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post #1 of 89
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I've been pondering the idea of getting my girlfriend a netbook for Christmas this year. The Acer Aspire One was the one that originally caught my eye and is one of the options I could resonably aquire in just a couple days. They have the 120GB Windows XP version at the Coscto Wholesale I work at for $350. I've noticed that there is now a 160GB option with a larger battery as well, but they don't carry it at Coscto, unfortunately.

Costco also carries the HP 2113 netbook for one-hundred dollars more. Judging by the reviews and features I think I would be better off with the Acer.

Buying at Coscto would be a huge plus (90 return policy/+ free two-year extended manufacturer warranty).

Is there anything I should know before taking the plunge on the Acer?

Also, I am a little leary buying back into the Acer brand. About 15 years ago my grandparents bought an Acer Aspire PC that was the worst $2000 anyone ever spent. It was litterally the worst PC I have ever used.
post #2 of 89
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Originally Posted by Ingo View Post
I've been pondering the idea of getting my girlfriend a netbook for Christmas this year. The Acer Aspire One was the one that originally caught my eye and is one of the options I could resonably aquire in just a couple days. They have the 120GB Windows XP version at the Coscto Wholesale I work at for $350. I've noticed that there is now a 160GB option with a larger battery as well, but they don't carry it at Coscto, unfortunately.

Costco also carries the HP 2113 netbook for one-hundred dollars more. Judging by the reviews and features I think I would be better off with the Acer.

Buying at Coscto would be a huge plus (90 return policy/+ free two-year extended manufacturer warranty).

Is there anything I should know before taking the plunge on the Acer?

Also, I am a little leary buying back into the Acer brand. About 15 years ago my grandparents bought an Acer Aspire PC that was the worst $2000 anyone ever spent. It was litterally the worst PC I have ever used.

As a acer aspire one owner, I think I can help you--

The laptop is great, very fast I can even run photoshop and games smoothly. I have the 160GB and larger cap battery version, so I have around 4 hours and 45 minutes of battery time depending what I'm doing (I mostly use it to take class notes). As for the build quality, I like the case (except the laptop lid which is very plastic) because its made of some kind of hardened plastic, very durable. I've been using it for 6 months, so I'm not too sure in terms of long term quality how it will be but no troubles so far.

Also, if you plan on upgrading the memory like I did to 1.5GB, its very hard to do unless you've opened up laptops before...lots of things to unscrew and disassemble.

overall I'm very happy with it, I would get a neoprene case to protect it though--the asus eee cases work very nicely.
post #3 of 89
and i wouldnt recommend the shorter battery life version unless you are going to use it on the go alot... i heard it barely lasts 3 hours, mostly likely around 2 hours
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Originally Posted by johnation33 View Post
and i wouldnt recommend the shorter battery life version unless you are going to use it on the go alot... i heard it barely lasts 3 hours, mostly likely around 2 hours
I guess I'm probably going to buy the 'One' from Coscto and just opt to get the six-cell battery later on down the line. I don't think my girlfriend will fill up a 120GB HD anyhow.
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I just got the Aspire One and I couldn't be happier, but do get that 6-cell later on (who knows, you may still be satisfied with the 3-cell battery). Personally, I'm contemplating buying one of those 8.9 in touch-screen kits to add touch screen capabilities to mine in the next couple of months (if I get bored enough).

The one thing I noted that may or may not bug new owners is the mouse button placement. Most laptops tend to place the two buttons below the mouse-pad but the Aspire One actually puts them on the side, so the left click button is on the left of the pad and the right click on the right. It felt a little odd at first but if you've played with finger-trackball mice, the arrangement actually works fairly well.
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I just got the Aspire One and I couldn't be happier, but do get that 6-cell later on (who knows, you may still be satisfied with the 3-cell battery). Personally, I'm contemplating buying one of those 8.9 in touch-screen kits to add touch screen capabilities to mine in the next couple of months (if I get bored enough).
How is the sound out of the headphone jack?

I might have to buy a little USB-DAC to use when I'm using it. Girlfriend wouldn't give a damn about that, though.
post #7 of 89
Radio Shack has a deal down here where you can get the Acer Aspire One running XP for 99.00 if you sign for a two year internet service contract (sim card for the Acer) through ATT (another 60/month). Not a bad deal if your considering getting an internet card anyways.
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Originally Posted by Pappucho View Post
Radio Shack has a deal down here where you can get the Acer Aspire One running XP for 99.00 if you sign for a two year internet service contract (sim card for the Acer) through ATT (another 60/month). Not a bad deal if your considering getting an internet card anyways.
Sounds good. I don't think I'd trade that for the Costco perks, though.
post #9 of 89
Here's the link with the specs in case you changed your mind....
post #10 of 89
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How is the sound out of the headphone jack?

I might have to buy a little USB-DAC to use when I'm using it. Girlfriend wouldn't give a damn about that, though.
I only plugged into the headphone jack once (I bought it on Black Friday 2 days before I had to come back to work and won't have a chance to play with it again until the 25th/26th). As I recall, it wasn't bad. I was plugged in with my JVC HA-FX66 and I thought I heard a light hiss but my room really isn't that quiet so it was hard to tell. You probably wouldn't be too bad off buying a USB-DAC (I plan on doing so), but I think it would be just fine for portable headphones in a pinch.
post #11 of 89
I'm also thinking of getting the AAO for surfing & also for home audio rig. The recent good review of NuForce Mobile seems to be a prefect match (of coz there're many others like ibasso, etc).

Anyone else using a netbook as their home audio rig ? Any problems so far, like heat, interference, etc ?
post #12 of 89
acer's are fine; other than ibm or apple, all laptops are similar crap; i wouldn't use it out of warranty; i like acer over other crap brands like dell, compaq etc.
post #13 of 89
I have just read about the 9-cell (yep nine) batteries now available for the acer aspire one netbooks.

Acer Aspire One 9-cell Battery

They look ugly as sin but they do the job.
post #14 of 89
I am using a 1000HA eee pc netbook. Netbooks are okay if you are not a power user.
post #15 of 89
Had a chance to play with an MSI Wind today not to bad .
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