November 18, 2008 at 11:55 am #159391jonbadMember
I wasn’t going to bother posting this on here since I’ve ordered my NC10 however for Â£170 at Tesco I don’t think the ACER can be ignored!
If you check out YOUTUBE videos and also http://www.aspireoneuser.com/
then you’ll find LOADS of information about how to upgrade them etc. You can buy the base model for Â£170 then upgrade the ram and HDD to effectively bring it to a spec similar to the NC10. The only thing is at the moment with the price of 160GB 1.8″ Hard drives, you’re better off buying something like the NC10 that you don’t need to upgrade. For the future though, it should be a good posibility.
I personally think it looks really nice too!
Oh and people have succesfully installed Vista, Mac OSX and XP onto the base models Linux OS.November 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm #169725ashesfallMember
The Acer Aspire One is a machine that I took a long hard look at, but in the end, the tipping point for me was the battery life. In the end these are meant to be portable machines and even though I like the size and form factor of the Aspire, the 2 hours of battery life was just not enough for me. The NC10 provides me with so much more versatility with the comfortable keyboard, massive hard drive, camera, built in bluetooth and amazing battery life.
When 6 cell batteries become more common on the Aspire One then it might pose a bit more competition to the NC10 at the moment however I don’t even consider it to be a contest.
ashesfallNovember 18, 2008 at 1:43 pm #169720
I was more interested in the aspireoneuser site, I might learn from some of whats there. It looks pretty smart I thought.
The Aspire One was on my wish list a few months ago and I got close to buying one. The thing that put me off was the smaller size. For me the extra inch made all the difference and innuendo aside when I tried it out I just didnt warm to it.November 19, 2008 at 1:43 am #169723jonbadMember
I agree – the Aspire One is not as good by quite a way as the NC10.
Like I say though, if your budget is Â£200 then it’s a very good choice – the extra Â£100 that buys you the NC10 doesn’t sound like a lot, but percentage wise it’s a massive amount more!! I think yes, for those who can stretch to Â£300 the NC10 wins hands down no questions asked. For Â£200 though, your choice is pretty limited and I say hats off to Acer for offering one at that price.
You’re obviously better off waiting until you can afford the extra Â£100 for the NC10, but say you bought a netbook for a child to use on the internet and email (I’m not a father btw so don’t know if that’s particularly likely or not!) then the Acer might be perfect and in effect saving you a pointless extra Â£100 which buys more spec but which wouldn’t be made use of.
An interesting addition to this point would be if there was an NC10 available with only 512ram, Linux and a small SSD. If that was Â£200 then the aspire would lose for the aforementioned points; screen size, keyboard, build etc. BUT there isn’t an NC10 for that money or spec so I wouldn’t rule the Acer Aspire One out yet!November 19, 2008 at 7:28 am #169721
A very good point regarding price. I think more people will be more willing to take a punt on a Â£200 device, as soon as you start heading towards 300-400 I think the psychology changes – it becomes a “big ticket” item. Well in my case anyway!November 19, 2008 at 9:28 am #169726ashesfallMember
That’s a good point. Honestly if they could have squeeked out maybe 4-5 hours of battery life I would be posting on a very different forum right now 🙂November 21, 2008 at 3:57 pm #169727donkaMember
I think with the extended battery it would be a great choice – the keyboard is actually very good and it is a nice slim size. A couple of bits about it though seem cheap to me and while the screen looks well saturated with its glossy screen, there would be times when that would just be distracting due to placement and reflections imho.November 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm #169728TheRingMember
I was considering the acer aspitre one and had seen this deal in tescos, i think that people will see that as a great device for a xmas present for a partner or child who needs a not so powerfull device that will probably be used around the house.I may be off the mark but most people consider processor memory and hardrive as major factors and not battery life when purchasing unless you are into your tech gear and read reviews. As an impulse buy for a consumer its a great little device but after reading into before buying my nc10 the battery life and ultimately brand swayed it for me. good deal though all the sameNovember 23, 2008 at 7:47 pm #169730WilliamYZFMember
I was originally going to buy one of these but dithered because I wan’t keen on screen size and large black border around it.
Glad I did as the NC10 arrived on the scene.
The aspire looked good with Linux but XP pushed the price up.December 2, 2008 at 7:33 pm #169735SquonkMember
The location of the touchpad buttons turned me off the Aspire One–it’s a weird layout with the buttons flanking the pad instead of residing underneath it, as in virtually ever other device I’ve seen or used. That, and the necessity of hardware upgrades to bring it up to spec–not that I’m not up to the task, but simply that alternatives existed that required less fiddling.December 2, 2008 at 9:02 pm #169722
Having seen one in Tesco I am happy I made the right choice. The size is just not the same and I find the NC10 much more practical for use 🙂December 3, 2008 at 6:25 pm #169729DjFILMember
My GF has the Aspire One. 512mb ram/8gb ssd/linux. It’s pretty nice hardware… I only had a few complaints that kept me from getting one of my own.
1) my main complaint, the keyboards we get on this in canada are bi-lingual… this results in lots of keys being chopped in half to make space for keys i never use. that includes both shift keys cut in half and the enter key has been cut. i find it very difficult to touch type on that (even my returned dell mini with it’s wierd placement of the ‘ key was better then this layout).
2) the touchpad is terrible… the one of my dell mini was way better. i find it just stops responding at wierd times.
3) accessing the internal hardware is very difficult (compared to other netbooks seen), even to upgrade something simple like the RAM.
It’s still a race for me between the Samsung NC10 arriving in Canada… or the HP Mini 1000 getting the 6-cell battery upgrade.December 13, 2008 at 1:37 pm #169736RickGr4Member
I purchased a white AA1 about two months ago. My girlfriend really liked it and she needed a very small computer for work (she travels) so I gave it to her and bought a NC-10 for myself. I installed Vista on both machines and used them long enough to be able to make some valid comparisons between the two.
AA1 Strengths: Love the glossy screen. Reflections are not an issue. More on this later. Nice keyboard; similar to NC-10 just a bit smaller. Right angle plug on power cord. System LEDs nicely placed near left hinge. Black border around screen on white model is nice. Easy to find Vista drivers.
AA1 Weaknesses: Battery life on the three cell model stinks. Using my preferred settings the battery lasts barely 90 minutes. Much too difficult to upgrade memory. Trackpad requires some getting used to as do most netbooks. On occasion it seems a bit slow. Can run a bit warm. Fan is audible but not bothersome.
NC-10 Strengths: Keyboard is nice. Easy to upgrade memory. Quicker, snappier performance than AA1 with either XP or Vista. I don’t care what the benchmarks might say, the NC-10 is noticably quicker. Has no problem running Vista with 1gb of memory. Obviously better with 2gb. Vista drivers were not hard to find. Battery life is wonderful. Like the matte white finish. Runs quiet and cool.
NC-10 Weaknesses: System LEDs poorly placed and labels are too small. Hinges could be a bit tighter. Power cord should have right angle plug. Trackpad is probably better than AA1, but it still takes some getting used to.
I have been selling and installing high end TVs my entire working career. I think I have a pretty good idea how to judge image quailty. I do not care for matte finish LCD screens. I am well aware that different people can be sensitive to different things. I am very sensitive to what is known as the “silk screen effect” because a 50″ Toshiba DLP set I used to own had it. The NC-10 has a similar effect as do all other netbooks with matte LCD screens. However it is not a dealbreaker and I plan to keep my NC-10. I just happen to think the AA1 has a really good screen. Colors and contrast are better on the AA1’s screen and text is cleaner and more clear. Viewing angles are better on the NC-10 because of the matte finish screen but I don’t think viewing angles are very important on a netbook.December 14, 2008 at 6:35 am #169734jayjechMember
For me, the matte screen of the NC10 was a selling point. I’m a big fan of the color brown, so I was very tempted by the Aspire One.
But I use computers 6-12+ hours a day, and I find matte screens to be much easier on (my) eyes.December 14, 2008 at 10:08 am #169732s162000Member
I prefer the screen on the NC10. Its better when travelling on the train. And I hate that black border!
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