Acer Ultrabook Currently Under Development For $699 Price Tag, Says Supply Chain

Acer Ultrabook

Acer Planning $699 15inch Ultrabook

There’s word on the streets that Acer is working to develop a new 15inch Ultrabook that they will ship next year for $699. This piece of information comes from sources within the Taiwanese supply chain that serves the company.

Apparently Acer has made quite a bit of profit from their 11inch and 13inch Ultrabooks and hence is looking to cash in further by developing a 15inch product. The low $699 price tag is bound to attract more customers than ever before, thus serving the purpose that it is apparently being built for.

There’s actually no solid evidence of this development work, so keep some salty handy just in case it turns out to a techie daydream. The same sources who have leaked this vital piece of information have also supplied us with the name of the company that is going to manufacturer these laptops — Pegatron.

Pegatron is the company behind Asus and is currently also in charge of manufacturing Lenovo’s brand new quad-core tablet device and many other things.

Pegatron’s 2012 shipments for Ultrabooks are expected to reach close to 19 million units (18.99 to be precise). If that really happens, that is going to be a 22% percent increase year on year for the ODM (Original Device Manufacturer).

There’s no word on whether Acer’s current Ultrabook models will also be sent to Pegatron for manufacturing and it seems highly unlikely that they will. Acer currently gets it Ultrabooks manufactured by Winstron — a company that has started becoming a powerful rival for Pegatron.

Looking at the worldwide sales figures from Acer, it seems that the company is expected to sell about 250,000 to 300,000 11inch and 13inch Ultraboook model.

Neither Pegatron nor Acer has agreed to own up to the report, which itself is a strong indicator of the authenticity of the report. It makes sense that neither would comment on the report because Acer seems to have multiple ODMs (Winstron and Pegatron). With the order going somewhere else, Acer’s relationship with Winstron might dwindle. Or may be Acer as not really finalized anything but just was in the talks for the hardware with Pegatron when the leak happened. Either way, something is definitely afoot at Acer’s R&D labs.

Over all, Acer is going to become the latest in the long line of sub $1000 ultrabooks that are scheduled to come out next year once the Windows 8 is released commercially. What would hopefully happen is that Acer would stand out from amongst all other with a price tag lower than most. That is the only way they are going get noticed else it will be a very crowded market for them to make dent.

Meanwhile, both Toshiba and Lenovo are also hard at work on Ultrabooks. They, along with others, will launch these models late 2012. That is right after the commercial release of windows 8.

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 10.1-Inch Netbook (Espresso Black) Review

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 10.1-Inch Netbook (Espresso Black)

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 10.1-Inch Netbook (Espresso Black)

The Acer Aspire One series is one of the most popular lines of netbooks. Known both for their affordability and utility, the Aspire One netbooks are common choices for the average user as well as students and professionals. The Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 is a 10inch netbook that is powered by a Dual core Intel Atom N570 processor. It is coupled with a 1GB DDR3 RAM — which when combined with the processor is enough to handle most of the day to day computing tasks of an average user.

This netbook comes in different colors and this particular one is called Espresso Black. It has a beautiful fully black finish. It has matte black finish on the lid with the Aspire One logo printed on one side of it. The interiors sport normal plain plastic finish. The touchpad is set in to its own area on the palm rest and has a single click button made out of shiny, deep black plastic. The touchpad can take some time getting used to but it can get the job done. Plus it support multi-touch gestures, so navigating through websites, photos and document becomes that much easier. However, if you are looking for more precision and less cramping, it is better to invest in a USB mouse.

The keyboard has flat, island type keys that are slightly curved individually in order to guide your fingers to the center with each keystroke. Since this is a 10inch netbook, there isn’t much space for the keys to spread out. So they are very closely set and are not meant for long typing sessions. However, even though you won’t be writing your next novel on it will still be enough to send out emails and do social networking on the move. Many of the keys have multiple functions marked in blue. They are overall comfortable to type on and each key sets in without wobbling.

The netbook is not the slimmest on the market but does keep the profile around 1inch at maximum. It has its ports on the side, which include a VGA out, an RJ45 Ethernet port, two USB ports and even a card reader.

The display on the Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 is a 10.1inch LED backlit display with a native resolution of 1024 x 600 (WSVGA). Given the size of the screen, this is the perfect resolution to get things to done without having to squint every time.

It comes equipped with a 250GB SATA HDD, which is enough to carry around the things that you always want have with you when you are on the move. For most people, it would fit in their entire music collection, documents and some movies too.

On the connectivity front, it has WiFi-n (802.11b/g/n) but no Bluetooth. The 3-cell battery gives you a battery life of 4 hours.

The Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 scores well on buyer reviews. The only complaints seem to be about the limited Windows 7 Starter Edition. It is a good package for the low price and that is what makes it a good buy.

Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black)

Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black)

Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black)

The Acer Aspire One A0722-0473 is an 11inch netbook that is designed to be entertainment centric. It is powered by an AMD Dual Core C-60 processor and has TurboCore auto overclocking features that takes the clock speed to 1.33GHz. It has a 1MB L2 cache memory. It is paired with 2GB of DDR3 memory and 320GB storage.

The AO722 has an 11.6inch widescreen aspect ratio, making it perfect for viewing movies and videos. The display has a native resolution of 1366×768 meaning it can show HD movies at a 720p onscreen resolution. The netbook can easily run full HD movies thanks to the AMD Radeon HD 6290 graphics that comes with 256MB of dedicated memory. Combined with an overclocked processor, it would also make for some decent gaming action. This is something most netbooks would be unable to offer.

The powerful graphics and the faster processor combined make the netbook perfect for every casual user. It is certainly powerful enough to run a lot of software that wouldn’t usually run on netbooks, like Photoshop. It is also capable of handling advanced multitasking and run heavy programs simultaneously. Despite having heavy graphics and processing abilities, the A0722 boasts of 7 hours of battery life. In real life situations, you should be able to get about 4-5 hours with some gaming, WiFi and heavy multi-tab surfing thrown in. With no WiFi or gaming, the battery life should go up to 6hours and more.

The build of the Acer Aspire One A0722-0473 is fully plastic with smooth black matte finish on all parts. The back of the screen carries an Acer Aspire One watermark logo and is also completely smooth. The design is on the thick side with side firing air vents. The keys are chiclet style but are very closely set to utilize all the space there is. As a result, individual keys are larger than what you would expect in a netbook but there’s hardly any space between the keys. The arrow keys are not dedicated and they have additional functions that can accessed by modifier keys. The touchpad is smooth and supports multitouch gestures. It has a single bar style click button.

The profile of the laptop is on the bulkier side. Acer makes no attempt to make the netbook look slim. It is a purpose built machine and it has the looks of it. With the full black finish, the netbook looks quite corporate and would sit right at home on an office or college table.

The Acer Aspire One A0722-0473 has one HDMI out port that also supports HDCP. If you combine this with a wireless HDMI set up, you can easily turn this in to your entertainment hub. There are 3 USB 2.0 ports and a multi-in-1 card reader. It has Wireless-N with backward compatibility (802.11b/g/n). Customer reviews are very positive. The processing power is well appreciated and so is the portability. The keyboard also draws praises with some complaints about the touchpad being slightly hard to control at times. For those who are looking for a netbook but don’t want to compromise on power, this is definitely the right way to go.

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 10.1-Inch Netbook (Aquamarine) Review

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 10.1-Inch Netbook

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 10.1-Inch Netbook

The Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 is a good-looking netbook that features a slim profile and updated features. It is powered by an Intel Atom Dual-core N570 processor along with a 1GB DDR3 RAM. This enables you to perform more processor intensive multi-tasking and use more sophisticated applications on your netbook.

However, the slim profile and advanced processor does take its toll on the battery. Hence, if you are just looking for a small netbook that gives you better processing power and not something that has a long battery life, you can use this. This is perfect for those who have the opportunity to plug in their netbook at least once throughout the day for a full charge. This includes students, office goers and many others. You will often be able to hook up your netbook at a café.

Features & Specifications: -

  • Intel® Atom™ Processor Dual-Core N570(1.66GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB)
  • 10.1” WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ LED-backlit Display
  • Windows® 7 Starter
  • Microsoft® Office Starter 2010
  • 1GB DDR3 Memory
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • Multi-in-One Digital Media Card Reader
  • Built-in 0.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Two Built-in Speakers
  • Multi-Gesture Touchpad
  • 3- USB 2.0 Ports
  • 3-cell Li-ion Batteryup to 4-hour battery life
  • 2.65 lbs. | 1.2kg (system unit only)
  • Color: Aquamarine

The AOD257 comes with a 10.1inch display with a native resolution of 1024 by 768, which is standard for this screen size. An onboard Intel GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) 3150 chip handles graphics and video. This is enough to playback standard definition videos both from local sources (HDD, USB drive and multimedia cards) and online sources like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Vimeo.

The processor is powerful enough for you to play music, surf the net and work on a presentation all the same time. However, if you use heavy graphics and lots of animation and videos in that presentation, it might slow down. It is perfect for most students and office goers alike, who just need to work on their documents and spreadsheets and gather data and images from the Internet. Its slim and light profile also comes in handy in these use case scenarios.

The Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 has a full plastic body with a shimmering aquamarine finish on the lid and the upper portion of the body. The bottom is plain black plastic with heat vents firing sideways. The colored portions have a shimmering finish and the lid has an Acer Aspire One brand imprint. The bezel is of average thickness and houses the integrated 0.3MP webcam.

The keyboard has chiclet style keys that occupy all the space there is, making the individual keys are bigger. The touchpad support multi-touch gestures for scrolling and zooming, which speeds up the daily workflows for most users. It is fairly responsive and comes with a single bar style click button. It has a dedicated area for scrolling on one side of the touchpad. The LED indicators are on the left palm rest edge.

On the networking side, it comes with Wireless-N support along B/G compatibility (802.11b/g/n). There’s a 10/100 Ethernet port and a multi-in-on card reader as well. It has 3 USB ports (2+1), 1 VGA port (good for presentations) and the usual headphone and microphone ports.

Buyer reviews show general appreciation for the keyboard, the good looks, the faster processor and the DDR3 RAM. There are some grumblings about the Windows 7 Starter Edition that comes with it but most find ways around it through third-party solutions. The lower battery life is also an issue for some. Overall, it has a very good price to performance ratio.

Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black) Review

Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black)

Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black)

The Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 comes from a long line of cost-effective netbooks that perfectly compliment your everyday computing needs. It is a 11-inch netbook that has the perfect compromise between being portable and still large enough to comfortably work on. It is perfect for office and educational use. Its low-power AMD C-Series C-50 dual core 1.0GHz processor with 1MB L2 Cache per core provides enough processing speed to run office programs along with multi-tabbed browsing. It has 2GB of single-channel DDR3 RAM standard across the line, ensuring better multi-tasking performance.

It has an 11.6” display that comes with the Acer CineCrystal branding, indicating good image quality and brightness. The BZ454 also comes with the ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics that has 256MB of dedicated memory. This is enough graphics power to run some basic 3D games at a decent FPS rate. This also enables the netbook to run HD videos on the go. This makes the netbook double up as a portable entertainment solution. With an HDMI out port built in, this netbook can also become computer based home entertainment system for you. You can stream online videos, local media files and more through the HDMI connection over to your HDTV or HD Projector via an HDMI cable or HD over wireless like WHDI.

Features And Specifications: -

  • AMD C-Series Processor C-50(1.0GHz, 1MB L2 cache)
  • 11.6” HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit Display
  • Windows® 7 Home Premium
  • 2GB DDR3 Single-Channel Memory
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 6250 Graphicswith 256MB of dedicated system memory
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
  • Multi-in-One Digital Media Card Reader
  • Built-in 0.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Full-Size Acer FineTip Keyboard
  • Multi-Gesture Touchpadsupporting circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom and page flip
  • 3- USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1- HDMI™ Port with HDCP Support
  • 6-cell Li-ion Batteryup to 7-hours battery life
  • 3.21 lbs. | 1.46kg (system unit only)
  • Color: Espresso Black Comes with Black Cover and Espresso Palmrest

The BZ454 comes with a 250GB SATA HDD @5400RPM, which is ample space for all the documents, applications, music, photos and movies that you need to carry around with you. It might not be enough for those who have a lot of large files to store like movie buffs or photographers but there are external storage solutions that you can also carry around with you.

The Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 has minimal styling and fully black finish with a light Acer branding on the lid. The interiors are simple plastic and the bottom has a rubbery coating that ensures a good grip on all surfaces. It has side firing heat vents, which makes it comfortable to place the netbook on your lap while working. The palm rests are of a comfortable size and the touchpad and the click button are clearly differentiated from the rest of the body. The touchpad is a tad bit too sensitive for some people and it can be adjusted from the system settings. It has a multi-touch gesture support for circular scrolling, pinch-zooming, etc.

The keyboard has nice, full sized Chiclet keys that are very closely set to utilize all the available space above the palm rests. Typing is quite comfortable and there are several combination keys to remember in the layout.

The 6-cell battery boasts of 7 hours battery life, which should be between 5-6 hours in real life scenarios. The BZ454 is a lightweight netbook that weight around 3 lbs. and is about 1” thin. It has high speed WiFi (Wireless-N), 3 USB 2.0 ports and also a muti-in-one card reader.

Buyer reviews for the Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 are overall very positive with some complaints about the glossy screen cover attracting too many fingerprints and touchpad being small. Buyers highlighted the processing speed and many reported getting 7 hours of battery life on “power saver” mode.

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Netbook (Black) Review

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Netbook (Black)

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Netbook (Black)

The Acer Aspire One series is an affordable line of netbooks that was one of the first ones in the market. Powered by an AMD C series dual core C-50 processor with a clock speed of 1.0GHz and 1MB L2 cache per core, the Aspire One 722-BLZ197 is a good netbook for handling all our daily computing requirements. It comes with a healthy amount of RAM (2GB DDR3) and a storage capacity of 250GB (SATA HDD @5400RPM).

An onboard AMD Radeon HD 6250 chip that has a dedicated 256MB graphics memory handles graphics on the BLZ197. This accounts for some low-end gaming action, just enough to please casual gamers. The graphics chip also ensures that the netbook is able to handle high quality video playback.

The 11.6” display of the BLZ197 is perfect for watching movies and videos on the go. The screen has a native resolution of 1366×768 and is branded with the Acer CineCrystal mark. The resolution is high enough to watch videos at a wide 720 HD resolution.

Specifications

  • AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 (1MB x 2 L2 cache, 1.0GHz)
  • 2GB (2) DDR3 SDRAM
  • 250GB4 SATA hard drive, 5400RPM; multi-in-one card reader
  • Integrated ATI Radeon HD 6250 (256MB dedicated memory)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

The interiors of the laptop has a plain plastic finish with the system status LED’s on the of the left hand palm rest. The bottom has a rubbery finish for better grip on any surface. It has a Chiclet style keyboard with well-built individual keys. The key layout wastes no space and hence many of the keys have a combination of functions that can be accessed through the modifier keys. This however also ensures that every key is nice and large, especially the enter key, which makes for more comfortable typing. The touchpad is recessed in to its own area and has a single click button. It also has a dedicated area for scrolling vertical scrolling on the touchpad.

The Aspire One 722-BLZ197 comes with built in webcam and a multi-in-one card reader. It comes pre-installed with a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium, which is a perfect OS for most students and the average computer user. The 250GB storage is good enough for carrying around a large bank of documents, photos and media files. Since the netbook can handle HD movies, you can carry a few around on your netbook without facing space crunch.

It also comes with Microsoft Office Starter 2010, which most users would want to upgrade to a full version. Customer reviews on sites like Amazon suggest that most people upgrade to a full Office version on purchase or remove Office entirely because they don’t need it.

Buyers like the 11.6” size, which is a perfect compromise between portability and keyboard space for working on the netbook. For the price point, most users like the processing speed and graphics power that they are getting with the Aspire One 722-BLZ197. The touchpad is over-sensitive for some people but this can be easily adjusted from the system settings. It needs an external CD/DVD drive to read optical media but most people end up carrying their data on a flash drive or external HDD and don’t miss the optical drive.

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 Review

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 10.1-Inch Netbook (Espresso Black)

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 10.1-Inch Netbook (Espresso Black)

The Espresso Black Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 is a stylish, compact netbook that is perfect for the traveler or student on the go. With a 1.66Ghz Intel Atom N570 Dual processor (1MB L2 cache), 1Gb of DDR3 RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive, this netbook is capable of accommodating the portable computing needs of most consumers. Having built-in speakers, Wi-Fi capabilities, and a built-in 0.3 megapixel webcam, it is also perfect for on-the-go video chatting. Being only 1 inch thick and weighing in at only 2.65 pounds the Aspire One AOD257-13685 is considered to be ultra-thin and ultra-portable. The 10.1 inch Acer CrystalBrite display offers a 1024 x 600 resolution, while also conserving energy in compliance with EnergyStar standards. The following are the main pros and cons of the Aspire One AOD257-13685.

Pros

  • Upgraded Wi-Fi Connectivity – This netbook is part of a newer generation of electronics that can connect to Wireless-N networks, which have been shown to be up to five times faster than Wireless G and B networks. Of course, the Wi-Fi card included with the Aspire One AOD257-13685 is also backwards compatible with older wireless networks.
  • Multi-Gesture Touchpad Control – The exceptionally spacious multi-gesture touchpad gives users convenient, comfortable, and extensive control over all navigational actions.
  • 3 USB ports – While many netbooks only have two USB ports, the Aspire One AOD257-13685 boasts three USB 2.0 ports, giving you the ability to connect multiple plug-and-play USB devices simultaneously.
  • Multi-Card Reader – With a multi-in-one card reader that is compatible with various SD formats, users can quickly and easily transfer files and media from digital cameras, laptops, and other SD-compatible devices.
  • Microsoft Office Starter 2010 – The operating system comes preloaded with a copy of Microsoft Office Starter 2010, giving users the ability to create high-quality documents and spreadsheets right out of the box.

Cons

  • 3-Cell Battery – Rather than carrying a 6-cell or 8-cell battery, the Aspire One AOD257-13685 ships with a 3-cell Lithium Ion battery that can only carry a charge for up to 4 hours. So if you’ll be without a power outlet for more than 4 hours, you may need to bring an extra battery.
  • 1GB of RAM – Although a single gigabyte of RAM is usually enough to facilitate the operation of consumer software, enjoyable media playback, and browser multitasking, some users are disappointed with the fact that the Aspire One AOD257-13685 does not carry 2GB of RAM like many other Acer netbooks. Some have also complained that it is slightly difficult to upgrade RAM because of the location of the memory chip.

Conclusion

Despite having a relatively short battery life, a basic operating system (Windows 7 Starter), and only 1GB of RAM, at the price of about $270 the Aspire One AOD257-13685 is still a formidable competitor in the world of netbooks. It should be noted that the outside of the netbook is Black, while parts of the interior are Espresso. If you have a different color preference, Acer sells three similar netbooks in Silver, Red, and Blue.

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Review

Acer Aspire One 722-NZ197 Netbook

Acer Aspire One 722-NZ197 Netbook

The Aspire One 722-BZ197 is a compact, yet powerful netbook with a 250 GB hard drive, and a 1.0Ghz AMD C-50 dual-core processor. Being only an inch thick, with an integrated WebCam, a 6-cell lithium ion battery with a run time of up to seven hours, and a built-in Wi-Fi card that is compatible with Wireless G/B/N networks, this netbook is the epitome of portable. With a multi-card reader and three Hi-Speed USB ports, you can easily transfer files to and from all of your digital devices (i.e. – cameras and smart phones). The following are the summarized pros and cons of the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197:

Pros

  • Premium Operating System – while most other netbooks come with a preinstalled copy of Windows 7 Starter, the Aspire One 722-BZ197 is preloaded with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.
  • 11 Inch High Definition Display – unlike many netbooks that have a 10 inch display, this one has an 11.6 inch CineCrystal high definition display that is capable of 1366 x 768 resolution. The display supports over 16.7 million colors, and is illuminated by an LED backlight for a vibrant viewing experience in all lighting conditions.
  • Advanced Netbook Graphics – the integrated ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics card gives you the ability to enjoy a more immersive experience when playing games or watching high definition movies on your netbook.
  • 2 GB of RAM – 2 GB of DDR3 RAM are preinstalled to accommodate the more extensive computing needs of the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, providing ideal performance. This is a stark contrast in comparison to many other netbooks that only offer 1 GB of RAM with Windows 7 Starter.
  • Five-in-One Card Reader – the five-in-one multi card reader supports five flash memory card formats: Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card, MultiMedia Card, and SD Memory Card.

Cons

  • Slower Processor – despite having more RAM than conventional netbooks in its price range, the Aspire One 722-BZ197 has a processor with a clock speed of only 1 GHz, which is significantly slower than the 1.4-2.0 GHz processors that are seen in some netbooks.
  • Slightly Heavy – although it only weighs 3.2 pounds, anything over 3 pounds in the world of netbooks is considered to be slightly heavy.

Conclusion

In the $250-$300 price range the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 netbook is definitely a good value. The premium operating system offers a number of features not found in other netbooks within its price range, and the extra gigabyte of RAM helps to keep things running smoothly. Although this netbook may be close to a half a pound heavier than similar competitors, the small bit of extra weight may add durability. Considering the fact that most other netbooks within the under $300 range are only capable of 32-bit computing, the fact that this netbook can handle a 64-bit operating system makes it a great value for its cost.

ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK Review

ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK

ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK

The ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK is a stylish, compact, and efficient 10.1 inch netbook with a 250 GB hard drive and 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM (maximum 2 GB). Weighing less than 2.8 pounds and being only 1.4 inches thick with a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core processor this netbook is both portable and reliable. The widescreen 10.1 inch TFT backlit LED display is capable of playing media in 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution with crystal clarity in all types of light conditions. In terms of input/output configuration, there are 3 USB ports, one VGA output (for connecting to an external display), 1 microphone input, and 1 headphones input. The summarized pros and cons below can help you compare this netbook to the competition.

Pros

  • Exceptional Battery Life – with most other laptops and netbooks having batteries that only last 3 to 8 hours, the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK is far ahead of the competition in terms of energy efficiency with a 6-cell Lithium Ion battery that has a staggering 13 hour battery life.
  • Web Storage Included – this netbook is bundled with 500 GB of ASUS WebStorage for free. When this Web storage is added to the internal storage space of the 250 GB hard drive, the user has direct access to 750 GB of storage space out-of-the-box.
  • Competitive Graphics – the integrated Intel GMA 3150 Dynamic Video Memory graphics processor provides smooth media playback and stunning gameplay in comparison to other netbooks that are lacking in the graphics department.
  • New Industry Standard Bluetooth and Wifi – The ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK is Bluetooth 3.0 compatible, and its 802.11 wireless card can connect to Wireless N, G and B networks. The new Bluetooth 3.0 operates within the 6 to 9 GHz rather than the 2.4 GHz of Bluetooth 2.1, and is therefore capable of facilitating faster communication between devices.

Cons

  • Difficult to Replace Hard Drive – unlike many other netbooks that are somewhat easy to disassemble and perform upgrades on, it is difficult to replace the hard drive in this netbook with an SSD, and doing so would also void the warranty.
  • Double Tap Mouse Functionality – a common user complaint is that the touchpad is automatically configured for double tap functionality, which can become annoying to some individuals. However, this preference can be adjusted within the touchpad configuration.
  • Mediocre WebCam – although it is true that there are many other netbooks that have a similar WebCam, the 0.3 megapixel camera is certainly nothing to brag about. Even so, the WebCam is perfect for video chat and other casual applications.

Conclusion

At under $300 the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK is one of few digital devices that is capable of holding a charge for 13 hours, and is therefore one of the most portable netbooks on the market. Despite having only 1 GB of RAM, the energy-efficient Intel Atom processor and the Windows 7 starter system work synergistically to streamline multitasking and facilitate the use of advanced software.

Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 Review

Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639

Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639

The Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 is a compact, yet durable laptop that has a 10.1” WSVGA LED backlit CrystalBrite display, a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, a 250 GB hard drive (SATA 5400 RPM), 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, and weighs just 2.43 pounds. With three USB 2.0 ports, VGA video output, and a 2-in-1 card reader (compatible with SD and MMC card formats) you can easily download and upload files to various types of external storage devices or output the image on your screen to an external display instantly. This laptop is also Energy Star certified, primarily due to the energy-efficient Intel Atom processor.

Pros

  • Intel Graphics Accelerator – the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 Video Processor is compatible with Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and delivers crisp, vibrant colors and images every time.
  • Excellent Web Cam – unlike many other 10-inch laptops that usually have a 0.3 megapixel WebCam, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 has an integrated 1.3 megapixel WebCam that is capable of capturing images in 1280×1024 resolution.
  • Wireless-N – while most laptops are currently equipped with Wireless-G technology, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 has a built-in 802.11b/g/n WLAN adapter that is capable of communicating with Wireless-N networks, which are quickly becoming standard. Wireless-N networks provide twice as much range and 5 times better performance than 802.11g networks.
  • Powerful Touchpad and Spacious Keyboard – with the multi-gesture touchpad and 84-key FineTip keyboard you can utilize circular motion and pinch action mouse functionality, while also being able to type more conveniently due to the larger keyboard that is approximately 93% the size of a standard-sized keyboard.
  • Includes Microsoft Office – this laptop is preloaded with Microsoft Office Starter 2010, which includes basic functionality for Excel and Word. It is also very easy to upgrade to the full Microsoft Office Suite within the Windows interface.

Cons

  • Battery life – unfortunately, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 has a three-cell battery that only offers up to four hours of battery life. While this is longer than the battery life of many larger, heavy-duty laptops that have a battery life of one to three hours, many competitors in its price and size range are capable of holding a charge for up to eight hours.
  • Basic Operating System – although the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system is standard in most 10-inch laptops, some users have complained that it is incapable of handling high performance software applications. Nonetheless, Windows 7 Starter is typically sufficient for the average computer user.
  • Can’t Upgrade RAM without Voiding Warranty – while it is possible to increase the RAM to 2 GB, you cannot do so without voiding the manufacturers warranty.

Conclusion

Despite its relatively low RAM, basic operating system, and short battery life, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 is still a competitive value in the $350-$400 price range. Nonetheless, users that foresee the need for extended portability or intensive computing capabilities might want to consider a more powerful laptop with a longer battery life.