Acer Aspire One Happy 2
A netbook ready for Christmas
Acer has definitely chosen the right name for the Aspire One Happy 2, which is always ready to unknit your brow with its bright and pleasant colors. It may be smaller than the usual notebooks, but for its size it packs pretty good specs and has a good performance. We tested it to see if it’s worth the money and if it’s really an option to consider and you’ll see from our review that it goes up to high expectations.
A lot of colors
The 10.1 inch Aspire One Happy 2 is easy mistakable to a tablet nowadays, since the docking stations come equipped with keyboard and all, but if you take a closer look at its size you’ll see it’s a respectable smaller notebook. This One Happy 2 model comes in a variety of fresh, juicy colors that you’d probably know from candies rather than electronic devices. They are nice, but if you’re not very fond of colored gadgets, maybe this One is for you. They are Papaya Milk, Berry Shake, Banana Cream and Strawberry Yogurt, and are nicely combined with glossy white. The color is most distinguishable on the back of the lid, which also include the droplet found on the Aspire One 722 as well. However, the same color on the lid covers the touchpad and mouse buttons and also the power button, while the rest of the areas are covered in white. We realized during the tests that the white portions quickly gather smudges all over them, so you have to be careful with that if you want it nice and clean.
10.1 inch glossy display
The notebook has a plastic finish but it is sturdy enough. There was no noticeable flex on the lid or keyboard and it has a quite compact design. It features two speakers positioned on the frontal base and the top of the screen bezel hosts a webcam. The 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 pixel resolution screen is glossy enough to annoy you sometimes but other than that delivers good pictures and acceptable viewing angles. They are not great, we noticed some darkening from the bottom up, but overall they are good. The keyboard is not troublesome; we could easily type without being forced to make typos. It is well spaced although is not island-type, and lacks the num pad. The touchpad features a scrolling line on the right side, the mouse buttons don’t have a physical space between them and there are few gestures you can use, but not too many. Around the sides, the Happy One 2 features the necessary ones, like two USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone jacks and an SD card reader on the right and Ethernet, VGA ports, USB 2.0 and charging ports on the left. It comes with a mobile charger, just like the A0722.
Intel N570 1.66GHz processor
Inside, our review model here features a dual-core Intel N570 1.66GHz processor with 1GB DDR3 RAM and Intel GMA 3150 graphics. It also has support for 802.11 n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity.
An interesting feature about the Aspire One Happy 2 is that it comes with pre-installed Windows 7 Starter Edition plus Android 2.3.1 operating systems, so you can choose between the two at start up. If you only need to do some web browsing, the Android boots a lot faster and serves you well and you needn’t wait for Windows to load. It’s a smart trick and useful too. There are also a handful of Acer’s technologies pre-installed in Windows, like Acer updater, Acer eRecovery Management, Acer Identity Card and Acer Crystal Eye Webcam. Oh, and we almost forgot to mention the McAfee Internet Security Suite edition, Norton Online Backup trial edition and newsXpresso.
The tests we applied on the One Happy 2 revealed that the netbook will not let you down on the daily, usual activities, unless these include watching 1080p videos. Yes, it doesn’t handle 720p and 1080p resolution, but it is able to play YouTube videos and so. Throughout the battery life, this lasted as close as to four hours, more exactly around three hours and forty two minutes, which is acceptable in our point of view.
The Acer Aspire One Happy 2 combines nice design with good performance and attractive price, which is a good mix, but for this you have to mind the size, the “happy” colors and also the lack of an HDMI port.
|Genuine Windows® 7 Starter 32-bit|
|Type : Intel® Atom processor N570|
|Speed : 1.66 GHz|
|Cache : 1 MB L2|
|Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (64 MB of dedicated system memory)|
|Supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 9|
|Diagonal Size : 10.1″|
|Resolution : 1024 x 600 (WSVGA)|
|Brightness : 220-nit|
|Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD display|
|Type : Intel® Atom processor N455|
|Speed : 1.66 GHz|
|Cache : 512 KB L2|
|Mobile Intel® NM10 Express Chipset|
|250GB/320GB or larger|
|Single-channel DDR3 SDRAM support|
|One soDIMM module|
|1 x Microphone-in jack|
|1 x External display (VGA) port|
|1 x DC-in jack for AC adapter|
|1 x Headphone/speaker/line-out jack|
|3 x USB 2.0|
|1 x Ethernet (RJ-45) port|
|Two built-in stereo speakers|
|High-definition audio support|
|Built-in digital microphone|
|Battery Life :|
|3-cell battery : 4hours|
|6-cell battery : 8hours|
|Dimensions and Weight|
|Width : 256.5 mm (10.17″)|
|Depth : 184 mm (7.28″)|
|Height : 24 mm (1.01″)|