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Blimey, it's another netbook. While one more miniature laptop to add to the ever-increasing pile might not seem very exciting, if you like the idea of ultra-portable computing, you probably want to stay on top of what's new. Take a gander at our latest competitor, the Acer Aspire One D260-2Dkk -- yours for around £250.
In terms of design, you'll find a subtle square pattern on the D260's black gloss lid. This extends to the interior, too, covering the chassis and surrounding the keyboard. We think it looks pretty cool, and a little Tron-esque, but if you like bright colours, there's not much here for you.
The D260 certainly has a slender silhouette. It weighs just 1.25kg, which is certainly on the lighter side. Concentrate really hard and you can almost conjure up a mental picture of the D260 when we tell you it measures in at 259 by 185 by 24mm. It's plenty skinny, and definitely slim enough to hurl into your satchel or handbag if you're dashing out.
The display is a 10.1-inch affair, with a resolution of 1,024x600 pixels. We've seenwith a higher resolution than that, but to be honest this is pretty much par for the course. At least this display is bold and bright, with sufficiently vivid colours.
Where netbooks usually fall down is usability, packing cramped keyboards and uncomfortable trackpads into a tiny chassis. Often they're so frustrating to use, we want to fire them out of a trebuchet into a stony castle wall. We're glad to report that the D260 doesn't suffer too badly from these common afflictions.
The keyboard extends right up to the edge of the chassis, and the whole thing is sensibly laid out. We typed on this keyboard for an extended period of time and found that, although each key offers little travel, this was actually a pretty comfy keyboard to use, with nothing driving us particularly crazy.