The Acer Aspire One D260 is a new 10-inch netbook from the company, based on the Intel Pinetrail Atom N450 1.66-GHz processor. But compared to the Acer Aspire One 532h, the Aspire One D260 doesn’t offer anything new in terms of hardware and features.
Design & Looks The new Acer Aspire One D260 is designed similar to the Aspire One 532h netbook -- but the Aspire One D260 is a lot more smarter, even cuter. The netbook’s colored in lavender with a glossy finish on its 10-inch screen lid. Acer has relegated its company logo to the top-left of the screen lid (compared to the Acer Aspire One 532h), proclaiming instead the D260’s "Aspire One" series slogan prominently across the screen lid of the netbook. Among our Top 5 Netbooks list, the Acer Aspire One D260 is another good-looking netbook next to the Sony VAIO M, MSI Wind U160 and Dell Inspiron Mini 10.
Aspire One D260 is the best performing netbook in terms of battery life in our Top 5 Netbooks list
The Acer Aspire One D260’s palmrest, touchpad, and area surrounding its keyboard deck have a matte lavender finish which doesn’t attract any fingerprints or smudges -- another minor improvement over the Aspire One 532h netbook. The netbook, however, has a glossy black bottom panel -- it’s one single plastic panel so upgrading the netbook’s hardware isn’t exactly easy. But the Aspire One D260 is well-built and weighs 1.25-kg with a six-cell battery -- pretty similar to the Aspire One 532h.
Usability Acer hasn’t changed much in terms of screen and keyboard on the Aspire One D260 10-inch netbook. The D260’s 10-inch glossy widescreen LED-backlit display supports a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. The screen has average viewing angles compared to other netbooks, but its bright and sharp, and good for watching movies or reading text. The screen’s equipped with a webcam -- placed on the top bezel -- that comes in handy for videochats.
The Acer Aspire One D260 retains the same keyboard design and layout as on the Aspire One 532h netbook -- also seen on the Gateway LT21. The Aspire One D260’s keyboard sport isolated, flat-top keys that are full-sized and nice to type on. The D260 netbook’s keyboard deck doesn’t flex while in a typing frenzy. It isn’t as good as the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 or Dell Inspiron Mini 10, but the Acer Aspire One D260’s keyboard is definitely very good to type on.
Another minor design enhancement on the Aspire One D260 netbook compared to the 532h is the D260’s touchpad. The gesture-enabled touchpad on the Aspire One D260 is slightly raised above the rest of the palmrest -- so you know if you stray out of the touchpad’s boundary. The gestures on the D260's touchpad works well, no complaints. The Acer Aspire One D260’s single-strip mouse button might take time getting used to but works well overall.