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Netbook choice: Acer aspire vs. Dell mini?

by cathy246 / December 14, 2008 12:59 PM PST


I plan to purchase a netbook very soon, primarily to do quick word documents while 'in the field' as a consultant. The documents are basic, and I need something very small, lightweight, and inexpensive. Both the Acer Aspire and the Dell mini seem good, Cnet has reviewed the Dell mini very favorably and users really like the Acer Aspire. Interested in feedback from users of either in terms of battery life, ease of use, and, where the best price can be found, if possible.

Thanks, Cathy

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I picked up the Acer Aspire One
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2008 1:15 AM PST

From amazon, the 160GB model. Since you may be in Ireland no one can tell you where the best price is.

Battery life is exactly like the reviews. You can find both LIFE and RUN TIME in such reviews.

Ease of use is just like any other Windows XP laptop.

-> I installed my old Visual Studio 6.0 on it as I needed a replacement for my aging old laptop. It runs this and Office 2003 just fine. NO! It is not as fast as my HP dv6910us but then again that is not what a netbook is about.

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How about a 10" model?
by choosenotebook / December 16, 2008 8:05 PM PST


I'm wondering if you have looked at any of the 10" models? The Acer Aspire and Dell Mini are both 8.9" models. While they are small in size and possibly lighter, I personally think they are a little too small (screen and keyboard) making it rather uncomfortable for typing documents.

The MSI Wind can be purchased at similar(or even lower) prices(w/ 3-cell battery) but you might want to look at the 6-cell battery netbooks for longer battery life.

My personal favorite is the Samsung NC10. You can get one for $479( shipping/tax in NY) with a 10" screen, 6-cell battery, good specs, nice keyboard layout and brand name quality.

Hope this helps and good luck on your purchase!

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The Aspice One I received has...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2008 11:51 PM PST
In reply to: How about a 10" model?

The 6 cell battery, 8.9 inch screen which is very easy to read. I already have a nice big laptop so this machine fills another role here.

But I'm declaring it the sleeper product of 2008 to 2009.

My kid is playing a game that is unusually demanding on the video and once I figured out how to turn on PANNING everything we threw at this netbook is running.

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Size can be a personal preference
by choosenotebook / December 17, 2008 3:17 AM PST

My 10" recommendation was based on users who purchased an 8.9" and later changed to the 10" ones. That extra 1" seems to make a good difference on the screen and keyboard.

I've tried the Aspire One at a local store and the keyboard was a little too small for me. (average for a man) For typing documents, I would want to get something just a bit bigger.

It could be a personal preference, but if you liked the 8.9", you may like the 10" versions even better. That's why I'm suggesting to try out the 10 inch ones before you buy it. These are still much smaller than your regular notebook.

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