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Also available at Comet for the same price if you collect @ store

# Acer Aspire One A110 Netbook
# Seashell White Design
# 8.9" Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD
# Operating System: Linpus Linux® Lite version
# Processor: Intel® Atom processor N270
# Memory: 512MB RAM (1*512MB Configuration)
# Storage: 8GB NAND flash module
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#1
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If you buy it from Amazon its £179
#3
anyone out there know if this is a better deals than the 5 Asus EEE PC's at ebuyer @ £148.99 http://www.ebuyer.com/search?store=5&cat=10&subcat=2619

Also does anyone know the diff between the 5 models at ebuyer???

Cheers
#4
I was kind of hoping if anyone knew the difference between the Asus models on ebuyer I know they have 4Gb hard drives but which is the newest model, is there one to avoid etc?
#5
bodkin
If you buy it from Amazon its £179


Delivery 2-4 weeks...
:whistling:

Comet in-store pickup...
#6
mamboboy
The Eee PCs have alot better battery life. In some case twice as much (8 hours as opposed to 4).

But the Acer is slightly larger (some people may think this is a disadvantage). But having tested out the Eee PC, I found it very hard to type - and this is someone who doesn't even need to look at keyboards to type....it's 'too' small I guess.

You can see the size difference here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQNGa7rAEKQ


Only the 901 models within the PC range have better battery life. The 900 and 701 models are pretty much the same as the Aspire range.
#7
mamboboy
But the Acer is slightly larger (some people may think this is a disadvantage). But having tested out the Eee PC, I found it very hard to type - and this is someone who doesn't even need to look at keyboards to type....it's 'too' small I guess.


I find the keyboard on my eee PC 701 the perfect size, but the feel isn't great so you get the same effect as typing on a rubbish full sized keyboard. It's adaquate for web addresses and forum posts but you wouldn't want to write a novel (or even a short story) on it. If mine broke and I had to replace it I'd happily go for another with the same keyboard though, since for my use it's perfectly usable. (although if a better one was availible with no downsides I would go for that, but the aspire one isn't such a thing).

Four of the eees at ebuyer are just different colours: Black, White, Pink and Blue (the pink and blue have the same insides). The remaining one appears to be white too and the two white ones are listed as having different battery sizes (you want the one with more mAh).
#8
madric
Delivery 2-4 weeks...
:whistling:

Comet in-store pickup...


also quidco available with comet
#9
casben
anyone out there know if this is a better deals than the 5 Asus EEE PC's at ebuyer @ £148.99 http://www.ebuyer.com/search?store=5&cat=10&subcat=2619

Also does anyone know the diff between the 5 models at ebuyer???

Cheers


When I bought my eeePC 701s they shipped with 5200mAh batteries, with which you get a tad over three hours on Linux or Windows - maybe 3.5hrs if you are not surfing wirelessly the whole time. Now, they ship with smaller 4400mAh batteries, so about 2.5-2.75 hrs before recharging.

Apart from that, the 4GB storage on the eeePC is decent quality SLC. Not the fastest, but not nearly as slow as the MLC drives on the Acer. Applications open a little more promptly on the Asus.

Otherwise, from what I have seen of the Linux versions, the Acer's Linpus Lite looks a little more professional than the Easy View Xandros on the Asus. The screen, in addition to being larger, is also brighter and less grainy than on the Asus.

Finally, since the Asus was the first of the current slew of netbooks, it has better online support via forums, should you have problems or want to try out something unusual on it. Also, there are slightly more in the way of accessories available (long life batteries etc).
banned#10
umanga
also quidco available with comet



No Quidco with Comet, only accessories 'Comet-Accessories.co.uk'
#11
Already found a week ago. Do look at that thread before asking all the same questions again here...
#12
That's mighty tempting. If it wasn't such a pain in the **** to upgrade the RAM I'd probably bite.
#13
The Asus 700 series uses a Celeron processors and has a 7" screen, whereas the Aspire uses the Intel Atom processor, which is what all the new "Netbooks" are using, and it has a 9" high res screen, so definitely worth paying the additonal amount.

However IMHO, I prefer the soon to be release Lenovo ideapad S10. Most manufacturer's seem to settle on the 10" screen size with the Atom processor. Expect to see a lot of mainstream manufacturers releasing their models by year end. From the current crop of 10" netbook , look at the MSI Wind or its cheaper clone Advent 4211(?)
#14
brain_stew;3093220
That's mighty tempting. If it wasn't such a pain in the **** to upgrade the RAM I'd probably bite.
I think people are too fixated on RAM since the bloated Vista came along. This Linux environment is quite happy to operate in 512M and I doubt you would notice any performance increase on this sort of machine if you put more RAM in, unless you are running many large applications at once. So I would not be put off by the specification in this respect. If you are worried, go and play with one in a shop - you will find they are quite snappy.
#15
eagle-i;3093547
From the current crop of 10" netbook , look at the MSI Wind or its cheaper clone Advent 4211(?)

The Advent is £280, the Wind about £40 more and neither have a Linux option & both use a normal hard drive rather than an SSD.
#16
This was posted about a week ago and there is quite a lot of info in that thread. I bought one about a month ago and I'm very happy with it. As already said, no real need to upgrade the RAM as the Linux system is happy with 512MB running Firefox 3 or Opera. Ideal for travelling or using at home when you want to quickly check e-mails etc. Boots in about 15 seconds from cold and from suspend.

Best value netbook out there at the moment. Yes the Eee 901 is a better spec and has a much better battery life, but it is £100 more.
#17
There's also this option at Tesco for £257 with the code that's knocking around, plus 3% Quidco:

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-2380.aspx

XP, 1GB RAM, 120GB drive - more expensive, but worth the extra for the specification IMO
#18
Newbold
There's also this option at Tesco for £257 with the code that's knocking around, plus 3% Quidco:

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-2380.aspx

XP, 1GB RAM, 120GB drive - more expensive, but worth the extra for the specification IMO


indeed, currently writing this on one at the mo...downsized from a 15.4" laptop and to be honest am well chuffed with it....:w00t:
#19
banned#20
beara
indeed, currently writing this on one at the mo...downsized from a 15.4" laptop and to be honest am well chuffed with it....:w00t:


Not sure of your rationale. Price is probably dearer than a lot of standard size 15.4" laptops. So you must have bought it for the size? Merely posing a question and don't wish to appear blunt. I am actually trying to convince myself to do something similar.
#21
Newbold;3094219
There's also this option at Tesco for £257 with the code that's knocking around, plus 3% Quidco:

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-2380.aspx

XP, 1GB RAM, 120GB drive - more expensive, but worth the extra for the specification IMO


This model is available at play.com for about £210 with quidco and varsity (5%)
#22
nigelwill;3093824
This was posted about a week ago and there is quite a lot of info in that thread. I bought one about a month ago and I'm very happy with it. As already said, no real need to upgrade the RAM as the Linux system is happy with 512MB running Firefox 3 or Opera. Ideal for travelling or using at home when you want to quickly check e-mails etc. Boots in about 15 seconds from cold and from suspend.
.


I added extra 1gb to the 512gb on my Aspire One (Linux). Its improved things considerably (eg scrolling) and I would consider 512mb inadequate now
#23
I price matched this in Currys.Digital, paying £176

Its not much less, but it was convenient for me as Currys.Digital is in the city centre while Comet is on the outskirts.

I know that Currys.Digi don't do the white one which is what Comet do, but they price matched it anyway.
banned#24
lareneg
I price matched this in Currys.Digital, paying £176

Its not much less, but it was convenient for me as Currys.Digital is in the city centre while Comet is on the outskirts.

I know that Currys.Digi don't do the white one which is what Comet do, but they price matched it anyway.


What exactly did you price match?
#25
gekkoa
This model is available at play.com for about £210 with quidco and varsity (5%)


I don't think you are right there.

It is actually £299.99 on Play before any discounts/cashback.
#26
gekkoa
This model is available at play.com for about £210 with quidco and varsity (5%)


It's £299 for this model (the A150X) at Play, as against £269 at Tesco. The Tesco Quidco is 3%, and the Play Quidco 0.5%.

Even with another 5% I can't get the price anywhere near £210 - can you advise, please?

The other problem with Play is their returns policy:

"Our returns policy is valid for 28 days from receipt of an item."

It applies even in the case of faulty goods. Basically, if your very expensive piece of kit fails 5 weeks after you've received it, you're on your own!

A UK retailer wouldn't be able to get away with this because of the Sale of Goods legislation which protects consumers. Jersey doesn't - yet - have one in place.

Buy from Play at your own risk!
#27
177 pounds is considerably easier to swallow than 277 pounds, and for good reason.

This is a great netbook; for the price there is no competition.

Yes, product X has this advantage. Yes, product Y has that one. But the only thing in this price range is the EEE PC 701, and the aspire beats that in every single category. It's beyond a matter of preference, if you prefer the 701 to this there is something wrong with you.

The real decision for me was between the EEE PC 901 and this. We're not comparing two completely similar beasts, and I recognise that - so should you. In the end, I went with this. Value was a consideration, as it should be for anyone - particularly on this site. Baby, this represents value.

The EEEPC 901 (not 900) has better battery life, bluetooth, larger SSD.

It also costs 100 pounds more. And it's not all advantages...

The Aspire one has TWO SD card slots, and a hugely better keyboard.

For me, battery life is quite important, so I find the aspire a bit lacklustre in that one particular area.

But since my next two priorities were price and a decent keyboard, the game was quickly won.


And I'd just like to echo previous posts: 512mb RAM is MORE THAN enough for what you are intended to do with this machine. It's not a desktop replacement. If you are running twelve applications at once on this badboy, RAM will be the least of your worries.
#28
pibpob
I think people are too fixated on RAM since the bloated Vista came along. This Linux environment is quite happy to operate in 512M and I doubt you would notice any performance increase on this sort of machine if you put more RAM in, unless you are running many large applications at once. So I would not be put off by the specification in this respect. If you are worried, go and play with one in a shop - you will find they are quite snappy.


Oh, I've no doubts that 512MB is enough for the Linux distro but I'd be installing XP, so upgrading to 1GB is pretty much essential. If it wasn't such a difficult upgrade this'd be unbeatable value as an XP machine (if you have a spare license) as a 512MB SO- DIMM can be had for ~ £6 and a 16GB SDHC for ~£20. For less than £210, you'd have a very nice little portable XP machine, perfect for "everyday" applications.
#29
Newbold;3095994
It's £299 for this model (the A150X) at Play, as against £269 at Tesco. The Tesco Quidco is 3%, and the Play Quidco 0.5%.

Even with another 5% I can't get the price anywhere near £210 - can you advise, please?


Hi Newbold, The one I was quoting at play.com is the same as the tesco one you were referring to but WITHOUT XP, so my aplologies to you.

Its actually £229.99 less 5% Varsity (£11.10) and less 4% Quidco (£6.90) bringing the price down to £211. 59 or thereabouts.
#30
gekkoa
Hi Newbold, The one I was quoting at play.com is the same as the tesco one you were referring to but WITHOUT XP, so my aplologies to you.

Its actually £229.99 less 5% Varsity (£11.10) and less 4% Quidco (£6.90) bringing the price down to £211. 59 or thereabouts.


Ooh, that looks very nice. I think I'd probably prefer a smaller solid state drive in theory but in practice that big 120GB HDD and 1GB RAM would be very nice. What sort of battery does this one use, still the 3 cell? What about battery life, my only worry would be the HDD, lowering it.

Edit: http://www.netbooks.uk.com/product.php/asus_eee_pc_901_8.9_inch_netbook_linux

Has anyone dealt with them before. Think I'd rather go with something like that as the limited battery life on AAO seems to defeat the point of these for me. £260 with 20GB SSD, 1GB RAM and 8 hour battery life seems like a worthwile upgrade to me.
#31
brain_stew
Oh, I've no doubts that 512MB is enough for the Linux distro but I'd be installing XP, so upgrading to 1GB is pretty much essential.


I love it when people get these funny ideas into their heads. 512Mb is fine for XP too, in most cases. You should not be running multiple applications on a netbook*. You should not be running Dreamweaver and/or Photoshop on a netbook. You do not need 1GB of RAM.

*By multiple, I mean 'loads'.

Please remember that XP has been around since 2001. I didn't upgrade to 1GB until early 2004, so that Battlefield 1942 would load without hitting my pagefile.

1GB is ideal, certainly for a desktop. But for a portable web browsing, word processing, email machine - and that's what these things are, make no mistake - you should not notice the difference between 512mb and 1024mb. It's that plain.

If you need 1GB ram on a netbook, you are using it wrong.

brain_stew
Think I'd rather go with something like that as the limited battery life on AAO seems to defeat the point of these for me. £260 with 20GB SSD, 1GB RAM and 8 hour battery life seems like a worthwile upgrade to me.


If that was the price I would have been more tempted, but it's not. That's 259 ex. VAT.
(inc VAT £304.33)

That's getting on for twice the price of the aspire as listed here.

I picked up my aspire tonight. It's fine. Two negative issues:

1) SSD is very slow at writing. This makes it less useful for XP. Still fine for Linux, very quick of the mark to read. Really does boot in 15 seconds.

2) Trackpad buttons are one on either side rather than beneath, for reasons only the designers will ever understand.
#32
Well I've used a 512MB XP desktop before and I'd really rather not again, I totally take your point but there's no doubting the benefit of the extra RAM.

Oops, I really should have realised that was the ex. VAT price, its late, what can I say. Still, I think I'm going to go with this, its the 12GB XP 901, the extra RAM, pre installed Windows, bigger SSD, nicer design (in my eyes anyway) and most of all triple the battery life are worth the extra cost in my eyes. Its the battery life that's the real killer with the Aspire One for me.
#33
wellfan
No Quidco with Comet, only accessories 'Comet-Accessories.co.uk'


my apologies. you used to beable to get Quidco but I didn't check before I posted :oops:
#34
would this work ok as a small dev platform for php/apache? only as an internal temp test type thing???
#35
wild_quinine;3096699
I love it when people get these funny ideas into their heads. 512Mb is fine for XP too, in most cases.

If this is to be believed then XP & SSD doen't go well together unless you have lots of memory

http://internetbestsecrets.com/2007/12/optimizing-windows-xp-for-ssd-use.html
#36
Yet another scare story about the life of flash memory; they seem to come up as regularly as stories about burn-in on plasma TVs.
#37
limpduck;3097599
would this work ok as a small dev platform for php/apache? only as an internal temp test type thing???
Absolutely!
#38
Newbold;3094219

[The A150]: XP, 1GB RAM, 120GB drive - more expensive, but worth the extra for the specification IMO
What you didn't say, though, is that they are bigger and heavier. And unless you want to run any Windows-only applications which have no decent alternatives under Linux, there's no point in XP with all its malware worries. There's a "price of everything and the value of nothing" mindset when it comes to Windows sometimes.
#39
gekkoa;3094930
I added extra 1gb to the 512gb on my Aspire One (Linux). Its improved things considerably (eg scrolling) and I would consider 512mb inadequate now
Yes, but it was hardly unusable before. For most people, it is unnecessary. This is a fabulous machine for doing what 90% of computer users want to do.
#40
wellfan;3095085
What exactly did you price match?
Please see the other thread - it's preferable to us answering all the same questions again.

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