a Steal, At a Cost
Mar 5, 2012 (Updated Mar 6, 2012)
Review by blvdblvd
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
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Pros:Large hard drive space, Large keyboard, decent specs, good for budget buyers.
Cons:Unstable at times, slow processor, screen flickering, and not so good battery life.
The Bottom Line: If your on a budget, definitely consider this netbook. Although, if you can afford better, you might want to go ahead and spring for a more stable netbook.
Guess what I was using before I got my new Acer Aspire One D270... guess! I bet you couldn't in a million years. Stumped yet? Well, I'll let you in; A $110 Android 7' mini Netbook. Yep, a Netbook that's smaller than a tablet, that ran on Android 2.2. Sounds like hell doesn't it? Well, at times it was. So, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't gitty with glee being able to use a REAL FREAKING COMPUTER. My stupid grin is alive and well, as I write on this sexy little machine. But my judgment isn't completely clouded, so rest assured that this review, as-well as this laptop, are worth your time.
Recommend this product?
I'm not the biggest computer genius, so I won't go into hyper-detail; just the basics. The Acer Aspire One D270 is the 2012 model of the long running Aspire series. This model is particularly interesting given it's immense hardrive space, you get an impressive 320GB (I had 290GB after startup). For a netbook, that's pretty darn good. This is probably the most note worthy perk on the D270, although, it does have a few more. I'm trying to be as succinct as possible, so I'll only comment on the more important details; I will however list the full specs at the end of this review to save you the trouble.
Before I go all Best buy tech support on you, let me get the aesthetics out of the way first. I have the Espresso black model and it's not too shabby. Dark and glossy with some glitter, this a pretty attractive netbook. On the back of the screen there's this protruding swirl over the word Aspire. This touch gives some personality to the D270; you can tell a lot of care was put into this computer- cosmetic wise. It's fairly light at around 2 pounds, and is decently sturdy.
Another selling point would be the keyboard size. If I remember correctly, the Acer Aspire One D270 has a 93% full keyboard. So, for all of you that hate the tiny keys of other models (I personally love them), this could be a deciding factor for you. Seriously, this is a sexy netbook, but looks aren't everything- well to me they are; BUT, this little juggernaut has got some brains too.
The OS it runs is Windows 7 Starter 32-bit. Not uncommon for a netbook of this caliber. Another aspect that the D270 holds that's not uncommon for a netbook, is that there is no optical drive. So if your planning on using all the hard drive space for music, make sure you have a digital copy.My Aspire One came with the 3-cell Li-ion battery, which at full charge gets you about four and a half hours of use. Not amazing but still decent. It also comes with a built in webcam. Which aside from reminding me of how ugly I am, actually has a pretty good frame-rate. The picture is standard for a webcam, grainy and fuzzy.
It uses just a bit over 1gig of RAM, which like the battery life; isn't spectacular, but definitely useable. You can also upgrade the RAM to 2gigs. I plan on doing this, but I am perfectly comfortable with 1gig. I've rarely ran into problems speed wise, and have only had to hard power off once. My web browser crashed, and I didn't feel like waiting it out. I'm sure I could have, but it was like 4am and I stayed up all night on Hulu. Even though patience is a virtue, you'll rarely need it while using the Acer Aspire One D270. Especially if you max out your RAM.
Probably one of the most important parts of a computer (Forgive my stupidity) would be the processor. The D270 of course uses the Intel Atom 2600 1.60 GHz, which has built a name for itself as being not all that great. But what can you expect? Honestly, I don't really mind it. Stick to web surfing, video streaming, word processing, and med-grade programs, and your golden. If your planning on preforming strenuous tasks such as rendering, then your gonna have trouble. Simply formatting my USB drive took way longer than it should have. You are given help though, as the D270 uses dual core processing. Which from my understanding means you can run two programs at once, just as if you were only running one. Pretty sweet.
The screen is vibrant and very bright, and has little to no glare. At 10.1 inches, it's sorta small but I haven't been bothered by it at all, other than one problem I came across.... YouTube. I have no idea why, but it seems that when I'm on this site my screen flickers quite often, even when I'm not viewing a video. This really bothered me. It never actually gets to the point of being unbearable, but is almost inexcusable. I also noticed the speakers are on the bottom of the computer, meaning if you have it sitting in your lap, you'll most likely get a muffled and quite sound output. Although even on a flat surface, the speakers are very weak, so I'd advise ear buds, as external speakers will cut into the portability; which is a selling point of netbooks in general. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
As much as I would like to skip this, my review wouldn't be complete unless I mentioned the gaming capabilities of this model. I've never been into PC gaming, but for the sake of this review, I tried out a few; my results were surprising. The game I played was: On the Rain Slick: Precipice Of Darkness- episode two. Look up gameplay for this, for a better understanding of what I'm talking about. Anyway, this particular game ran well and was pretty enjoyable. The FPS was silky smooth and cut scenes looked great. Flash games work decently too, but I'm sure modern games are a no-no on the D270.. I've actually seen a clip of this guy playing World of Warcraft on the D270, at around 15FPS. So to round up, no-to MW3, yes-to Bejeweled.
If I had to rate my personal experience with the Acer Aspire One D270, I'd say it's been mostly all positive. Programs open up very quickly, web browsing is speedy, and at a very affordable price of only 250.00 USD (what I payed for), I feel genuinely satisfied with my purchase. How YOU will feel depends on what you'll planning to get out of this little guy. If you want a powerful, reliable, and extremely stable computer, then I'd suggest looking else were in the market. I really only needed this for writing, and for that aspect alone, this netbook works perfectly. If your budget is lower than or around 300.00 USD, (I wouldn't pay more than 330.00), then the Acer Aspire One D270 is most likely the best you'll find for the price. If your a regular Donald Trump, then you might wanna search for a more powerful netbook, at higher cost of course.
OS- Windows 7 Starter 32-bit SP1
Processor- Intel Atom N2600 1.60GHz Dual Core
LCD- 10.1'' Acer CineCrystal LED LCD
Memory- 1GB DDR3 Memeory
Storage- 320GB HDD
Card Reader- Multi-in-1 card reader
WLAN- Acer Nplify 802.11b/g/n
Webcam- Built-in Webcam
Battery- 3-cell Li-ion battery
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While trying to write “card reader”, I typed card reafer
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Amount Paid (US$): 250.00
Operating System: Windows
Processor speed: over 1000
Screen Size: 10 inches
RAM: More than 256
Internal Storage: SuperDisk
Hard Drive (GB): Over 50
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