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As the dark winter nights draw in, Acer is aiming to dispel our thoughts of suicide with the Aspire One Happy, offered in four cheery pastel shades. But that's not the only thing that's different about this netbook. It also comes with dual operating systems: Windows 7 Starter and Android 2.1. If you're feeling tempted, the netbook will set you back £250 from Laptops Direct.
All the colours of the rainbow
The main difference between the Happy and other netbooks in the Aspire range is the variety of colours on offer: pink, purple, green and blue.
We had the pink version in for review. It certainly looks quite striking. The finish feels cheap compared to that of the pricier, but the netbook feels robust overall. The small, 10.1-inch screen means it's very portable and certainly small enough to carry around in a backpack or a large handbag. At just 1.3kg, it won't weigh you down either.
The screen might be small, but its resolution is reasonably good by netbook standards, at 1,024x600 pixels. Its LED backlighting helps it to produce very bright images and, thanks to the glossy coating, colours are impressively rich and dynamic. But the glossy finish does make it fairly reflective, which is noticeable when you use it indoors in bright lights.
Like most of Acer's current line-up of laptops and netbooks, the Happy uses an isolated keyboard design. The design differs from that of other manufacturers because the keys seem to float above the surface of the netbook.
The keys are quite large and wide by netbook standards, and they feel responsive, so they're a pleasure to type on. We like the trackpad too, as its rectangular shape gives you plenty of room and the single rocker-style button responds with a positive click when it's tapped.