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Get a 12-inch Acer Netbook for $249.99

Well, technically it's an 11.6-inch Netbook, but still! And don't miss today's "backup deal," which is my new insurance policy against rapid sellouts.

This Aspire One Netbook sports a roomy 11.6-inch screen.

Quick note before I dive into today's deal: Because so many items sell out so quickly these days, I'm adding a "backup deal" to each post. Seems only logical, right? You'll find it at the bottom.

But don't skip ahead just yet. For the next 7 seconds or so (I'm guessing), has the refurbished Acer Aspire One AO751H-1948 Netbook for $249.99 shipped.

What's the big deal? The big screen: whereas most Netbooks in this price range sport a 10-inch LCD, this One packs a 12-incher. (Actually, an 11.6-incher; in the computer biz they round up.)

Needless to say, that makes for a much more comfortable computing experience, in part thanks to the higher screen resolution (1,366x768 pixels). The 10-inch Netbook I use is livable, but definitely cramped.

The rest of the specs offer no surprises: an Intel Z520 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and Windows XP Home.

The battery's a three-cell, so don't expect more than 3 to 4 hours of runtime. Also, because this is a refurb, the warranty expires at the 90-day mark. These aren't showstoppers in my opinion, just limitations worth considering.

Also, while CNET hasn't reviewed this exact configuration, the almost identical AO751h-1545 scored 3.5 stars. The big ding: slow performance. (News flash: All Netbooks are slow.)

At least you don't have to pay sales tax (unless you live wherever is located) or deal with rebates. Bottom line: this is a mighty sweet deal on a spacious, comfy Netbook.

Backup deal: From now until December 15, Digiarty Software is offering WinX HD Video Converter absolutely free (it's normally $39.99). This Windows app can convert nearly any video format (including high-def formats) to nearly any other video format.