Acer Aspire One
Acer Aspire One Ultra-Thin 522
|Operating system||Linux, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8|
|Memory||512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB|
|Storage||8/16 GB SSD or
120–500 GB HDD
|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 jack
Realtek 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet
Atheros 802.11b/g WLAN
|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)|
|Dimensions||9.8 in (25 cm) W × 6.7 in (17 cm) D × 1 in (2.5 cm) H|
|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
Many characteristics of a particular model of Acer Aspire One are dictated by the CPU platform chosen. Initial models were based on the Intel Atoms. Later, models with various AMD chips were introduced. Newer versions of the Atom were adopted as well.
Early versions were 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 was the Asus Eee PC line.
- 1 History
- 2 Operating systems
- 3 Storage
- 4 Power management
- 5 Specifications
- 6 Additional hardware
- 7 AO751h (751h)
- 8 Aspire One Happy
- 9 Acer Aspire One D270
- 10 Reception
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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 (the on-board card reader slots are not bootable) 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
- LinuxBBQ - low resource usage, specifically designed for terminal applications and mouse-less operation
- 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 7 mm thick drive, as opposed to the usual 9.5 mm 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 8 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.
|A110L||Linux||Atom N270||8.9 in,
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||Atom N270||16 GB||1 GB||US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, INDIA|
|A150L||Linux||Atom N270||HDD||120 GB||1.3 megapixel||CA, GB, INDIA|
|A150-1382||Atom N270||160 GB||Unknown||US, INDIA|
|A150X||Windows XP||Atom N270||120 GB||0.3 megapixel||US, CA, GB, AE, TW, AU, INDIA|
|Atom N270||160 GB||6 cell 57 Wh||1.3 megapixel||US, CA, CH, TW, INDIA|
|A150X-3G||Atom N270||120 GB||GB, MX, DE (T-Mobile), INDIA|
|ZG5||Windows XP||Atom N270||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||DK, TW, GR, PT, AT, INDIA|
|16 GB||GB, others?|
|Windows XP||8 GB||US, INDIA|
|D150||Windows XP||Atom N270||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|
|D250||Windows XP/Windows 7 Starter, some with Android 1.6||Atom N270 or N280||250 GB||3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48 Wh
|0.3 megapixel||US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, IN, SG, NL|
|D255||Atom N450 or N550||1.3 megapixel|
|D257||Atom N455, N550, N570||250/320/500 GB||1.3 megapixel||DK FR|
|D260||Windows 7 Starter, some with Android 1.6||Atom N450, N455, N475||250 GB||0.3 megapixel||AU, PH, UAE, RO|
|D270||Windows 7 Starter||Atom N2600, N2800||250/320/500 GB||0.3 megapixel|
|521||Windows 7 Starter||AMD Neo K125 or
|250 GB||1 GB||6 cell 48/63 Wh||1.3 megapixel||US|
|522||Windows 7 Starter||AMD C-50, C-60||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||Atom N270, N280||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|
|532h||Windows 7 Starter||Atom N450||160/250 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|
|721||Windows 7 Home Premium||AMD Neo K125||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||Atom Z520||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||Celeron M 743||320 GB||2 GB, can accept up to 4 GB||3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48/62 Wh
|753||Celeron M U3400||250 GB||6 cell 48 Wh||1.3 megapixel||DA, possibly EU|
|756||Windows 7/Linpus Linux/Windows 8||Celeron 877 or Pentium B987||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 1 GB/667 MHz DDR2 533 MHz 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 1240 MHz 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 3.5 mm (1/8" Mini), Headphone Out jack 3.5 mm (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 10.1 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 (comes in Candy pink, Lavender purple, Lime green and Hawaii blue). It is powered by Intel Atom N450 or dual-core Intel Atom N550, with up to 2 GB RAM and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150. There is also a 3G version for proper portability, with each model measuring 24 mm thick and weighing 1.25 kg with a six-cell battery pack.
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 1 MB 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" color. 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.
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