Acer Aspire One
Acer Aspire One Ultra-Thin 522
|Operating system||Linpus Linux Lite, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic & Home Premium|
|Power||3 cell: 2.2 Ah, 2.4 Ah, 2.7 Ah, 2.9 Ah; 6 cell: 4.4 Ah, 5.2 Ah, 6.6 Ah (aftermarket extended-life batteries capacity may differ)|
|CPU||1.6 GHz Intel Atom 1.66 GHz Intel AtomN270-N280
1.7 GHz AMD Athlon II Neo, AMD V105 1.2 GHz
|Storage capacity||8/16 GB SSD or
120–500 GB HDD
|Memory||512 MB, 1 GB, 1.5 GB, 2 GB|
|Display||10.1 in (26 cm), 11.6 in (29 cm), 8.9 in (23 cm) 1024×600, 1366×768 LCD TFT, HD Glossy LED LCD|
|Input||89%, 100% size Keyboard
|Camera||0.3 MP Suyin or 1.3 MP Liteon Webcam|
|Connectivity||3 USB ports
5-in-1 card reader
VGA video-out port
3.5 mm audio jacks
Realtek 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet
Atheros 802.11b/g WLAN
|Dimensions||W×D×H 9.8 in (25 cm) × 6.7 in (17 cm) × 1 in (2.5 cm)|
|Weight||2.19 lb (0.99 kg) for SSD, 3 cell battery unit
2.78 lb (1.26 kg) for HDD, 6 cell battery unit
It is based on the Intel Atom platform, which consists of the Intel Atom processor, Intel 945GSE Express chipset and Intel 82801GBM (ICH7M) I/O controller, and is available in several shell colors: seashell white, sapphire blue, golden brown, onyx black, and coral pink.
Higher end models were released in June 2010 consisting of the AMD Athlon II Neo processor and ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics controller. These are available in onyx black, antique brass, or mesh black shells depending on model. Also released was a version of the Aspire One 521 with an AMD-V105 processor running at 1.2 GHz, an ATI Radeon 4225 graphics controller, and equipped with a HDMI port.
Its main competitor in the low-cost netbook market is the Asus Eee PC line.
The line was originally manufactured for Acer Inc. by Quanta Computer.; Quanta was phased out as a supplier to Acer, and production of the Acer Aspire One line shifted to other manufacturers in 2009. Also starting in 2009, eSobi Inc. partnered with Acer to preload the eSobi News Center on Acer Aspire One netbooks beginning in the first quarter of 2009.
Windows XP Home Edition SP3 is installed on the models with a name ending in X, or ending in B followed by another letter denoting color.
It is also possible to install and run Windows Vista or Windows 7 on the earlier model laptop. In high-end versions appearing during 2009, Windows Vista is pre-installed. The lack of a DVD-ROM drive requires creating a bootable USB flash drive (note: the on-board card reader slots are not able to be used to boot from), using a USB external DVD drive or PXE boot network install.
Windows 7 Starter is installed by default on models with a name starting in D such as D255E and D257 as well as other later Aspire models.
Models with names starting in L, or ending in A followed by a letter for color, are shipped with Linpus Linux Lite, which is based on Fedora 8. This offers a simplified user interface, with default applications like the Firefox 2 browser, OpenOffice.org 2.3, Acer One Mail and Acer One Messenger available directly on the main screen. The default desktop environment has been designed to hide advanced features from the user and to prevent modification. It is possible to modify the system to present a more traditional Xfce 4 desktop, enable more advanced features such as context menus, or install additional software.
It is possible to install and run other Linux distributions on the Acer Aspire One, and some specially customised Linux distributions have been designed to offer out of the box functionality. These include:
Other distributions of the Linux operating system will also run, such as:
- Arch Linux
- Mandriva Linux
- Ubuntu, Ubuntu Studio
- Linux Mint
- Puppy Linux
- Peppermint Linux
- Lubuntu - which also features a netbook specific desktop environment.
Mac OS X
Through the OSx86 project, an Aspire One can boot and run a modified version of Mac OS X, including iAtkos, iDeneb, "XxX" and Kalyway distributions. This procedure is not supported by Apple or Acer.
FreeBSD v. 8.2 is known to run on the Acer Aspire One, although some limitations apply: lid close not starting a hibernate, and power management which works to a very limited degree.
Some models are dual boot (e.g. D250, D260), with Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Starter. The computer boots up into Android first, with a tab to select Windows. The Android-x86 OS has limited apps available to it.
Solid state drives
The A110 model ships with an 8 GB or 16 GB solid-state drive (SSD), although some models do not come with one. Early 8 GB models come with the Intel Z-P230, model SSDPAMM0008G1. This SSD has been criticized for its slow read and write speed. Intel lists the drive's maximum speeds as 38 MB/s read and 10 MB/s write. Later models come with the slightly faster Samsung P-SSD 1800.
The hard disk is a regular 2.5-in 5400 rpm SATA drive with 80, 120, 160, 250, 320, 500 or 750 GB. A number of different drives from different manufacturers have been reported to be included. Newer-model Aspire Ones take a 7mm thick drive, as opposed to the usual 9.5mm thickness that makes up most 2.5-inch form factor hard drives and SSDs.
There is also an SD/SDHC storage expansion slot on all models for additional storage (the 533 model does not support SDHC as verified by Acer support UK). On Linux versions this automatically expands the space of the SSD or HDD using aufs. Windows XP models treat it as a normal removable drive.
Some models have a second slot that functions as a standard multi-in-1 flash memory card reader. The 110 BIOS does not allow one to boot an operating system from this slot, but the 150 BIOS is capable of booting from an SDHC card in the slot. (Note: with Linux, it is possible essentially to boot from HD or USB by using a /boot partition on the regular boot device and an initrd that loads the real OS from the slot).
The Intel Atom platform has a specified maximum TDP of 11.8 W. Individual figures are 2.5 W for the N270 processor, 6 W for the 945GSE chipset and 3.3 W for the 82801GBM I/O controller. The AUO B089AW01 LCD panel is rated at a maximum power consumption of 3 W. Typical read–write power consumption for the SSD is around 0.3 W, and 0.01 W when idle. The different HDDs are rated at about 1.5–2.5 W for read–write operations and around 0.7 W when idle.
The official ratings for the battery are up to 3 hours for the three cell, and up to 7 hours for the six cell. Linpus Linux Lite has been optimized by Acer for lower power consumption. Battery life is shorter on HDD configurations with Windows XP, at approximately 2.5 hours for the three cell. Although the standard three cell battery is 2.2 Ah, some users have reported 2.4 Ah and 2.9 Ah batteries from the factory. Various suppliers online now carry aftermarket batteries, including the six cell. Aftermarket nine cell batteries are available though they are quite heavy, and also protrude out of the back, reducing the aesthetics but improving airflow.
1024×600 TFT LCD
|SSD||8 GB||512 MB||3 cell 24 Wh||0.3 megapixel||No||US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, EU, PT|
|A110X||Windows XP||16 GB||1 GB||US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, INDIA|
|A150L||Linux||HDD||120 GB||1.3 megapixel||CA, GB, INDIA|
|A150-1382||160 GB||Unknown||US, INDIA|
|A150X||Windows XP||120 GB||0.3 megapixel||US, CA, GB, AE, TW, AU, INDIA|
|160 GB||6 cell 57 Wh||1.3 megapixel||US, CA, CH, TW, INDIA|
|A150X-3G||120 GB||GB, MX, DE (T-Mobile), INDIA|
|ZG5||Windows XP||120 GB||512 MB/1 GB||3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 57 Wh
|0.3 /1.3 megapixel||BR CA, GB, INDIA|
|160 GB||US (Walmart, RadioShack), SI (SiOL)|
|Linux||160 GB||GB, TW, BR|
|SSD||8 GB||TW, GR, PT, AT, INDIA|
|16 GB||GB, others?|
|Windows XP||8 GB||US, INDIA|
|D150||Windows XP||10.1 in,
1024×600 TFT LCD
|HDD||160 GB||1 GB, can accept up to 2 GB||3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48/58 Wh
|0.3 megapixel||Yes||AU, CA, GB, IN, NL, SG, TH, US, UAE|
|Ultra-Thin D250||Windows XP/Windows 7 Starter, some with Android 1.6||250 GB||3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48 Wh
|0.3 megapixel||US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, IN, SG, NL|
|Ultra-Thin D255||1.3 megapixel|
|Ultra-Thin D257||250/320/500 GB||1.3 megapixel||DK FR|
|Ultra-Thin D260||Windows 7 Starter, some with Android 1.6||250 GB||0.3 megapixel||AU, PH, UAE, RO|
|D270||Windows 7 Starter||250/320/500 GB||0.3 megapixel|
|AMD 521||Windows 7 Starter||250 GB||1 GB||6 cell 48/63 Wh||1.3 megapixel||US|
|Ultra-Thin 522||Windows 7 Starter||10.1 in
1280×720 TFT LCD
|250 GB||1 GB, can accept up to 4 GB, Windows 7 Starter Starter will only use up to 2 GB||3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48 Wh
|1.3 megapixel||US, CA, EU, TH|
|Linpus Linux||320 GB||2 GB, can accept up to 4 GB||0.3 megapixel||TH|
|531h||Windows XP||10.1 in,
1024×600 TFT LCD
|160 GB||1 GB, can accept up to 2 GB||6 cell 48/58 Wh||1.3 megapixel||RU, others?|
|P531h||1 GB||0.3 megapixel||US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, IN, SG, NL|
|Ultra-Thin 532h||Windows 7 Starter||250 GB||1 GB, can accept up to 2 GB||3 cell 24 Wh /
6 cell 48 Wh
|0.3 megapixel||US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, EU, PT|
|AMD 721||Windows 7 Home Premium||11.6 in
1366×768 TFT LCD
|250 GB||2 GB, can accept up to 4 GB||6 cell 48/63 Wh||0.3/1.3 megapixel||US|
|751h||Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 Home Premium||160/250/500/750 GB||1 GB/2 GB, can accept up to 2 GB||3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 58 Wh
|US, CA, EU, AU, TH|
|752||Windows 7 Home Premium||320 GB||2 GB, can accept up to 4 GB||3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48/62 Wh
|753-U342||250 GB||6 cell 48 Wh||1.3 megapixel||DA, possibly EU|
|756||Windows 7/Linpus Linux/Windows 8||320/500 GB||2/4 GB, can accept up to 8 GB||4 cell 37 Wh||EU|
An Acer AOD model (10.1" screen) product comparison guide, in the form of a spreadsheet file download, is available from increa.com.
Since November 2008 the 3G-enabled model Aspire One A150X-3G is available in Europe, while models with 3G modems will begin shipping in the United Kingdom in December and are denoted by the letter G in their model number. The first generation Aspire One webcam is an Acer Labs International M5608 camera controller with attached 0.3 MP SuYin or 1.3 MP LiteOn CMOS sensor.
Some models of the Aspire One use an Intel 945GSE chipset which only supports 2 GB of RAM. Installing memory modules larger than 2 GB has caused the Aspire to fail the power-on self-test. Model 522, featuring the AMD Fusion C-50 chip, has been reported to work with 4 GB installed (although the included Windows 7 Starter edition has an artificially imposed 2 GB limit).
The AO751h has the larger 11.6" screen with an LED backlit display and a 1366x768 native resolution. It includes a 1GB/667 MHz DDR2 533Mhz SDRAM memory option (2 GB being the maximum), a 160 GB HDD option, Bluetooth option, Intel northbridge US15W, and an OS option for Windows Vista Home Basic edition or Windows XP Media Center Edition. All AO751h units are powered by an Intel Atom Z520 processor running at 1330 MHz (or 1240Mhz in first version). The US15W system controller incorporates a GMA500 video core. The AO751h has a dual power (AC/DC) option. The six cell battery provides the working time of about 8 hours. Besides the mentioned specifications of the AO751h it supports 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet interface, 802.11g Wi-Fi card Atheros, Bluetooth 2.1, standard VGA-out jack, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a Memory Card reader 5:1 (xD-Picture Card, SD Card), as well as Microphone In jack 3,5mm (1/8" Mini), Headphone Out jack 3,5mm (1/8" Mini). One of the cons is the relatively small TouchPad and mouse buttons. Large and comfortable keyboard is one of the distinguishing features of the device.
There have been reports of some AO751h units randomly freezing, which has led to recalls in Denmark. Some users have reported that having their motherboards replaced by Acer solved the problem and Acer officially reporting that the fix is to install an updated BIOS,.
AOA150 speaker vibration and other issues
The 8.9" models have an improperly designed speaker location that causes vibration to the internal hard drive, causing it to be problematic. The right speaker is especially prone to this. Audio frequencies around 1 kHz cause the hard drive to almost stop responding. Full volume MP3/audio playback easily causes these models to run extremely slowly, or crash because of unresponsive disk I/O. This problem also causes bad sectors, crashed hard drives and corrupt Windows partitions in the long term. Even sound from an external speaker with 1 kHz tone test causes this hard drive behaviour. SSD drives do not suffer from this problem. Workarounds identified are: listening to music at a lower volume, using only the left speaker, using a software equalizer to tone down the 1 kHz frequency, replacing the hard drive with an SSD, and trying to install soft sound dampening material around the speakers and the hard drive.
Aspire One Happy
The Acer Aspire One Happy is a 10 inch netbook with different operating systems: (Android 2.1 and Windows 7). It was launched by Acer Inc. in November 2010. The computer is nearly identical to the Acer Aspire One D255. The main difference is that the Happy case comes in several different color options.
Acer Aspire One D270
The Acer Aspire One D270 netbook is the first 10 inch Acer netbook to feature a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor and running Windows 7 Starter 32-bit. The AOD270-1186, the white models, feature an Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor with 1MB L2 cache, 1.6 GHz processor and Hyper Threading technology. The AOD270-1410, the black model, features a 10.1 inch WSVGA LED-backlit display with CrystalBrite technology with a 17:10 aspect ratio and 1024 x 600 resolution display, 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM memory, a 320 GB 5400 rpm hard drive and integrated Intel GMA 3600 graphics with 64 MB dedicated memory.
In Europe, the Acer Aspire One D270-26Ckk NU.SGAED.011 is running Linpus Linux and comes in an "espresso black" colour. It also includes 2 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive. With Linux, this netbook becomes a bit faster than its Windows 7 counterpart.
Although Intel specifies the maximum RAM capability of the N2600 as 2 GB, numerous users have reported a 4 GB SODIMM works well in the D270, with 2.99 GB reported usable by Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit (after upgrading from Starter).
Some models of the Acer Aspire One D270 have Windows 7 Home Basic pre-installed and have an Intel Atom N2800 1.86 GHz processor.
A The Tech Report (Techreport.com) review of the 751h, and the similar Gateway LT3103U, was generally positive, praising the notebooks' battery life but criticizing the large number of third party software products preinstalled and running by default on the computers.
- Battery photo. JPG file
- Meszaros, Eva (2008-06-03). "Acer Intros Aspire one Mini-Notebook". LaptopMag.com. Bedford Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Acer US press release".[dead link]
- About – Platform. Acer.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Michelle Maisto (2010-06-18). Acer Puts AMD Chips into Aspire One Netbooks. eweek.com
- Acer Aspire One 521 with AMD V105. macles.blogspot.com (2010-04-19).
- Spurbeck, Jared (2013-01-03). "Acer and Asus to Stop Making Netbooks". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
- Condliffe, Jeff (2013-01-02). "Asus and Acer: The Netbook Is Dead". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- Yen Ting Chen; Joseph Tsai (2008-07-11). "Wistron to start manufacturing netbooks". DigiTimes. Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- Yen Ting Chen; Joseph Tsai (2008-10-16). "Acer to transfer netbook orders to Compal and Wistron next year, Quanta left out". DigiTimes. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06. (subscription required)
- "eSobi News Center Keeps Acer Aspire One Users Stay Up-to-date With World Headlines". eSobi Inc. 15 February 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "eSobi Keeps Acer Users Up-to-date with World Headlines". Reuters. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
- "review of Linpus Linux Lite.".
- "Acer Aspire One Linpus Linux Lite recovery DVD online". Macles Blog. 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Add Apps to the Acer Aspire one". LaptopMag.com. Bedford Communications, Inc. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Jolicloud Compatible Devices".
- "Moblin Tested Netbooks".
- "Acer Aspire One – ArchWiki". 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
- Jorge (2008-11-10). "The road to Elysium / Fedora 10 on the Acer Aspire One". Archived from the original on 23 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Mandriva announces a new solution for netbooks: Mandriva Mini" (Press release). Mandriva linux. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "AspireOne110L". Community Ubuntu Documentation. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "AspireOne". Community Ubuntu Documentation. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
- Aspire One reorganized page. Help.ubuntu.com (2012-04-26). Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- "Eeebuntu 2.0: Made for Eee PC, runs on Acer Aspire One". Liliputing. 2009-01-15. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- Acer Aspire One – openSUSE[dead link]
- "Experience with the Acer Aspire One and PCLinuxOS 2009.2". PCLinuxOS Magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
- Installing OS X onto your Acer Aspire 1. Nazimjamil.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Acer Aspire One Android netbook « Acer Aspire One « ACER ICONIA TABS. Acericoniatabs.com (2012-02-22). Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- [dead link]
- "Intel Atom Processor with Mobile Intel 945GSE Express Chipset". Intel. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Intel Atom Processor N270 (512 K Cache, 1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB)". Intel. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Mobile Intel 945GSE Express Chipset". Intel. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Intel 82801GBM I/O Controller". Intel. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- WSVGA Color TFT-LCD with LED Backlight design. Product Specification. gblcd.com (2008-02-06).
- Momentus 5400.4 SATA. Product Manual. seagate.com
- WD Scorpio Blue-SATA-Festplattenlaufwerke mit 120 GB (WD1200BEVS). Wdc.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Travelstar™ 5K320. hitachigst.com
- Smith, Tony (2008-08-22). "Acer US prunes Aspire One mini laptop prices". Register Hardware. Archived from the original on 23 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Acer Aspire One A110L, A150L, A150X – Specs, Prices". Small Laptops and Notebooks. 2008-07-03. Archived from the original on 9 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- Taylor, Alun (2008-08-18). "Acer Aspire One A110". Register Hardware. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- Appears only to be sold by Buy.com, which does not specify webcam resolution
- flyer in Slovenian. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- "Linux on Acer Aspire one 522". manticore-projects. 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- Increa Computer Resources. Increa.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- [dead link]
- Acer recall 751H denmark. Aspireoneuser.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Acer Fix Published: "Aspire One AO751h shuts down or freezes unexpectedly"[dead link]
- Aspire One User Group
- 8.9-inch Acer Aspire One said to have hard drive flaw, distaste for U2. Engadget. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Acer Aspire One audio problems – General-Laptops-Notebooks – Laptops-Notebooks. Tomshardware.co.uk. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- 8.9-inch Acer Aspire One said to have hard drive flaw. Forum.notebookreview.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Trenholm, Rich. (2010-10-11) Acer Aspire One Happy lappy juggles Windows 7 and Android | CNET UK. Crave.cnet.co.uk. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Acer Introduces New Line of Color-Inspired Netbooks for U.S. Consumers. Marketwire.com (2011-06-30). Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- "Acer Aspire One D270 netbook". newtechnotebook.com.
- "Acer Aspire One AOD270-1186". newbestgadget.com.
- "Acer Aspire One AOD270-1410". notebookspecifications.com. February 2012.
- Acer Aspire One Reviews. laptops.bytesizetechreviews.com
- CNET reviewers: "the best all-around Netbook we've seen for less than ". Reviews.cnet.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
- Aspire One 751 vs. Gateway LT3103 – The Tech Report – Page 1. The Tech Report (2009-08-02). Retrieved on 2012-07-29.