OK... loving my Acer Aspire One netbook!
As I've twittered recently, I was sucked into buying an Acer Aspire One netbook from buy.com last week when it came across in an email ad for only $329. I've contemplated going the netbook route before, but some of the specs put me off. Like, do I *really* want to live with an 8GB hard drive? No... I don't care how light it might be. I want to be able to surf the web, do email, and work on writing projects without being concerned about disk space. And if I want to rip a DVD down to ISO format and play it, then I need space.
The Acer is the first machine that had specs I could live with!
1 GB of RAM was a nice starter, as was it being loaded with Windows XP (sorry, still not quite ready to jump to Linux yet). It's just slightly over 2 pounds, so I couldn't complain about the weight. It has a normal keyboard in the 9+ inch package, and with my small hands it's not hard to make the shift. Screen resolution is 1024 x 600, so I give up nothing side-to-side, and not a whole lot from top to bottom. The clincher was the hard drive... 160GB. *That* I can live with... It even has a webcam built in!
Battery life seems to be exceptional, also. I haven't yet charged it fully and tried to run it down with a DVD or something. But I did take it to work today, set it on minimal power management, and used it to take notes throughout the day. When I got home, I still had 75% of the battery left, something over 4 hours worth. Can't complain there... It boots up quickly from hibernate mode, too. Only about 5 to 7 seconds from opening the lid and hitting the power button, to being at the XP user screen.
Overall, this is one nice little package that I'm quickly falling in love with. When we go on our cruise next month, I can leave nearly 10 pounds of laptop, power adapter, and other paraphernalia behind. About 3 pounds of netbook is all I'll need to keep in touch with life (and the kids) via email and the web.
If you've been waiting to get something like this, wondering if and when the time would be right to jump in, I think your time has just arrived...