[ubuntu-uk] EeePC 900A vs Acer Aspire One

Matt Jones matt at mattjones.me.uk
Fri Nov 14 15:49:53 GMT 2008

On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 3:29 PM, Dale Clarke <dale at clardale.org> wrote:

> I have  a One 110 and have to say that now I have tweaked it using 8.10 and
> the Aspire One Forum, I have an excellent little netbook.
> I think the problem is that people perceive them as Laptops and that they
> are certainly not. Nevertheless, if you are after a small very very light
> and workable netbook I do not think there is anything better.
> I do not have anything that i do not need I.e. Openoffice saved nearly
> 500mb removing all of that, I use Google and Zoho office  with Goffice/Zoho
> and Firefox you can use Gears to run in offline mode. Email again is via
> googlemail with Greader for Rss and podcasts.
> Only problem I have had is remembering this is just a Netbook as it has
> been up for anything. As for SSD problems I followed the Ubuntu Aspire One
> tips and have not had a lock up for a long time except for Video but as I
> did not buy it for that I am happy.
> I use mine mainly for when I goto bed and I can catch up on info i.e.
> Google Reader/PDFs and BBC iplayer sometimes, the battery lasts two hours
> and wifi and ssh have been superb in that I can access my main desktop and
> play or read pdf's without burning my lap or weight training holding a
> normal laptop.
> I actually feel it makes a better ebook than a lot of the market so called
> ebooks and its in colour. Any issues not reall,y I have no problems with the
> touchpad as others it works just needs using more regularly, keyboard has
> been excellent better than a ZX81 or even a QL. Screen is excellent, wifi is
> better than my laptop. Must be a catch, yep sound, do not expect too much
> from it, took it on holiday on the plane and could not get a higher enough
> volume to hear it too well, but then again neither the ipod or zen could do
> so also. Talking of zen and Ipod I now have moved them on to family members
> and this is my sole MP3 and Video player and on the bus etc it gets plenty
> of comment from people and still slips into my pocket admit its a big pocket
> but still fits and if you need to carry it, it weighs less than a small
> Mills & Boon (sorry still getting over Emilia Fox and the sex scene, I can
> not watch Silent Witness in the same way ever again)...
> After very considerable thought Google should of got involved with the
> netbook market more as Google Apps is perfect for this type of computer,
> alas I feel Google has lost the plot the last few months, which is a real
> shame As I had hopes that they would do more than work out whether we are
> going to get flu!!!!!
> Dale
> On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 14:38, Jim Kissel <jlk at osml.eu> wrote:
>> Rob Beard wrote:
>> > Hi folks,
>> >
>> > Okay so all this talk of Windows free laptops got me thinking about
>> > plumping for a cheapo netbook to tide me over until next year when I can
>> > afford something a bit more powerful.
>> >
>> Most of the latest generation of netbooks have 1.6 Ghz Atom processors
>> of which Intel's Otellini says: "...the Atom processor, which packs the
>> power of a PC-class processor from six years ago..."
>> http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/2008-05-28-otellini-intel_N.htm
>> And if you check wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_4 the
>> "Northwood" is the chip of 2002.
>> I feel this is a fair estimation of the Atom's ability.  Personal
>> experience with the 701 and 901 leads me to believe the Celeron in the
>> 701 has a slight edge over the Atom in the 901.  I don't have any stats
>> to back this up other than the 701 boots faster than the 901.
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> Another thing to bear in mind is that although the 900a looks identical to
the 900, the battery connector is different, and you cannot use any of the
third party high capacity batteries. This is presumably to persuade people
to buy the 901 if they want an extended battery life.

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