Acer One Happy – Upgraded Performance and Style

The Acer One Happy is Acer’s newest installment to the “Aspire One” line of computers that made them so popular in the netbook market. The One Happy combines everything I loved in the original Aspire One and upgrades it to supercharged performance levels and style without much of an increase in price.

I’ve been excited for the One Happy since I heard about it, and now that it’s finally available, I can’t wait to get my hands on one. From what I can see, and from what other users are saying about it, it looks like a force to be reckoned with. Let’s take a look at what it’s got to offer.

The Outside

The most striking thing about this netbook is the color change that it’s gone through since the Aspire One. The exterior colors of the machine come in vibrant shades of the primary colors and are called quirky things like “Blueberry Shake.” The colors have a water ripple effect to them, so it’s easy to see why they’re popular with a younger crowd. You get 3 USB ports to work with, 2 on one side and one on the other. And also standard is the 10/100 Ethernet port to connect to the Internet in a tethered fashion.

I’m a little upset with the measly .3MP web cam that they installed, but beggars can’t be choosers. I don’t really like to chat from my netbook anyway, as it’s normally a work computer, but a nicer web cam may have been helpful to some.

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews, you know that I like stereo speakers on my laptops or netbooks, and luckily this one pulls through. With a stereo speaker instead of a mono speaker, I can enjoy music and movies on the go without poor sound quality. It’s a minor external feature, but again, it’s nice to know Acer cares about the small stuff.

With such a radical redesign of the exterior, did Acer forget about the inside of the computer as well? Let’s take a look. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The Interior

  • Intel N570 Dual Core Processor
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • 10.1” LED Screen (1024×600)
  • 4 Hours Battery Life
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • 0.3 Megapixel Camera

By far the best part of this netbook is the dual core Intel Atom processor. While it may not be as fast as any desktop dual core processor, having a dual core processor in a netbook is a godsend. Not only can I push the netbook to near-laptop or desktop heights, it makes it easier to push work or tasks off that I know I can do on the go as opposed to having to wait until I get home to complete them. Productivity skyrockets.

Also inside is 1GB of DDR3 memory to go along with the dual core processor. I recommend upgrading it to 2GB as soon as you can, as Windows 7 runs a little slowly with just 1GB inside, but it’s not unbearably slow if you want to get started with the computer right away. The 250GB hard drive is plenty big for all of the media enthusiasts out there that want to have movies and music with them wherever they go. Me, I don’t like to load the hard drive full of all of my media as it slows down the machine (even if ever so slightly) and since it’s easier to enjoy movies at home, why not just keep them on a desktop or server in your living room? That aside though, all of the features in this netbook are pushing it more towards an all around computer as opposed to just a small machine you take to and from work for easy tasks.

Affordable computers are in higher demand, and with products like the Acer One Happy coming out that allow you to have almost the same experience as a desktop or laptop experience for about a third of the price, it would seem foolish not to jump at the opportunity.

Thoughts

There are a lot of things I like about this netbook. It weighs only 2.5 pounds, meaning it’s easy to carry around all day and not have it be a burden. And at just 1” thick, it’s so thin that I don’t have to worry about space restrictions inside of my backpack or work briefcase. The battery is a little weak at just 4 hours of life, but in exchange for all of the processing power this machine has, it’s not a huge sacrifice to have to plug the computer in every few hours to keep working. It would be nicer if I could work all day without a plug nearby, but alas, battery technology hasn’t reached that point yet.

Despite the colors being very fresh and a nice departure from the standard white and black finishes of other netbooks, they may not be for everyone. Black and white are nice neutral colors that are standard for a reason. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than a 20-something toting this around with pride. I must admit, I’d feel a bit odd bringing this into a business meeting to take notes or get work done. I’m sure case covers will come out soon, but until then, you’re stuck with the bright colors whether you want them or not.

But despite the minor flaw of the color choice, this machine is stunning in all other regards. I was floored when I saw the price point they were marketing this at. With a dual core processor, DDR3 RAM (expandable to 2GB), and a 2.5 pound footprint, I’d recommend this netbook to anyone looking for a computer they can bring with them on the go.

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