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Acer Aspire One D260, 10.1" Netbook, Intel Atom Processor N450, 1GB, 160GB, Windows 7 Starter 32-bit, Up to 4hrs battery life, Silver
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Do you want both performance and style on the go? If so, the stunning 10.1 inch Aspire One D260 is right for you. With a three-cell battery this netbook delivers up to eight hours of battery power (depending on configuration and usage). Plus, its advanced features and easy carry-ability make it perfect for go-everywhere daily use.
Aspire One D260 is for highly mobile users who want both performance and style on the go. Beneath its handsome exterior, this netbook delivers 4 hours of battery-powered connectivity via wireless. Its advanced features and easy ‘carry-ability’ make the Aspire One D260 perfect for go-everywhere daily use. The D260 comes in four gorgeous colours: Pink Flake, Purple Flake, Black Flake and Silver Flake
Designed to impress
The Aspire One D260, with its super-sleek design and ultra portable chassis, includes a multi-gesture touch pad so you can rotate, pinch, scroll and flip images and documents with ease. And a 93% full-sized keyboard makes typing a doddle.
The Aspire One D260 will allow you to always stay connected; it has three USB 2.0 ports giving you easy access to connect your digital cameras, external drives or MP3 players. Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities allow you to maximise connectivity whether at work, at home or on holiday.
The D260 also has a Acer Crystal Eye Webcam, so you can connect to friends and family wherever you are. And with interchangeable AC converters, it’s the perfect travel companion.
The Aspire One D260 is just an inch think and only weighs 180g--34% lighter than typical adapters. This means you can carry this 10.1” netbook around with you wherever you go.
The Aspire One D260 is an ENERGY STAR qualified product which means it uses a lot less energy than many of the other netbooks on the market. The Aspire One D260 netbook also saves more than 80% on no-load power consumption and the Intel Atom processor N455/N450 consumes less power, which extends the battery life and allows you to enjoy more time on your netbook.
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When it arrived I was amazed how neat the D260 is, being only 24mm thick. Also impressive is the shiny gloss finish casing (mine is black). Admittedly this does attract fingerprints, but Acer include a cleaning cloth. And despite being smaller than the older D250, the keyboard is actually larger and very easy to use. What also is impressive is the LED backlit LCD screen which gives true daylight colours compared to conventional LCD screens that have fluorescent back-lighting. With this screen, whites are true white and very bright, and being backlit with LED's should ensure greater reliability, as LED's last for decades in comparison to fluorescent back-lighting which do have a tendency to occasionally fail.
If you have been reading some of the reviews on the internet, you may be expecting this machine to have dual booting including Google Android installed as an alternative OS. However this option is only available in the USA. The UK model only comes with Windows. However I did install Ubuntu netbook mix which is free on the internet and this runs superbly on this little machine and is a great fast alternative to Windows as well as having the advantage of being immune to malware and viruses.
I also upgraded the memory by removing the 1gb ram and replacing it with 2gb. Admittedly, 1gb is sufficient for most uses, but I always prefer a larger memory as this cuts down on wear and tear on the hard drive, as well as speeding things up especially when using multiple applications. However I should warn you that installing new memory on this machine is not easy. I was expecting just to open a little flap under the machine to gain access, but being a netbook, I had instead have to prise off the keyboard, remove a ribbon cable, 8 screws, and then remove the lower cover to gain access. So I don't recommend this option for those who are not technically minded. However if you wish to upgrade the memory, then you will find instructions available on youtube.
General performance is good. From a cold start, Windows 7 boots up in 1 minute 7 seconds, and Ubuntu boots up in 55 seconds. Video runs fine up to 480p without any juddering. And while true 720p/1080p HD is not possible, just remember there is no real advantage of HD video with a 10" screen!
As for Windows 7 starter, this is a nice little operating system, and is ideal for netbooks. My only gripe is that it assumes you are not going to use an external DVD drive to play DVD films, and if you do attempt this, it prompts for you to pay extra to download the necessary software codec. Instead I opted to download media classic 123 player for free, and this does the job perfectly.
If you do decide to go for an external drive, I recommend the Samsung SE-S084 DVD writer which is also available from Amazon and is great value. It is important that you buy a DVD writer, and not just a CD writer with a DVD ROM as you will need this to make the recovery disks when you first use the machine. Acer recovery only allows you to burn to DVD's and not CD's
The machine also comes with trial versions of McAfee and Office 2007, both of which I immediately uninstalled and replaced free with AVG and Open Office. It also come with a built in webcam and microphone, and of course has wi-fi.
All in all, a great little netbook. I gave it four stars instead of five, only because of the difficulties I had installing the extra memory