ACER Aspire One  A150-BW £246.09 White 1GB 160GB 8.9" Windows XP Netbook £246.09 @ Comet

ACER Aspire One A150-BW £246.09 White 1GB 160GB 8.9" Windows XP Netbook £246.09 @ Comet

Found 18th Mar 2009
I was looking for a white one with Windows XP & 160gb hard disk, and found this.
Seemed the cheapest at the moment. Collect from store only. Is available at my local Comet store when I checked now.

Blue one is £239.99 with 120gb hard disk.


* Processor: Intel Atom N270 1.6Ghz Processor (533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 cache)
* Memory: 1GB
* HD Capacity: 160GB
* Display: 8.9" WSVGA (1024 x 600)
* Graphics Card: Integrated
* Operating System: Windows XP Home
* 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


[size=3]Upgrading RAM[/SIZE]
Currently, all available models of the Acer Aspire One (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 ASUS 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 Asus 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...…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.


Getting close to NC10 money, I'd probably spend the extra.

I bought this on Saturday , and im very pleased with it , it seems nice and fast in windows , Plays all my Divx nice and smooth on my 32" sony TV .. I got it mainly for viewing pictures when im out with my DSLR and I have CS3 installed on it , the only Gripe I have is the Kboard flexes a lot ..

but for me Ive never had a Laptop or the likes and its coming on Holiday I think its great for the money ..
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