apart from maybe a slightly better battery performance.


Yeah the lack of storage gives it a real thumbs down from me, 16gb is auful.

Steve

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