Acer Aspire One A150L / Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz / 512MB / 120GB / 8.9": £189.99 @ Play.com - HotUKDeals
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I nearly bought the 8GB model for £179.99 but 120GB for only £10 more seemed a much better deal :)

ALSO - I just checked Quidco - it tracked within minutes and I got £8 back so that brings the price down to £181.99.

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#1
Great buy bought this 2 weeks ago from PC World for £220 brilliant little machine. Runs XP and even vistat a very acceptable speeds!
#2
amazing deal!
1 Like #3
[SIZE="4"]Heat and rep added. I have read some good reviews. On most of the reviews the only real down side is a rather poor battery life compared to other net books.

PC PRO Review[/SIZE]
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/208539/acer-aspire-one.html

Hear is another 2 pictures
http://www.notebooks.com/wp-content/uploads/acer_one_1.jpg

http://www.linux.com.my/shop/images/AcerAspireOne.jpg
#4
nice looking machines think i would look to put linux on it if i bought one :thumbsup:
#5
Good price :)

I presume the price has dropped due to the new version that is coming out soon (bigger HDD and you will be able to get it in pink)

The XP version is still same price though
#6
If you can go another £100 get the Samsung N10 [url]www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001GZC8K8[/url] Comes with XP, 1GB RAM and a 160GB HDD. eBuyer have it too http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150183

Much nicer machine IMO and the 10" screen is just right.

If you budget is tight then there's other cheaper options than the Aspire One.

Not really seen the N10 under £294 yet but I assume it's got to get cheaper.
#7
sparkygeezer
Good price :)

The XP version is still same price though


Really, where?
#8
This is £219 at John Lewis but you get a free 2yr Guarantee, so I dont know what would be better value.
#9
Acer sell warrenty extensions from theier online store, 2 years is £28 which would make the play deal cheaper (only just though) if you are worried about the warrenty. It'd be worth comparing the terms of the warrenties though.


http://store.acer-euro.com/acer/acer-uk/Aspire-One.html?_n_=catalog&_t_=rubric&rubricid=232046
#10
Does anyone know what the boot up speed like when anti-virus is put on one of these running XP? I don't know whether to go for a Linux model or XP - the boot up time is important to me and I undertstand that a Linux model doesn't need anti-virus because there are no Linux viruses in the wild - anyone know please?
#11
I thought the whole point was to not have XP - linux has many benefits over it, especially for small tasks like spreadsheets, writing, internet, email etc (which is pretty much all that people use laptops for anyway isnt it?)

This culture of spending more to buy massive hard drives which you've no doubt got in your main pcs anyway seems like pointless consumerism to me, why not recognise the benefits of smaller for a change rather than limitless waste.
#12
would you be able to install a 3 usb modem on this?
#13
I have the Advent 4211 / MSI Wind - and to be honest, they all are all pretty similar- The size of all of them make them perfect for occasional usage, surfing on the sofa, and taking them out & about is a pure joy. Although battery life is an issue for most of them, the size is the main advantage.
#14
rabbitmoon
I thought the whole point was to not have XP - linux has many benefits over it, especially for small tasks like spreadsheets, writing, internet, email etc (which is pretty much all that people use laptops for anyway isnt it?)


Linux doesn't run MSN apparently for one thing.
#15
marco67
would you be able to install a 3 usb modem on this?


Yes you can.
3 Likes #16
[size=3]Upgrading RAM[/SIZE]
Currently, all available models of the Acer Aspire (regardless of colour, HDD/SSD, 512Mb/1Gb RAM) have 512Mb hard-soldered on to the motherboard with only one available DDR2 SO-DIMM slot. There is a limit of 1Gb in that slot and so that means you can only have a maximum of 1.5Gb of total RAM. With the 1Gb Aspires, there is already a 512MB stick present in the slot and so you would waste a 512Mb stick in order to replace it with 1Gb one.


[size=3]Add more disk space with SSD models[/SIZE]
The SSD drive present in all Aspire Ones are 1.8inch IDE form factor and so can ony be upgraded with another SSD or normal HDD of the 1.8inch variety. The more common size is the 2.5inch and this will NOT physically fit inside the case of the Aspire One.

[SIZE="3"]Add more disk space with HDD models[/SIZE]
In the HDD models, the drive in use is a standard 2.5inch SATA type, much like those used in modern day notebooks and even the PS3. The underside of the casing on these models is different in that there is a *very* slight bulge in order to accomodate the slightly larger form factor. You can replace the drive with another 2.5inch SATA HDD drive of larger capacity or go for an aftermarket SSD if you want to spend as much (or more) on that than you did on the Aspire one itself :-D


[size=3]How easy is it to do any of the above?[/SIZE]
Not very. There are no easy to access compartments underneath the Aspire One to upgrade either the RAM or the HDD/SSD. If you want an idea of how far you need to go to do anything inside the Aspire One then have a quick scroll through this...

http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=2673


[size=3]The other method of adding more disk space[/SIZE]
The Aspire One has two Secure-Digital slots, one on the left hand side and one on the right. The one on the left can be used to expand the storage already present on the Aspire One, regardless of whether it's the SSD or the HDD model. Insert an SD card into that slot and the available space will be combined with what's already available. Eg your SSD is down to 4Gb free and you added a 16Gb empty SDHC card. Your total available space then jumps up to 20Gb! I haven't actually used this feature myself yet so I can't say for sure how the OS decided where the files should go first, fill up the SSD/HDD first and then overflow to the SDHC or some kind of mix.
#17
Extremely good price, been looking at a netbook for a while now, HP mini note caught my eye on here being reduced to £186.99 but I think for the extra £4 the atom is worth it, be it a smaller keyboard and lower resoloution screen. Great find!
#18
Infiltrator
Linux doesn't run MSN apparently for one thing.


Which is a benefit, right? Sometimes its nice to just get on with something without numpties interrupting!
#19
Is it possible to replace the 3 cell battery on this model with a 6 cell?

Also how easy is it to upgrade the memory.
#20
good price!
#21
gsloman
Does anyone know what the boot up speed like when anti-virus is put on one of these running XP? I don't know whether to go for a Linux model or XP - the boot up time is important to me and I undertstand that a Linux model doesn't need anti-virus because there are no Linux viruses in the wild - anyone know please?


I'm surprised Microsoft haven't released one yet (a good virus for Linux)!
#22
Infiltrator
Really, where?


I mean that it is still £269.99 and has not dropped in price due to the new version being released
#23
Cuddy
[size=3]Upgrading RAM[/SIZE]
Currently, all available models of the Acer Aspire (regardless of colour, HDD/SSD, 512Mb/1Gb RAM) have 512Mb hard-soldered on to the motherboard with only one available DDR2 SO-DIMM slot. There is a limit of 1Gb in that slot and so that means you can only have a maximum of 1.5Gb of total RAM. With the 1Gb Aspires, there is already a 512MB stick present in the slot and so you would waste a 512Mb stick in order to replace it with 1Gb one.


[size=3]Add more disk space with SSD models[/SIZE]
The SSD drive present in all Aspire Ones are 1.8inch IDE form factor and so can ony be upgraded with another SSD or normal HDD of the 1.8inch variety. The more common size is the 2.5inch and this will NOT physically fit inside the case of the Aspire One.

[SIZE="3"]Add more disk space with HDD models[/SIZE]
In the HDD models, the drive in use is a standard 2.5inch SATA type, much like those used in modern day notebooks and even the PS3. The underside of the casing on these models is different in that there is a *very* slight bulge in order to accomodate the slightly larger form factor. You can replace the drive with another 2.5inch SATA HDD drive of larger capacity or go for an aftermarket SSD if you want to spend as much (or more) on that than you did on the Aspire one itself :-D


[size=3]How easy is it to do any of the above?[/SIZE]
Not very. There are no easy to access compartments underneath the Aspire One to upgrade either the RAM or the HDD/SSD. If you want an idea of how far you need to go to do anything inside the Aspire One then have a quick scroll through this...

http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=2673


[size=3]The other method of adding more disk space[/SIZE]
The Aspire One has two Secure-Digital slots, one on the left hand side and one on the right. The one on the left can be used to expand the storage already present on the Aspire One, regardless of whether it's the SSD or the HDD model. Insert an SD card into that slot and the available space will be combined with what's already available. Eg your SSD is down to 4Gb free and you added a 16Gb empty SDHC card. Your total available space then jumps up to 20Gb! I haven't actually used this feature myself yet so I can't say for sure how the OS decided where the files should go first, fill up the SSD/HDD first and then overflow to the SDHC or some kind of mix.



Very helpful post, much appreciated :thumbsup:

[COLOR="Red"]Bubba[/COLOR]
#24
rabbitmoon
Which is a benefit, right? Sometimes its nice to just get on with something without numpties interrupting!


There are plenty of MSN clones under Linux. It is enough to spend 30sec. and put into Google "MSN messenger linux", and see here fir example: http://kmess.org/
I found it faster that You wrote Your complain.
#25
Infiltrator;3477283
Linux doesn't run MSN apparently for one thing.
Think about what MSN stands for and you might realise why. It only doesn't (perhaps) run it because Microsoft keeps deliberately changing the spec to try to prevent non-Windows users getting a look-in (so do some research and you might find that it is fine apart from some esoteric new "features" which no-one uses anyway). If you're happy to support a company that behaves in this way then stick to your Windows world.

This is a good price - it's the same as the 8GB SSD model was a couple of months back. The downsides to the hard disk are that it makes the machine bigger and of course it's not as robust (though in practice I have my doubts about the significance of this).
#26
i have this exact version of the aspire one

battery life isn't a problem for me - i mainly use it as a casual web machine downstairs while my other half uses the main computer. it lasts a few days for me therefore.

the speed is perfectly acceptable.

fan is always on - at first i looked in vain for a workaround - now, to be honest, i don't even notice it so don't let it put you off

i bought the 120gb version so i could put stacks of movies and songs on for when i take it on hols - perfect for this task. i installed different media players though.

screen is very clear and bright and web surfing is reasonably easy.



good value at this price - i paid roughly £210
#27
gsloman
Does anyone know what the boot up speed like when anti-virus is put on one of these running XP? I don't know whether to go for a Linux model or XP - the boot up time is important to me and I undertstand that a Linux model doesn't need anti-virus because there are no Linux viruses in the wild - anyone know please?


I put XP on mine and it boots up in about 15 seconds from hibenation.
#28
Some info for those buying this...

These are great little devices. I bought the 110L that has the 8GB solid state drive and only 512Mb memory. In some cases these lesser models are more upgradeable (extra 1GB memory making 1.5Gb in total, and use of low power 1.8" ZIF hard drives). But the 150 versions with 1GB and proper 2.5" drives are just less hassle.

Here's how to take it apart and do a RAM upgrade or get to the HDD
http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=2673

This blog alsways has interesting guides
http://macles.blogspot.com/
#29
soromak
There are plenty of MSN clones under Linux. It is enough to spend 30sec. and put into Google "MSN messenger linux", and see here fir example: http://kmess.org/
I found it faster that You wrote Your complain.


I wasnt complaining, except about someone else who was. I have no interest in MSN on a notebook.
#30
Does anyone know what battery life is like between the HDD and SSD models - is there any signifcant difference?
#31
rabbitmoon;3477255
I thought the whole point was to not have XP - linux has many benefits over it, especially for small tasks like spreadsheets, writing, internet, email etc (which is pretty much all that people use laptops for anyway isnt it?)

This culture of spending more to buy massive hard drives which you've no doubt got in your main pcs anyway seems like pointless consumerism to me, why not recognise the benefits of smaller for a change rather than limitless waste.

Very true ,I agree 100%.
It's good for a change.
#32
Infiltrator;3477283
Linux doesn't run MSN apparently for one thing.

It apparently does.And skype and all the other Chat programs too.
#33
Infiltrator
Linux doesn't run MSN apparently for one thing.


Erm, yes it does! There are clients out there to run any instant messenger client. There's even one which can sign you on to all your IM accounts through one interface!
http://www.pidgin.im/

I would take the smaller SSD hard drive over 120gb HD any day, as the point of these are to take it with you everywhere, which the HD would not cope with very well!
#34
Ummm... Got a white NC10 on order at Play (OOS) dont know wether to cancel it and buy this saving me £100.00 !
#35
mikec
I put XP on mine and it boots up in about 15 seconds from hibenation.


Thank for the info Mikec - is that with anti-virus on it? and, if so, which one do you use?
#36
rabbitmoon
I thought the whole point was to not have XP - linux has many benefits over it, especially for small tasks like spreadsheets, writing, internet, email etc (which is pretty much all that people use laptops for anyway isnt it?)

This culture of spending more to buy massive hard drives which you've no doubt got in your main pcs anyway seems like pointless consumerism to me, why not recognise the benefits of smaller for a change rather than limitless waste.
great post
#37
Infiltrator
Linux doesn't run MSN apparently for one thing.
epic FAIL
#38
I have heard that Sky Broadband is not compatible with Linux? Is this right?
#39
martin1372
I have heard that Sky Broadband is not compatible with Linux? Is this right?

Please tell me you are joking?

Of course Linux supports the internet, it's a netbook.

The clue is in the name.
#40
Followed the lik and it appears to be £199.99 now

Just to confirm there is no problem with linux and sky, my 8gb version of this netbook with linux linpus works fine with our sky broadband connection

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