They aren’t the fastest machines on the block but these lightweight Acers are perfect for an ultra-cash-strapped freelancer who needs a small laptop specifically for writing and hitting deadlines on the go. Here’s the rub on these sale-priced Acer Aspire One AOD 150-1920 laptops selling for just under $300 at Amazon.com.
- A 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor
- 10-inch screen
- 6-cell battery provides up to 6 1/2 hours of battery in theory. We don’t know how they hold up in the field, but if you’re writing and surfing, you should be able to get fairly decent life out of them. Reviews say the battery does indeed perform longer than 5 hours under the right conditions.
- Windows XP Home
- 160GB Hard Drive, 1GB RAM, Integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Certified
Again, these are NOT the state-of-the-art, but anyone who needs connectivity for under $400 is sure to be tempted. And yes, the price is for the ruby red model pictured here. This is one seriously portable machine. Don’t try to run video editing programs on this baby, but for your travel writing needs, the price is right.