With Aspire One D270, Acer has launched its first netbook featuring Intel's Cedar Trail processor. Its dual core nature is meant to ensure better processing power to run the applications installed on the system. Watching videos and playing games on this netbook will also prove to be a better experience owing to improved graphics quality. The battery life is also expected to be longer.
The dual core 1.6 GHz processor does give a fillip to the processing power of the netbook but at the end of the day a netbook is a netbook. It performs the basic functions and a bit slower on processing power as compared to other laptops. This netbook, with the new processor and a graphics accelerator works well for watching videos and surfing the internet. Using software applications on the netbook can be quite tedious. The keyboard is quite good for the segment. The touchpad too is good and works well for navigation without connecting a USB mouse. The obvious significance of this feature is that the basic premise of a netbook as a portable device for reasonably good computing facilities on the move. You obviously would not like to carry along a USB mouse while you travel.
The new Intel Cedar Trail, 1.6 GHz, Atom N2800 CPU forms the core of this netbook. The graphics quality is supported by Graphic Media Accelerator 3600 GPU. This GPU supports DX 10.1. Playing HD videos on this netbook is a lovely experience. While using multiple applications 2GB RAM ensures that your system does not slow down. The use of 32 nm fabrication process for building chips has brought in a welcome change in the form of lower power consumption. This factor gives a push to the battery life of the netbook. If claims are to be believed, the 6 cell battery works for 6 hours without further charging, 389 minutes to be precise.
The continuation of the NM10 Southbridge is not quite good news though as USB 3.0 support will continue to evade Acer Aspire One netbooks. There is ample storage space for data with a 320 GB hard disk. The 0.3 MP web camera is certainly not a feature to emphasize on. Despite the improvement in the processing power, the netbook does not come installed with a fully fledged operating system but only the Windows starter. It also supports the Android operating system.
It is a decent buy at $268 if you are not keen on buying a laptop with a better processing power. If weight is a consideration for portability, then the netbook is a best buy for web surfing, playing games and watching movies on the move. At 1.3 Kg, the weight of the netbook does not prove to be hindrance in its portability. Carry it along with ease.