The evolution of the netbook

22 netbooks in 18 months

Acer Aspire One AOD 150 : Acer’s second netbook is a 10.2in version that’s surprisingly small, yet comfortable to use once you get the hang of it. It doesn’t have remarkable specifications (1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, Windows XP), but it does have the best screen quality we’ve ever seen in a netbook. If you want a netbook that has a bright, vibrant screen for watching videos, this is the one to choose. However, its resolution could be higher (it’s only 1024x600), and for $799, it could use a better battery and faster wireless networking. Still, we love this netbook.

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Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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