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  • Chris 9:05 pm on August 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Acer Aspire One 


    I’ve been playing with HC’s new Acer Aspire One for the last week and I have to say that this Mac user is pretty impressed with this tiny little Windows XP laptop, so much I’m hoping that Apple will finally release one of these tiny little netbooks. The first thing I noticed about A-One (as the cool kids call it) is that it appears bigger than it actually is, sitting next to a Asus 8.9 inch screened Eee the Acer screen and keyboard looked bigger, even though it isn’t. Second is that the glossy CrystalBrite screen really makes the colors “pop”.

    Spec wise this particular A-One is packing a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD, 3 USB ports, 2 media card readers (one SD/MMC slot and another multi reader), webcam, mic, 802.11b/g, VGA out, and an ethernet port.

    What is impressive about this is the fact that this is all packed inside a case that can eliminate the need for a separate laptop bag if you carry a messenger bag or medium sized purse, which was the selling point for HC since she travels a fair amount for business, no more need to her to carry a carry-on, a purse and a laptop bag anymore.

    When you look at a small netbook like this the first thing you have to do is remember that it is not a big laptop, it isn’t a media powerhouse and it will not handle the large programs that you use on a bigger machine with the speed that you are used to with a big desktop or regular laptop, but it runs XP and Office 2007 impressively quick.

    Pros:

    • Size (both dimensions and weight)
    • Impressively specced out of the box
    • Bright screen
    • All in one, webcam, mic, speakers, wifi, etc.
    • Price

    Cons:

    • The screen takes getting used to
    • Battery life could be better and can be if you spend the extra $100+ on the extended battery
    • Upgrading RAM means voiding the warranty and basically dissecting the entire machine
    • Don’t forget some headphones

    All in all, this is a great little machine that can easily do 98% of what a full-sized laptop can do and while the screen is just 8.9 inches in this era of supersized desktop monitors it really doesn’t feel that cramped, the keyboard on the other hand does take some getting used to, I’ve fat fingers a few extra characters typing this review on it but it lends itself quite well when I go to hunt and peck typing. I’d say that the Acer Aspire One is the perfect choice as an email/IM device, to accompany a desktop or desktop replacement laptop, a business traveler that wants something that will lighten their load, anyone who just wants something for couch surfing or catching up on some work, or at this price it would be a great beginner laptop for a child, the small keyboard is ideal and I could see elementary schools buying these up in bulk. I know when it is time for Abi to get a computer for school I’ll definatelty consider a netbook, especially if one finds its way out of Cupertino.

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    • zeed 11:56 pm on March 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      acer aspire one aoa150-1126
      Best notebook on the market today! I love this product long battery life and easy to use.I highly recommend this item..

  • Bryan 11:52 am on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AX Micro, battery, Bluetooth, Charger, Dock, Headset, Megan Saulsbury, , ,   

    Review of AX Micro bluetooth headset 

    I recently received a really nice bluetooth headset from Megan Saulsbury. Before I start the review, I would just like to thank her for letting me review this product. The AX Micro is made by Tritton Technologies. Tritton also makes many other cool gadgets which you can see on their website.

    In the box of the AX Micro it has the headset, it has the bluetooth, a very convenient charger, two different sized rubber pieces that you can put on the bluetooth if you ears are bigger or smaller, and the instruction manual. This bluetooth comes with a very nice dock, that makes it very easy to charge. Plus, this bluetooth only takes around 2 hours to charge completely which is great for a bluetooth of this size.

    The AX Micro is a very small and affordable bluetooth headset. On the AX Micro there are only 3 buttons. One on the left side one on the right and one on the front of it. The two side buttons are used as volume controls and the button on the front is used for taking calls and connecting the bluetooth to your phone. Connecting the device to your phone is very easy. When your phone is looking for bluetooth devices, just hold down the center button and within seconds it will be connected. The button on the left side is to put the volume up and on the right it is for the volume down.

    When I buy a bluetooth headset, the first thing I want to know about is the sound quality. The sound quality on the AX Micro is pretty good. It isn’t the best sound quality you can have from a bluetooth but I can still understand the other person.

    I only found two minor problems with the AX Micro. The first was with the connection while making calls. Sometimes if the bluetooth is in your pocket the call will start to break up. But it has never completely cut off in the middle of a call, as long as the bluetooth is close to the phone you won’t experience many problems. The second problem was fitting it into my ear. Just at the beginning when I was trying it on, it was hard to find out which way it should go in. But, after I figured out how it should sit in my ear, I had no problem getting it in any other time.

    I think that the retail price for this product is pretty reasonable, $49.99. But now you can get the AX Micro for under $40 in many stores online. Here is my final review of the AX Micro by Tritton Technologies.

    Review

    • Easy of use 10/10
    • Sound quality 7/10
    • Design 8/10
    • Connection 7/10
    • Overall Rating 8/10
    Thank you again Megan Saulsbury for letting us review this product.
     
  • Chris 2:47 pm on August 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Evernote 

    I’ve been playing around with Evernote for a couple of months and up until recently I’ve just poked at it, prodded it a bit but didn’t really think I’d use it that much.

    From their website:
    Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.

    Evernote is great because it has native clients for Mac, Windows, Linux, Windows Mobile, and the iPhone. No matter where you are you can have access to all of your notes and with a native application you don’t need to be online in order to use it but it will still sync it when you are connected so your notes will be available other places, other computers, online, on your phone.

    The Good:

    • Instant access to your notes if you’ve got some sort of data access.
    • Nice looking fairly robust interface on all of the native apps.
    • Simple to use.

    The Bad:

    • No native Palm app, seems like a huge oversight in my opinion but it means people like my wife have to use the mobile web app.
    • The mobile web app is quite unimpressive.
    • You have to convince your IT people to let you install the native application.

    Conclusion:
    If you work from home sometimes and have to email yourself reminders at the other place or have a phone that doesn’t allow syncing of notes (yeah, I’m looking at you iPhone) than Evernote can be an invaluable tool. I like it because it is a multi-use tool, you could send notes from your phone to yourself and set it up on different devices and computers and have it as a central family or workplace bulletin board for different users under one account.

    Evernote

     
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