I was shopping for a compact netbook/laptop for travel (also used for motorcycle trips, so it has to be smaller than a regular laptop). We will use it mostly for checking email, web browsing, and occasionally working with photos (Photoshop Elements) and uploading them to our website. This laptop is basically the size of a sheet of 8-1/2 X 11 paper, thin, and lightweight. It had several advantages over the basic netbooks for only a few dollars more: AMD Dual-Core Processor instead of the Intel Atom, Windows 7 Home Premium instead of the "Starter" Windows 7, six-cell battery for longer life (although 4 hours seems to be the normal max instead of the advertised 6 hours, but this is still plenty), 2GB Ram instead of 1GB, and so on. It has good wifi reception so I can just pull into a McDonalds/Burger King/Bob Evans parking lot and connect to the internet in the car. It seems to be well made and is comfortable to use. I never have liked using a touch pad mouse, so I bought a $10 optical mouse and plug into one of the 3 USB ports - works great. I previously had a work-issued basic netbook with the Intel Atom processor and this one works noticeably better. I would recommend the Acer Aspire One to anyone looking for a compact, lightweight netbook/laptop for a good price. Spend the extra $30 over a base netbook - it's well worth it.
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