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Acer Aspire One AOA150-1505 8.9-Inch Netbook
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Intel Atom Processor N270; (1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache); Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3; 8.9-inch WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD (1024 x 600); Mobile Intel 945GSE Express Chipset; 1024MB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM Single Channel Memory; Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950; 160GB SATA 5400RPM Hard Drive; Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader; Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED; Acer Crystal Eye Webcam; Two Built-in Stereo Speakers; 3 - USB 2.0 Ports Wireless; 6-cell Li-ion (2200 mAh); USB Mouse; 2.78 lbs. | 1.26 kg (system unit only).

Customer Reviews:

  • Love this thing!
    This little computer is great, I just charge it up for the day and put in my purse and go!...more info
  • Great little netbook
    This 8.9 in netbook is terrific. All the benefits of a large laptop in a smaller size.
    Lightweight, easy to carry & easy to adjust to.
    I highly recommend it....more info
  • Success at last!!!
    I have a desk pc, a laptop pc and now this pc. This one does everything I ask of it and more. The keyboard has enough space to easily type on. The size and weight are very light. I do not notice a problem with the battery being too large or protruding from the back, causing a problem. I get comments of "I've never seen such a small netbook" and "isn't it cute"? I am able to go anywhere and still complete my work. AT LAST SUCCESS in achieving the ultimate, all purpose netbook. Well worth the opportunity to use it, and the price is very reasonable. Peggy Walters ...more info
  • Fine little fellow
    I purchased this machine about a month ago and it just works. It has Win XP and the 6 cell battery.
    Win XP supplies known connectivity and usability. The battery lasts about 5 hours and that's fine. I downloaded Open Office which I highly recommend.

    The keyboard is great. The mouse pad is ok, I wish it was a little larger. The screen is sharp and bright.

    This thing is light, small, and a lot of fun to use.

    My only warning is that my experience with Acer product support on another product was very frustrating. As long as this one keeps working, I'll be ok....more info
  • Excellent netbook. Can't wait to mod it!
    I waited a long time to get on the netbook wagon. But after lots of research, I kept coming back to the Acer Aspire One. The only thing that was holding me back was no onboard bluetooth, but they have super small ones at zengadgets-dot-com and it works great.

    I've seen there are a lot of mods for the AAO as well... Touchscreen, upgraded ram, even an internal bluetooth mod. So there is lots of potential to improve this already great machine.

    Definitely would recommend this one. Of all my research, it sits at the top of the 8.9" class....more info
  • Horrible Choice!
    Acer Aspire One AOA150-1553 8.9-Inch Onyx Black Netbook - 6 Cell Battery I bought this for someone. They were really excited when they received it. So when we turn it on it just kept rebooting. =]. It was a joke. I think what happened was they fell asleep while preparing this Netbook. Never again will I trust Acer. ...more info
  • Buyer Beware
    I have read many reviews extolling the virtues of this computer and after having it for a few days the glitter quickly dimmed.
    {1} It's much slower than people would lead you to believe and I'm not talking about the usual lag time for a XP to boot up, I'm saying it take longer for programs like Chrome to boot and when it does it takes it much longer for it to complete a page. I didn't expect a super fast computer but from reading many of these misleading reviews my expectations were quickly a little higher than what is delivered.
    {2}Of course you could always upgrade your memory to speed things up a bit. That is until you have to completely disassemble the enire computer and I mean take it apart, not just remove a cover or a back, do a search and watch a video on what you have to do to replace the memory, this alone will make you think about buying this netbook....more info
  • Great little computer
    I bought the Acer Aspire One Netbook because I wanted something light and portable, but I also wanted good quality. I chose Acer because I had bought my son an Acer flat screen monitor a few years ago that far surpassed my expectations for quality and clarity. I read good reviews of this particular netbook and decided to try it. Although I really wanted something very small, I was worried that the screen would be hard to read. I changed the settings to extra large icons and text and it isn't hard to read at all. The speed is the same if not better than my larger laptop. I am very pleased with this purchase and would buy it again. My two sons are considering buying one to take back and forth to college. I have bought other items from Amazon and have always been pleased with their service....more info
  • great deal
    wanted a cheap alternative to a laptop that I could use for all my needs. I purchased a SDHD card for extra memory and an external CD/DVD drive to expand the capabilities of the machine. I love it. It is small enough to take everywhere (& I do). It loads fast, and I'm thinking of buying another one since my kids have stolen it to play games. ...more info
  • Forget the Kindle! This is what I was looking for!
    This is, next to my 2006 Toshiba portable DVD/multimedia player, one of my coolest tools yet. I have been looking for a replacement for my big, bulky Gateway notebook bought in 2002. This has exceeded all of my expectations.

    Granted, I had to uninstall some stuff which I'll never use as well as the usual bloatware (the Micro$soft Office/Works software, the Internet Explorer 7 "upgrade" and the annoying Google software...and over 200MB just for the Acrobat reader that can only read .PDF files). But that's a minor quibble.

    Once past all of that with the latest versions of SeaMonkey (the successor to the Mozilla Internet Suite, it has the codebases for the Firefox web browser and the Thunderbird E-mail client along with other web development tools integrated together) and OpenOffice.org installed along with some classic production tools for my other needs I was up and running. And this little computer didn't miss a step.

    This very small computer compliments my portable DVD player and my digital cameras. With three USB 2.0 ports and two flash memory card slots (one for multi-format cards and the other a dedicated SD card slot) it's perfect for my needs. I've standardized on SD card flash memory a while back and it's turning out to be quite the universal memory card format (my portable DVD player, MP3 player, digital still and video cameras use SD cards). With two card slots it's dead easy to even organize the contents on the cards without a separate USB reader.

    I wish that it had a FAXmodem jack. The specs via the official product page on Amazon stated that it had a "56K modem port (V.90)". One of the things I did with my old Gateway notebook was FAX out documents back to the office. I may have to test the capabilities of my fave cell phone that can double as a digital modem to see if it can handle FAX transmissions. It's a small omission, though.

    I haven't fully played with the WiFi capabilities. But I have noticed plenty of unsecured WiFi connections by my neighbors. As I'm security-oriented to see such networks available just stirred within me a sense of dread as to the ignorance of the average computer user. And remember that half of 'em are even worse than that!

    There's other stuff I found interesting about the computer. Mine didn't ship with any extra discs or backups. However that information is saved on a hidden partition on the main hard drive. With a little poking around using some Nero 6 OEM tools via one of my spare drives I was able to back up that partition onto a couple of DVD-R discs. I'll check out the backups to find out the details of that hidden partition when I have more time.

    I primarily bought the Acer for my writing tasks. Again, with its long battery life through its 6-cell rechargeable pack it provides a lot of run time. What also helps in that long battery life is that it uses XP-Home instead of Vista. Since I've had bad Vista experiences it was nice to see a new computer running a version of XP. I'd like to see how it can handle a dual-boot into Ubuntu, though.

    The keyboard does seem a little cramped at first. But my fingers acclimated to it rather quickly. I wasn't too keen on the built-in pointing device. Fortunately, Acer bundled a USB optical mouse with the computer. The mouse is small but it works nicely.

    Overall, I'm very impressed with this little computer. For grins I may have to set up a "worst case" scenario by seeing how the batteries hold up as I convert a DVD-sourced MPEG2 movie to MPEG4/MP3 .AVI via the Xvid/Lame codecs through the Tsunami MPEG Encoder software. I am considering buying a couple longer-life 9-cell battery packs to see how portable I can get in regards to working with multimedia along with my JVC Everio digital camcorder. I'm also looking for a separate charger for the batteries as well.

    Very nice computer. Too bad the pink one wasn't in stock. But I figured I saved $20 for the white one and used the difference to buy some "Pink Tranquility" decals for it. I'm sure I'll find many more uses for this computer.

    And, with the decals, it looks very cool!

    Anyway, I was going to spend my money on a Kindle until I got to play with an Acer at another store. And I was hooked! This is exactly what I was looking for. And I can create and distribute DRM-free content with it as well....more info
  • Everything I wanted
    Opened this and it worked just the way it should right from the start! Only had it a few days so far, and for the price I'm dazzled. Only regret is the Mac doesn't make something this small for a small price. I bought this, not because I needed it, but for the price it was too good to not experiment with and enjoy the extreme practicality of all it does....more info
  • high benefit and good cost
    This 8.9" netbook is a good and low cost choice to connect you at the net and with your folks while traveling. So far the only negative aspect of that is that its video card does not have enough capacity to run Guitar Hero for PC/Mac. ...more info
  • greatest little netbook
    This is a great little netbook. I am thinking of getting one for my grandson. The screen is great with vivid colors. Well worth every penny.
    ...more info
  • Acer Aspire One AOA150-1359
    This little netbook is awesome! Got it from Amazon in two days, fired it up, and was amazed at how it rivals a full size laptop.

    The Good
    Great specs with good speed and able to run any program you would expect with a netbook. One of the first things I did was partition the hard drive and install Windows 7 RC Ultimate. It works like a champ!

    The Bad
    Yes...fingerprints do show up
    There is a lot of junk and trial ware that comes with the computer. I would suggest checking all the programs and keep only those that you really want.....delete the rest....you can save disk space by not having all that junk on your computer.

    All in all...this is an outstanding netbook and highly recommend it....more info
  • Small enough to carry everywhere, but not a toy
    I am thrilled with my Aspire One. I got in in black back when that didn't cost extra. I am using in place of a 15" business-grade HP laptop. The HP didn't break or anything, I just got tired of lugging it around.

    THE PROS:

    The hardware is surprisingly adequate. It feels a lot like a high-end notebook from four years ago. The analog video out works as well as analog ever does, which I have confirmed with both 20" (1600x1200) and 23" (2048x1152) monitors. It can drive one of these AND its own screen without a hiccup. The screen resolution of 1024x600 works well for a browser, especially if you go full-screen on the pages, and the pixel density is crazy (bad for "old eyes" who may want the 10" version instead, good for the 20-somethings and 30-somethings). It has enough speed to run MS Office acceptably, though the screen really isn't big enough to do anything serious -- but I say the same thing about the HP notebook. It's not great at anything, but it has no glaring weaknesses either.

    It has JUST enough CPU and graphics muscle to run eyecandy like Milkdrop on the built-in screen, though you'll have to compromise (settings and/or frame rate) a bit to drive a larger screen.

    Audio quality is excellent using external speakers.

    Battery life with the three-cell is two to three hours depending what I'm doing with it. Playing a movie would probably drain it in two hours, but that's generally long enough for a movie. The six-cell option does double this capacity if two to three hours just isn't enough, but it also sticks out of the back in somewhat of an odd manner and adds weight, which is why I decided against it.

    The keyboard is laid out in a manner that avoids the annoyances of so many other netbooks -- namely, CTRL and the right SHIFT are exactly where you'd expect them to be, and the arrow keys are small but well-placed. The keyboard is quite usable for being 89% size, and does not feel cheap or flimsy.

    It has three USB ports, WiFi, VGA, a 100mbit Ethernet port, and TWO memory card slots. The left one is SD/SDHC only, the right supports a few other card types as well as SD/SDHC.

    Due to the modest power demands, the brick is fairly small and light compared to most notebook bricks. The brick and cords, the mini-mouse, and the Aspire One all fit in a lunch-size cooler bag... with lunch still in it.

    It looks really cool, once all the fingerprints are wiped off.

    It gets warm in use, but not enough to be worrisome or even particularly uncomfortable. It runs much cooler than the HP.

    This little computer is not a toy, and it doesn't fit in your pocket (unless you wear cargo pants, I don't), but it's quite easy to take along for whatever purpose. I often go to lunch with the Aspire One in my hand and a mini-mouse in my pocket, or streamcast a game when I'm cooking or in the bathroom or anywhere else I can't stare at a fixed TV.

    THE CONS:

    In the few months I've had it, I've had ONE problem: it started shutting itself off, either while booting up or shortly after. I did a bit of googling and found this is due to the CPU fan not turning on, and the machine shuts off to protect itself. However, there is a fairly simple procedure to fix it: unplug it and remove the battery, hold the power button for 20 seconds, reattach the power but not the battery, start it up -- it may shut off one more time -- then put the battery back in. It should work fine after that. Apparently I'd been tossing it around a bit TOO casually and may have caused this, but it's fixed.

    I had to update the WiFi driver. It was flaky out of the box, but it works much better after the update.

    The lid and screen are REALLY glossy, and are thus complete fingerprint magnets. The built-in screen is only 16-bit color. It took me quite a while to notice the difference so this is not a major problem, and external monitors are not limited to 16-bit color.

    No optical drive. Deal, it's a netbook.

    The built-in speakers suck. See above point.

    The trackpad is mediocre, and the buttons are on the sides (undoubtedly to save precious front-to-back space), but it works, especially once it breaks in. It starts out requiring a lot of pressure, but this eases fairly quickly. I've never gotten comfortable with ANY trackpad, so I do not consider this a serious flaw.

    SUMMARY:
    If you are looking for a small, affordable, and all-around useful replacement for a regular notebook, and don't need blazing speed, this will fit the bill. If you expect to add a bunch of extra plug-in hardware when you get to work, it will still fit the bill. It will mostly just work out of the box but could use a bit of tweaking to perform optimally....more info
  • Only one tiny step away from perfection . . .
    If the mouse buttons on either side of the track pad were a little easier to use, this would be a world class killer computer, but you know what? I over look that one little deficiency completely, because this is one of the best computers I've ever owned. My full size laptop has become my desktop, and my Acer Aspire One has become my laptop for all occasions.

    I can't think of a single con to owning this computer other than the funky track pad buttons. The computer itself is a dream, and no, the screen is not to small for anything except maybe editing photographs.

    But I do everything else on it, including power points. No CD-ROM? No problem. I shared the CD-ROM in my desktop, then mapped it to the Acer as a network drive. 99% of my software allowed me to install it in that manner. There was only one thing that balked, and the workaround was a piece of cake.

    The six cell battery lasts for hours, even when really putting it through the grind. And it's not so big as to be objectionable.

    Of course, XP Home is a great operating system. Would like to somehow upgrade to XP Pro, but the Home version works great.

    I love this computer, and have recommended it to others, who have also found it a joy. ...more info
  • Packs a whole lot of functionality; and performance is v.g.
    I bought the white 8.9", HDD XP version, 6-cell (pretty much what's on this page) for my son's 12th birthday. I had done a lot of research, and in fact, actually bought the Vaio lifestyle pc and returned it after very poor performance/speed. I did not have great expectations for this little guy, but it was worth experimenting. Well, much to our surprise, this is an amazing machine with a very comfortable keyboard, bright screen (that you'll probably want to adjust down), and pretty darn fast!! At first, when you set it up, it seems slow to get to the desktop, but that's only for the set-up. We also loaded Skype, and within 10 minutes, we were calling each other with full video, etc. I had heard that with the Linux version of this machine, there is trouble with the built-in recorder, but not on the XP version -- it worked "out of the box". And, I thought I had to buy a microphone, but no, it's right there, bult in on the side. I just can't say enough about this machine. ...more info
  • One fast little PC
    This thing is great its easy to use, lite, great performance for a mini laptop....more info
  • exactly what it claimed to be
    This little lap top does what it claims - great for working online, viewing area is adjustable for ease of navigating websites, laptop is light and portable, fits in my purse. super for travelling. functionality with Office 2007 is good, I generally only have one or two documents/spreadsheets open at a time. keyboard takes some getting used to, but fits on an airline meal-tray. Storage with SD card works great for phots and documents. Battery (6 cell) exceeds 6 hours of use with wireless connected. Exactly what hoped for!...more info
  • Acer Aspire One AOA150-1553 8.9-Inch Onyx Black Netbook - 6 Cell Battery (Purchased on 04/02/2009)
    Great purchase. Very useful while waiting in doctors' offices and elsewhere. Extremely good value purchase from Amazon.com; shipping was faster than expected. Only con so far, for my 75 year old eyes the font is a little small....more info
  • Loved the Acer Aspire so much I bought another for my brother!
    I bought the black 8.9 inch model with the 6 hour battery for $329, and followed the suggestion I read in the Amazon reviews to remove the free trial programs. I borrowed a removable CD drive, and I loaded AVG, and my old version of Office, and Acronis back-up program. It worked very well, and I cloned the Hard drive to a removable Hard drive - only took 10 minutes for the added insurance that I could restore my computer to exactly what I started with. Acer does have a process of restoring it to the point it was when it comes out of the box (you hit Fn-F10 during the boot process and it restores from a hidden part of the Hard Drive - but I can no go back to my initial setup). I am using my Acer on a trip right now to write this review. I found the same computer at Costco for $299 with the 3 cell battery, and decided to buy it for my brother. Both machines worked extremely well, and we are both thrilled with the decision. Since this is his first and only computer, I picked up an external Sony DVD/CD Burner, wireless mouse and keyboard, and a Video RGB Cable to hook to his 42 inch Digital TV. It is perfect for him. When hooked to the TV, there is a wide selection of screen sizes, and it compensates for the limited viewing area you get on the 8.9 inch display. The full size wireless keyboard is far easier for him to type on than the smaller keys - and well worth the $20 that I paid for the mouse/keyboard. He can how sit back in his recliner, keyboard on his lap, and use his 42 in screen to surf the web. And so can I!!...more info
  • Buyer Beware! Wish I could leave zero stars.
    I bought this netbook on a Thursday and had it shipped overnight because I was excited to play with it and wanted to use it in a meeting the following Monday. On arrival Friday, the netbook would stick on a blank screen with a blinking cursor during boot up and go no further. I called tech support and was told the brand new netbook had a bad hard drive so I had to ship it to the Acer Repair Center (at my expense).

    10 days after shipping the brand new screwed up netbook to the Acer Repair Center, it returned to me with a note from tech support stating that the hard drive had been replaced and the netbook was "okay". Wrong - it still didn't work! The repair center actually made it worse - now it just turned itself off seconds into boot up. I called tech support AGAIN and spoke to a really annoying woman whom I think was trying to do her best Bill and Ted impression - she told me to send it back to the repair center AGAIN (though this time they would pay for the shipping and seemed to think I should feel greatly indebted to them for this). Frustrated, I called Amazon support (very friendly) and they emailed me a paid return shipping label and (very quickly after receiving the netbook) refunded my money (including the original overnight shipping fee).

    So I never saw the netbook actually boot all the way to the desktop. Sure it was cute, but I don't need a cute $330 netbook-shaped doorstop. Thank you Amazon! No thank you Acer!...more info
  • Terrific computer for the money
    Love the Acer computer. Very disappointed with Amazon who lowered the price $100 the day after I bought and shipped me the more expensive product. Called to compain, no satisfaction. I am a good customer who buys every week from Amazon and am very unhappy with the way it handled this purchase. I now buy also buy from other online sources where I used to buy only from Amazon. ...more info
  • LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!!
    I love this lil' notebook... Easy to tote around, easy to get on line, easy to understand and use... Love the large hard drive, can store lots of movies on the notebook alone, because the only down side is there's no c.d. drive... But save all your stuff on the 160gb hard drive or get a portable drive, and it's just as good as anything else... Thank you to my BF who actually LISTENS to WHAT I WANT... ...more info
  • great purchase
    this was a wonderful purchase. i am thrilled with my computer. it is light, very portable and fast. i would recommend it for teachers and students alike!!!...more info
  • Acer Netbook
    The Acer Netbook is all that I expected it to be. It is going to be very useful for travel this summer. The part I like best is the keypad and how easy it is to use. I had considered purchasing an Iphone or Blackberry, but the use of the keypads on these is very challenging and frustrating. The Acer netbook's keypad is very close to a standard size keypad and very easy to use. Love the light weight too....more info
  • Nice addition to our network and road use.
    This is the second Acer Aspire One I have bought. This particular one was for the wife. She uses it from the easychair while watching her TIVO soaps after work. I have been lugging a four year old 7+ lb laptop around for business travel and found that most of the functons I need to do on the road were adequately handled by this netbook. I already had a USB air card for my old laptop and was looking to scale back weight and sizewise. So far I have loved this one. Does all I need and with the lightweight I kinda miss the CD drive in the old laptop for movie watching but I rarely have had the opportunity to watch lately and have been downloading rental movies for my iPod so not to worry. ...more info