Acer Aspire One 531 Laptop Review

Posted on Jul 12 2010 - 9:26am by Rob

Do you remember the days when PCs were the size the size of a small bungalow and you had to feed punch cards into them? Neither do I, but some crazy old guy told me about them once. Those were the days my friend indeed but now they are gone with the wind and the PC which we are going to be poking around today is so small that you could slip one under most dogs without any of the edges poking out. Acer Aspire One 531 laptop is the name of said machine.

 

Design

This is a small one. The screen is a reasonably size at 10.1 inches but the whole package weighs half as much as a 2 kilo bag of sugar.


Notable Specifications

Squeezed into this little netbook is an Intel® Atom™ Processor N270, 160 GB hard drive and 1GB of memory. Can you use WiFi with it? Yes, you can. Does is have the usual connectivity options? Yes, it does. Does it come with what a vacuum cleaner salesman might call, “all the usual and relevant accessories?” Yes, it does. Nice.


Price

I hope you are standing well away from particularly heavy feathers, because there is a special offer price on the go for Internet bargain bloodhounds to sniff out. Two hundred and twenty nine pounds. For Spanish readers that amounts to doscientas veintinueve libras hombre. French readers will have to learn English or Spanish to fully appreciate the price, I’m afraid.

  Summary

Who would buy a netbook like the Acer Aspire One 531? Someone who needs a portable PC as a back up to their main one perhaps? Someone who has fairly light laptop use but likes to have one to hand just in case? A canny gap year traveller hoping to milk WiFi access across the globe? Un estudiante tal vez?

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