Acer Aspire One D260-1270
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Buying a new netbook these days can be a difficult thing to do since there are hundreds of models to choose from, many of which look just about the same on paper. A 2011 entry in this segment is the Acer Aspire One D260-1270 which comes in a molded plastic chassis which is fairly light, as the mini laptop weighs only 2.65 pounds.
The netbook’s touchpad has been molded seamlessly in the palmrest and it is differentiated by a subtle ridge on both sides. Along the bottom of the touchpad there’s a combined left and right button and the touchpad offers support for multitouch gestures which means that you can two-finger swipe, rotate photos, along with zooming in and out with a pinch for adjusting content on this small screen.
It adopts a floating tile design for the keyboard, a traditional feature of netbooks manufactured under the Acer name. It is the same one you will find on the Aspire One AOD255-1203 and it has the same flaw as it collects a lot of dust and crumbs. It has a 93% size so you don’t get the full-size type which you can find on a lot of other netbooks.
The Acer Aspire One D260-1270 has a 10.1-inch display with a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels which is the standard nowadays in the segment of affordable low-end netbooks. The speakers are on the average side and the sound ranges from fairly wimpy at the lower volumes to being much distorted at higher volumes.
The mini laptop is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor running at a frequency of 1.50 GHz, which is the same CPU you’ll find in the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM and the HP 5103. It is indeed a fairly common type of processor, but it does benefit from the fact that it comes with 2GB of RAM as standard which improves overall performance in comparison to those models that only have 1GB of memory. It has two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, VGA out and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Also on board are a memory card reader and a 320GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm.
The netbook comes with a 6-cell 49Wh battery which allows it to last for a little over 9 hours in MobileMark 2007. It is an exceptional result, but the Mini 5102 from HP is able to last for almost 11 hours during the same test. Acer’s result is far better than the 7 hours obtained by the Samsung NF310-A01, and it’s also longer than the 8 hours and 40 minutes of the HP 5103.
All things considered, it manages to offer a great netbook experience with an exceptional battery life and decent performance.