Wednesday, June 8, 2011



With most netbooks measuring over an inch thick, Acer found another way to improve its best-selling netbook: Make it thinner and lighter while (most important) not raising the price. With the Aspire One (D250-1165), Acer has eliminated a considerable amount of the plastic of its predecessor, the Aspire One (10-inch), making it slightly lighter and only 0.8 inch thick. It's merely an aesthetic overhaul, though; it keeps the original Intel Atom parts and the below-average (89 percent) keyboard. Still.

Netbook design isn't one of Acer's strengths. The plastic top with a touch of sapphire blue can't compete with the metallic chassis of the HP Mini 2140 and the ASUS EeePC 1002HA. With the Aspire One (D250-1165), Acer opted for thinner and lighter; it's as if they took the One (10-inch) and shoved it into a panini press. The new and improved version measures 10.3 by 7.4 by 0.8 inches (HWD), about 0.3 inch thinner than its predecessor (10.3 by 7.4 by 1.1 inches). It's also thinner than the Samsung N120 (10.7 by 7.4 by 1.2 inches) and the ASUS EeePC 1000HE (10.3 by 7.3 by 1.1 inches), and a tad thinner than the ASUS EeePC 1008HA (Seashell) (10.3 by 7 by 1 inches) and the HP Mini 1000 (10.3 by 6.6 by 0.9 inches).

Acer managed to strike gold in the middle of a global economic crisis thanks to their affordable Acer Aspire One netbooks. These low-cost, ultraportable laptops have quickly become popular travel companions for people who don't want to haul a heavy notebook to Starbucks. The latest 10-inch Acer Aspire One, the D250 series, offers a great balance of features at a starting price of less than $300. Read on to find out more about the Acer Aspire One D250-1165.

Our Acer Aspire One D250-1165 features the following specifications:
-Operating System: Genuine Windows XP
-Processor: Intel Atom N270 Processor 1.60GHz
-Memory: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (533MHz)
-Internal Storage: 160GB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
-Display: 10.1-inch diagonal WSVGA+ (1024x600)
-Graphics: Intel GMA 950
-Wireless: 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
-Expansion: 5-in-1 media card slot
-Ports and connectors: (3) USB 2.0 ports, VGA OUT, power connector, RJ-45/Ethernet (10/100), stereo    headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, 0.3 megapixel (VGA) webcam
-Dimensions (H x W x D): 1 x 10.2 x 7.2 inches (including feet)
-Weight: 2.4 lbs (not including weight of AC adapter).
-Power: 3-cell Lithium-Ion battery (2200mAh, 25Wh)
-Warranty: One-year standard warranty
-MSRP: $329.99 ($299.95 Retail Price)