How to Buy an Acer Aspire One

How to Buy an Acer Aspire One
By , Last updated on: 12/3/2014

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Acer’s growing line of netbooks, the Acer Aspire One, has slowly gained more and more popularity, catering to the ever-growing market of netbook consumers with various configurations, and a sleek style.

For those of you who don’t know what a netbook is: it’s basically a laptop, and as its name suggests, usually have exclusively web functions.

Because of the more specialized function, the laptops are often much smaller than traditional laptops, and require less high performance parts, making it a cheaper alternative for those who seek solely web browsing and e-mail.

Keeping all of that in mind, in this article, we will go over the slight variations in configuration of the Aspire Ones and hopefully help you decide which configuration works best for you.

Screen Size

As of now you have two different choices, the 10. 1” and the 8. 9”, which basically comes down to do you really need the bigger screen or would you rather save money. The 10. 1” laptops tend to be more expensive, but never underestimate the value of a slightly larger screen. If you are a multitasker at heart and want several windows open, or prefer viewing things slightly larger, then go for the 10. 1”. If you prefer a small screen for portability (weight and size issues), or want to save an extra buck, go for the 8. 9”.

Operating System

Your two basic choices here are XP and Linux. If you’re a more advanced user, or surf the internet enough, you’ll know you can hack the operating system in order to use OSx86, but we won’t get into that now. There are two determining factors here: familiarity/ease and compatibility. Most users have had experience with the Windows OS (OS = Operating System), and not as much with Linux. There aren’t huge differences here, but if change is not something you like, stick with XP. Next, make sure you don’t need any applications that are Windows specific, and/or your company/organization doesn’t require a Windows OS. Applications like Microsoft Word, iTunes, etc install much more readily on the Windows OS. If you’re still open to either option, here’s the key: Linux is less intensive than XP, thus can usually perform a better faster, and crash less (plus you have to pay for software).

Hard Drive

Two options here: size and SSD vs HDD. If you go with SSD you have either 8GB or 16GB options; so if you have lots of musics/photos/application data, go with the larger size, otherwise you’ll be fine with the smaller size. Same applies for HDD, except here your options are 120GB or 160GB. Usually you won’t need the extra 40GB on HDD. SSD, or Solid State Drives, basically have no moving parts, making them less likely to crash, faster to start up, and safer for your data, but the tradeoff is that they are considerably more expensive. Generally if you’re not moving around a lot while using your netbook, HDD, or Hard Disk Drives, are a good option, but if you want to be extra careful, and have the money, go with SSD.

Memory (RAM)

Three options on this one: 512MB, 1GB, and 1. 5GB. RAM, or Random Access Memory, is important for starting up applications and opening files. Obviously, more RAM means more money. If you just plan on using the internet and e-mail, 512MB will do fine, but if you plan to run several applications, go with the 1. 5GB. If in doubt, more is always better with RAM – it’s one of the more important aspects.


The last aspect we’re going to cover, and as you guessed it, you do have choices here: 3 cell or 6 cell. 3 cell lasts 2-3 hours, 6 cell lasts 5-7 hours. So if you plan to be away from an outlet for extended periods of time, go with the 6 cell. If you want to save some money and weight, go with the 3 cell.

And there you have it, the major differences in Acer Aspire One models. We left out one major thing, namely color, but we left the hardest choice for you, alone. Good Luck!


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