Acer tends to pull out the eMachines brand name when it’s got a cheap product to sell. And the eMachines eM350 is no exception. While the cheapest Acer Aspire One netbook with an Intel Atom N450 processor has a list price of about $300, the eMachines eM350 goes for $280.

Sure, $20 might not seem like a big difference, but when you’re talking about dirt cheap computers, every little bit counts.

There is a slight catch though. Kind of. Most recently launched Acer netbooks ship with Windows 7 Starter Edition. The eMachines eM350 ships with Windows XP. Some folks might consider that an upgrade though.

Rounding out the specs are 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100Mbps Ethernet, 2 USB ports, and a 10 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display. The computer measures 10.2″ x 7.3″ x 1″ and weighs 2.4 pounds. it has a 3 cell, 2200mAh battery.

You can find some hands-on photos at Blogeee. The eMachines eM350-2074 is available from B&H for $279.99 plus free shipping.

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7 replies on “eMachines eM350 netbook: This year’s CPU, last year’s OS”

  1. The emachines 350 with win7 Starter OS was bogus. I recently installed WIN 7 Ultimate 64 bit on this machine, and now have no problems streaming videos and even playing WoW. Neat and fairly powerful machine.

  2. Every sane person should consider Windows XP Home as upgrade to Windows 7 Starter. At least, the former is a fully capable OS, without the idiotic limitation of 3 user processes of the latter. Not to mention that XP always runs better that Win7 on a machine with only 1Gb RAM…

    1. You clearly have ZERO idea what you’re talking about. Just to bring you up to speed… We’re in 2010, and Win7 is THE OS to have, especially for machines with low resources.

      1. No, XP is certainly an upgrade to Windows 7 Starter. And on a low spec machine, XP is arguably the best Windows OS to have on it. Period.

        However, I personally run Windows 7 Ultimate on my eeePC, and also on my desktop workstation.

        The difference, is that Starter is totally unusable past the basics, and Ultimate is about usable on low spec, and awesome on anything else.

  3. I’m in India at the moment and saw this guy in a shop, $330 with Linux (That’s with out haggling. . lol). Alot of the eMachines over here are Linux based!

    1. Linux beats the pants of Windows any time. I have the Aspire One quadruple booting – Windows XP, Ubuntu, Jolicloud, and MeeGo. I spend all my time in one of the 3 linux flavours only going to Windows if I have a specific reason to do so.

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