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Mobile blogging just got a little easier for me!
My photohunt got neglected once again – but I’ll put up my Purple post (nice theme!) later, promise! This has been a rather tough week at work, starting early, leaving late. I have to live with compromises when dividing the little free time that’s left over to fit in the stuff I want to do. Not most, but all my time last night was spent with my new best friend…
This sucker for gadgets has done it again! Inspired by recent travels – with each trip that laptop bag appeared to get heavier on the shoulder – I got myself a neat little netbook. Over the past few months I’ve always looked longingly at those tiny beasts. Last week, when I bought Cds and stuff, I tried out the Dell Mini 8 and was immediately blown away, only the price was a little steep (EUR 499) considering it didn’t have a hard-disk but only a 16 GB solid state thingy – moreover, 8″ seemed just a tad too tiny.
Back home I did some googling and the Aspire ONE seemed like a very good candidate, with more or less the same specifications (including the built-in webcam) but with 160 gigs hard drive and 10″ display. Well, and then (coincidence?!) I found out that Scan Malta had a number of Acers in their “This week only” promotion – et voila! My new companion is a sleek, wine-red coloured Acer Aspire ONE D150, bought for EUR 449. My first preference would have been for a blue one, which was however only available with the solid state disk (though at the same price!). But this one is just fine, a real beauty in my opinion! No kidding, I would consider buying a car in this colour! (But if you really don’t like red, they also have white and black.)
OK, so the looks are great (although, on the downside, the posh glossy-metallic finish attracts smudgy finger prints like my face does freckles!!). But the rest is awesome, too. It boots (WinXP Home) in one minute, the 10″ display is crystal-clear. The battery life is nothing short of phenomenal; when it was fully charged, the indicator said I had about 8 hours left – and that actually seems realistic! According to various posts on the internet the first batch of this model had been supplied with a superior battery, which was replaced in subsequent batches that showed the “typical” battery life of around 4 hours. Well, in Malta goods move slowly, and for once it looks like it’s a good thing to get something older!
The whole thing is smaller than a piece of A4 paper, so what about the keyboard? I must say it is surprisingly comfortable. I’m a touch-typer and while I’ve been typing this piece I haven’t experienced any frustrating typos that occurred due to the keyboard – it actually has a better feel to it than that of my laptop! Only once did I hit the <Enter> key by mistake. Well, I’ll try it out in the Sunday chat tomorrow; that’ll be the ultimate test LOL!
The only part I’m having some difficulty getting used to is the touchpad; I tend to tap it (instead of clicking) too far to the left edge, which caused me to think it wasn’t responding. However, now that I got aware of what the problem was, I’m starting to get the hang of it. Update after using it in the garden for the first time: while the screen is brighter than my laptop’s, and thus slightly more usable outdoors, reflection is an issue…
WiFi works a charm, too: No devices (laptops, iphone) have been able to pick up the signal from our bedroom – until now! Oh, and of course you can actually use the notebook on your lap without frying your legs or giving you cramps…
I’m very much looking forward to my next trip abroad. This baby fits into a handbag, and it will actually be possible to use it on the plane! I tried that only once with my laptop, but never again.
Photohunt to follow soon!