Acer Aspire One ZG5 (Linux) Review

PCWorld down under, has a nice review of the Acer Aspire One “ZG5” and before you ask, your guess is good as mine (prob different model number in different countries maybe ?) they have more pictures on their site.

“We looked at the Linux (Linpus) version for this review, which has an 8GB SSD and 512MB of DDR2 RAM accompanying its 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU. Straight out of the box, the Linpus interface boots up in around 20sec. It’s easy to use and its desktop contains shortcuts to all of the unit’s essential applications. Firefox and OpenOffice are installed, as is an instant messaging client that allows you to sign in to MSN, Yahoo, AIM and Google Talk accounts. The desktop is split up into four sections: Connect, Work, Fun and Files, so it’s easy to navigate, but it doesn’t allow for much advanced functionality. Unlike the Eee PC, it doesn’t have any educational tools installed.

It might be worth waiting for the Windows XP version of the Aspire One, which will cost only $100 more than the Linux version but will have 1.5GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive. Furthermore, you might also want to wait until the 3G versions are released, which will make this the perfect tool for journalists’ on-the-scene reporting and for users who have to put up with long public transport rides. As it stands, the Linux version has a solid-state drive in its favour, as well as the seamless integration of the storage expansion slot. Another few gigs of built in storage wouldn’t go astray, nor would an extra 512MB of RAM.”

Full review here

On a side note, they referenced a little website called AspireOneUser.com 🙂