Acer Aspire One D270 AOD270-26Dkk Review
The Acer Aspire One D270 AOD270-26Dkk is a 10.1-inch LED Netbook that provides excellent mobile connectivity in an attractive, ultra-thin design. It features a 1.60GHz Intel Atom N2600 processor and an easy-to-read backlit LED display.
The Aspire One D270 is powered by Intel’s Atom N2600 Cedar Trail 1.6GHz. It has a 1MB cache and a hard drive capacity of 320GB. It is running Windows 7 Starter and also packing Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600, 1GB of RAM and a 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive along with the usual suspects such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, HDMI, a 5-in-1 memory card reader, microphone, headphone jack, webcam and three USB 2.0 ports. This netbook provides eight hours of battery power. Its webcam and built-in microphone make it easy to connect. It allows you to connect to a broadband modem with wired Ethernet and to connect wirelessly to a Wi-Fi signal. It also has a Kensington lock slot for security.
The netbook’s black body is glossy, but it doesn't gather fingerprints and dust. The chassis appears to be made of high-quality plastic and seems quite durable. The hinge that opens up to 170 degrees also reflects a good build quality. With a non-protruding battery, the Aspire One D270 measures 10.2” x 7.3” x 1”, and weighs just 1.3 kg, making it very easy to carry around. The keyboard has flat keys, which are so close to each other that it can be frustrating when typing without looking at the keyboard. The cursor keys are also too small. The 3" x 1.5" touchpad is comfortable to use. It has a separate vertical scroll zone and supports gesture controls. The trackpad buttons are not separate – a single horizontal button that see-saws to the left and right, serves the purpose.
The touchpad is quite responsive; though the buttons are a bit hard to press. The Aspire One D270 comes with three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and D-Sub ports to connect external displays, a memory card reader, Ethernet port, and 3.5 mm sockets for microphone and headphones. Measuring 10.1” with a pixel dimension of 1024x600, the LED-Backlit display colours and brightness are good, and the viewing angles are not bad. However it is difficult to view outdoors or with a bright light source behind you because of the glossy surface. A webcam located at the centre of the top bezel allows for video chatting. Speakers are located at the bottom of the unit, but these are barely audible, so you might need to plug in headphones.
The Intel Atom Cedar Trail processor plays high-definition video like a pro, but it struggles with almost all other tasks, as reported by reviewers. It can handle web surfing, checking email and basic document editing, but that's about it. The RAM is permanently soldered to the motherboard (rather than installed in a socket) so it isn’t upgradeable. Overall, the Acer Aspire One D270 AOD270-26Dkk won't impress anyone with its performance, it is just enough for basic office work, web surfing, music and (standard definition) movies. Though, it is a great tool for anyone who needs a compact, lightweight, and easy to use computer.
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