Acer Aspire One A150-Bw, 120GB Hard Drive, Windows XP + Free Delivery - £189.99 @ Simply Acer
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Acer Aspire One A150-Bw, 120GB Hard Drive, Windows XP + Free Delivery - £189.99 @ Simply Acer

£189.89
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Found 18th Apr 2009Made hot 18th Apr 2009
I've been looking around for this netbook but missed the really nice Comets/Asda deals . Had a scout around the major stores and supermarkets for a bargain on Wednesday without much luck. Our problem was that we needed one with Windows as its for my little sister.

Came home and ordered this online late that day and got delivery on Friday. Had to call them up to complete the order but otherwise everything went smoothly.

Specs below:

manufacturer : ACER
part number : LU.S040B.073
stock code : 315674

Intel Atom (N270) 1.6GHz Processor
512 MB DDR2 Memory
120 GB Hard Disk Drive
8.9 inch TFT LCD
Integrated 0.3 Megapixel webcam
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

(There is a 1.6% surcharge for paying by credit card)


Also note that there is a mistake on the specs listed on their site, it states that this netbook comes with Windows and Linux Linpus, however i can confirm it came with Windows XP pre-installed.

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Good deal if u don't have the time/knowledge/spare licence to install XP

hot, shame about only 512 ram (I still want a 6cell battery one!)

Original Poster

How much are Win XP licences these days? (OEM or otherwise)

Yea its not 1gb RAM but still seems fast enough after uninstalling all the bloatware. They offer £49 Ram upgrade but i dont think its worth it.

evilkaz;4961129

How much are Win XP licences these days? (OEM or otherwise)Yea its not … How much are Win XP licences these days? (OEM or otherwise)Yea its not 1gb RAM but still seems fast enough after uninstalling all the bloatware. They offer £49 Ram upgrade but i dont think its worth it.



Good thing too - a DDR2 2GB RAM for laptop is around £14 currently - quite a few deals on here. Only a modicum of care/knowledge required to fit it - be sure to double check what speed you would need for that particular model AND what the maximum it can support is.

mk-donald;4961239

Good thing too - a DDR2 2GB RAM for laptop is around £14 currently - … Good thing too - a DDR2 2GB RAM for laptop is around £14 currently - quite a few deals on here. Only a modicum of care/knowledge required to fit it - be sure to double check what speed you would need for that particular model AND what the maximum it can support is.



For the aspire one you need to open it up from under the keyboard and pretty much take apart the whole laptop to get access at the ram and afaik each slot can take upto a max of 1GB

My mum has a pink one and the battery life is very impressive; i'm so tempted to get one, but I already have a laptop and i'm suppose to be saving for a mac mini!!!

chattyuk;4961431

For the aspire one you need to open it up from under the keyboard and … For the aspire one you need to open it up from under the keyboard and pretty much take apart the whole laptop to get access at the ram and afaik each slot can take upto a max of 1GB



Geez - I just watched a YouTube video on upgrading that model - I certainly "misspoke" in suggesting only a modicum of knowledge/skill :oops:

There's essentially a PC deconstruction required with that model :whistling:

Guess that's one of the reasons they are lower priced.

Done some proper research on the Kingston Memory website
ec.kingston.com/eco…rch
shows max of 1.5GB made up of 0.5 fixed + one slot (ie add 1GB as you said).

The Corsair website is fairer and actually TELLS you the spec required for the upgrade rather than just their own part number
corsair.com/con…035
eg VS1GSDS533D2 - ie £10.99 from Play.com
Memory Type DDR2-533 (PC2-4200) SODIMM Size 1GB Latency 4-4-4-12 Format 200-pin SODIMM Heat Spreader None




MKD

The mobo/chipset supports a max of 2gbs of ram but the aao has 512mb in-built on the mobo, the slot under the mobo supports a max of 1gb thus max ram for these is 1.5gb. As said above to upgrade the ram does involve taking most of the machine apart.

i just upgraded the ram on my a150. its harder than the ssd version but if i can do it anyone can. you just need to organise where all the screws are.
i know have 1gb on my a150 which i bought from asda.

I have the stock 1GB configuration on my AA1 (Linux) and it is fine. I think I'd struggle with the 512MB though.

More memory's always nicer but if you do feel a real need to max this one out to the full 1.5GB then maybe ask yourself if this is the right machine in the first place? I mean why not go for a real laptop?

I actually feel same way about the XP and hard drive option for that matter as this PC really flies with the Linpus on solid-state disk.

I wouldn't say it is too difficult to take it apart to upgrade RAM, but more the time to do so and the hassle of taking it all apart just for an extra bit of RAM. Definately keeping my eye on these A150's, some real bargains, value for money appears to be excellent.

use it as a netbook and you wont need any extra ram. in fact you dont need the 120gb hd either.
got mine for same price from costco last year. great machine.

Lots of people have problems with the wifi on these.
Apparently the problems are with the wifi card & the software.

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Nice price :-)

(There is a 1.6% surcharge for paying by credit card)



How do companies still get away with that in the UK?

In the US that is illegal and you would have your card transaction facility taken from you!

I'm still using my 8GB Linpus version and it's a great machine with an excellent keyboard. Just upgraded the RAM to 1.5GB, it is painful to do, removing screws etc was fairly easy, but re-attaching the keyboard and trackpad cables was incredibly fiddly.

But it does work a lot better with 1.5GB RAM, web pages are smoother and it doesn't struggle with large Shockwave pages and multiple YouTube any more.

OFI;4962171

Nice price :-)How do companies still get away with that in the UK?In the … Nice price :-)How do companies still get away with that in the UK?In the US that is illegal and you would have your card transaction facility taken from you!



Why are they getting away with anything? they have to pay up to as much as 2% to the credit card company so its not like they are making money out of you!

With linux, how long does it take to boot up (and be ready) from power off?

turdburglar;4962297

With linux, how long does it take to boot up (and be ready) from power … With linux, how long does it take to boot up (and be ready) from power off?



Mine boots in about 15 seconds (linpus)

turdburglar;4962297

With linux, how long does it take to boot up (and be ready) from power … With linux, how long does it take to boot up (and be ready) from power off?

yes I can confirm very quick boot on linux. My kids have both versions so I can compare directly with xp and it takes ages to sstartup and then takes ages to load when in use. It really is a linux machine, I would not use it with xp, but buy a better net book if you need xp. It also doesn't help with the amount of crap acer put on the xp version! I am thinking of taking the xp one back to comet and asking to exchange it for the linux one it is that bad!

would this run photoshop?
regards

oh wow didnt realise this was the xp version. install another 1gb or 512mb ram and you will have a great machine!
also go for the blue one if you can. white is ok but it looks cheap with the white bezel and it get dirty quickly.

Brad;4962919

yes I can confirm very quick boot on linux. My kids have both versions so … yes I can confirm very quick boot on linux. My kids have both versions so I can compare directly with xp and it takes ages to sstartup and then takes ages to load when in use. It really is a linux machine, I would not use it with xp, but buy a better net book if you need xp. It also doesn't help with the amount of crap acer put on the xp version! I am thinking of taking the xp one back to comet and asking to exchange it for the linux one it is that bad!



The processor is the same in 99% of the netbooks, the Intel 1.6ghz Atom, so I don't know where you are getting "buy a better netbook" you probably have the 512mb version. . all I can say is with 1gb+ windows is very good to use. .

I have the Blue 120gb version . . . Linpus Linux is about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. . I Installed XP from a USB dongle, there's tutorials all over youtube. It runs like a dream. XP Home is 45 seconds to boot. If you cant wait 45 seconds then you deserve linpus. . . . . I have upgraded mine to 1.5gb and same again, lots of tutorials on youtube. . .

If you have a quiet 20 minutes to follow the youtube video, and just be methodical its not difficult to do. . If you can use a philips screwdriver, then its not beyond you, and given that 1gb is about a tenner max and the upgraded version is 50 quid extra then its a no brainer unless you're made of money. . . and lets face it, if you were made of money you wouldnt be addicted to HUKD would you . . . the guy that asked about Photoshop, It runs PSP12 no problem . . I will install photoshop and post my thoughts.

For £189 for the XP version, plus a tenner to take it to 1.5gb, then this is an absolute bargain.. .

smoggieboon;4963560

I have the Blue 120gb version . . . Linpus Linux is about as much use as … I have the Blue 120gb version . . . Linpus Linux is about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. .



Hmmm, I'd say the opposite and that Windows is about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike actually. Linux is a far superior OS to anything Microsoft churns out.

However, it would be interesting to hear how you back up your claim of Linpus Linux being this bad? Could it be because it won't run Windows software? Well, guess what? That's becuase it's Linux and not Microsoft :whistling: Would you expect to run Mac software on a Microsoft box?

Anyway, there is actually a way that you could run some Windows software on a Linux OS. I won't go into detail but there is WINE, Crossover and Cedega which allow both ordianry programs and some Windows games to run on Linux, most of the time far better..

DVS_Dee;4961787

The mobo/chipset supports a max of 2gbs of ram but the aao has 512mb … The mobo/chipset supports a max of 2gbs of ram but the aao has 512mb in-built on the mobo, the slot under the mobo supports a max of 1gb thus max ram for these is 1.5gb. As said above to upgrade the ram does involve taking most of the machine apart.



I'm not sure that is correct. I believe the BIOS is only capable of using up to 1.5gb of RAM. If I am wrong then please point me in the direction of a source for your information. I got mine from Acer themselves.

apparently it can take 2gb but you can only really put a 1GB stick because there is 512mb built on the motherboard.

Ashton;4963419

would this run photoshop?regards



If you want to run PS, you will need something with more meat I think. Unless you are happy with PS6 or something

Scribbles;4963826

If you want to run PS, you will need something with more meat I think. … If you want to run PS, you will need something with more meat I think. Unless you are happy with PS6 or something



I have just installed Photoshop CS3 and tried a few tests. I compared it to my main PC which is a Core2Duo 2.5ghz with 4gb ram

I used a 10.2 megapixel image from my Sony Alpha200 in jpeg format.

CS3 Loaded quickly, as did the 10mpixel image. I applied image flips horizontal and vertical and they were virtually instant on both machines. Then I tried adding a few of the artistic filters such as stained glass, neon glow, watercolour, tiles etc. On the core2duo operations were all around 5 seconds. . . on the aspireone operations were around 10 to 15 seconds. So I conclude that a 1.5gb version will run Photoshop with no major annoyances, and after this I might add that next time I am out taking pictures, my aspireone will be in my camera bag for sure. . I was a little apprehensive of how it would perform, as a couple of mates had asked me the same question of the Aspireone/Photoshop combination, but it was fine honestly. . .

cheers smoggie, i may purchase!

is the white like an imac white? torn between colours...

Ashton;4964254

cheers smoggie, i may purchase! is the white like an imac white? torn … cheers smoggie, i may purchase! is the white like an imac white? torn between colours...


Its like a pearl white on the lid and round the keyboard and the bottom is just plain matte white.

zero stock & £230 @ pcworld...damn

Sorry folks don't know the precise model number but staples Basingstoke had a couple of the asus 512mb 8GB flash ram models on the shelf today for £139.99. Not a conneseur of these things so not sure if this is a good price...:)

Mmmm why is it expired, its out of stock but the price is still listed as £189.89

smoggieboon;4964085

I have just installed Photoshop CS3 and tried a few tests. I compared it … I have just installed Photoshop CS3 and tried a few tests. I compared it to my main PC which is a Core2Duo 2.5ghz with 4gb ramI used a 10.2 megapixel image from my Sony Alpha200 in jpeg format.CS3 Loaded quickly, as did the 10mpixel image. I applied image flips horizontal and vertical and they were virtually instant on both machines. Then I tried adding a few of the artistic filters such as stained glass, neon glow, watercolour, tiles etc. On the core2duo operations were all around 5 seconds. . . on the aspireone operations were around 10 to 15 seconds. So I conclude that a 1.5gb version will run Photoshop with no major annoyances, and after this I might add that next time I am out taking pictures, my aspireone will be in my camera bag for sure. . I was a little apprehensive of how it would perform, as a couple of mates had asked me the same question of the Aspireone/Photoshop combination, but it was fine honestly. . .



Surprised. I thought CS2 onward might struggle a bit.

is it still not availble in comet for £199

stick another 1gb in and swap the wifi card for a dell 1390, and you have a mac

Original Poster

daveleebond;4967978

stick another 1gb in and swap the wifi card for a dell 1390, and you have … stick another 1gb in and swap the wifi card for a dell 1390, and you have a mac



Sorry care to expand on that? Im confused :thinking:

evilkaz;4969167

Sorry care to expand on that? Im confused :thinking:



[FONT="Verdana"]You can install Macintosh OS X onto the netbook to create a 'Hacintosh' - only key dependency is increasing the amount of physical memory present in the netbook but also the wireless card, as the one that is bundled with the Acer Aspire One netbooks are not fully compatible with OS X.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]

Original Poster

ok thanks :thumbsup:

evilkaz;4974943

ok thanks :thumbsup:



[FONT="Verdana"]No probs mate - if you want to know more about it check out the Acer Aspire One User Community, as they have a lot of information on this including guides as well. Listed below is a link to the Mac OS X sub-forum if that helps you out at all.

Acer Aspire One User Forum • View forum - Software - Macintosh OS X
aspireoneuser.com/for…=14

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
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