The Acer’s Aspire One series of Netbooks is a very good collection of laptops in the laptop line up of Acer. This is mainly due to the company’s strong commitment to price the laptops at very low rates and the unexciting but decent construction and design. Now the company has introduced the D260 – 23797 that has the various fixed configurations just like the others in the D260. The 23797 scored well for its thin and light weight design with decently sized keyboard and touchpad. It is available for a price of $329. In spite of having a good and smart design, the 23797 is priced like an entry level Netbook.
The D260 – 23797 runs on the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system. It uses a 1.83 GHz quad core Intel Atom N475 processor, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 integrated graphics processor and Intel NM10 chipset. It uses a 1.33 GHz DDR3 SDRAM of 1 GB and a 250 GB of SATA hard drive with 5400 rpm. The display measures 10.1 inches with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The display is backlit with LEDs. There is an in built Acer’s Crystal Eye webcam in the D260 – 23797.
The 23797 has a VGA port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, DC power input, Ethernet RJ-45 interface, headphone jack and microphone jack. It has a multi format card reader that can support MMC, SD, MS, MS Pro and xD picture card. The adapter that is optional will support the MS Duo, MS Pro Duo, mini SD and micro SD cards. It supports Ethernet and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. The D260 – 23797 uses either a 3 cell or 6 cell 4400 mAh battery that provides a life of 4 hours or 8 hours respectively.
The D260 – 23797 measures 10.2 inches in width, 7.3 inches in depth and 0.9 inches in height. It weighs around 2.7 pounds without the AC adapter and 3.1 pounds with it. This device will be best suited for users who seek a laptop with decent deign, lightweight, compact size and good battery life. The compactness of the D260 – 23797 is a notable feature. There is not much difference in the size when compared with the other 10 inch netbooks but each fraction of an inch is of great importance in these small laptops.
The exterior is of dark gray color with minimal flash and straight lines. It looks conventional when the other laptops appear curvy and colorful. This conventional design makes it a best office companion. The interior also has a gray interior and the keyboard is made of black plastic. The keyboard is of the Acer or Gateway style with large and flat keys that are spaced closely.
The touch pad is large enough for such a compact laptop. It supports multi touch gestures such as pinch to zoom, rotate, flip and two finger scroll. It is pretty good to use but the buttons are placed on a single bar instead of having a separation. The 10.1 inch display is not too glossy and hence avoids the excessive amount of glare on the screen. The vertical as well as horizontal viewing angles are also not very good and they remain iffy.
The D260 – 23797 runs on the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system. It has a list of preinstalled software such as the Acer’s Assist, Crystal Eye, ePower Management, eRecovery Management, Identity Card, Registration and Updater, Adobe’s Acrobat Reader and Flash Player, Android InstantOn, ebay Shortcut, Google Toolbar, eSobi, McAfee Internet Security Suite trial version, Microsoft’s 60 trial of Office, Silverlight and Works, Norton Online Backup, Skype, Internet Explorer 8.0, Windows Livw Essentials and MyWinLocker.
The 23797 uses a 1.83 GHz quad core Intel Atom N475 processor when compared to the common N450 processor that runs at 1.66 GHz only. But this new version of processor did not increase the speed of the Netbook; in fact it has become more sluggish. The video playback is not very good. The local 480 pixel videos play fine but the YouTube and Hulu videos of 720 pixel suffered a lot of stuttering.
The D260 – 23797 uses either a 3 cell or 6 cell 4400 mAh battery that provides a life of 4 hours or 8 hours respectively. This excellent battery performance is due to the usage of low power components. It performed above the average level when performing multitasking, image processing and video playback battery drain test.