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Acer Aspire One A110

The Eee-beater to beat

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Acer states that the expansion slot is only good for cards of up to 8GB but we found that a 16GB card also worked with no problems. This being the case, there's no good reason why 32GB cards should not also do the job when they become generally available.

Acer Aspire One

Adding an SD card simply ups the unified storage
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Whatever card you add, the One integrates its capacity seamlessly with the main SSD as if they were one. This is a far better approach than treating the SD card as a separate storage space. You can do that too, thanks to the other SD card slot, and at least with the AA1, you can up your storage capacity without losing the ability to slot in the memory card out of your camera.

The Linux distro on the AA1 is called Linpus Light. It presents a pretty twit-proof desktop divided up into four distinct areas: Work, Fun, Files and Connect, a bit like the Eee's streamline UI. This keeps things pretty clear for novices but is likely to drive more experienced users up the wall with its lack of easy adaptability and personalisation. Real techies will probably want to install an alternative distro, like Ubuntu.

Acer Aspire One

The One has a typical SCC user interface
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Luckily, a few very basic hacks allow you access to the full Linux functionality, so you can crack on and add missing applications such as Skype or Thunderbird, the latter especially useful as the bundled mail client is nothing to write home about.

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