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Acer Aspire Pink Netbook Review

Acer Aspire Pink AOA150-1690 Netbook Review & Laptop Components Guide 


Acer Aspire Pink AOA150-1690 Netbook Review

acer aspire pink netbook picturesThe Acer Aspire One pink model AOA150-1690 is a great netbook for students and even business travelers who like to travel light.  It is very affordable and extremely lightweight, weighing just over 2 pounds.

The Acer Aspire pink netbook has a vivid 8.9-inch glossy WSVGA LED backlit display, integrated webcam perfect for day to day web video chatting, and it even runs on Intel's newer mobile processor the Atom. 

It is also packed with a large capacity 160 GB hard drive that runs the long time running and stable Windows XP operating system.

Best of all these features of course come in a cool and stylish pink chassis.   The finish of the Aspire pink netbook is smooth, and the exterior is accented with some distinct details like a vivid orange hinge ring.

Within the Acer Aspire pink you will find a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor which was designed specifically for mobile mini netbooks.  This processor is amazing and the gurus at Intel infused it with a brand new design structure.  On a technical level this design structure is called hafnium infused circuitry. 

Cool Acer Aspire Pinkies Featuring Intel Atom CPU's

But how does Intel's new processor design structure benefit me the user? 

Well in a nutshell this technology reduces electrical current leakage in transistors to conserve energy and thus it gives you more time away from the electrical outlet.  

With only the included 3-cell battery the Acer Aspire Pink AOA150-1690 still gets up to 2.5 hours of runtime. 

Not too bad at all for a 3-cell but we still would have liked to see longer battery runtime overall out of such a small netbook.

Other features within the Acer Aspire pink netbook include 1 GB of installed RAM but if you decide to upgrade it can handle up to 1.5 GB's of maximum memory capacity.

Other standard features include a 54g 802.11b/g Wi-Fi wireless networking card, multi-format digital memory card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, and built-in email, web browsing, and digital media applications come standard too among others.

The Acer Aspire pink AOA150-1690 comes preloaded with Microsoft's Windows XP Home operating system so it will be familiar to just about anyone who's owned a PC within recent years.  

As a recap when netbooks first came to market they started out running on a light but efficient Linux based operating system and so weren't quite accepted mainstream at the time.  Now running Windows XP you can run just about any software application out there. 

The Acer Aspire pink netbooks are a great overall netbook in a stylish and totally affordable package.


Acer Aspire Pink (AOA150-1690) - Hardware Close-up & Guide

In this section we further examine some of the Acer Aspire pink's (A0A150-1690) hardware features and for some of you who would like to learn a bit more about laptop hardware in general we've also provided links to numerous laptop buying guide pages for the various hardware components discussed. 

Enjoy!

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Intel atom logoProcessor:

The Intel Atom processor uses a brand new internal design that allows Intel to pack in 47 million transistors on a chip only .87 inches in size.  What's crazy is that the new Atom N270 only uses just 2.5 watts of power. 

That is less than 1/10 of the 35 watts used by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor in fact.  Keep in mind a typical household light bulb uses from 45 to 75 watts.  Pretty impressive!

The included 1.6 GHz Atom N270 processor also includes what is called a power optimized front side bus that runs at 533 MHz.  This allows for faster data transfer, especially with more demanding applications.  Let's not forget the Atom N270 also boasts an ample 512 KB L2 cache. 


Storage
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laptop hard driveThis version of the Acer Aspire One comes with a 160 GB hard disk drive that runs at 5400 RPM and so it offers enough performance and storage to hold a tongs of MP3's, movies, games, and a large collection of software. 

The included Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive is also effiecient compared to laptop hard drives of yesterday which ran on the EIDE interface.


Memory
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laptop memoryWithin the Acer Aspire Pink you will find 1 GB of installed memory/RAM standard.  

There is 512 MB of memory installed on the system board and there is one swappable 512 MB RAM stick so you can pickup a 1 GB stick at any computer retail or e-tail store and expand the system to a total maximum memory capacity of 1.5 GB of RAM.


DVD/CD Drive
:

laptop optical driveBecause of netbooks petite physical size, the Acer Aspire One Pink netbook also does not come with an integrated optical drive, but an optional CD/DVD read/write drive can always be connected to the laptop via one of its three USB 2.0 ports if needed.

Keep in mind netbooks sacrifice CD/DVD capability to cut down on physical size, battery usage, and price.  This is the tradeoff with netbooks but a welcoming tradoff most definitely. 


Connectivity
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laptop usb portAmong connectivity features the Acer Aspire One pink netbook has an integrated 54g wireless LAN card that's compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networks. It also features what Acer calls SignalUp technology for enhanced antenna performance. This makes these mini mobile laptops the perfect Internet caf´┐Ż companion.

The Acer Aspire pink has one dedicated SD flash memory card slot as well as a second multi card reader that's compatible with five different types of memory cards including Secure Digital, Multi Media Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card. Since it has both a multi-in-1 card reader and a SD card reader this allows you for example to download photos from the multi reader to share with others and store to the SD card as an internal storage device at the same time.

The Acer Aspire pink netbook also features 3 USB 2.0 ports, perfect for all your connectivity needs, 1 VGA monitor port to connect it to your favorite computer monitor, LCD or Plasm TV, 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack, and an RJ-45 port for 10/100 wired Ethernet connections. 


Screen, Video and Audio
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acer aspire pink netbookThe Acer Aspire Pink AOA150-1690 netbook comes standard with an 8.9-inch screen that has a native WSVGA resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. 

Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 that uses shared video memory with the main systems memory. This is pretty standard for netbooks and we're happy to inform the Intel 950 graphics chips are decent performers.

One thing worth noting is what Acer calls their CrystalBrite display technology.  Pretty much Acer guarantees you the best possible visual experience by preventing the diffusion of surrounding light and internal ray.  Compared to normal TFT LCDs, Acer claims their CrystalBrite technology is able to read color coordinates more accurately, thus minimizing distortion and creating high-fidelity colors in all environments. 

Sounds cool but is the technology simply another marketing term?  Regardless, we're happy to inform you that after tinkering with the Acer Aspire pink model AOA150-1690 ourselves the screen is pretty darn good for it had plenty of brightness for the various light conditions that we exposed it to.

Last but not least the Aspire pink netbook also includes an integrated audio card for audio playback and there are two stereo speakers which offer adequate sound playback when needed, plus like typical netbooks the Acer Aspire pink has a built-in webcam that is perfect for online video chatting.



Acer Aspire Pink (AOA150-1690) - Features & Tech Specs

pink acer aspire one netbookAOA150-1690 Product features at a glance:
  • Full function mini laptop in cool pink finish with 8.9-inch display, integrated webcam, and 3-cell battery with up to 2.5-hours of use
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 160 GB hard disk drive, 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB max) 54g Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g); 10/100 Ethernet; Intel GMA 950 graphics
  • Connectivity: 3 USB, 1 headphone, 1 microphone, Secure Digital slot, multi-format memory card slot, VGA monitor output
  • Pre-installed with Windows XP Home operating system, Mouse included

Processor, Memory, and Motherboard Details:

  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270
  • System Bus Speed: 533
  • Cache Size:  512KB L2
  • Number of Processors: 1
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • RAM Type: DDR2 SDRAM

Hard Drive

  • Size: 160 GB
  • Speed:  5400 RPM
  • Type: Serial ATA

Ports and Connectivity

  • Wireless: 54G 802.11 B/G
  • Networking:  10/100 Ethernet
  • USB:  3 USB 2.0
  • Video Output:  VGA
  • Mini jacks:  1 headphone, 1 microphone
  • Media:  Multi-card flash reader

Cases Dimensions & Weight

  • Size (LWH): 6.7 inches, 9.8 inches, 1.42 inches
  • Weight: 2.44 pounds

Battery Life

  • Rated Charge:  Up to 2.5 hours


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