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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the fact that I took advantage of a Dell promotion. Customers who purchased a 13″ or 15.4″ laptop were given the option of also buying a Dell Mini 9 for $99.00. I was very excited because I had been looking for an extremely lightweight but fully functional laptop for some time.

At that price, the Mini 9 came equipped with the Ubuntu open-source, Linux-based operating system, a 16GB hard drive, and wireless capability. I had no familiarity with Ubuntu, but the sales representative convinced me that it was comparable to and compatible with Windows so I would be able to create and open files on the Mini 9 or any of my other computers.

Unfortunately, that turned out not to be true. The first problem I encountered was an inability to load any additional programs on the hard drive because the Mini 9 would not recognize the external CD drive I also purchased specifically for that purpose. Reformatting the hard drive and installing Windows proved futile, even with my oldest son’s assistance. Worse, the software requisite to my portable wireless connectivity device was incompatible with Ubuntu.

That clinched it. Given that I had ordered a white Mini 9, but a black model was shipped to me, I returned the Mini 9.

For a few dollars more, I then became the proud owner of an Acer Aspire One.

I am in netbook heaven.

The Acer weighs just two pounds and has an 8.9″ screen, 120 GB hard drive, and 1GB of RAM. Priced at just $349, it came with Windows XP, Office, Adobe, Win DVD, MacAfee, and several other “must-have” programs installed. It is easy to install additional software using an inexpensive external CD drive, and the hard drive is large enough to store documents, music, movies, etc. if you don’t want to carry the external drive with you. I purchased a USB-powered mouse because I have never been able to get used to a touch pad mouse. There are three USB ports, as well as a webcam and microphone. The keyboard is quiet and full-sized, although the keys are a little closer together than on a traditional keyboard, but I adapted quickly. The manufacturer even included a simulated leather protective shield into which you can slip the notepad to avoid scratching the case.

Now I am ready at all times to make good use of spare moments because I always have a computer and my connectivity card in my bag.

So has my productivity increased? Yes. I am happy to report that I don’t just carry my notepad around in my purse. I use it. Regularly. Everywhere. When I recently spent four days in San Diego, it was wonderful to be able to use it in a variety of locations, including on both flights.

The holiday season is almost here, so if you are in the market for a notepad, you might want to consider asking Santa to make a special purchase. For those of you shopping for high school and college students, I can’t think of a better tool. I would have loved to own a notepad when I attended law school. I cringe when I think of the reams of hand-written lecture notes I took and can only dream of how luxurious and efficient my educational experiences would have been had this technology been available then.

Do you own a mini laptop computer? If not, have you considered purchasing one? Why or why not?


  1. Acai Berry

    I use several laptops.. I have an everex laptop with a huge 17″ wide screen that i take travelling with me.. However it has been noted as being the largest laptop ever seen.. Some TSA security guard told me it was the worlds largest laptop..

    I really like the laptop you posted… Thanks for sharing it.

  2. I love my netbook so much more easier to carry around and now I carry around with me all the time, and the keyboard is only slightly smaller but that’s perfect for my hands and fingers and I think I can type faster. I almost got this aspire one. It was between this and the lenovo ideapad s10 a close race, down to the wire, they were both similar in specs eventually settled on the ideapad. But I would’ve been equally happy with the asper one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. These sub-notes make then best company when travel, and they evolved fast to be near to the full size notebooks in knowledge. I was a owner of EEE701 when it was new hit a year ago, and I can see the changes since. For me Asus, the 2 yrs warranty is a hook. And there 6 cell battery, what Acer Aspire One not seems to offer (yet?) for similar price. But I admit, this little blue one I like the most by look. Xmas is coming, soon I will have to make up my mind, i think ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Anonymous

    I would not be able to use one of those laptops, with such a small screen and my eyes aren’t great I would struggle to see everything ๐Ÿ˜› If I were to get a laptop I would have to get a rather large 17 inch widescreen ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. I love labtops but have a PC. I think I am going to finally make the switch to MAC on my next go around. I just hear so many good things about it and my PC can be so high maintenance.

  6. That second laptop you got sure sounds a lot better than the first. I don’t trust any operating systems other than Windows or Macintosh, mainly because of compatibility issues (as you experienced).

  7. Unfortunately, I don’t have a minilaptop, but would love to have one. Even though I’m majoring in film, I still need to be able to write, and a minilaptop would probably prevent me from losing those good spur of the moment ideas…

  8. Anonymous

    I was also thinking about the same thing but considering the price tag and the fact that it was Cyber Monday I went with a “regular” laptop for almost the same money and the same brand. Acer is not very well known here but in Europe they have excellent reputation so I amimpatient to put my hands on this jewel. On the other hand I had the same experience with a Dell product an year ago ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  9. California

    Which trackpad did you like better of the two? The Dell having the buttons below and the Acer on the side?

  10. I was thinking about buying that Acer laptop. But I was afraid it was too small and I won’t be able to ready or watch anything hehe ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Such a tiny laptop. It would be hard to do any serious work on that ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Anonymous

    i am thinking on buying a new set of sony neetbook – let’s see

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