The predilection for powerful, but slinky laptops with bargain bucket price tags is all but killing off the netbook as we know it. The latest one we’ve laid our mitts on is the Acer Aspire 1410. A dinky little number, but with grunt to handle more demanding apps, it’s going up against the likes of Samsung X120 and Toshiba Satellite T110. So how does it stand up? Read our Acer Aspire 1410 review now and find out.
Crank up the Acer Aspire 1410 and you’ll immediately see that this is no netbook. It packs in Windows 7 Home Premium, better than the low end Starter version now dwelling on most low-powered machines. Likewise, this doesn’t run an Intel Atom processor, instead plumping for a speeder Intel Celeron to keep things ticking over.
Play with the Acer Aspire 1410 for any decent amount of time, however, and you’ll soon realise that it doesn’t quite match the might of the Samsung X120. While the keyboard is decent enough, there’s a little bounce that can be distracting and the battery life is simply not good enough. We got well under four hours from one charge: not up to scratch when rivals easily break that mark.
The screen, at 11.6-inches and 1366×768 is capable of handling HD Ready flicks and the like. All well and good, but the viewing angle is so awkward that anyone who wants to spy a movie with you will struggle to see the screen. It’s also partial to a bit of glare, not ideal when you’re stuck in a room or train carriage with bright lights.
That’s not to say that the Acer Aspire 1410 doesn’t have its plus points. The black and silver build is solid, if a tad unspectacular, and its connections are ace for a machine that comes in under 400 big ones. We’re talking N standard Wi-Fi, HDMI out, VGA, a card reader and three USB ports. That’s more than enough for all but the most gadget-hungry geeks out there.
While the Acer Aspire 1410 can be seen as good value for money, it’s difficult to recommend you drop your dosh on this when the Toshiba Satellite T110 and Samsung X120 offer a more sturdy, all-round package.