Acer Aspire One D260-23797
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2010 was the year when the netbook industry exploded and one of the many models launched is this Acer Aspire One D260-23797. The design feature which is the most noticeable would have to be how small the netbook actually is. Even though compared to other models in this category the difference is minuscule, on these models every single inch counts. The model is cast in dark business-like gray and has straight lines, which make it suitable for the office.
Upon launch, the D260 was available for $329 and came powered with an Intel Atom N475 processor clocked at 1.83 GHz and had 1GB of DDR3 at 1,333 MHz. For storage it carries a 250GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm while in the graphics area it features an integrated Intel GMA 3150. The netbook measures 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches and it tips the scales at only 2.7 pounds (3.1 pounds if we add the AC adapter).
Opening the netbook reveals a gray interior that is offset by the black keyboard. It consists of Acer’s style of flat-topped, large, closely spaced keys, unlike most of the other netbooks that have adopted an island-style configuration, which is quite similar but it offers more space between the keys, making them easier to use. As for the touchpad, this has a generous size given the netbook’s limited dimensions, but this is mostly because it is actually wider than it is high.
It has a 10.1-inch display that has a native 1,024 x 768-pixel resolution which is pretty much the standard for entry-level netbooks, while more expensive models benefit from a display that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels (720p). Compared to other displays, the one on the Acer Aspire One D260-23797 is less glossy which means that it’s better for avoiding excess screen glare, but the viewing angles are not very good.
This netbook has been fitted with VGA out, stereo speakers along with headphone + microphone jacks. It has three USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader, while in the connectivity department you’re covered by the 802.11n Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
Video playback is not the netbook’s strongest suit, especially when it comes down to streaming online video. The 720p clips on YouTube and Hulu will stutter, and even full-screen 480p ones.
Since it has low-power components, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the battery of this netbook is pretty good, managing to last for almost 5 hours when fitted with the standard 6-cell lithium-ion pack. Even though it’s good, there are a bunch of netbooks out there that can last for more than 7 hours but even so, five hours should be enough for most users.