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Acer Aspire One D260 (D260-2Dkk) review: Acer Aspire One D260 (D260-2Dkk)

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The trackpad is pleasingly smooth, and while it's not very tall, it is quite wide, so you shouldn't find your digits running out of space too quickly. The actual click buttons aren't stiff and unresponsive like on some netbooks, either.

Port authority

Around the edges of the D260 you'll find an Ethernet port, three USB ports, two 3.5mm sockets for headphones and a mic, a multi-format card reader and VGA output. The Aspire One 521 we reviewed a few months ago had an HDMI port, so we're a little disappointed this model is lacking one. In other news, this machine runs on Windows 7 Starter Edition and packs a 160GB hard drive.

We're a little disappointed with the lack of an HDMI port on the D260.

In terms of performance, this is bog-standard netbook fare. There's the usual single-core Intel Atom processor (N450 clocked at 1.66GHz) backed up by 1GB of RAM. With that kind of hardware, expect this netbook to handle basic tasks like Web browsing, document editing and email, but anything more intensive will leave the D260 begging for mercy. This netbook didn't fancy running our full PCMark05 benchmark test, but we obtained a CPU test score of 1,414, which is very much in line with other netbooks of this ilk.

In terms of battery life, the D260 coped well with our Battery Eater Classic test, which runs the netbook's CPU at a constant 100 per cent. This little devil lasted four hours and 57 minutes, so take that as the minimum battery life and expect to get even longer if you compute more responsibly.

Conclusion

It rocks the boat in exactly zero ways, but the Acer Aspire One D260-2Dkk  doesn't do anything wrong, either. We'd recommend you check out the Dell Mini 1012 if you're looking for something with a higher resolution display, or the Acer Aspire One 521 if you fancy an HDMI port for outputting video to your telly.

Edited by Emma Bayly 

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