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The Acer eMachine Netbook Review Model em250

February 24, 2011 Netbooks No Comments
I found a great netbook a while back. It is the Acer Emachine model 250-1162. Like all netbooks, it is small with the 10 inch screen netbook, and is definitely smaller than my last one.  I had owned the Acer Aspire One 11.6 inch screen and really liked it alot, but was looking for something smaller.  However, I  felt that the Acer 11 inch netbook was too big for me. A smaller 10 inch version netbook was for me, and the eMachine had the answer. What was amazing though, was the price!  This netbook is by far the least expensive netbook out there.
Now, here are a few points of interest that you need to know about this eMachine. Acer, in the most recenty past, has purchased Gateway, which in turn owned eMachine.  So the end result is that Acer is part of both Gateway and eMachine as well.  So, the eMachine 250 may look familiar, because it is similar to the Acer D250 and other Gateway netbooks.
Compared to my most recent Acer netbook,  the keyboard for me was alot smaller and a bit cumbersome.  The 10 inch screen is great, it is very clear and crisp, and very bright.  But for me, it took some getting used to because it seemed  alot smaller than what I was used to from the bigger Acer.  I was thrilled that it came with Windows 7 , but then I realized it was the Starter Edition.  I decided to try XP on this machine , and was very pleased how it ran when I installed it.   It ran very fast and clean, and the drivers were available online.
One negative point to this netbook, is that it comes with a 3 cell battery, which means low battery life, about 3 hours. Another thing I don’t like is how high it sits.  Meaning the screen is much higher from the base of the netbook, which makes it look taller. The webcam is the typical 1.3 mega pixel camera. The screen is bright and beautiful. Plenty of hard drive space, and the RAM is upgradeable. As with all netbooks, the eMachine 250 does not come with a DVD drive, but you can usually find a inexpensive USB  external drive anywhere.  Its a great price for a small netbook. I love it.  I compared it with the Acer 11 inch netbook, and it is much smaller, and lighter.
For the price, you are getting a solid netbook, that is priced below all other netbooks out there,  and is great for the basic needs of any computer user.

 

Here are the specs on the eMachine Model 250-1162
Genuine Windows 7 Starter
Processor Intel Atom processor N270 (512 KB L2 cache, 1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB)
Mobile Intel 945GSE Express Chipset
Memory 1 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 2 GB
Video Subsystem Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
TFT LCD Screen 10.1″ SD 1024 x 600 (WSVGA) pixel resolution
Hard Drive 250 GB hard disk drive
5-in-1 Media card reader , supporting MMC, SD, xD, MS, and MS PRO cards
No internal optical drive
Audio Optimized Dolby® Headphone technology 6
High-definition audio support
Two built-in stereo speakers
Built-in digital microphone
Peripheral Subsystem Integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam
Built-in microphone
Three USB 2.0 ports
External display (VGA) port
Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support
Microphone-in jack
Ethernet (RJ-45) port
DC-in jack for AC adapter
Communication WLAN1, 7: 802.11b/g or 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® wireless LAN card
WPAN1: Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
LAN: 10/100 Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
Keys and Controls 84-key keyboard with 1.6 mm (minimum) key travel
Multi-gesture touchpad pointing device supporting: Circular-motion scrolling, Pinch-action zoom, Page flip
12 function keys, four cursor keys, one Windows® key for Windows® XP Home, hotkey controls, embedded numeric keypad, international language support
Power button with LED
Easy-access WLAN switch with LED
Easy-launch Bluetooth® key1
30 W adapter with power cord
Dimensions(W × D × H) 10.17 × 7.24 × 1.03 inches (258.5 × 184 × 26.4 mm)
2.62 lbs. (1.18 kg) with 3-cell battery pack
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