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Acer Aspire One 751 review:

Acer Aspire One 751

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Typical Price: £380.00
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The Good Superb screen; excellent keyboard; slim design.

The Bad Expensive for a netbook; slow processor.

The Bottom Line We love the Aspire One 751's stunning screen, slim design and spacious keyboard. It's all the more disappointing, therefore, that Acer has kitted it out with a sluggish processor

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8.3 Overall

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Netbooks were once touted as small and cheap alternatives to laptops. But, with models like the Acer Aspire One 751, sporting a large 11.6-inch screen, appearing on the scene, it's difficult to know where the boundary between a laptop and a netbook now lies. This is especially the case since, priced at around £380, the 751 isn't that far off the asking price of most low-end laptops.

Design
Acer has applied some of the design ideas used in its slinky Timeline laptop series to the 751. Our review sample had a similar glossy black lid (although red, blue and white versions are also available) and grey keyboard surround. But, it's the slim dimensions that are most impressive -- this netbook is just an inch thick. This makes it look rather sexy, and helps it stand out from the chunky netbook crowd.

Another area where the 751 excels is its screen. It's not just the fact that, at 11.6 inches, it's larger than most. It also has a higher 1,366x768-pixel resolution. The extra vertical pixels are especially welcome as they mean that you don't have to scroll down as often when viewing Web pages and office documents. Acer has also used LEDs for the backlighting, so not only is the display very bright but it should also be easy on the battery.

Keyboard and trackpad delights
As the chassis is that much wider to accommodate the larger screen, Acer has also had more room for the keyboard and trackpad. The result is that both are top-class. The keyboard's roomy and responsive keys mean that even the fastest touch typist will quickly get up to speed, and the largish trackpad also supports multitouch, so you can use a pinch motion, for example, to zoom in on Web pages or photos, just as with Apple's iPhone.

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