I picked up a sweet little gadget the other day.
Since Laura is now using the laptop to work on more and more, I thought it might be a good idea to get myself a second laptop. Only, this time I thought about it a little longer than I thought about the previous laptop purchase.
I figured that I really don’t need all that much power or storage. I just need to connect to the internet on something small. I took a look around Dell’s website and settled upon the “Dell Inspiron Mini 10v Netbook.” I actually called Dell and ordered it. Then, when I found out that the ship date is three weeks from now, I called back and canceled the order. I’m not waiting three weeks for something I can go up the road and buy. I did just that.
I hopped on Staple’s website and did some comparison of netbooks. The “Acer Aspire One AOD250-1165 Netbook” looked pretty much like the Dell I was previously interested in. The Dell was a little better looking, but I decided to get over myself and buy the Acer.
These little netbooks are really cool. They are pretty small, so you can just stuff it in your backpack and go. They have wireless cards built in, so I can get signal anywhere from in the house and I also installed VZ Access, so I can just hook up my Blackberry and get broadband on the road. Pretty spiffy.
Here are the specs. Not bad for $299.
* 3-cell battery, 2.5 hours run time*
* 1GB installed memory
* 160GB hard drive
* Intel® Atom™ Processor N270
* 10.1″ WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ LED Display
* Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
* Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
* Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcam
* Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
* Dimensions 10.17″ (W) x 7.24″ (D) x 1″ (H) (2.44lbs)
* Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3
* 1 year