Even though I did get the iPhone 3G for me – and my wife – she still had a need to blog outside of the house so she can generate a little extra money. I searched Craigslist for what kind of laptop I could get for around $300-$400 and it did not look too promising. I then looked at picking up a used Macbook but they went for $700 and up.
Previously I wanted to get an MSI Wind but the price on it was up in the Macbook range. The EEEPc felt to cheap and the new Dell mini laptop was a no-go because for the SSD hard drive (small storage and possibly no upgrade path to a larger drive). I did a little more research and landed on the Acer Aspire One mini laptop.
The Aspire One model that I got is the Windows XP Home version with 1GB of memory and a 120GB hard drive with a 8.9″ screen.
Out the box the Aspire One has a great feel to it. The keyboard is not too small and has a solid feel to it (not like the EEEPc). It has an open memory slot so you can add another gig of memory and the hard drive is a standard 2.5″ SATA drive. It is pretty difficult to crack the One open and runs just fine the way it is so I am not sure if I will every perform the upgrades (on my wife’s machine at least 😉 ).
It come installed with McAfee virus software (which is what I would have installed anyway) and a trial of Microsoft Office 2007 Student and Teacher addition.
I have only been messing around with it for a short period today but I have to say that it is a pretty cool machine. It is a whole lot easier to slip it in it’s little case and carry it out with you when you go to lunch then a standard laptop. It is about as thick as my Macbook but is definitely smaller in length and width. I am serious going to miss giving this to my wife as her computer 🙁 and might need to pick one up for myself. At $350 you can get two Aspire One’s for the price of one used Macbook.
I will post more about my experience with it as time goes on.
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