Acer Aspire One D260 review

“Weighing just 2.6 pounds and measuring 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches, the lithe D260 feels feather-light. Unlike Acer’s larger notebooks, the branding on the D260 is much more overt: the upper left-hand corner has Acer’s logo in dark gray, and “Aspire One” is emblazoned in chrome across the middle. The light matte gray finish of the lid extends to the deck surrounding the Fine Tip keyboard, and is interrupted only by a gently glowing blue power button at the top and four status LEDs on the bottom left.

Powered by a 1.83-GHz Intel Atom N475 processor and 1GB of RAM, the Aspire One D260 scored 1,366 in PCMark05. Though about 60 points below the average, this score is above the Samsung N150 Plus (1,300), and on a par with the HP Mini 210 (1,365). Still, it doesn’t match the $299 ASUS Eee PC 1001P (1,384), and all of these systems have Atom N450 chips.

Acer prioritized looks and portability above longevity in the D260, but this netbook manages to be charming even with its below-average battery life. Its $299 price is equally attractive, but for the same amount you could scoop up the ASUS Eee PC 1001P, which, though it has a smaller 160GB hard drive, fared better in several performance tests, including battery life. Still, if you think 5 hours or runtime is enough, the Aspire One D260 has plenty going for it, not the least of which being its charisma.”

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