The Good Small, thin design; large keyboard and touch pad.
The Bad Merely average battery life; occasional sluggishness.
The Bottom Line Acer's Aspire D260 is slim and lightweight, even for a Netbook, but its slightly faster processor doesn't lead to better performance.
|Acer Aspire One D260-23797||Acer Aspire One 722||Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S||Acer Ferrari One FO200-1799 (Athlon 64 X2 L310 1.2GHz||Gateway LT3103u|
|Price||$330 MSRP||$330 MSRP||$330 MSRP||$330 MSRP||$330 MSRP|
Acer Aspire One D260-23797
The Aspire One line of Netbooks has long been a bright spot in Acer's laptop lineup, thanks to the company's firm commitment to rock-bottom prices and decent, if unexciting, design and construction. The latest version, called the Acer Aspire One D260-23797 (one of several fixed configurations of the D260, each with slightly different components), scores points for being small, thin, and light, even for a 10-inch Netbook, despite having a decent-size keyboard and touch pad.
Currently available for $329 (but we've seen it previously for as little as $299), the D260 is right in the mainstream of entry-level Netbook prices, despite the good looks and smart design. Even more interesting, this is the first Netbook we've seen with the newer Intel Atom N475 CPU, instead of the more common N450 version. This new CPU runs at 1.83GHz, instead of the N450's 1.66GHz, but it didn't help the Acer Aspire D260 feel any faster than typical Netbooks; in anecdotal use, it actually felt more sluggish than we expected.
Of course, even fast Netbooks are still pretty basic machines, good for Web surfing, e-mail, and not much more. If you're most concerned with size and weight, the D260 is an appealing package with good battery life, but we'd also suggest checking out thefor a better overall take on the high-design, low-cost Netbook.
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