Acer Aspire One D250
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The Acer Aspire One D250 is the successor of the AOD150 and came out in mid 2009. The D250 is thinner and less heavy than its predecessor because it comes with a 3-cell battery, unlike the AOD150 which as a 6-cell battery. When it came out it had a retail price of $298 and it was a fair price to pay for a netbook.
At the heart of this model is an Intel Atom N270 processor clocked at 1.60 GHz and 1GB of DDR2 memory running at 533 MHz. It comes with a 160GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm and it has been configured with a Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. For graphics it carries an integrated Intel GMA 950 while the operating system is Windows XP Home SP3. The netbook measures 10.17 x 7.24 x 1 inches and it weighs 2.36 pounds (3 pounds with the AC adapter).
The screen hinge of the Acer Aspire One D250 is matte black and lies somewhat flush with the rest of the mini laptop. The 10.1-inch screen is surrounded by black plastic which is a little bit shiny. The keyboard manages to be very comfortable when you are typing and even though it has full Shift keys, it still is far from being a full-size keyboard. As a consequence, the typing experience is more cramped than working on a Samsung N120 or a HP Mini 110. They could have made the keyboard edge-to-edge which would have been considerably better. The touchpad has remained small just like the predecessor had it, but the good thing is that the bottom rocker button is a lot more clicky than before.
The 10.1-inch LED-backlit LCD wide-screen display of the Acer Aspire One D250 has a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels which is just about the standard for the dimension of the screen, even though newer models are now offered with a 1,366 x 768-pixel resolution (720p). The icons and text are very crisp while the colors appear quite sharp.
As far as the stereo speakers are concerned, these are relatively weak, both in sound quality and volume, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise since most netbook speakers are the same. This mini laptop from Acer comes with VGA out, headphone and microphone jacks, three USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, Ethernet and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.
With the standard 3-cell lithium-ion battery pack, the Acer Aspire One D250 will last for about 2 hours in a battery draining test consisting of continuous video playback, which is considerably lower than the average in this segment. The HP Mini 110 fitted with a 3-cell unit will last for half an hour more during the same test.