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Hardware Thread, Mini Laptop in Technical; I'm looking to buy a portable laptop and came accross this: Acer Aspire One A150L White N270 1GB 120GB 8.9" ...
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    Mini Laptop

    I'm looking to buy a portable laptop and came accross this:

    Acer Aspire One A150L White N270 1GB 120GB 8.9" Net Book - Tesco.Direct

    What do people think? Will be using it for internet, uni work and programming mainly. Will this suffice?

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    seems expensive for a linux based netbook.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    seems expensive for a linux based netbook.

    Ben

    ive seen some good reviews for it though

    Acer Aspire One review - PC Advisor

    PC Pro: Product Reviews: Acer Aspire One

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    Lady in my Dept bought one - she loves it. Installed XP on it, (was linux), quite nippy and well behaved.

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    Oh yes I probably agree I had a quick play with one instore one day and I really liked the design of it.

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    That's not a bad price at all! Check out the Samsung NC10. Effectively the same under the hood (1.6ghz Atom...etc), but a bigger hard drive and a very nice keyboard.

    I've just bought one and replaced the hard drive with a 32gb SSD and can't fault it. For the price it's awesome, the screen is just the right size... couldn't be happier with it.

    It's a bit more expensive than that though, but I got almost 7 hours out of the first charge!

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    Thanks for the feedback. I didn't think it was a bad price. By no means "lets hack the FBI" spec but I'm sure it will be capable of achieving what I need it to do (basically lamp, firefox, pidgin and openoffice).

    Now I gotta sweet talk the wife and get her to get me one for Xmas

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    Acer support has in the past given me some cause for concern. Check out a few other forums before you commit.

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    Or how would Acer Aspire One A110L White N270 512MB 8GB 8.9" Net Book - Tesco.Direct handle Ubuntu 8.10? Would it manage? Or am I just being a tight arse now?

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    My brother had the Acer and it was rubbish. 1st was replaced due to failing HDD, and the 2nd one's screen kept going blank.

    swapped it for the samsung and it's much better quality and have a absolute stonking battery (got 7hours out of it on normal setting)

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    We just bought 15 of the Samsung NC10 for 247 ex vat..

    Ordered them yesterday, should have arrived by now... must check downstairs...


    The reviews for the Samsungs are looking good, will update when i have had a look...

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midget View Post
    swapped it for the samsung and it's much better quality and have a absolute stonking battery (got 7hours out of it on normal setting)


    I'm liking mine more every time I use it! I've got Ubuntu on there too and everything was detected and works fine.

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    I have one of these HP Mininote and put xp on it instead of linux. Not bad for 159 +VAT i paid about double that 6 months ago

    My dad bought my brother the vista version for uni and its great he loves it as its light/small etc and the keyboard is near enough full size so easy to type on.

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    My Girlfriends daughter (yr10) bought one of these with her summer job earnings at the beginning of September. We bought the 512MB/120BG model and added another 1GB RAM (it worked cheaper to get 1.5GB than 1GB - go figure). I recal the price a few months back was similar to the tesco deal, so I suspect price drops soon.

    I can thoroughly recommend this laptop, it has been really good. The only criticism from the child is that she can't upgrade gimp to 2.6 easily (she spends all day gimping her bebo) and she's reluctant to upgrade to ubuntu because she likes the GUI of the default system.
    Personally I'd stick ubuntu on it, and I think the battery could be a bit better.

    other than that defo a thumbs up (compared to other notebooks in it's class)

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