Are you a travel freak looking for a useful travel companion netbook? If yes, then Acer Aspire One D250 netbook can very well be the machine for you. Aspire One D250 cost-effective, ultraportable laptops have quickly become accepted among travelers who do not want heavy, bulky notebooks. Acer Aspire One D250, promises to offer a great balance between features and price. Read out our Acer Aspire One D250 review to know what this notebook has to offer you.
Acer Aspire One D250 Nebook Looks And Feel
Aspire One D250 is a bit thinner than the original Aspire One 150 series which is equipped with a 8.9 inch screen. Aspire One D250 uses shiny plastic on the top of the screen cover. Quite naturally, the glossy plastic attracts fingerprints quite easily. The build quality and the construction feels quite strong and you can easily put it inside a bag without worrying too much about its safety. However, when we squeezed D250 we found some flexing in the LCD lid plastics. But overall, we were quite impressed by the build quality of the machine.
One nice feature which we liked about D250, that it has quite easy access for upgrades. As compared to the original Aspire One, D250 is very easy to upgrade. When you flip the netbook you will find three access panels through which you can get access to the hard drive, RAM and the mini-PCle card slot. In our test, we got easy access to the RAM, motherboard and hard drive of Aspire One D250.
Acer Aspire One D250 Laptop Screen
Aspire One D250 uses a standard LED backlit display with 1024×600 native resolutions. The screen is quite glossy and it offers nice color and contrast. But just like glossy screens found in other netbooks, using the screen in strong light or even in sunlight can be a problem. When the screen was subjected to strong light, then we witnessed strong reflections which sometimes made it quite difficult to concentrate on the screen. The screen resolution is quite standard for netbooks found in the market. You can replace the screen which offers 1366×768 pixels, but then we will advice you not to replace the screen for yourself. Go to an authorized service center for it. Horizontal viewing angles were better than vertical ones with colors staying true even at extreme wide viewing angles.
Acer Aspire One D250 Keyboard And Touchpad
The keyboard used in Aspire One D250 is very much the same as used in the original Aspire One 150 series. We understood that since the original Aspire One had 8.9 inch screen, the keyboard was cramped. But quite surprisingly, even with a 10.1 inch screen, the keyboard of Aspire One D250 was small. However, despite the keyboard being small, it gave us a decent typing experience with no keyboard flex. Individual keys felt strong and the dedicated page up and page down buttons impressed us. But since the keyboard is quite cramped some of the users might feel a bit of problem typing on it. But we guess slowly you will get adjusted to it.
The netbook uses a synaptic touchpad which is a little small as compared to touchpads of other 10 inch netbooks. The touchpad is quite gesture enabled and it allows you to carry out multi-touch gestures. The surface of the touchpad is quite small and it provides fluid movement. But it will take sometime before you get adjusted to the touchpad. The left and right touchpad buttons are located under the single-rocker style button but then there is no separation between the left and right side of the touchpad buttons. We were disappointed to find that the touchpad buttons gave us an extremely shallow feedback.
Acer Aspire One D250 Specs
Here are some of the technical specifications of Aspire One D250:
- OS: Genuine Windows XP
- Processor: Intel Atom N270 Processor 1.60GHz
- Memory: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
- Internal Storage: 160GB 5400rpm
- Display: 10.1 inches diagonal WSVGA
- Graphics: Intel GMA 950
- Dimensions: 1×10.2×7.2 inches
- Weight: 2.4 lbs
Acer Aspire One D250 10.1 Netbook Ports
The machine provides a good selection of ports despite its thin profile. You get three USB 2.0 ports, a 5-in-1 media card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, a Ethernet port and a standard VGA out port. We were quite happy to note that selection of ports is quite standard. Many notebooks in a bid to achieve thin and slim profile have sacrificed ports which in turn have affected the connectivity of the devices.
Acer Aspire One D250 Heat And Noise
Temperatures on the new Aspire One are what we expected from notebooks with Intel Atom processors. The temperature remained lap friendly during normal use. However when we stressed the CPU with video playback then the temperatures rose significantly.
Acer Aspire One D250 Battery Life
We were a bit let down knowing that Aspire D250 does not have a 6 cell battery. Instead of this, the laptop is equipped with a 3 cell battery which gave us a runtime of around 3 hours. This is way too short as compared to the 6 cell battery of Asus Eee PC 1005HA which lasted for more than 9 hours.
Acer Aspire One D250 Accessories
While unboxing Aspire One D250, we found the laptop to be equipped with the following accessories:
- Aspire One D250
- AC Adapter
- Power Cord
- User Manual
Acer Aspire One D250 Price
Aspire One D250 is approximately priced at $ 330. In our opinion the best buy price of Aspire One D250 is around $ 300.
Though Acer Aspire One D250 offers value less than $ 300, yet we were a tad disappointed with the performance of Aspire One D250. The keyboard, touchpad and the battery life could have been better. But if you are looking for a travel friendly laptop, then you can surly bank upon Aspire One D250.