Acer - Aspire One 11.6" Laptop - 2GB Memory - 320GB Hard Drive - Ash Black
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Battery Type4-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3
- Optical DriveNot included
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N
- AudioHigh-definition support
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad with circular-motion scroll, pinch-action zoom, page flip and multigesture support
- HDMI OutputYes
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Operating System PlatformWindows
- Included SoftwareAdobe Reader 10.x and more
- Best Buy PC AppNo
- Graphics ChipIntel
- Drive Capacity320GB
- Graphics CardIntel® HD
Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 65 reviews(65 Reviews)
Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review
How can you experience broken laptops?Posted .
Arrived with cracked screen. The package has red label on it which indicates that it's a returned item from some one else! I picked up another one from local best buy, too. That one has a good screen, but cracks in the back cover! Geez!No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great value laptopPosted .
When purchasing this laptop I had relatively low expectations because of the price tag. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this little machine had quite a bit to offer. Display: 9/10 The display is crisp and look great. Brightness settings will give you plenty of flexibility. Keyboard: 8/10 The keyboard sports an island/chiclet style design. The keys are bouncy and comfortable to type on. However, if you aren't used to typing on this style of keyboard, it might take some getting used to. Mousepad: 6/10 The mousepad looks very aesthetically pleasing,sadly the functionality isn't quite as good. Scrolling can sometimes become laggy. In addition, using the left clicker can unresponsive at times. The mousepad might be a deal breaker for some on this machine. Design: 9/10 Acer has developed a knack at designing great-looking small laptop/ netbook computers. The chiclet style keyboard and mac-like mousepad give it a look that doesn't look like something you would buy for $250. The black matte finish gives the machine a sleek design. The lid sports a sparkly black glossy finish that looks nice, but is a fingerprint magnet. Build Quality: 9/10 This Acer machine feels very solid when holding it. The keyboard has minimal flex when typing, while the mousepad feels solid too. The plastic keys do feel somewhat cheap, however that is to be expected in a sub $300 machine. The power cable is somewhat difficult to plug into the machine for some reason, no idea why that is. Speakers: 8/10 As you can expect the speakers are lacking much of any bass. The sound can get surprisingly loud however. Battery Life: 8/10 With the stock 4-cell battery included, I was able to browse the internet and plays some songs with the "balanced" power setting for almost 3 hours on the mark before receiving the "low power" notification. Adjusting the screen brightness and turning off wi-fi could probably add another 15-20 minutes of battery life. Performance: 8/10 This machine is surprisingly quite snappy. Light internet browsing and music playback was a breeze. Programs launch relatively quickly. I haven't tried any gaming, however I wouldn't expect too much. Connectivity: 9/10 With 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, VGA, and an SD reader, this little laptop offers quite a bit in terms of connectivity. Overall score: 8/10 Closing Thoughts: If you are looking for doing basic tasks (word processing, internet browsing, farmville etc.) this is a great, portable laptop at an unbeatable price. The finicky mouse pad might be a deal-breaker for some, as it can be a pain to deal with at times. However, all things considered, I would highly recommend this laptop at the price.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Pretty nice developer laptop with some tweaksPosted .
I saw the extremely low open-box price on this item so I bought it, planning to see if I could use it as a secondary/travel developer laptop for my personal projects. Frankly I wasn't expecting that I would keep it, but I've been pleasantly surprised especially with the full size keyboard and light weight. Though I've used large Lenovo & HP laptops extensively for my day job as a developer, this is my first personal laptop. I've owned it for about a month so I feel like I have a good sense of its strengths and weaknesses. What I like about it: * Small & light. It's a little over an inch thick, has an 11" screen, and is somewhere around 3 lbs. It's really portable. * Full size keyboard: I've tested 10" & below netbooks briefly but quickly got hand cramps from using the "almost full-size" keyboards. This is a full size keyboard and though I have medium size hands, I have used it for hours at a time without cramping. * 1366x768 screen resolution: On a larger laptop I would not like this resolution, but at this screen size it's decent. It's worth noting that it's the same resolution as almost all 15" budget laptops. Personally, I would rather have this smaller, lighter laptop than a 5+lb 15" laptop that had the same number of pixels. * HDMI output : nice touch. * Easy to upgrade ram: after about 2 days I decided that this needed more ram. It's super cheap right now, you can buy this + 8GB of ram and still be well under 350 for everything. Upgrading ram requires removing the battery, one screw, and lifting some tabs. * Quiet & cool: I don't want to make this sound like one of those "what is your greatest weakness?" interview questions that you answer with "I work too hard," but the mediocre processor does run really cool. Even after hours of web development on battery-powered wifi, the bottom is just a little warm. I hardly ever hear the fan turn on. * Touchpad: I ordinarily don't like touchpads at all, and never use them if I have a choice, but on this laptop I don't have a choice so I use it. It's actually quite nice in my experience. I see that other reviewers have really maligned it but I'd say that 95% of the time for me it's completely predictable. I especially like the two finger scrolling, tap to click, and large size. On the other hand, when my wife used it she immediately complained about it. Turns out she was holding her off-hand near the bottom of the touchpad while scrolling, which confused it. When she removed that hand everything worked like it did for me. The small number of problems I do have with it are random touches from my resting palm while typing, occasionally it doesn't register a two finger tap for the middle button, and using the seamless buttons sometimes moves the cursor. Also, this touchpad works really well in Ubuntu 12.04 with two finger scrolling, tap to click, and two finger tapping for the middle button. * Battery life: I get 2.5-4 hours which is pretty good for my uses, because I tend to use it 1-3 hours per day. I don't worry about being close to an outlet. * No screen latch: all my large work laptops have/had a button/slider that locked the screen closed. I like that this doesn't have that, just lift the lid. The hinge is easily tight enough to hold the screen in any position. Just a personal preference. What I don't like: * No dedicated home/end keys: this is seriously the biggest issue for me. I use those keys so often that even a month after buying it, I find myself reaching for them & getting frustrated that they aren't there. I would give the whole review 4.5 stars just for this if I could. The keys are actually implemented as Fn+PgUp/Down. * No keyboard light: I spend some time using this in the dark and the lack of a keyboard light, either screen mounted or backlight, has given me some amount of frustration. I mainly need it to find the f***ing Fn key to use the Home/End keys (see above). * VGA output: seriously? Might have been able to save some thickness without this. Performance I'll be comparing the performance to my primary personal PC, because that's what I'd use for my personal projects if I didn't have this laptop. The primary personal PC is a Windows 7 desktop with 6GB ram, a 1st gen (Nehalem) quad core i7, an SSD boot drive, a large spinning disk for media/docs, and two high-res screens. This laptop comes out of the box with Windows 7, 2GB ram, a 2nd gen i-nothing (Sandybridge-based Celeron), a smallish-medium spinning disk, and an 11" 1366x768 screen. I bought this hoping to get "acceptable portable performance." I'm not running compute-intensive jobs where a great processor can cut hours of development time. For the development that I do, I just need OS responsiveness and something that's more than 75% of the speed of my desktop dev environment for my tests/tasks. On my primary PC, I have installed VMWare to run a Ubuntu VM, where I do my development. On that machine it works quite well. I guess I have enough ram & hyperthreaded cores, and per-core performance is good enough that performance is not an issue. I tried to do the same on this PC with the exact opposite results. Multiple times the whole thing just ground to a halt requiring a hard reboot. I upgraded the ram to 8GB and tried again, again with complete failure. Even though this processor is supposed to have VT-x, in my experience it just can't handle VMWare on a Windows host. So I installed Ubuntu 12.04 using wubi for a dual-boot machine, allocating 30GB for Ubuntu. Even though I have an SSD for a boot drive in the desktop, the VM is located on a spinning drive like the laptop has. Running tests & other compute tasks in native Ubuntu on the laptop is noticeably slower than VM Ubuntu on the desktop. Since both systems are located on hard drives, and the laptop has more RAM (though technically the desktop's is faster), I am reasonably confident in concluding that the processor is just plain slower than the desktop's. Ubuntu is very responsive (more than Windows), but this has the minimum performance that I would accept for my tasks. For another reference point, even though I'm a windows GiMP user, personally I wouldn't even try photo editing on this in Windows or Linux. Given the slower processor & small low-res screen on the laptop, I'd use my desktop every time. Nowadays I never boot into Windows, only Ubuntu. I find it more responsive and it's where I do all my development. The touchpad works just as well as in Windows (after a couple of config file tweaks), and the hardware sound buttons work. The screen brightness control doesn't work, though I think I could enable it with a config file change. I haven't tested any of the ports (USB/HDMI/headphone/etc) in Ubuntu. The best way to describe this laptop's performance for me is "acceptable." It's not disappointing, but definitely not desirable either. Based on the many things I like about the laptop, the few things I don't, and that the laptop has the minimum performance I wanted, I feel it delivered exactly what it needed to for me to keep it. I also feel like it delivered more than I expected, and much more than I paid for. After adding ram and installing Linux, I think it's very usable for me as a secondary/travel development machine.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
An excellent computer.Posted .
When I first saw this computer and saw it labeled as a 'netbook' I like many was hesitant to take a chance on it, but it had good reviews and it's listed for a full $50 cheaper than Acer's website says it should be and I could not be happier. Unlike true netbooks, this computer has a full install of Windows 7 64-bit and all the benefits that comes with it. The wireless reciever is excellent and faster than the connection of my wired desktop. Even with there mere 2 gigs of standardized ram the machine flies, is stable, and works great. There was some bloatware and several programs on the startup menu that were unneeded and resource hogs _cough McAfee_, once gone the computer was much faster and much happier. The 1.44 gigahertz processor operates much better than I had honestly expected, and it is a very good reason to sidestep the other Acer netbook with the AMD processor. My only complaints about this computer is a finnicky space key that and an intensely sensitive touchpad that likes to do things when I am typing, though it can be adjusted I suppose that's part of the learning curve of breaking in a new computer. Beyond that the design is supremely sleek and it is far more like a ultrabook than a mere netbook being both very slim, light and sleek. Unlike many new laptops the screen had a wide range of motion and can become very nearly flat if need be. Screen 9/10: The screen is truly HD quality and crystal clear, but it is prone to glare and fading/blind spots unless it's sitting just right in your view point. Controls 8/10: The 90% full size keyboard is a plus the touch pad is sleek and sensitive with multi-touch control, but the space key is finnicky and the pad ultra-sensitive to any negligent touch. Design 9.5/10: While some might complain about finger prints
there are worse things in life. In my eyes this design's great failing is it is overly branded as if Acer feared they'd be forgotten. Sound 5/10: Don't buy this computer because it's got stereo speakers. Placed on the underside, undersized, and not very powerful they are hard to hear even turned all the way up. But headphones are far more useful when 'on the go' and far more polite so speakers are hardly important. Performance 9/10: Even without additional ram and minus the unneeded programs from Acer this computer does very well with the out of box specs. While it perhaps might not be up for serious gaming, I am certain that it could handle most anything an average user might throw at it. With three USB, a LAN plug for wired browsing, a headphone jack, an HDMI output, a full version OS, a built in microphone and webcam, and even a VGA hookup for those who tiny text is a problem and have a spare computer screen there is more than enough extras to make this computer a bargain even without the cheaper than supposed to be pricing. While the average four hours of battery life is not excellent it is far better than many full size laptops. If you are looking at this computer and are on the fence, hesitate no longer, this computer is a fantastic buy with alot going for it. It may not be for every user but for anyone seeking a laptop for everyday computing, someone who needs something portable and still useful, and anyone whose looking for a second computer for just sitting around the house this computer is a best buy and a real bargain.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great netbook replacementPosted .
Sorry this will be long, I'm incapable of writing short reviews. I wanted to let everyone know this first of all, you can upgrade the ram on this to 16gb, I installed 2 sticks of 8gb of Crucial Part Number: CT102464BF160B ram. It dedicates 128mb to video ram and allows 15.8gb for system use. I can't tell you how the machines stacks up before and after the ram upgrade, I never use a system as it comes out of the box when I buy them because I know from experience that 2gb of shared ram on a 64 bit OS is going to run sluggishly, and I'm not patient enough to deal with it. To upgrade the ram or harddrive remove the single bottom screw on the bottom panel and slide the panel towards the front/trackpad side of the laptop to pop it free, the easiest design of all the laptops i've ever worked on. The good news is the ram was a single stick 2GB of ram so adding another stick won't cost much if you're on a budget and want to up the performance for a minimal cost. The window's index score overall is 4.4 after the memory upgrade. It scored in the following processor 4.7, Memory (16gb RAM) 7.4, graphics (desktop performance for windows aero) 4.4 (limiting factor), gaming graphics 5.6, and primary hard disk transfer rate 5.9 for comparison to other laptops. To access this go to start, control panel, change to some form of icons, system, and it'll let you click the score or to run it on a machine. To speed up the laptop I installed a freeware called "revo uninstaller" and removed all the bloatware off the machine including the McAfee trial and replaced it with Microsoft Security Essentials (it's free antivirus). The machine boots up really fast (from complete powered off to on in about 10-15s, not from hibernate since I don't use it or sleep mode) but shutdown is very slow by comparison (about 30s, longer when it's doing an update), I think due to the amount of ram I'm running, the machine can cache everything for bootup and the write speed of the hard drive is limiting it's speed on shutting down. This is my third Acer laptop purchase and I also own a gateway as well (Acer bought them out in the past and is their parent company) all from Bestbuy when they were on sale and I upped the ram on each of them to the biggest ram chip that was affordable on the market at their respective time. They all run currently, I tend to give laptops to other friends and relatives when I upgrade every two years. They're all dependable machines and I had one of them that was dropped still work even though it luckily damaged a non-critical part of the machine (the bezel from the top of the keyboard towards the screen lost a few retention tabs). I guess knowing how to work on computers and maintaining them makes me somewhat biased but these are good quality machines so if you hear people make criticism of any machine being poor, cheap (as in quality of build or materials), or unreliable makes me wonder how that person used, lack of care, or abused the machine to review it as such. I look at a machine compared to one another, since every computer I've ever owned including my first windows 95 machine all ran well till the time I retired them when the upgrade bug bit me. The money spent on these budget laptop, if you have computer technical friend or can find a youtube video on your machine, upgrade the ram and take it to another level and extend it's life as well. The laptop performance wise is good, much faster than the Asus 900A netbook it's replacing that had a ram and ssd upgrade on it but much slower than the Gateway NV55S09u with an upgraded 8gb of ram that I bought from Bestbuy about a year ago (it's my main workhorse but too large to carry in my scooter comfortably). I bought this mainly to replace the netbook on trips I make with my scooter since it fits under the seat fine and protects it from the elements. The resolution is grand night and day improvement over the Asus with the 1024 * 600 screen and has a hdmi port to connect to the modern hdtv to use as either a second or primary monitor. I don't game other than social browser games and netflix for recreation which it does fine on both. The battery life hasn't been pushed yet and I'll review that part later. The only thing I wished it had was a better cpu, I expect that it will be the reason I'll upgrade from it two years from now but whomever I give this too will surely enjoy it, while the machine will by then seem long in the tooth and slow for me, it will be one of the fastest machines they've ever used for them. It's one of those perception things, most people don't realize how slow their machine is to others, and I sometimes wish I was someone who could enjoy my gadgets till they failed, but then some of us have to stimulate the economy.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great Lil NetbookPosted .
I've had the laptop for about a month now. I was skeptical at first about the product, due to a poorly informed Best Buy associate. I was told that there was only one RAM slot in this unit, and the most it could run is a 4gb stick. I went ahead and took my chances. To my surprise, not only are there 2 slots like normal notebooks, it easily runs 2 4gb of RAM, and utilizes all of it. This quickly improved the speed of the laptop when loading multiple programs at once. Other than that, it's small, easly ready to go whenever you need to leave the house quickly. Battery life lasts a while when you're not over hauling it. Basic work documents and slim web surfing, i've gotten 6 hours tops. Be warned, it is LOADED with a bucnh of bloatware. Easy to remove. Do your research befor uninstalling any possibly important programs.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great for the pricePosted .
Got the unit on sale yesterday at a Great price. But, the reason i bought it is that I have two Acer 722 netbooks, and really like them. i will give them to my nieces in the Philippines now. Actually i preferred them to the Mac Air, and gave the Air to my son. I added 4gb of memory to the two the Acer came with, for a total of 6gb, and it seemed to really perk up the speed. The keyboard is a bit different than my old one, and i think it will take a bit getting used to. The old Acer was a great size for travel, as i took it to China, Thailand, The Philippines. My new Acer is lighter and the screen seems a bit better for some reason... Battery lasted a bit over 4.5 hours,, of just internet, and a game called popping balloons. I suggest if you buy this machine to add the 4gb memory, as it only takes one screw and about 5 min to put the new chip in place. Just remove the power, and battery, remove the one screw at the bottom of the unit, and slide the bottom down a quarter down. DON"T PRY IT OFF> slip the new chip in and reverse the procedure. cost about $25. This computer with the Intel chip is much faster than the AMD C50 that was in the other ones. Some will complain about the fingerprints, but i put a tinker bell decal on the front, and it completely distracts the attention to the smudges. Also on this model, Acer removed the Swirl that the old one had.. wish it had a 6 cell battery... OH Well..I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Perfect netbook for school or people on-the-goPosted .
This netbook is above the average netbook, but is still roughly the same price. If you're looking just a little more power than the Intel Atom or AMD C-50 based netbooks, this Acer is a great choice. The Celeron 877 is a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, unlike the Intel Atom which uses virtual cores via hyper-threading technology. It is based off the Sandy Bridge architecture, which branched off the Core i7 series. So pretty much this Celeron 877 is a stripped down Core i3 CPU with plenty of power still. I'm able to run Adobe Photoshop CS6 with this CPU no problem. Streaming 1080p video is no problem for this CPU as well. Windows Experience Index rates this CPU at a 4.7. This netbook is preinstalled with a single 2GB RAM module at 1333MHz DDR3 RAM. This is also great for a netbook in this range. 2GB is more than enough to surf the web and do basic tasks. But the maximum RAM capacity is 8GB, which I upgraded to just a few days later because I often use CS6 and the extra memory will help a lot as well as future proofing my netbook. 8GB of RAM is not expensive nowadays, so why not go for it? Windows Experience Index rates 2GB (1x2GB) at 5.5, and 8GB (2X4GB) at 7.5. In terms of graphics, it is just enough to get work, like Power Point, done. The Intel HD 2000 with 128MB DDR3 also provides video and audio over the HDMI and has mo problems playing back 1080p content. It may not be the greatest, but at least the graphics is above the average netbook and will play just about any type of media. Windows Experience Index rates the GPU with 2GB of RAM at 4.4/4.4, and 8GB of RAM at 4.9/5.6. Even though the specs say the HDD spins at 5400RPM, you really cannot tell the difference between this and 7200RPM. 320GB is more than enough for me. I am not using even a fourth of the drive at this time. It runs cool, quiet, and power efficient. You also have the choice of upgrading to an SSD. Windows Experience Index rates the HDD at 5.9. The built in speakers are decent. They are stereo speakers, but don't expect the best out of them (this is a netbook for crying out loud). But of course, Acer did provide a 3.5mm headphone jack for external speakers or headphones. I have to say, the sounds quality through external speakers or headphone is a lot better than I expected. Just tweak the settings in the RealTek Audio settings via Control Panel to your desire. The 4-Cell battery will last you a good 4-5 hours, depending on how you use it. When I'm on battery, I tend to use the Power Saver option in the Control Panel along with a customized Windows 7 Basic theme. If you use an Aero theme, your GPU will work harder, meaning lower battery life. I also adjusted just a few more settings in the advance options menu. To get the most life, when you're not using the netbook, press the Fn button along with F6. Fn+F6 on this netbook will turn off the screen until you press any key on the keyboard. Yes, the touch pad is sensitive. At least it is more sensitive than not sensitive at all. Luckily, if you do accidentally bump the touch pad while typing, you have the option to turn it off. Press Fn+F7 to turn off the touch pad. Turn it back on the same way you turned it off. In terms of appearance, I love the glossy LED display. It has a wide HD display of 1366x768. Standard netbooks only have a resolution of 1024x600. Although the glossy display looks very nice, it does attract a lot of dust. You will have to know how to clean it from time-to-time, but do not scratch the glossy finish. Go to a camera store and pick up a dust blower and an air brush. I got these two items free when I bought my Nikon D3100 a while back ago. As for just regular use, this Acer starts up fast, loads into Windows quickly, and best of all, it just works. I had to uninstall a few programs, but after a little bit of tweaking and modifying Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit, I was able to get everything running smooth. Overall, after the RAM upgrade from 2GB to 8GB, this Acer has a subscore of 4.7 via Windows Experience Index. This score is very high for a netbook because most netbooks do not score above 3.0. I am quite pleased with this purchase. I'm currently taking this to college with me and it is not heavy, bulky, and big like a traditional laptop, but still has the performance OF a laptop. Get to know this netbook first. Learn the features, the expand abilities, and see what you can do with it. Some people may like it, some won't. But at the end it is your decision.I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionHow many memory slots?The netbook has 2GB RAM but is expandable to 8 GB. Does this product have 2 slots so that I can just add another card or do I have to replace the 2GB?
Asked by schelf.
- A:Answer This machine has two memory slots, one is empty, I added one 4gb chip i had extra here, and now total of 6gb. Just power down remove battery, remove one Philips head screw, and slide the bottom down a quarter inch. slip in the memory and reverse order... total of less than 5 min...
Answered by Budhah1
Q: Questionhow long does the battery last
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer Battery life: 4.2 hours based on MobileMark 2007® productivity mode testing with wireless on. Details of MobileMark 2007® testing are available at www.bapco.com. Battery life rating is for comparison purposes only. Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, applications, power management settings, operating conditions, and utilized features. A battery's maximum capacity decreases with time and use.
Answered by TeamAcer
Q: Questioncan this laptop support this type of RAM?I have a laptop memory. That is a 4Gb ddr3 pc3-10600 laptop memory. can this laptop support this type of RAM?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer yes it can as long as it is a sodimm. the size and speed you referenced will work fine.
Answered by bruceman
Q: QuestionWhat type of RAM do I need if I want to upgrade ?I want to add an extra 4GB RAM but bot sure what type of RAM I need. I know I need DDR3 but what other specifications is required ? (like speed maybe) Can someone suggest a brand and model. I just want to make sure I buy the correct RAM module.
Asked by Sasia.
- A:Answer Go to crucial.com and if possible log in to the website with your acer, it will scan your computer and will find the appropriate ram (DDR3). A 4 GB RAM module sells for about 26.00 dlls., free shipping.
Answered by Hughh
Q: Questionwhy is there no windows 8 upgrade option available for this laptop?there is no windows 8 upgrade option listed for this item. this is a necessary option for this item.
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer This product does not meet all of the requirements set by Microsoft for upgrading to Windows 8.
Answered by TeamAcer
Q: Question4-cell vs 6-cell lithium-ion batteryA similar Acer Aspire One Laptop has a 6-cell battery. What's the difference?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer A higher cell count in a laptop battery is that it contains, say 6 AA batteries as opposed to 4 AA batteries. Typically a higher cell count will give longer run times on the same unit, given that cells used in each of batteries are of equal quality and output. Despite having a higher cell count any difference in hardware, will also affect how long a unit will run regardless of the # of cells.
Answered by Anonymous