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Acer Aspire One A110L - £137.74 Del. @ Play
Acer Aspire One A110L - £137.74 Del. @ Play

Acer Aspire One A110L - £137.74 Del. @ Play

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Acer Aspire One A110L / Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz / 512MB / 8GB SSD / 8.9" / Linux / NetBook / White (LU.S020A.089)

* Processor: Intel Atom N270 1.6Ghz Processor (533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 cache)
* Memory: 512MB
* HD Capacity: 8GB SSD
* Display: 8.9" WSVGA (1024 x 600)
* Graphics Card: Integrated
* Operating System: Linpus Linux Lite
* Optical Drive: None
* Networking: 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 10/100 Fast Ethernet,
* Interfaces:
* 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
* SD card reader
* 3 USB 2.0 ports
* External display (VGA) port
* Headphone/speaker/line-out jack
* Microphone-in jack
* Ethernet (RJ-45) port
* DC-in jack for AC adapter


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EDIT: Thanks to janz70 for discount codes.

53 Comments

Dont forget 5% off if you have a RAC code or with a Varsity card :thumbsup:

dont forget quidco although its a crappy 0.5% :x

Funny thing is that its not even listed in their Credit Crunching Deals sale. Even though, in my opinion, its a far better deal then any of the laptops listed in that sale :whistling:

had mine for a while but just put tiny xp on mine works a dream even with only 512 ram.

dcx_badass;4994959

Great deal, I prefer mine for £161 though, 160gb hdd and 1gb ram.



Wheres that from?

If the Acer One Aspires can take 2.5" drives, ie has empty 2.5" bay:

Hitachi £32+delivery for Hitachi 2.5" SATA 250GB:
scan.co.uk/Pro…509

No harder to do than upgrading ram.

schizoboy;4995111

If the Acer One Aspires can take 2.5" drives, ie has empty 2.5" … If the Acer One Aspires can take 2.5" drives, ie has empty 2.5" bay:Hitachi £32+delivery for Hitachi 2.5" SATA 250GB:http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductID=908509No harder to do than upgrading ram.



The A110 cannot take a 2.5" drive (the A150 manages it by having a slightly deeper casing).
It can take a 1.8" drive - but these cost a pile more, making it an uneconomical upgrade.

guys, whats advantage of having linux over xp, is it faster? specially that one doesnt need to run Mcafe anti virus which slows the machine right down. or u wont notice the difference over xp? can one also access msn and hotmail as well as run small video clips such mpeg etc as normal? thanks

i just got one of these for £125 delivered from here:
laptopsdirect.co.uk/Gra…315
its actually new although the box was opened.

to answer above.. its way faster and more reliable, boots in 15-20 seconds.. and yes you can do all that stuff the same. I wasn't sure (was thinking of replacing it with another linux install) but no way would i change this for XP. there's a learning curve when you want to install things, but nothing some intelligence and a few hours of reading won't sort out (overall, balance the time against the mantainence windows needs and i think you save time with linux). very impressed so far with the job Acer did on their OS customisation, it seems much less buggy than Asus did for the 701/900 for example (where i had to fix numerous serious issues using the wiki at eeeuser.com!)

heads up, mine came with 3 cell battery (2200mah!!) which thanks to amazing efficiency of Atom runs for 2:30, but thats nothing compared to current netbooks which come OOB 6-8 hours.. i'll probably replace with 6/9 cell from a famous auction site.
other than that.. excellent. at these prices everyone can have one

Nicolas;4995167

guys, whats advantage of having linux over xp, is it faster? specially … guys, whats advantage of having linux over xp, is it faster? specially that one doesnt need to run Mcafe anti virus which slows the machine right down. or u wont notice the difference over xp? can one also access msn and hotmail as well as run small video clips such mpeg etc as normal? thanks



Boots faster - Ubuntu 9.04 released tomorrow boots in 25s
Better Battery Life - Closer to stated 3 hours, XP closer to 2Hrs 30 mins for 3 cell
Far Far fewer virus written for Linux - No excuse not have a AV ( Clamwin is good) You could run once a week maybe ?
Better Memory footprint in 512 Meg Ram - More Headroom than XP (XP is not bad though)

Linux is fine for Browsing and You tube. Intel Atom CPU is quite happy with multiple applications open. There should be no web sites or video formats that are incompatible with linux - At very worst Firefox can run in IE emulation mode and fools sites that are outdated.
The atom does start to lag and jump is asked to deal with Large/HD format video but you only have a 8.9" screen so this should be common

COCO

hey Coco you gave me the link for the refurb, thanks for that (repped you).. shame laptopsdirect put the price up a few £ and the free del voucher expired on 20th, could have been even cheaper now only about £10 in it.

am surprised if battery life under linux is better than XP, normally its other way around AFAIK.. anyway, its around 2:30 on this machine unless you change the battery (but good thing is you then have a tiny spare 3 cell to carry).

If you want to upgrade the operating system try ubuntu netbook remix, which is due for "release" any day now. The latest version is available ]here, and you can simply ]load the disc image onto a USB thumb drive and boot up pressing F12.

You can then try out Ubuntu without making any change to the machine itself. If you like it, you can install it on the Hard Drive, replacing the supplies linpus lite.

It's easier than booting XP, where you need an external disc drive and may end up with an illegal copy which is vulnerable to viruses.

Ubuntu is legal, and worth the free download. Even if you don't install it, you have a complete operating system on a USB key, which you can use for troubleshooting and computer. An example is a windows XP machine which is not working. Using this dongle to boot up allows you to check whether you have a software or hardware problem, to perform disc partitions, or simply to wipe a drive clean so that you can do a fresh install.

[size=1]Yes, a lot of people have the seen the below info already but I'm sure there are a few that haven't...[/size]

[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="1"]Some say that it's possible to put a 2Gb stick in the slot and just end up with 2Gb total rather than 2.5Gb. However, others say that this is not possible due to a limitation Acer has put on the BIOS that they supply, which results in non-booting. The Intel chipset in use would normally support 2Gb but it is Acer that have blocked us users from being able to do so. If anyone has any links showing that a 2Gb stick does actually work and the AAOne can boot then please feel free to share the link (^_^)[/SIZE]


[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...

aspireoneuser.com/for…673


[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.

:stocking::santa::gift:

imho upgrade options are further down the list of priorities with netbooks (compared to normal PC purchases). if it runs everything now it should be good for several years.
i'd look at ergonomics (size,weight,trackpad,keyboard) first.
imho this is pretty good - thought i'd hate the buttons on side of trackpad but actually it makes sense given the lack of depth and you don't right click (which would be under hand) nearly as much.
screen is much clearer and brighter than expected on my AA1 (not sure if i should update the BIOS and lose the lower settings - there's no flicker now anyway)

Nicolas;4995167

guys, whats advantage of having linux over xp, is it faster? specially … guys, whats advantage of having linux over xp, is it faster? specially that one doesnt need to run Mcafe anti virus which slows the machine right down. or u wont notice the difference over xp? can one also access msn and hotmail as well as run small video clips such mpeg etc as normal? thanks



Linux runs way faster than windows even before you take account of all the virus protection software and such like, but it still might not be the right option for you, even though Linux does all the things you mentioned (Linux can do everything Windows can). The reason it might not be for you is because people who have only ever used Windows sometimes find it hard to switch to something that is different. Everything from the way you install software to the way the menus are laid out is different, not worse, just different. If you are a technophobe or just lazy to learn then you might hate that everything is different and not see any of the benefits.

Also, frankly Linpus linux and most other versions of Linux that come on netbooks arent very good examples of Linux. You will find that most experienced users of Linux delete them and install sometime better like Ubuntu or Linux Mint. This sometimes makes it hard to recommend the Linux version of a netbook, even if a 'proper' version of Linux like Ubuntu is every bit as good as Windows. The upshot is if you decided you didn't like Linpus you could install a better version of Linux very easily (which would be totally free to download as all Linux versions are). You could always install XP after the fact as well of course.

Linux is great, and is undoubtedly the future of computing, but at present, whether you will enjoy the switch from Windows still has a couple of ifs and buts.

So this laptop comes with a 3-cell battery . Is it possible to upgrade this to a 6-cell battery? How much would this cost?
I am sure I have seen some Aspire Ones with 6 cells, so the batteries must exist somewhere, right?

Nicolas;4995167

guys, whats advantage of having linux over xp, is it faster? specially … guys, whats advantage of having linux over xp, is it faster? specially that one doesnt need to run Mcafe anti virus which slows the machine right down. or u wont notice the difference over xp? can one also access msn and hotmail as well as run small video clips such mpeg etc as normal? thanks



There's always two sides to a coin. Overall, I find that Linux Vs Windows is just dependent on what you do. For a netbook you should find Linux ideal. For more advanced usage, and multimedia applications Windows is better (I would say OSX but that's not available on PCs obviously).

You'll get faster boot times, but you have to wonder if that will actually affect you. I turn my laptop and PC on in the morning, and then go make breakfast. Even if the boot up was 10 minutes I wouldn't really be bothered.

In terms of applications, theres many programs for Linux including web browsers such as Firefox.

For a netbook, obviously the main point of it is for portable Internet access which Linux can handle pretty well. As mentioned, it can do the web browsing. There's plenty of Instant Messaging clients that you can use. Though you won't find Windows Live Messenger, there's alternatives such as Pidgin which can handle MSN, Yahoo, Google Chat, IRC and a whole lot more.

There's no native way to run Microsoft Office. You have to use WINE or a Windows emulator to get it installed, and with 512MB RAM I'm no sure how well the netbook could handle it, or if it could run that as well as a web browser. Of course there's Linux alternatives for that too such as AbiWord (Microsoft Word alternative), or OpenOffice, which are both completely free.

Most netbook manufacturers prefer to install Linux because it's free, whereas XP costs money, which would mean you'd be paying about £40-60 more for the netbook.

There's very few viruses for Linux, but to be fair, I can't remember having a single virus on my Windows PC in the past 3-4 years.

Overall, Linux is ideal for a netbook if you just want basic functionality. With Windows there's a far greater range of applications. Most of the Linux users will simply advise you to keep an open-mind, in the sense that you may not find the same Windows software exists for Linux, but there's usually alternatives, even though they may not look as well-designed or appealing.

Banned

MrBrightside1987;4995817

snip.



what a refreshingly objective look at the linux vs windows debate.. nice to read an opinion that's not propaganda & utter ******** read this mans post and heed his advice!

my 2c

Windows 7 - Beta 7077.

Download from many places and is legally available as it is a public beta.

Works faster than XP, but with all the Eye Candy of Aero from Vista.

I have the Dell Mini 9 with an 8GB SSD drive. After a VLite install, and Word / Excel / Skype / CCleaner / MusicCube / GOM I have 2gb free.

All my media is streamed from my Home PC (also running Win7) using Homegroup a new file sharing feature ~ works great!

rep added.... some great advice there....

think im gonna go for this. i wouldve liked 1gb of ram but this seems like a good deal

voted hot

Im looking for a laptop really for internet use only, Is this what I should be buying?

xx_dyer_xx;4996397

Im looking for a laptop really for internet use only, Is this what I … Im looking for a laptop really for internet use only, Is this what I should be buying?



Yeah pretty much as long as you can cope with the screen size it is perfect.

I've got the hard disk model and its great. My neighbour bought two of the SSD (this one) for his kids.

When they got it, surfing the web was all they were after. But kids being kids they wanted MSN and other stuff. The linux version of MSN is very basic.

So I loaded XP on and it SUCKS. The 8GB SSD drives are WAY too slow for XP.

So in short, great if you genuinely just want a PC to surf the web and watch videos on. But dont for a second put Windows XP on this version. If you want that, go get a Hard Disk version.

neilquane;4996477

Yeah pretty much as long as you can cope with the screen size it is … Yeah pretty much as long as you can cope with the screen size it is perfect.



Ok thanks :thumbsup:

If anyone does get this netbook you might be pleased to know that Linuxformat magazine have made their 65 page guide to using Linux on the Aspire One available as a free pdf download.

Get it here:
tuxradar.com/asp…one

stanley;4994977

Wheres that from?



It was from Comet but it's expired now.

This is hot, so thanks for posting, just not what I need.

I'm struggling to find a good price for a 120Gb/1gb. Has anyone seen anything? If need be I'll buy a 512 and upgrade it, but I can't really be bothered with that. Frustrating to see that I bought one before Christmas for less than they are everywhere now.

gadgetmann;4996548

So I loaded XP on and it SUCKS. The 8GB SSD drives are WAY too slow for … So I loaded XP on and it SUCKS. The 8GB SSD drives are WAY too slow for XP.So in short, great if you genuinely just want a PC to surf the web and watch videos on. But dont for a second put Windows XP on this version. If you want that, go get a Hard Disk version.



Not quite so. I've put XP onto my SSD version and, to me, there are two basic things you need to do:

- Be sure to format in FAT32 (NTFS has too many random writes which does grind the SSD to a halt).
- Install a little program called FlashPoint which essentially sorts out those pesky random writes in XP. zflashpoint.blogspot.com/

I'm not denying that the SSD in the AAO is one of the worst you can get, but the two above tips makes it fly and I've not noticed a single slow-down.

Typing this on my Aspire One, had it since they were launched last summer. Since my other XP laptop went belly up I've been using it daily as it does everything I need which is mostly web browsing, e-mail and Skype. I finally got round to adding a 1GB stick of RAM and it's a painful process. Removing all the screws, taking the case apart was fairly easy, but re-attaching the keyboard and trackpad cables with some microscopic clips was a nightmare.

Anyway, it works great with 1.5GB and is more responsive when I several apps open and multiple tabs in Firefox. At this price, an absolute bargain and it's about the only netbook that maintains the original ethos of cheap pricing.

Great price for a nice machine - but not sure about the 8gig SSD for everyday use as it has low capacity and rubbish performance (it's a cheapo SSD). I have the 160gig HDD model myself (£150 quid from ASDA, deal from a few months back).

It would make a fantastic platform for a DIY NAS though.... just team up with a capacious external HDD, put a better version of Linux on there and you have the makings of a really decent always-on server.

GreatBallsofFire;4997265

It would make a fantastic platform for a DIY NAS though.... just team up … It would make a fantastic platform for a DIY NAS though.... just team up with a capacious external HDD, put a better version of Linux on there and you have the makings of a really decent always-on server.



interesting, but a USB HDD for NAS on a gigabit LAN? got to be eSATA, surely? (which this doesn't have)

Smiff;4997306

interesting, but a USB HDD for NAS on a gigabit LAN? got to be eSATA, … interesting, but a USB HDD for NAS on a gigabit LAN? got to be eSATA, surely? (which this doesn't have)



Most NASes do not actually offer great disk performance. They don't have to - their purpose will be to serve a video or audio stream and most of the time you are looking at
My own dedicated hardware NAS (QNAP TS109-II) has pretty low performance on the disk side of things but is easily capable of concurrently serving SD video to my PS3, mp3 to a Squeezebox, letting mates login over the internet via SSH and downloading from Usenet in the background.

The more important factor is how you connect if you are using a wireless network. The NAS really needs to go wired to the router. In this case, you could make the Aspire One actually serve double duty as a wireless router with a suitable version of Linux (NOT the Linpus that comes on it).

MiniMax;4996864

Not quite so. I've put XP onto my SSD version and, to me, there are two … Not quite so. I've put XP onto my SSD version and, to me, there are two basic things you need to do: - Be sure to format in FAT32 (NTFS has too many random writes which does grind the SSD to a halt).




Thanks. Do you (or anyone else) know if this applies to Win7 also? I can't remember for sure but isn't it NTFS only?

Can anyone recommend a cable to link this to LCD TV? I bought one from Amazon (15 pin), but it hasn't worked another site wanted £9.75 to deliver!, I would have been cheaper booking one of those £1 Ryanair flights and collecting it myself

Banned

dos this have a VGA or hdmi connection oint so i can hook up tp my 42" ?

arfster;4997748

Thanks. Do you (or anyone else) know if this applies to Win7 also? I … Thanks. Do you (or anyone else) know if this applies to Win7 also? I can't remember for sure but isn't it NTFS only?




Win 7 will handle SSDs alot better than XP be assured of that.
It is tuned for all modern hradwre configs.

I ran the Beta on a 512 meg sata drive AA1 and was truly impressed by the memory use it was way better than Vista and close to XP

Windows 7 fully manages SSD drive use and will use all the same techniques Linus has to minimise excessive Drives writes.
__________________________________________________________________
]Great blog with advice on optimising XP use on SSD

also

- SD card uses a separate bus and spares bandwidth to your SSD
- AntiVirus from Multiple Providers is available - uses on a 'need' basis ]instead of draning everyday resources
- If you get 1.5gb ram consider using a ram drive
- reduce your browser history from 90 days to 5days in Firefox ( dunno IE equiv. dont care;-) )
]
Also a killer Xp page


COCO

It has a VGA 15 pin

wazza1234;4996161

what a refreshingly objective look at the linux vs windows debate.. nice … what a refreshingly objective look at the linux vs windows debate.. nice to read an opinion that's not propaganda & utter ******** read this mans post and heed his advice!



Ditto that.

MrBrightside1987 repped for taking the time to write something most people should find very informative.

MiniMax;4996864

Not quite so. I've put XP onto my SSD version and, to me, there are two … Not quite so. I've put XP onto my SSD version and, to me, there are two basic things you need to do: - Be sure to format in FAT32 (NTFS has too many random writes which does grind the SSD to a halt). - Install a little program called FlashPoint which essentially sorts out those pesky random writes in XP. http://zflashpoint.blogspot.com/I'm not denying that the SSD in the AAO is one of the worst you can get, but the two above tips makes it fly and I've not noticed a single slow-down.



Interesting! I shall try this later. This could save me being asked to install a 1.8" HDD for them!

Cheers for tip

I have the 8gb ssd version and put xp on. It does run slower than liked when using other apps. I have sorted these problems by just letting xp use the ssd and running my apps off an SD card. I use portable apps for this to run firefox, openoffice and vlc along with all the other apps am used to using. All works fine now.

Looking to get one of these, can you run excel on linux?
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