Acer Aspire One Mini Notebook

acer aspire one mini notebook

Making its way into the mini-notebook arena, Acer has released its ace – the Acer Aspire One (Linux Version), Acer’s answer to Eee PC, HP Mini-note and MSI Wind NB.


At first sight of the Acer Aspire One, YOU would never suspect that it is a budget gadget. Displaying a glossy lid (available in pink, white, blue and black) and glossy black bezel on the inside (framing the 8.9-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel resolution display). Though a bit fingerprint-prone, it still looks classy enough to be seen out in public.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Acer Aspire One features an 89%-sized keyboard. Though not as large as, say HP mini-note, it still makes for comfortable touch typing. The keys are quite responsive and features nice tactile feedback. The touchpad is fairly useful (but a bit small), though the mouse button on either side are a bit awkward. On the plus side, a small touchpad means a more compact system.


Acer Aspire One’s perimeter offers the following ports: USB 2.0, a Kensington lock, VGA, Ethernet, and headphone and mic jacks. One bonus feature: 2 memory card slots. 1 solely for SD, the other is a 5-in-1. The explanation for having a 2-card slot is that when inserting a card into the stand-alone SD slot, it expands the internal storage. When, say a 4GB SD card, is popped, it is added to the on-board 8GB of flash for a total of 12GB.

The system’s file manager actually adds the additional memory to the total of the internal hard drive so it actually looks like an entire disk. The other expansion slot is created to accommodate upgraders encouraging them to toy around with the system’s internal components (as they are reportedly soldered into place, making upgrades practically impossible).

Linus Operating System

Acer Aspire oen will actually be available with either a Linux or Windows Operating System. If you have the Linux version, you will have the standard sections: Connect, Work, Fun, and Files.

Under Connect, you will find Firefox 2.014, an IM client that is compatible with AIM, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger, Aspire one Mail, an RSS reader, Skype, and links to Wikipedia, Google Maps, and Hotmail.

Under Work you will see the OpenOffice suite, Contacts, Calculator, Notes, and Calendar.

Under Fun includes the Media Master multimedia player, Photo Master picture manager, the KolourPaint paint program, a webcam, and a slew of casual games.

Under Files you will find My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, My Downloads, and My Files folders.


The Linux interface is very clean and simple. Though, to show all programs in one section you have to click the arrow, since only three are displayed by default, this is (only to some) just a minor issue. Above the four areas is a search field that can double as a desktop search tool and a traditional search engine. Try searching for a particular subject and Firefox will launch showing Yahoo search results.

Looking for multimedia files is a different, but not difficult matter. Switch the search from "Internet" to "desktop", type in your ‘keyword’ and click the search icon. Instead of displaying the search results, another search box will open, displaying the term you keyed in. Click on Find to initiate the search, and the result will come up. It kind of seems like an unnecessary extra step, but it does not pose as a deterrent or something to slow you down.

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