Excerpt: Netbook sales have helped catapult Acer to second place in PC shipments worldwide, according to IDC. And the Aspire One AOD250 is easily one of Acer's best selling netbooks to date. It's hardly the ideal netbook, though, as plenty of others have caused it to lose some momentum by promising—and delivering—bigger keyboards, larger screens, and a bevy of other features. Well, this little netbook is about to push back.
Summary: Netbooks have become very popular, primarily due to their size and inexpensive pricing, but also due to the fact that the average person does not need a desktop replacement style laptop. Most people out there are not using their laptops for heavy work, the majority are using them for checking email, and browsing the internet, something which you don’t need an uber-power laptop for.
Pros: Decent battery life, Quick and easy to use, Three USB ports and card reader built-in, Thin and lightweight, Nicely made
Cons: Comes with annoying things installed, Speakers on bottom and not very loud, Glossy screen, Not very visible in direct sunlight
Summary: And so, overall I’m profoundly pleased with my purchase. For less than $400 including shipping, I’ve got a light, thin, reliable, and sensibly designed little road warrior. Sure, there are things I’d change: mainly the trackpad and that obnoxious fingerprint-magnet of a top lid. But aside from those minor annoyances, this thing does everything I want it to do, exactly as I’d hoped. To my mind, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Summary: Overall, we're very impressed with the Acer Aspire One D250. It performs very well, and at $298 ($349 with a 6-cell battery), it's competitively priced compared to both the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA ($429) and the MSI Wind U123 ($379), which, while $80 and $30 more expensive, respectively, have faster processors and long battery life (Check out Acer's performance in our Tech Support Showdown to see howthe manufacturer's supportstacks up against the competition).