Netbook Reviews and Comparisons

PC Magazine has an in-depth look at the Acer Aspire One this week. The magazine gives the little computer high marks for its bright screen, but low marks for its keyboard. The keyboard is a bit larger than the one on an Eee PC 900, but the reviewer says it feels just as cramped.

The Aspire One is at the head of the class when it comes to expandability thanks to its 2 separate memory card readers (one is a dedicated SD card slot that you can use for additional system storage, while the other is a 5-in-1 card reader for transferring files from one computer to another), but comes with less storage than the Eee PC 900/901/1000, the MSI Wind, or the HP Mini-Note. The computer also has a tiny 24Wh hour battery. That’s nearly half the capacity of the 42Wh battery that ships with the Eee PC.

Probably the best part of the review is a nifty chart comparing the Aspire One with several other computes. It wins hands down when it comes to price and processor. But Acer is going to have a hard time making the case for the Aspire One once the similarly priced MSI Wind Linux notebook is available.

Elswhere in the mini-laptop world, Laptop Magazine published a complete review of the Eee PC 1000H today. One thing that surprised me was the revelation that the Eee PC 1000H is a bit larger than the MSI Wind Notebook. Both computers hae a 10 inch screen, but the Eee PC is both larger and half a pound heavier at 3.2 pounds. Sure, I probably could have figured those things out by reading the specs, but sometimes you need a real person with real eyes to look at the thing and report how it looks in real life.

Laptop’s Joanna Stern says the display is pretty decent, and she was able watch videos even at an angle. The 1.3 megapixel camera reportedly works well and shoorts smooth video, which is more than I can say for the webcam on my HP Mini-Note.

Stern points out that there’s a user-defineable shortcut key in the quick-launch area, which is always nice to have. There are also buttons for changing screen resolution and switching your processor speed to save power or boost performance.

The computer also boots up quickly (in about 45 seconds), and gets about 4 and a half hours battery life from a 6 cell battery. You can find many more details and a whole bunch of pretty pictures by reading the complete Laptop Magazine review.

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~ by awotemail on November 5, 2008.

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