The best netbook deals you can find right now are with the Acer Aspire One. The barebones 8GB SSD version that comes with a 3–cell battery can now be bought for just below 12,000 pesos. Yes, that is an Atom–powered netbook that’s very usable for basic computing tasks. Now if you’re looking for something more robust, the hard–disk equipped version of the Aspire One sells for 24,000 and comes with 6–cell battery along with its 160GB 2.5–inch hard drive. That gives you around five hours of continuous use without a wall socket! Right now, the HDD model even comes with a free slim external DVD–writer which makes it as good a deal as most cheap laptops out there.
Now is this model good enough? This review tells me it is:
For those looking for an even lower cost budget netbook, the Acer Aspire One is a worthy candidate to think about. This computer has solid build quality to handle being tossed around in a backpack or purse, and modest performance to handle common software applications with ease. Battery life isn’t the best with the 3-cell model, so if you spot the 6-cell/160GB version in stock, it is highly recommended that you pick that. While it is not the easiest netbook to upgrade, it does offer a large storage drive to start with and an SDHC expansion slot. Starting as low as $349 it is no question that it blows the socks off the current competing models, which are priced at $499 and up.
Things are getting really better for the consumers these days.