Aspire One

Aspire One

Acer Aspire One
Acer Aspire One Ultra-Thin 522
Developer Acer
Type Subnotebook/Netbook
Operating system Linpus Linux Lite, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic & Home Premium
Power 3 cell: 2.2 Ah, 2.4 Ah, 2.7 Ah, 2.9 Ah;[1] 6 cell: 4.4 Ah, 5.2 Ah, 6.6 Ah (aftermarket extended-life batteries capacity may differ)
CPU 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 1.66 GHz Intel AtomN270-N280
1.7 GHz AMD Athlon II Neo, AMD V105 1.2 GHz
AMD C-50 and C-60
Storage capacity 8/16 GB SSD or
120–500 GB HDD
Memory 512 MB, 1 GB, 1.5 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB
Display 10.1 in (26 cm), 11.6 in (29 cm), 8.9 in (23 cm) 1024×600, 1366×768 LCD TFT, HD Glossy LED LCD
Input 89%, 100% size[2] Keyboard
Camera 0.3 MP Suyin or 1.3 MP Liteon Webcam
Connectivity 3 USB ports
5-in-1 card reader
VGA video-out port
3.5 mm audio jacks
Realtek 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet
Atheros 802.11b/g WLAN
Dimensions W×D×H 9.8 in (25 cm) × 6.7 in (17 cm) × 1 in (2.5 cm)
Weight 2.19 lb (0.99 kg) for SSD, 3 cell battery unit
2.78 lb (1.26 kg) for HDD, 6 cell battery unit

Acer Aspire One is a diverse line of netbooks released in July 2008 by Acer Inc.[3]

Many characteristics of a particular model of Acer Aspire One are dictated by the CPU platform chosen. Initial models were based on the Intel Atoms. Later, models with various AMD chips were introduced. Newer versions of the Atom were adopted as well.

Early versions were based on the Intel Atom platform, which consists of the Intel Atom processor, Intel 945GSE Express chipset and Intel 82801GBM (ICH7M) I/O controller,[4] and is available in several shell colors: seashell white, sapphire blue, golden brown, onyx black, and coral pink.

Higher end models were released in June 2010 consisting of the AMD Athlon II Neo processor and ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics controller. These are available in onyx black, antique brass, or mesh black shells depending on model.[5] Also released was a version of the Aspire One 521 with an AMD-V105 processor running at 1.2 GHz, an ATI Radeon 4225 graphics controller, and equipped with a HDMI port.[6]

A range of later models were powered by AMD Brazos APUs (combined CPU/GPU chips). The AMD chips had much more powerful video capabilities but consumed more power.

Its main competitor in the low-cost netbook market was the Asus Eee PC line.

In January 2013, Acer officially ended production of their Aspire One series due to declining sales as a result of consumers favoring tablets and Ultrabooks over netbooks.[7][8]


The line was originally manufactured for Acer Inc. by Quanta Computer.;[9] Quanta was phased out as a supplier to Acer, and production of the Acer Aspire One line shifted to other manufacturers in 2009.[10] Also starting in 2009, eSobi Inc. partnered with Acer to preload the eSobi News Center on Acer Aspire One netbooks beginning in the first quarter of 2009.[11][12]

Operating systems


Windows XP Home Edition SP3 is installed on the models with a name ending in X, or ending in B followed by another letter denoting color.

It is also possible to install and run Windows Vista or Windows 7 on the earlier model laptop. In high-end versions appearing during 2009, Windows Vista is pre-installed. The lack of a DVD-ROM drive requires creating a bootable USB flash drive (note: the on-board card reader slots are not able to be used to boot from), using a USB external DVD drive or PXE boot network install.

Windows 7 Starter is installed by default on models with a name starting in D such as D255E and D257 as well as other later Aspire models.


Models with names starting in L, or ending in A followed by a letter for color, are shipped with Linpus Linux Lite, which is based on Fedora 8.[13][14] This offers a simplified user interface, with default applications like the Firefox 2 browser, 2.3, Acer One Mail and Acer One Messenger available directly on the main screen. The default desktop environment has been designed to hide advanced features from the user and to prevent modification. It is possible to modify the system to present a more traditional Xfce 4 desktop, enable more advanced features such as context menus, or install additional software.[15]

It is possible to install and run other Linux distributions on the Acer Aspire One, and some specially customised Linux distributions have been designed to offer out of the box functionality. These include:

Other distributions of the Linux operating system will also run, such as:

Mac OS X

Through the OSx86 project, an Aspire One can boot and run a modified version of Mac OS X, including iAtkos, iDeneb, "XxX" and Kalyway distributions. This procedure is not supported by Apple or Acer.[28]


FreeBSD v. 8.2 is known to run on the Acer Aspire One, although some limitations apply: lid close not starting a hibernate, and power management which works to a very limited degree.


Some models are dual boot (e.g. D250, D260), with Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Starter. The computer boots up into Android first, with a tab to select Windows. The Android-x86 OS has limited apps available to it.[29]


Solid state drives

The A110 model ships with an 8 GB or 16 GB solid-state drive (SSD), although some models do not come with one. Early 8 GB models come with the Intel Z-P230, model SSDPAMM0008G1. This SSD has been criticized for its slow read and write speed. Intel lists the drive's maximum speeds as 38 MB/s read and 10 MB/s write.[30] Later models come with the slightly faster Samsung P-SSD 1800.

Hard disks

The hard disk is a regular 2.5-in 5400 rpm SATA drive with 80, 120, 160, 250, 320, 500 or 750 GB. A number of different drives from different manufacturers have been reported to be included. Newer-model Aspire Ones take a 7mm thick drive, as opposed to the usual 9.5mm thickness that makes up most 2.5-inch form factor hard drives and SSDs.

Expansion slot

There is also an SD/SDHC storage expansion slot on all models for additional storage (the 533 model does not support SDHC as verified by Acer support UK). On Linux versions this automatically expands the space of the SSD or HDD using aufs. Windows XP models treat it as a normal removable drive.

Some models have a second slot that functions as a standard multi-in-1 flash memory card reader. The 110 BIOS does not allow one to boot an operating system from this slot, but the 150 BIOS is capable of booting from an SDHC card in the slot. (Note: with Linux, it is possible essentially to boot from HD or USB by using a /boot partition on the regular boot device and an initrd that loads the real OS from the slot).

Power management

The Intel Atom platform has a specified maximum TDP of 11.8 W. Individual figures are 2.5 W for the N270 processor, 6 W for the 945GSE chipset and 3.3 W for the 82801GBM I/O controller.[31][32][33][34] The AUO B089AW01 LCD panel is rated at a maximum power consumption of 3 W.[35] Typical read–write power consumption for the SSD is around 0.3 W, and 0.01 W when idle. The different HDDs are rated at about 1.5–2.5 W for read–write operations and around 0.7 W when idle.[36][37][38]

The official ratings for the battery are up to 3 hours for the three cell, and up to 7 hours for the six cell. Linpus Linux Lite has been optimized by Acer for lower power consumption. Battery life is shorter on HDD configurations with Windows XP, at approximately 2.5 hours for the three cell. Although the standard three cell battery is 2.2 Ah, some users have reported 2.4 Ah and 2.9 Ah batteries from the factory. Various suppliers online now carry aftermarket batteries, including the six cell. Aftermarket nine cell batteries are available though they are quite heavy, and also protrude out of the back, reducing the aesthetics but improving airflow.


Model OS CPU Display Storage RAM Battery webcam Bluetooth Availability
Type Size
A110L Linux Atom N270 8.9 in,
1024×600 TFT LCD
SSD 8 GB 512 MB 3 cell 24 Wh 0.3 megapixel No US,[39][40] CA, GB,[41] AU, UAE, EU, PT
A110X Windows XP Atom N270 16 GB 1 GB US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, INDIA
A150L Linux Atom N270 HDD 120 GB 1.3 megapixel CA, GB, INDIA
A150-1382 Atom N270 160 GB Unknown[42] US, INDIA
A150X Windows XP Atom N270 120 GB 0.3 megapixel US, CA, GB, AE, TW, AU, INDIA
Atom N270 160 GB 6 cell 57 Wh 1.3 megapixel US, CA, CH, TW, INDIA
A150X-3G Atom N270 120 GB GB, MX, DE (T-Mobile), INDIA
ZG5 Windows XP Atom N270 120 GB 512 MB/1 GB 3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 57 Wh
0.3 /1.3 megapixel BR CA, GB, INDIA
160 GB US (Walmart, RadioShack), SI (SiOL)[43]
Linux 160 GB GB, TW, BR
16 GB GB, others?
Windows XP 8 GB US, INDIA
D150 Windows XP Atom N270 10.1 in,
1024×600 TFT LCD
HDD 160 GB 1 GB, can accept up to 2 GB 3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48/58 Wh
0.3 megapixel Yes AU, CA, GB, IN, NL, SG, TH, US, UAE
D250 Windows XP/Windows 7 Starter, some with Android 1.6 Atom N270 or N280 250 GB 3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48 Wh
0.3 megapixel US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, IN, SG, NL
D255 Atom N450 or N550 1.3 megapixel
D257[44] Atom N455, N550, N570 250/320/500 GB 1.3 megapixel DK FR
D260[45] Windows 7 Starter, some with Android 1.6 Atom N450, N455, N475 250 GB 0.3 megapixel AU, PH, UAE, RO
D270[46] Windows 7 Starter Atom N2600, N2800 250/320/500 GB 0.3 megapixel
521[47] Windows 7 Starter AMD Neo K125 or
AMD V105
250 GB 1 GB 6 cell 48/63 Wh 1.3 megapixel US
522[48] Windows 7 Starter AMD C-50, C-60 10.1 in
1280×720 TFT LCD
250 GB 1 GB, can accept up to 4 GB , Windows 7 Starter Starter will only use up to 2 GB 3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48 Wh
1.3 megapixel US, CA, EU, TH
Linpus Linux[49] 320 GB 2 GB, can accept up to 4 GB 0.3 megapixel TH
531h[50] Windows XP Atom N270, N280 10.1 in,
1024×600 TFT LCD
160 GB 1 GB, can accept up to 2 GB 6 cell 48/58 Wh 1.3 megapixel RU, others?
P531h[51] 1 GB 0.3 megapixel US, CA, GB, AU, UAE, IN, SG, NL
532h Windows 7 Starter Atom N450 250 GB 1 GB, can accept up to 2 GB 3 cell 24 Wh /
6 cell 48 Wh
0.3 megapixel US,[39][40] CA, GB,[41] AU, UAE, EU, PT
721 Windows 7 Home Premium AMD Neo K125 11.6 in
1366×768 TFT LCD
250 GB 2 GB, can accept up to 4 GB 6 cell 48/63 Wh 0.3/1.3 megapixel US
751h Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 Home Premium Atom Z520 160/250/500/750 GB 1 GB/2 GB, can accept up to 2 GB 3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 58 Wh
752 Windows 7 Home Premium Celeron M 743 320 GB 2 GB, can accept up to 4 GB 3 cell 24 Wh/
6 cell 48/62 Wh
0.3 megapixel NO
753[52] Celeron M U3400 250 GB 6 cell 48 Wh 1.3 megapixel DA, possibly EU
756 Windows 7/Linpus Linux/Windows 8 Celeron 877 or Pentium B987 320/500 GB 2/4 GB, can accept up to 8 GB 4 cell 37 Wh EU

An Acer AOD model (10.1" screen) product comparison guide, in the form of a spreadsheet file download, is available from[53]

Additional hardware

Since November 2008 the 3G-enabled model Aspire One A150X-3G is available in Europe,[54] while models with 3G modems will begin shipping in the United Kingdom in December and are denoted by the letter G in their model number. The first generation Aspire One webcam is an Acer Labs International M5608 camera controller with attached 0.3 MP SuYin or 1.3 MP LiteOn CMOS sensor.

Some models of the Aspire One use an Intel 945GSE chipset which only supports 2 GB of RAM.[33] Installing memory modules larger than 2 GB has caused the Aspire to fail the power-on self-test. Model 522, featuring the AMD Fusion C-50 chip, has been reported to work with 4 GB installed (although the included Windows 7 Starter edition has an artificially imposed 2 GB limit).

AO751h (751h)

The AO751h has the larger 11.6" screen with an LED backlit display and a 1366x768 native resolution. It includes a 1GB/667 MHz DDR2 533Mhz SDRAM memory option (2 GB being the maximum), a 160 GB HDD option, Bluetooth option, Intel northbridge US15W, and an OS option for Windows Vista Home Basic edition or Windows XP Media Center Edition. All AO751h units are powered by an Intel Atom Z520 processor running at 1330 MHz (or 1240Mhz in first version). The US15W system controller incorporates a GMA500 video core. The AO751h has a dual power (AC/DC) option. The six cell battery provides the working time of about 8 hours. Besides the mentioned specifications of the AO751h it supports 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet interface, 802.11g Wi-Fi card Atheros, Bluetooth 2.1, standard VGA-out jack, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a Memory Card reader 5:1 (xD-Picture Card, SD Card), as well as Microphone In jack 3,5mm (1/8" Mini), Headphone Out jack 3,5mm (1/8" Mini). One of the cons is the relatively small TouchPad and mouse buttons. Large and comfortable keyboard is one of the distinguishing features of the device.

There have been reports of some AO751h units randomly freezing, which has led to recalls in Denmark.[55] Some users have reported that having their motherboards replaced by Acer solved the problem and Acer officially reporting that the fix is to install an updated BIOS,.[56]

AOA150 speaker vibration and other issues

The 8.9" models have an improperly designed speaker location that causes vibration to the internal hard drive, causing it to be problematic. The right speaker is especially prone to this. Audio frequencies around 1 kHz cause the hard drive to almost stop responding. Full volume MP3/audio playback easily causes these models to run extremely slowly, or crash because of unresponsive disk I/O. This problem also causes bad sectors, crashed hard drives and corrupt Windows partitions in the long term. Even sound from an external speaker with 1 kHz tone test causes this hard drive behaviour. SSD drives do not suffer from this problem. Workarounds identified are: listening to music at a lower volume, using only the left speaker, using a software equalizer to tone down the 1 kHz frequency, replacing the hard drive with an SSD, and trying to install soft sound dampening material around the speakers and the hard drive.[57][58][59][60][61]

Aspire One Happy

The Acer Aspire One Happy is a 10 inch netbook with different operating systems: (Android 2.1 and Windows 7). It was launched by Acer Inc. in November 2010. The computer is nearly identical to the Acer Aspire One D255. The main difference is that the Happy case comes in several different color options.[62]

Mid 2011, the "Acer Aspire One Happy 2" line is released.[29][63] This model may have bluetooth on board. It seems that some countries ship this newer model with bluetooth while others do not.

Acer Aspire One D270

The Acer Aspire One D270 netbook is the first 10 inch Acer netbook to feature a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor and running Windows 7 Starter 32-bit.[64] The AOD270-1186, the white models, feature an Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor with 1MB L2 cache, 1.6 GHz processor and Hyper Threading technology.[65] The AOD270-1410, the black model, features a 10.1 inch WSVGA LED-backlit display with CrystalBrite technology with a 17:10 aspect ratio and 1024 x 600 resolution display, 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM memory, a 320 GB 5400 rpm hard drive and integrated Intel GMA 3600 graphics with 64 MB dedicated memory.[66]

In Europe, the Acer Aspire One D270-26Ckk NU.SGAED.011 is running Linpus Linux and comes in an "espresso black" colour. It also includes 2 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive. With Linux, this netbook becomes a bit faster than its Windows 7 counterpart.

Although Intel specifies the maximum RAM capability of the N2600 as 2 GB, numerous users have reported a 4 GB SODIMM works well in the D270, with 2.99 GB reported usable by Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit (after upgrading from Starter).

Some models of the Acer Aspire One D270 have Windows 7 Home Basic pre-installed and have an Intel Atom N2800 1.86 GHz processor.


CNET editors' review has been positive,[67][68] although held reservations as the Aspire One is early to market and many netbooks are planned for the near future.

A The Tech Report ( review of the 751h, and the similar Gateway LT3103U, was generally positive, praising the notebooks' battery life but criticizing the large number of third party software products preinstalled and running by default on the computers.[69]

See also


External links

  • Acer Aspire One
  • Acer Aspire One Service Guide