I'm usually one of the last people on the block to adopt anything vaguely resembling new techology (cell phones, TiVOs, you name it...), but the grim thought of lugging all eight pounds of my desktop-replacement laptop onto a plane yet again prompted me to spend some ready cash on an Acer Aspire One. (Those eight pounds don't sound like much...until you try running for your connection at O'Hare.) Not coincidentally, this blog post is doubling as a test of the computer's internet connection/keyboard/screen. Thoughts so far:
- The keyboard has a substantial feel to it, much better than the Asus EEE PC. The smaller size isn't too much of a problem, but I've purchased a full-size flexible keyboard in order to take care of word-processing business.
- That being said, this trackpad is as annoying as everyone else has reported, especially because it's very easy to accidentally, well, track. I see a mini mouse somewhere in my very immediate future.
- The screen, while small, has beautiful resolution; reading it is no problem. One does have to scroll a bit more. Still, this isn't going to be anyone's idea of a fulltime computer.
- Boot time was very fast, at least as fast as my Inspiron. Download times on my DSL connection have also been fast, but I haven't tried the WiFi yet.
- The audio is clear but tinny.
- My goodness, this computer fits in my purse. (We're talking a normal purse, not Brenda Leigh Johnson's magical black purse from The Closer.)
Overall, this computer should do what I want it to do: serve as a notetaker when I'm hanging out in the Rare Books Room or as the Handy Internet Connection when I'm trekking around. I'm pleased.