Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Acer Aspire One Model AOA110

Finally, I upgraded my Eee PC 4G (701) to Acer Aspire One AOA110. It comes with Linpus Linux Lite OS. Tested the OS recovery using the supplied DVD. It takes around 20 minutes to restore Linpus Linux Lite which is slower than Eee PC with Xandros. But, this new Intel netbook comes with a bigger 8.9" screen at 1024 x 600 and bigger 8GB SSD. The keyboard is also more comfortable to type. Overall, Aspire One looks better than Eee PC 4G.

Since the Linpus Linux Lite is locked down and I couldn't make my Huawei E220 3G modem work, I decided to install Windows XP SP3 instead. Due to the slow write speed of the 8GB SSD, it is better to configure the partition as FAT32 instead of NTFS for performance reason. The installation proceeded smoothly and finished in almost an hour. After downloading and installing the XP drivers, everything works.

The Acer supplied 2200mAh Li-Ion battery takes less than 2 hours to fully charge while in use whereas Asus supplied 5200mAh Li-Ion battery takes 4 hours and 2 hours to fully charge while in use and not in use respectively. It lasted almost 2 hours with the brightness set to the lowest, wireless disabled and surfing with 3G modem. On the other hand, Eee PC 4G lasted slightly more than 2 hours with the same settings. This can be attributed to the power efficiency of the Intel Atom processor even with a less capable battery.

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