The Acer Guy managed to get 24 hours alone with a pre-production Acer Aspire One unit. And while we’ve seen plenty of reviews of this subnotebook, his coverage is some of the first I’ve seen from the vantage point of a tech enthusiast rather than a tech journalist. Admittedly, he’s a big ole Acer fan and seems easily exciteable. I’ve never seen anyone quite so happy to create an OpenOffice.org document, but if you want to see some hands-on videos with the Acer Aspire One, here are some good places to start:
It looks like Acer’s decision to use Linpus Linux Lite may have been a good one. The interface looks at least as easy to use as the custom version of Xandros that Asus uses for the Eee PC. But I’m guessing that most power users are going to want to wipe the operating system and install their favorite Linux distro, Windows, or something else altogether.

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4 replies on “More Acer Aspire One videos than you can shake a stick at”

  1. And there’s the rub – I *AM* a PR person. Whatever… my 11-year old daughter couldn’t put it down so I guess that’s her Christmas present sorted.
    I see your point about the wow factor and that’s certainly something I’m going to ask buyers to write about on my blog.
    I think for “normal” users, and by that I mean people who don’t want to strip it out and trick it with their preferred OS, it’s going to be a painless ride. Everything you really need is there (ah, no calculator LOL) and that all-inclusive interface, as far as I could see, gives you very little to mess around with which means that for the majority, there’s little chance of breaking it.
    One idea Acer’s toying with which I think will make a real difference to the long-term “value” of these devices is to set up a sort of Aspire One community where users can download apps & drivers from a “safe” environment along the lines of what Apple’s doing with the iPhone 2.0. If they do, life will get a LOT easier… 😉

    1. Haha, I should have spent a few more minutes reading your blog before
      accusing you of *not* being a PR guy. 🙂

      I enjoyed your videos all the same.

  2. Yeah you’re right, I was a bit cheerful but thanks for linking 😀
    The reason I went overboard with that OpenOffice.org document is because a LOT of people who stumble across my blog are as computer illiterate as me and might be scared of going with a non-MS set up because of incompatibility worries.
    That puts me between a rock (Joe Public) and a hard place (Power Users) and makes me do lowest common denominator stuff… (clutching at straws?)…
    Still, I had a fun 24 hours and want one badly so that settles it, I really am an Acer Fanboy 😉

    1. Hehe, no offense intended. I was just happy to see some hands on videos shot
      by a real person, not a tech journalist or an PR person. If and when you buy
      an Aspire One, I’d love to know what you think of it after a week or a
      month. It’ll be interesting to discover whether the wow factor wears off or
      not.

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