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Kevin liked his Acer Aspire One but felt it would have been better with Windows XP installed.  Those who feel the same can now pick up an Aspire One at Best Buy for just $299 complete with XP.  The model at Best Buy has decent specs […]

Aspire_oneKevin liked his Acer Aspire One but felt it would have been better with Windows XP installed.  Those who feel the same can now pick up an Aspire One at Best Buy for just $299 complete with XP.  The model at Best Buy has decent specs for less than $300:

  • Intel® Atom™ processor N270
    Features a 533MHz frontside bus, 512KB cache and 1.6GHz processor speed.
  • 1GB PC5300 DDR2 memory
  • 8.9" WSVGA widescreen display with Acer CrystalBrite technology and 1024 x 600 resolution
  • 120GB SATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • Built-in 0.3-megapixel Acer Crystal Eye webcam
  • Digital media reader
  • 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
  • Built-in high-speed InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Weighs 2.2 lbs. and measures 1.1" thin
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition operating system preinstalled

That’s a pretty decent system for just $299 and no camping out all night required.  Thanks to Ryan Rinaldi for the tip.

UPDATE:  It says "deal of the day" in the small print so you’d better hurry online if you want one.

  1. This mornings Buy.com email had word of a deal on a Wind for $299.

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  2. Richard Garrett Monday, December 8, 2008

    This deal on an HP from CompUSA: a 2gb, 120gb HDD with Vista for $399 and very little shipping:
    http://www.compusa.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=3839833&sku=H24-KX870&SRCCODE=COMEM154C&cm_mmc=Email-_-CyberMonday2-_-COMEM154-_-CyberMonday2

    I am curious about the comparison of the Atom (in the Aspire) vs the VIA (in the HP) CPUs. Any clear winner between the two? And which might be more suitable for creating an OS X machine? Thanks!

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  3. Richard, we have several reviews of Atom devices as well as VIA ones here on the site. A quick search or a tap of our Reviews tab at the top of the page might offer some additional info. I can tell you that if you plan to use OS X on netbook, you’ll be able to do so with an Intel Atom device, but not a VIA-powered unit.

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  4. Richard, Vista on the Via processor does not run as snappy as XP on the Atom. Also, the Via processor does not support installing OS X the last I checked while the Atom does.

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  5. Richard Garrett Monday, December 8, 2008

    Thank you J&K for pointing me in the right direction. I have read and listened to your experiences putting OS X on Atom based machines and now wonder if you’ve done any benchmark comparisons – or just impressions – of the Atom vs native Apple hardware? I am wondering, for example, if performance is similar to a G4 which for me is quite adequate. Also, as I researched your site it led me to others and I thought you might be interested in this bit of speculation about an Apple netbook (and I apologize if this is old news to you). http://www.pcworld.com/article/154437/cheap_apple_netbook.html?tk=rss_news

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