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Acer Aspire One AOD250 reviewed: A new sub-$300 Netbook

For the price, it's hard to find fault with Acer's even cheaper version of the 10.1-inch Aspire One.

At $298, it's less expensive than a 32 GB iPhone 3G S. Acer

With back-to-school planning practically around the corner, it's a good time to start thinking budget. Acer has already beat you to the punch, releasing the latest version of their extremely popular 10.1-inch Aspire One Netbook in a quartet of new colors, a thinner chassis, and a price point that's pretty impressive: $298. We used to spend more than that on RAM.

As prices keep dropping in the Netbook Wars, staying competitive among a slew of me-too Atom-powered mininotebooks is a challenge. Acer's Aspire One helped define the Netbook to the masses by undercutting the competition at $350, and the Aspire One AOD250 drops the price even further. Other than a shift to a three-cell battery, you're not losing anything with this model.

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