Acer Aspire One D260-23797 Notebook Review : Acer’s Aspire D260 is slim and lightweight, even for a Netbook, but its slightly faster processor doesn’t lead to better performance.
The Aspire One line of Netbooks has long been a bright spot in Acer’s laptop lineup, thanks to the company’s firm commitment to rock-bottom prices and decent, if unexciting, design and construction. The latest version, called the Acer Aspire One D260-23797 (one of several fixed configurations of the D260, each with slightly different components), scores points for being small, thin, and light, even for a 10-inch Netbook, despite having a decent-size keyboard and touch pad.
Like most 2010 netbooks, Acer’s machine comes equipped with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics and a 10.1in, 1,024×600 LED-backlit display. There’s a near full-size keyboard (93 per cent, to be exact), multi-touch trackpad and built-in webcam, as well as a multi-card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, Wireless N, VGA out, headphone and microphone jacks, and stereo speakers. Acer also includes a suitably-small charger dubbed the Acer MiniGo AC adapter. It features interchangeable plugs that help ensure mains-socket compatibility on your travels.
Even fast Netbooks are still pretty basic machines, good for Web surfing, e-mail, and not much more. If you’re most concerned with size and weight, the D260 is an appealing package with good battery life, but we’d also suggest checking out the Asus Eee PC 1018 for a better overall take on the high-design, low-cost Netbook.
The system’s back panel, albeit nice-looking thanks to its glossy Flake finish, doesn’t provide easy access to internal components. Users wanting to upgrade the system’s memory or hard disk will instead have to remove the keyboard and it’s a surprisingly tricky process. A series of spring-loaded clips hold the keyboard in place, and undoing them requires some skill and plenty of patience. Upgrades are doable, but the process surely could have been easier.
The D260′s advantage, however, is Acer’s competitive pricing. Positioned at £249.99 when equipped with Microsoft’s Windows 7 Starter operating system.
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