New Gadget: Acer Aspire One 1410
I guess there is something new and catchy about this new wave of netbook products – first started by local Taiwanese
companies (the Eee-PC from Asus, to be exact). Not only are they cheaper than the ‘standard’ laptops, the netbooks
are also a LOT easier to carry around with you.
For me, there was several reasons to replace my previous 12-inch notebook Compaq Evo (anybody remember that machine?).
First, being of the old design (from the turn of the century, to be exact), the 12-incher is a bit clumsy by today’s standards. While it indeed was a top-of-the-line model in its heydays (cost me a grand NTD 65,000 – almost USD 2000), it tends to be a bit TOO big to carry around with ease. Therefore, it has been more or less sitting around the house in recent years because I’m just getting a bit lazy to carrying around.
The other reason is – not surprisingly – the lack of support for my former laptop. In fact, I was forced to replace my battery when the old one died on me a few years back. Unfortunately, even at that point, I had to visit the company which supplied the batteries (thank god that company is located in Taiwan) in person to secure a replacement.
Do I need a clearer message telling me to move on?
So I embarked on my quest to seek a replacement. Unfortunately, having left the market for several years, I wasn’t quite sure what to look for. I started out by looking at the laptops my friends and co-workers bought. Guess what? I found two of them using the Acer netbook. Even though one was the 10-inch version and the other a 11-inch version, they both vouched for the qualityof the device.
After a quick research in NOVA (THE computer product shopping mall in Taipei, second only to Guanghua Digital Plaza), I managed to secure one around NTD 20,000 with the help of my friend.
When I saw the box, I was amazed that it’s not just one of those brown-looking standard box to save $$$. At least I can
bring it home with ease, without all those weird gadget.
Alright, I admit I’m too old to buy a red one. But hey, why not try something fun once in a while? Nothing in the codes
that require guys to get blue or black PCs, right?
OK – here’s the specs:
– 11.6-inch screen
– Intel Celeron Processor
– 6-hour battery
– 1.4 lbs
– 2 GB (buffed it to 4GB)
– 250 GB SATA hard drive
– Vista Home Basic (this is the sad part)
Depending on individuals, you may think that smaller is better. For me, I think the keyboard for the 11.6-inch is bearable, but anything less will bite. That’s why I took this one instead of the 10-incher.
Being light and small, I was able to carry the netbook in a small pack – a perfect-fit bag I use to carry my A4 folders.
Anyways, this is a great product, and I definitely do recommend it if you are considering about netbooks or 12-inch laptops.
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