July 21, 2010
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I purchased this netbook after convincing myself that an iPad is too expensive. Don't get me wrong, if I did not have to pay for an iPad I would be writing an Apple product review instead of a details on the Aspire One 532h. This is a meta moment when you write a product review on the very device in question. With that said typing takes some getting use to, but I do not have enormous hands so getting the hang of this 93% of full size keyboard is not too daunting. the only complaint found is the minor flex of the keyboard if you are a heavy handed typist. The touch pad takes some getting use to because of the size, but with a few adjustments to the gesture settings will help speed things along. Completion of the first battery drain on a full charge took about 7 to 8 hours which is very impressive. There are some tweaks needed to the power settings and one can probably squeeze out a consistent 7 hours of computing time with wifi on. The one nice thing I liked about this netbook is that it does allow for some minor upgrades. Removing the panels on the bottom of the netbook reveals an upgradable memory , hard drive and also a second open min pcie slot. (Thinking about adding a crystal HD Broadcom card) As for video performance, the netbook will fail at playing any HD videos within a browser. SD video seems to be fine with very little choppiness. I have yet to try playing HD video on a media player. I loaded a copy of Plants Vs. Zombies for the PC and it was able to handle this as smooth as the iPad. So very low powered gaming should be no problem, just don't expect to play anything like Modern Warfare or Crysis.Onto the OS and software: Windows 7 Starter is not a bad OS, but its not good either. It is lacking in many areas compared to Win 7 Premium. Installed are the typical bloatware from Acer, which is not too bothersome, but this can easily be uninstalled if needed. To end this review on a good note, I got this netbook for only 199.99 at Target during its weekly sale. Bottom Line: If you can get this laptop for a good price like I did, it is well worth the money especially for features found in more expensive netbooks.