Acer Aspire One D150 Netbook, Atom N280, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, 10.1 WSVGA, Intel 945GM, Webcam, Card Reader, Blue, XP Home £199.99 @ Comet
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Acer Aspire One D150 Netbook, Atom N280, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, 10.1 WSVGA, Intel 945GM, Webcam, Card Reader, Blue, XP Home £199.99 @ Comet

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Found 11th Nov 2009Made hot 12th Nov 2009
THIS MUST BE THE CHEAPEST IN-STOCK ATOM N280 NETBOOK IN THE UK TODAY

Comet is also offering the TUCANO LAPTOP CASE (9-10") @ half price when purchased with the Aspire D150.

Using a 5% discount code from HUKD, I just bought two of these with cases for under £400 (with free delivery):

ACER D150 1GB-160 (x2) £399.98
TUCANO LAPTOP SLEEVE (x2) £19.98

Total (excluding delivery) £419.96

Total discount: -£21.00
Total (exc. delivery) after discount £398.96

[EARLIER I POSTED THAT THE 5% VOUCHER HAS EXPIRED; HOWEVER, I'M TOLD IT'S STILL VALID (thanks to HUKD user 'meinnit' for the info)]

NOTE: DELIVERY IS FREE (UNLESS YOU CHOOSE TO PAY TO GET YOURS SOONER!)

Product Details from Comet web-site:


The newest 10" netbook from Acer personifies speed and power in the finest, most compact form.
The Aspire One D Series is built to enhance your mobile lifestyle, weighing only 1.18 kg and holding up to 3-hours of battery life for fun and productivity while you're on the move!
This Netbook is Navy Blue in colour.


Brand ACER
Screen Size 10.1 inches
Processor model number N280
Memory (RAM) 1 GB
Storage (hard drive) 160 GB
Operating system Microsoft Windows XP
Battery type 3 cell battery
Batter life Up to 3 hours
Netbook weight (kg) 1.2 kg
Shared graphics Intel 945GM 128 MB
S-Video output No
VGA output Yes
Wire networking Not featured
USB 2.0 slots 2
Media card slots No
Built-in bluetooth No
Built-in webcam Yes
Speakers Standard
HDMI output No

Other features:

Wireless networking
512MB processor cache
667 processor bus
1.66GHz processor clock speed
SATA storage
10 / 0.6 watts in use/powered-down power consumption

UPDATE: Contrary to Comet's feature list, this netbook has a wired (10/100 Mbit/s) ethernet port and 5-in-1 media card slot.

38 Comments

are these any good

Is the N280 really much better than the N270? Still deciding on the Samsung N130 which has 6 cell battery but N270 for same price

Original Poster

There's a basic comparison here:

computermonger.com/int…tml

It looks like there isn't a great deal of difference between the two CPUs.

sumpter;6863405

Is the N280 really much better than the N270? Still deciding on the … Is the N280 really much better than the N270? Still deciding on the Samsung N130 which has 6 cell battery but N270 for same price



Regular users will barely notice any difference between N280 or N270. Definitely go for the longer lasting battery one if the price is the same.

Original Poster

sumpter;6863405

Is the N280 really much better than the N270? Still deciding on the … Is the N280 really much better than the N270? Still deciding on the Samsung N130 which has 6 cell battery but N270 for same price



N270 = 533 MHz FSB
N280 = 667 MHz FSB

Benchmark comparisons between the A150 and D150 show similar performance.
(I Googled "Atom N270 vs N280")

The three cell battery doesn't get rave reviews - most reviews say that you won't get anywhere near the quoted 3 hours.

As mine were purchased for my children who won't be using them away from home, I'm not even thinking about buying the higher capacity battery.

There's a 6 cell 7200mAh battery for A150 on HUKD sold by DealExtreme for £32.30 - I don;t know if this is compatible with the D150 tho'...

5 % discount code expired yesterday (11/11/09). Hope there's a new one soon!

Original Poster

SECMAN;6863594

5 % discount code expired yesterday (11/11/09). Hope there's a new one … 5 % discount code expired yesterday (11/11/09). Hope there's a new one soon!



Sorry about that.

The quoted price (£199.99) is before discount, so the price is still the lowest (as far as I can tell) for this model.

achusa;6863519

There's a basic comparison … There's a basic comparison here:http://computermonger.com/intel-atom-n280-vs-n270-review.htmlIt looks like there isn't a great deal of difference between the two CPUs.




virtually the same, if u had the slower chip and kept "housecleaning" (ccleaner, defrag) regularly then would run better :thumbsup:

dcx_badass;6863943

7800mah 9 cell batteries for the A110/150/ZG5 are £25 on ebay, I get 8 … 7800mah 9 cell batteries for the A110/150/ZG5 are £25 on ebay, I get 8 hours out of mine, compared to 2-2.5 from the stock 3 cell one.




Could you recommend the ebay seller that you got your battery from. Ebay is awash with battery nitemare stories and I would really like to get one and at £25 it may be worth a punt (with a recommendation)

Is this better than the MSI Wind U100 that's £199 in Argos?

I'm having trouble finding the difference between the D150 and D250 which are same price...£199. Only obvious difference is that D150 has N280 and D250 has N270. Quite confusing!

The newest 10" netbook from Acer personifies speed and power in the … The newest 10" netbook from Acer personifies speed and power in the finest, most compact form.



how can a netbook personify speed and power in the finest, most compact form?



useful link for CPU comparison:

]http//ww…php

Is this better than

dixons.co.uk/mar…id=


I have bought NC 10 with 6 cell from Dixons £238.76. After cash back (£20) and quidco, it costs me only
£211.

5% off £300 voucher is still valid

surfer69;6864397

Could you recommend the ebay seller that you got your battery from. Ebay … Could you recommend the ebay seller that you got your battery from. Ebay is awash with battery nitemare stories and I would really like to get one and at £25 it may be worth a punt (with a recommendation)




Would love that info too please

sadly my experience with Acer support was very poor - rude and ignorant with no assistance
Had to research web and finally fixed 2 Acer laptops with known BIOS errors which they blatantly denied existed - nothing on their web site to admit this - so personally wont be buying Acer again.

cheaper cause the 6 hour batts are wot people want not barely 3 hours is old hat now expect more bargains for the kids to follow....

Steer clear of ACER products.
Years of laptop/notebook/netbook manufacturing experience and they still can't get basic stuff right.

Im in the market for a new laptop, wanted a smaller one like this, is this as good a deal as im gonna get ?

These are back in stock now if anyone else is interested, 6 cell £211 - hotukdeals.com/ite…-n2

The discussion on speed and performance on Netbooks is like listening to a heated argument on last place on a 100m sprint where the winner was under 10 secs and the last was 35seconds!

If you NEED the small size and portability get one, but if you want to do more than email, web browsing and word processing, get a standard laptop. If you are used to a reasonably modern machine (Desktop or laptop) then you will think it is like computing in quicksand :-(

Now will follow a lot of fans shouting about how fast and versatile they are.... they aren't, end of story.

Try one out first, but don't expect to enjoy watching HD video on one!

Original Poster

That's odd, somebody asked "what's the difference between D150 and D250", but I can't find the post now to quote it...

Answer: It might be that the D250 has Bluetooth.

If anybody has a link to a proper comparison between the three models (A150, D150, D250), please post it.

Thanks.

achusa;6866524

That's odd, somebody asked "what's the difference between D150 and D250", … That's odd, somebody asked "what's the difference between D150 and D250", but I can't find the post now to quote it...


Was me!

meinnit;6865571

I'm having trouble finding the difference between the D150 and D250 which … I'm having trouble finding the difference between the D150 and D250 which are same price...£199. Only obvious difference is that D150 has N280 and D250 has N270. Quite confusing!




achusa;6866524

Answer: It might be that the D250 has Bluetooth.


If thats the only other difference I will go for D150

AJ`;6865634

Is this better than … Is this better than http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/[email protected]@@@[email protected]@@@&BV_EngineID=ccedadeikmmjglhcflgceggdhhmdgmj.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=641083&category_oid=I have bought NC 10 with 6 cell from Dixons £238.76. After cash back (£20) and quidco, it costs me only £211.



I think thats a cracking deal for the NC10. [SIZE="1"]AJ - did you have a thread on MSE?[/SIZE]

Back to the OP at hand, I'd definately take longer battery life that the marginal performance increase of the N280 over the N270.

nihcaj;6866523

If you NEED the small size and portability get one, but if you want to do … If you NEED the small size and portability get one, but if you want to do more than email, web browsing and word processing, get a standard laptop. If you are used to a reasonably modern machine (Desktop or laptop) then you will think it is like computing in quicksand :-(Now will follow a lot of fans shouting about how fast and versatile they are.... they aren't, end of story.Try one out first, but don't expect to enjoy watching HD video on one!



Good advice. I have a Dell mini 9 netbook and it's quick for browsing the net and e-mails. However modern gaming is obviously impossible due to the lack of a dedicated graphics card. It's also not quick enough to play HD video (not even 720). However the portability factor is important to me. I still play old games on it. Max Payne 2 and Black and White run well.

These laptops are out of date now... the new dual core versions codenamed N330 with nvidia Ion graphics are on there way to market, pretty much rendering these lil n280/270 versions pretty much obsolete, unless they stay at under £200 a piece.

These are great for basic office and internet... Dont count on HD video viewing though. the Intel chipset is nearly 4 years old if not older.

Battery life doesnt last more than 2 hours normally if your constantly viewing webpages and stuff... However one day the battery lasted almost the 3 hours it was rated.... but i suppose i was distracted in that time when it was on. Even still a mini laptop plugged in has its benefits.

LightningPete;6867507

These laptops are out of date now... the new dual core versions codenamed … These laptops are out of date now... the new dual core versions codenamed N330 with nvidia Ion graphics are on there way to market, pretty much rendering these lil n280/270 versions pretty much obsolete, unless they stay at under £200 a piece.These are great for basic office and internet... Dont count on HD video viewing though. the Intel chipset is nearly 4 years old if not older.Battery life doesnt last more than 2 hours normally if your constantly viewing webpages and stuff... However one day the battery lasted almost the 3 hours it was rated.... but i suppose i was distracted in that time when it was on. Even still a mini laptop plugged in has its benefits.



Well I'll beg to differ. Don't expect dual atom/ION based netbooks to be the next thing they just dont fit the standard consumer profile for a netbook.

I expect N270/280 netbooks to increase in price as we run up to xmas for 2 reasons. As manufacture of this generation of netbooks slow as they start to ramp up production of the N450 (pine view platform) and Intel slow fabrication of the N270/280 variant of the Atom core, market demand will push up pricing. DDR2 prices have continued to creep up and up and are expected to continue.

So if your in the market for a netbook this side of xmas my advice to to get one now.

Ps Please feel free to find my post in 6 weeks time and flame me if I'm wrong!(or say thanks if I'm not!):thumbsup:

It got onto the computer weekly top ten laptops list so it must be quite good!! :thumbsup:

]http//ww…htm

nihcaj;6866523

If you NEED the small size and portability get one, but if you want to do … If you NEED the small size and portability get one, but if you want to do more than email, web browsing and word processingTry one out first, but don't expect to enjoy watching HD video on one!



Can't you just unlock them to run other software other than email or web surfing or word processor?

Surely someone has hacked them to run the full open office suite, do basic photoshop, managing, printing photos etc. Card designers, garden designers, kitchen designers. Calenders, Diaries, organizers,
Route planners, sat navs, MP3 media center connected to amplified speakers (better than ipod dock), DIVX on the move, playing great old games, emulating even greater old games on MAME. Kids educational software and games. Video conferencing, cheap telephone calls, learning a programming language, coding some computer programs. Networking into servers.

What aspects of portable computing really needs 5 times the power?

Original Poster

Gold Feet;6868589

Can't you just unlock them to run other software other than email or web … Can't you just unlock them to run other software other than email or web surfing or word processor?...snip...What aspects of portable computing really needs 5 times the power?



Hi Gold Feet,

They're not locked-down in any way. Netbooks can run Linux, Windows XP or Windows 7...
This particular model comes pre-installed with Windows XP.
As long as an application can be installed via the wireless network or USB, office apps should install & run just fine.

The video card is somewhat limited, and so graphically intensive applications (such as the latest games) will run very slowly if at all.

Gold Feet;6868589

Can't you just unlock them to run other software other than email or web … Can't you just unlock them to run other software other than email or web surfing or word processor?Surely someone has hacked them to run the full open office suite, do basic photoshop, managing, printing photos etc. Card designers, garden designers, kitchen designers. Calenders, Diaries, organizers, Route planners, sat navs, MP3 media center connected to amplified speakers (better than ipod dock), DIVX on the move, playing great old games, emulating even greater old games on MAME. Kids educational software and games. Video conferencing, cheap telephone calls, learning a programming language, coding some computer programs. Networking into servers.What aspects of portable computing really needs 5 times the power?



I think you have missed the entire concept of a Netbook!

Locked..... Hacked them? :?

Portable computing needing power?.... watching Video is a good start!

I was being sarcastic to the posters who regularly claim Netbooks can only do browsing, email and word processing. :roll:
I think they were born yesterday and think home computing is about benchmark tests.

In the old days you could enjoy a wide variety of apps when computers were less powerful than this. No to mention running a business. Most apps can be done via browsers these days getting rid of the need for power in many cases, and all useful old software, games, programing and education will still run on a netbook.

If you want to play HD movies why buy and tie up a good laptop when a tiny HD media player only costs £60?

I would rather take a media player + netbook travelling than a laptop, then you've got other gadgets crying out for space in the rucksac. No wonder Netbooks are becoming so popular.

nihcaj;6869314

I think you have missed the entire concept of a Netbook!Locked..... … I think you have missed the entire concept of a Netbook!Locked..... Hacked them? :?Portable computing needing power?.... watching Video is a good start!



As above I was being sarcastic. I take the netbook travelling, it uses up less space, battery lasts longer, power supply is smaller, a lot of my work is online. That is why a Netbook is/and can get way with being low powered. There was a time when Laptops couldnt replace desktops for reasonable money but a Netbook has never been touted as a laptop/desktop replacement.
It is still as good if not better than other portable devices for games music and videos .

Some good points made Gold Feet.

People keep saying 'Oh but that netbook wont play 1080p video' Well no but the screen doesn't support that resolution anyway. I just use 720p/1080p video and strip it down to 1024x436 with stereo sound and never have any playback issues.

MSi netbook at Argos for £199 IMHO is a better deal. Nicer Chassis, nice keyboard, good make

Gold Feet;6869770

If you want to play HD movies why buy and tie up a good laptop when a … If you want to play HD movies why buy and tie up a good laptop when a tiny HD media player only costs £60?I would rather take a media player + netbook travelling than a laptop, then you've got other gadgets crying out for space in the rucksac. No wonder Netbooks are becoming so popular.



That's just plain bizarre, as well as eye-straining!

Netbooks are becoming popular because they are small, but they are very big compromise. Compromise is one thing, but carrying TWO pieces of kit is just a plain nuisance. I don't even bother carrying my trusty old PDA (Which I have used as a media player before, and it is eye-strain all round!) if I am taking the laptop with me, so that option is as big a non-starter as they come!

I don't lug a laptop far, usually it is little more than door to door via car so the ultra portability, for me is never a big issue, but if it was, my personal approach to portability would be to get a 12" Laptop, with more standard design, but moderate performance (oddly enough a couple of cheap ones one have been posted on here this week, and I was very tempted all the same!), and that will cover all reasonable eventualities from lying in bed browsing the Net to watching Video (without having to bother make sure it is the right format first!) away from home on a fair size screen, or running a TV receiver; as well as even something as processor intensive as re-encoding video footage you have shot away from home, & even writing it to DVD if necessary. Unless of course, you need a very powerful machine for more specialist purposes, which isn't really what we are talking about here; is way outside Netbook performance range anyway, and will cost a lot more too)

Gold Feet;6870090

but a Netbook has never been touted as a laptop/desktop replacement.



No, I agree, it is not manufacturers or even retailers saying that, it is USERS that are suggesting it, and unless you want to go back to the 90's they most certainly are NOT.

What are these people using at home if they find a Netbook adequate for anything more than as Browser? :?

The following review made my mind up not to buy one of these....

netbookchoice.com/200…ep/

Read the comments that posted on that page. I know this page relates to the 751 model, but the comments are general relating to the Acer Aspire One.

HTH.
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