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Acer Aspire One D260 review

acer oneThe Acer Aspire One D260 is an Intel-based netbook with a 10-inch display and Pinetrail Atom N450 processor, which has a 1.66 GHz clock frequency. In comparison to the Acer Aspire One 532h this model has almost the same hardware features.

Design & Looks of the Acer Aspire One D260

Acer Aspire One D260 looks like mentioned above 532h model except it has an improved design and characteristics. The colour of lavender and a glossy finish on its screen lid makes it much cuter. The logo was moved to the top-left corner of the screen lid, and the slogan "Aspire One" is now prominently proclaimed across it. The Acer Aspire One D260 looks very good and may be compared with MSI Wind U160, Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and Sony VAIO M.

The netbook's area that surrounds the keyboard and touchpad has a matte lavender surface, which makes the smudges and fingerprints invisible. This is another minor improvement in comparison to Aspire One 532h. The bottom panel is glossy, black and single, which makes the device well-built but also difficult to upgrade. The weight of the netbook is 1.25 kg including the six-cell battery that is similar to the one used in Aspire One 532h.

Usability of the Acer Aspire One D260

TThe screen and the keyboard are pretty much the same as in any other Acer Aspire One netbook. The 10-inch glossy LED-backlit display of the D260 has a standard resolution of 1024x600 pixels. The number of viewing angles for the screen is also average in comparison to other models, but its sharp and bright, which makes it a good variant for reading text or watching movies. The top bezel of the screen has a webcam placed on the center of it for comfortable video chatting.

The keyboard's layout and design of the AAO D260 is the same as in Acer Aspire One 532h model and Gateway LT21. It is isolated, top keys have full size and thus are handy. The keyboard deck does not flex while you type. It is not as good as, for example, Dell Inspiron Mini 10 or Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3, but it’s definitely nice and cozy enough to type on it.

Among other minor improvements on the AAO D260 in comparison to the 532h model is touchpad. It is gesture-enabled and slightly raised above the surrounding surface, which makes it easy to understand when exactly your palm strays out of its boundary. The gestures on the Acer AspireOne D260's touchpad are working well, no problems were noticed. The netbook's single-strip mouse button is pretty unusual but after some exercising you'll get used to is.