Acer Aspire One 751h: NetbookSize++by Jarred Walton on September 3, 2009 12:00 AM EST
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Acer Aspire One 751h Overview
As usual, we'll start with a pictorial overview of the system.
The short summary is that the Aspire One 751h includes everything you'd expect in a modern netbook. You get WiFi (only 802.11g), Fast Ethernet, three USB ports, a VGA port, and a flash memory reader. There's nothing particularly unique about the package, with the exception of the larger than average 11.6" LCD panel. However, that's a pretty major difference, especially when we take into account the native 1366x768 resolution. We have had numerous complaints about the 1024x600 resolution used on many smaller netbooks, and overall we definitely preferred the slightly larger LCD on the 751h. Other manufacturers are also coming out with 11.6" netbooks, but this is the first one we've received and there's a noticeable difference.
Like many other manufacturers, Acer uses a glossy plastic finish on the 751h. We received a sapphire blue model, and fingerprints are easily visible. If that's a concern, we would recommend looking for one of the models that comes in white. The Acer Aspire One AO751h-1273 is a great choice and it includes the 250GB hard drive and 2GB RAM upgrades, but it also ships with a Vista Home Basic "downgrade" which is unfortunate in our opinion. Vista just doesn't perform that well on netbooks, though it looks like Windows 7 will do a lot better. Of course, you can save a bit of money and get the same specifications as the 1192 we're reviewing with the white AO751h-1885.
That's the one rather confusing aspect of Acer's model numbering scheme: tons of similar but not quite identical products that all have the same family name. Our advice would be to look for a model that comes with Windows XP and make sure you get a 6-cell battery. If you can find such a system in a color you like with 2GB RAM, so much the better. We like the overall design and our only real complaint is that the Poulsbo chipset used in the 751h isn't as fast as the 945GSE used in many other netbooks. We'll have to wait for Pine Trail/Pineview to get the package we really want, complete with an integrated memory controller and IGP. The Pine Trail platform netbooks should ship in early 2010 (if not sooner).