Acer Aspire One Happy netbook

Acer Aspire One Happy review: A dual-booting Android and Windows 7 netbook with awesome battery life

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    4.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    3.50 / 5 (of 5 Reviews)
  • Price

    $ 499.00 (AUD)

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Light, weight decent screen, great keyboard and touchpad. Long battery life. With 2Gb a great little PC.
very basic 3D, 1Gb memory (you must upgrade to 2Gb if you want reasonable performance), Windows 7 Starter
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An awesome laptop. It comes with 1Gb standard which is too small and makes the machine slow and Windows 7 Starter which is gimped, so I upgraded the memory to 2Gb which gave a major boost for performance: I can run Visual Studio and compile fairly decent size programs on it! The keyboard is a dream. The battery life is awesome: 6 to 7 hours. Screen resoution isn't great but it's adequate. It is even decent for movies: some too choppy on my desk top work decent on this. The touchpad great. These are not gaming computers: it has 3D but it is limited. You can play older games, but don't try new games - it would be too underpowered. I have done video transcoding on them and while they work, a desktop is much faster. It has Android with is interesting, but I use mine as a Windows PC. But for everything else these are great on-the-go computers. I have tablets too, but when you need to work (and type) the Acer Aspire One Happy is awesome. Yes, I love the color too. Unfortunately Acer no longer makes them: they now make a black one with slightly better specs (much better 3D) but I would miss the fluro colors. Perhaps this is the last great netbook before the tablets take over?

Summary: Replace the 1Gb RAM with 2Gb and you have a decent PC. With 1Gb it is too slow to use. There are videos on youtube telling you how to do this. I'd also recommend upgrading the Windows 7 Starter OS to a better version.




LED screen, size, weight, price
Keyboard, RAM, Win 7 Starter
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When I bought this netbook I was hoping for an upgrade to my last laptop that's just about had its days.
The price was great, the colour was nice and I did thorough research to ensure I was "upgrading" and not downgrading.
The first thing that bugged me was the keyboard (and of course it takes a while to adjust to the new one) but even now - almost a year later - it's still pretty harsh on my fingers since the keys aren't bouncy.
The low RAM makes it incredibly slow even when I'm only on messenger.
Another con was the Windows 7 STARTER. The whole point of a laptop is so you can personalise it and I could not even change my desktop picture.

Overall I just feel really disappointed with this laptop. When they said it was "Only for browsing the internet" they LITERALLY meant just that, installing programs or saving too much just slows it down way too much (and that's coming from a person who keeps her PC quite empty & clean). So if you want something for daily use consider something else.

Shannon Macri- Meriden,Ct



Acer Aspire One
The Economy
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I have had my Aspire One mini for over a year and I love how it performs. I've spoken to many people that have very expensive mini's and they often complain of how slow they are. MY ACER IS SUPER FAST. I was so happy to learn how much battery life it offers. The best Acer or mini for a guy like me that loves keeping it simple.




Battery, Size, Design. Weight & Features
Processor, RAM, 3G
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I bought Acer AspireOne Happy AOHAPPY-138Qb2b Hawaii blue variant (320GB hard disk, 1.66Ghz, Dual core, DDR3 1GB RAM, N550 CPU w/ Android) four days ago as I wanted something light for traveling in tubes, buses and streets.
My other full size 15.1" notebook was just too bulky to carry around.

Was so impressed with the battery backup and the LED display.
Processing power was ok ok! I felt Windows 7 is lil too a load on this. There are endless services running in background prompting you every 2 minutes to upgrade this security update and that!!! My wifey was so sick of slow browsing bcoz she din't noticed Windows Update service was downloading 520MB of data behind!!

Acer loads all sort of junk and small time games that you can easily find on games sites and facebook. Today I uninstalled all that extra load.

I do feel this is gr8 traveling companion but thats about it. oh yah! The author missed to mention..on first run Android Configuration Manager will update the Android system files to include some other third part Market for downloading apps. But I am a gadget junky too! I rooted the device to install Google Market and all other apps I have on my HTC Android mobile!

All in all..this is value for money. Only thing it doesn't have is 3G which does not bother me at all. I love to show it off!! hehe!

Fiber optic components



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i didnt buy an acer laptop.i bought asus one years ago.i dont know what's the problem with my laptop,the screen always change to blue when i am using it for a short time.

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