The Acer Aspire One D260 is a 10-inch netbook with strong performance and decent battery life. It offers better specs than most of the typical 10-inch netbooks out there. In addition to a dual core CPU, it also comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, and Windows 7 Home Premium, all of which are normally not found on other netbooks be default. With all the bells and whistles already built in, you dont't have to upgrade anything with this netbook. And for only $358, it definitely offers great bang for your buck.
Aspire One D260 Review Summary
The Aspire One D260 measures 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.95-inch. It’s quite slim and weigh just 2.6 pounds which is lighter than most mini laptops out there. It comes with a 10.1-inch matte display so you do not have to worry about reflection issue. There are 4 colors available: black, charcoal, pink, and purple, all with a flake pattern.
Keyboard and TouchPad
The keyboard on the Aspire One D260 is not full-sized, so it feels a little cramp and take a little getting used to. The key themselves however supplied snappy feedback and feels pretty sturdy and comfortable to type on. The touchpad measures 3.0 x 1.5-inch which is pretty wide. It picks up fingers movements pretty well, and multi-touch gesture can be performed smoothly on it without any issue. Below the touchpad is a long, single mouse button bar. While two distinct mouse buttons are always better than single button, at least the one the D260 is long enough to distinguish between the left and right sides by feel.
The Aspire One D260 offers slightly better specs than most of the typical 10-inch netbooks out there. It comes with a dual core Intel Atom N550 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, and Windows 7 Home Premium. As a result, it gets better-than-average benchmark scores than other similar class netbooks such as Samsung NF310 and ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM. For daily computing activity, the D260 delivers snappy application open times and good overall responsiveness. The extra RAM also allow more application to run simultaneously without slowing the netbook down. One customer from Amazon reported that the netbook boots up from powered off in less than a minute and wakes up from sleep mode in 5 seconds or less.
With Intel’s integrated GMA 3150 graphic chip, the graphic performance of the AOD260 is just on a par with similar netbooks. Youtube, Hulu, and Netflix runs flawlessly on this netbook in full screen mode, but when it comes to 720p HD video, there will be some hitching and dropped frames.
ASUS claims that the 4400 mAh 6-cell battery on the D260 offers up to 8 hours of battery life. A battery test done by Laptop Magazine, which includes continuous web surfing over WiFi, however indicates that it can stand only 6 hours and 33 minutes of run time in a single charge. While it’s not as good as the Aspire One D255 and the Eee PC 1015PEM which has 8 hours of battery life, it’s still above average and is enough for almost one whole day of usage.
Aspire One D260 Customer Reviews
Aspire One D260 Expert Reviews
|K.T. Bradford from Laptop Magazine says:||
These days, netbook makers have to offer something special in order to justify a price above $300. Between the 2GB of RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium, and a decent keyboard and touchpad combo, the Acer Aspire One D260 does just that. Still, we give a slight edge to the Samsung NF310, which, for the same price, has a more distinctive design, a higher-resolution display, and better audio. Still, the D260 is also stylish, and it offers a larger hard drive and strong overall performance. For $358, this netbook is worth opening your wallet a bit wider.
Aspire One D260 Specification
|Resolution||1024 x 600|
|CPU||1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3|
|Graphic Card||Intel GMA 3150|
|Battery||6-cell (4400 mAh)|
|Max Battery Life||8 hours|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium|