Acer Aspire One D260 review

Great usability and battery life make this netbook one of the best available

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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  • Excellent battery life
  • Good screen
  • Decent performance
  • Decent keyboard and touchpad
  • Portability


  • Limited storage
  • No optical drive
  • Limited power

Acer was among the first to release a netbook back in 2008 and its Aspire One range has gone from strength to strength ever since. The Aspire One D260 is the latest addition and what it lacks in storage it compensates for with all-day battery power.

In the netbook market in general, the compact chassis is ideal for regular travel and use around the home. Weighing 1.2kg and with a depth of just 30mm, the slim design lets it slip easily into even the smallest hand luggage.

Powered by a slim 6-cell battery, battery life is fantastic without adding any undue bulk to the chassis. Running for nearly nine hours under the most demanding use, it delivers enough power to keep you working throughout the day.

Despite the slim dimensions, a decent sized keyboard is in place and all the keys are large enough to comfortably type at speed. The board is firmly fixed to the chassis, with no flex on show, and all keys respond smoothly and accurately.

More surprisingly, the Acer's touchpad is equally well sized and comfortable to use. While many netbooks feature tiny pads that can be fiddly to use, the Acer's wide touchpad makes it easy to navigate onscreen.

Where all netbooks are alike is the limited performance they provide. Powered by an Intel Atom processor – a chip designed solely for compact, low-cost devices – the Acer only suits the most basic of use, such as word processing, browsing the internet and sending emails.

Graphics are equally limited and are intended for multimedia consumption, rather than creation. Video plays back smoothly, with even high-definition 1080p content handled with ease, but don't expect the power of a similarly priced full-sized laptop.

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Bright screen

That's not to say that the Acer is no good for entertainment use, however, as the glossy 10.1-inch screen is suitably bright, with vibrant colours and deep blacks. This makes it great for viewing photos and videos and a perfect choice for kids to use.

Where the Acer falls slightly short of its rivals is its storage. While the Asus Eee PC Seashell 1015PE and Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 are fitted with 250GB hard drives, the Acer's 160GB drive seems a bit stingy in comparison.

As with most netbooks, there is no built-in optical drive for accessing CDs or DVDs.

With so little to differentiate most netbooks currently on sale, it takes a unique feature or two to really stand out. The fantastic battery life and great usability of the Aspire One D260 are what raise this machine above its similarly specified rivals. A really terrific netbook at a great price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 3150
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire One D260
Processor ModelN450
Operating SystemWindows XP Home
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.25 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 64 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height24 mm
Width258.5 mm
Depth185 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesD260
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelD260-2Bkk
Product NameAspire One D260-2Bkk Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire One
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberLU.SCH0B.009
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Do you want both performance and style on the go? If so, the stunning 10.1" Aspire One D260 is right for you. With a six-cell battery this netbook delivers up to eight hours of battery power (depending on configuration and usage). Plus, its advanced features and easy "carry-ability" make it perfect for go-everywhere daily use.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire One D260-2Bkk Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year