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).
A stylish Acer netbook with an integrated Telstra Next G 3G module
Good Gear Guide.au
26 March 2010
Summary: The Aspire One AOD250 (ZG8) with an integrated Next G module is one of the best netbooks on the market. The integrated 3G module means there are no dongles hanging off it, and the overall build quality and style of the netbook is superb. We recommend it for anyone who wants a small laptop to get online anywhere and anytime.
Pros: Integrated 3G module for Telstra Next G connectivity, excellent built quality, solid keyboard, very comfortable to use
Cons: Screen is susceptible to reflections, requires some effort to keep the glossy bezel clean