Acer Aspire One

I am currently at Java Cafe playing around with my Acer Aspire One netbook.  I am really quite impressed with it.  In the past, I was not a fan of netbooks but after having Rich‘s Aspire One for nearly 2 weeks, my opinions have changed.  Rich needed to have Windows XP Lite and Ubuntu eee installed on his Aspire One.  Since I did not have time, I gave it to my student, Tommy, from AIS to do it.

Tommy returned to me this week.  I spent a couple days playing with Ubuntu eee on Rich’s Aspire One.  Wow, I really love it.  The Ubuntu eee Developers did a great job on the desktop GUI.

Yesterday I purchased my own brown Acer Aspire One yesterday from Long Binh Computers.  It came with a licensed version of Windows XP Home, not the Lite version.  I was asked if I wanted a cracked version of Office 2007 but I declined.

When I got home, I tested Windows XP Home out.  Yeah, it is still slow.  I then downloaded unetbootin and created a Ubuntu eee LiveUSB.  I installed Ubuntu eee relatively easily and booted into Ubuntu.  Wow, I am still impressed with the nice Gnome desktop environment.

I managed to update the system but it took most of the night due the poor bandwidth here.

I will test it out at Barcamp Saigon tomorrow hopefully with some pictures of the event.  A review of both Barcamp Saigon and the Acer Aspire One will come within the week.

So far, I am impressed………..with the Aspire One.  My colleague plans to get one as well.

  • How was the battery life with Ubuntu?

    I’m thinking about buying one, but doubting between Acer, Asus, MSI and Lenovo… 🙂

  • @Urko: Not bad at all. The battery indicator says 5 hours but when I use it, I get roughly 3 and a half hours before needing to charge it up.

    I am thinking about dumping Ubuntu eee and install Ubuntu 8.10 instead. There is support for it now: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne

  • Hey, that shop has a pretty good selection of netbooks, and decent prices too. Bookmarking… 🙂

  • I like Long Binh. They have a good reputation. They get their products from Singapore I heard.

  • I updated a lot of the drivers from the AspireOne Euro FTP. All runs without a hitch. With the updated trackpad drivers, you can now use two finger control (a la iphone).

    So far, I like the form factor of AspireOne and the aesthetics. We have two of them now at my place. I have the brown 120GB mechanical hard drive, my partner has the white 8GB SSD. I recommend the bigger drives over the SSD, I don’t see any difference in speed.

    I’ve read some good things about the lenovo…

  • My boss will bring back the Lenovo or Dell mini next week. I am curious to see it goes. I like my AspireOne but I still lug my Thinkpad around for work. It does go to class with me.

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