Acer Aspire One D250 10.1" netbook D250-1165

Netbooks have become very popular, primarily due to their size and inexpensive pricing, but also due to the fact that the average person does not need a desktop replacement style laptop. Most people out there are not using their laptops for heavy work, the majority are using them for checking email, and browsing the internet, something which you don’t need an uber-power laptop for.

Acer has recently introduced their new lineup of their popular Aspire One series of netbooks, the D250, and that’s what I’ve got for review today. Specifically I have the AOD250-1165 model of netbook for review. This one features a 10.1″ LED backlit LCD display, along with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, a 3-cell battery, Windows XP, 160GB hard drive, 1 gig of ram and a built-in webcam, among other features it has. The Aspire One D250 is a very portable and lightweight netbook, coming in at only 2.4lbs with battery installed and only one inch thick.It’s a nice basic little netbook that gets the job done.

First up I’ve got a quick video unboxing for you, sort of quick anyway, about 5 minutes…

The Aspire One comes in a handy little box with a carrying handle. Inside you’ll find a documentation packet containing quit a bit of stuff, battery and charger.

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The Aspire One I received for review is Sapphire Blue in color, the top of it is anyway, the rest is black. On the bottom we find three access doors.

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On the left side is where you’ll find ethernet port, VGA output, USB and audio jacks, along with ventilation.

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On the right side you’ll find two more USB ports, power input, kensington style lock and the card reader.

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The Aspire One is very thin, about 1 inch thick, and it’s very nicely made overall. It’s also lightweight, weighing only 2.4lbs with the 3-cell battery installed.

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The keyboard isn’t full sized, but that’s to be expected for a netbook. There’s a small touchpad that supports basic gestures. The screen in an LED backilit style LCD, and it’s glossy, something that I don’t care very much for, there’s quite a bit of reflection off of the screen.

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There’s a webcam included on the top of the display what Acer calls a Crystal Eye Webcam, supposedly it’s optimized for low light chatting…. On the right side above the keyboard is where the power button is located, and on the left side we find the status LEDs.

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Aspire One D250 – 10.1″

Just 1″ thin and under 3 lb., the 10.1″ Aspire One D250 is sleek, slim and attractive. Robust features combined with its compact size make this netbook the ultimate take-me-with-you partner.

Lean and loaded
The 10.1″ LED-backlit display presents you with bright, clear images for an enjoyable viewing experience, while a small-yet-powerful processor and ample hard drive deliver the pleasure of full-size notebook performance without the bulk and weight.

Ready to hit the road
While you’re out and about, this netbook makes it a breeze to stay in touch via wireless connectivity. You also get the integrated Acer CrystalEye webcam plus Acer Video Conference software for video chats that will be bright and crisp even in your favorite coffee shop.

Designed to suit you
Paint the town red—or white, blue or black! Pick the Aspire One D250 color that appeals to you. Navigate easily around your netbook using the multi-gesture touchpad with two buttons that features circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom and page flip.

Product Specs of review unit:
Model: AOD250-1165
OS: Genuine Windows XP Home Edition -SP3 version
CPU: Intel Atom Processor N270 (512KB L2 cache-1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB)
Storage:160GB hard drive / multi-in-one card reader
Display: 10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 600) TFT display (Acer CrystalBrite Technology)
GPU: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
WiFi:  802.11b/g WLAN
Lan: 10/100 LAN
Webcam: Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam
Color: Sapphire Blue chassis
Battery: three-cell battery – up to 3.0 hours life depending on configuration and usage
Warranty: one-year limited warranty

Dimensions & Weight     
-10.2″ (258.5mm) W x 7.2″ (184.0mm) D x 1.0” (25.4) H
-2.4 lb. (1.1kg) with three-cell battery

Price: $299.99 (At time of review)

To start off with, here’s a screenshot of the desktop, the Benches and screeshots folders are what I added, along with the shortcut for MWSnap.


It comes with eSobi, Google Desktop, McAfee Anti-Virus, Carbonite, Microsoft Works and the Acer Gamezone, along with a trial for Microsoft Office.

Here’s the programs menu:


The Acer Gamezone is just time trials of games, nothing special really:


Carbonite can be annoying, it just pops up randomly to obscure whatever you’re trying to do, the Aspire One includes a 30-day subscription to it.


And the McAfee Anti-Virus is only a 90 day subscription, and it also is very annoying, popping up all of the time telling you this needs done or that needs done, it seems everyday there is a problem with it that needs your attention, and it has nothing to do with a virus.


I loaded up CPU-Z to check out the specs of the Aspire One, here’s the screenshots from it, listing everything:

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The Aspire One only comes with 1gig of ram, which seems fine, but personally I would upgrade to 2gigs, especially when you consider you can grab a 2gig stick for about $25.

Using the small keyboard does take quite a bit to get accustomed to, the keys themselves are smaller, but after a bit I was typing fine, not full speed, but getting along…

The Aspire One boots up very fast, I was pleasantly surprised at the boot time, and all in all it seems snappy and quick to react once the OS is fully loaded.

The touchpad works well, it’s very responsive, though it and the buttons are a bit small, it takes a little time to get accustomed to. The gestures are a nice addition, but I never really use them, the only gestures I ever use on a touchpad are for scrolling.

Battery life seems great, that is for a 3-cell battery, Acer claims a 3 hour battery life depending on configuration and usage. I ran Battery Eater Pro v2.7 in Classic mode, it runs the netbook at 100% usage basically, which is something that most people aren’t going to be doing. For me the battery ran for 2 hours and 23 minutes until the Aspire One shut down automatically, that’s not bad for running at 100% load. I can easily see getting the rated 3 hours from the battery just doing ‘normal’ things like web browsing or word processing. Some people might not be happy with that, that’s the reason why you can get a larger battery, but the power supply is small, so you can easily take it with you if need be, just toss it in the bag with the Aspire One and you’re set.

Speaking of load, the fan kicked in of course to keep things cool, and I have to say it’s fairly quiet, I could barely hear it running, and the bottom of the Aspire One seemed cool to the touch, or at least not as hot as I expected, especially when compared to my Dell Latitude.

I mentioned the screen is glossy, personally I don’t care for it, it’s very reflective, and if you’ve got a light behind you it can be annoying. Using it in the sun is near impossible if the sun is shining directly on it, but outside in bright light it can be used with little problems.

The LED backlit LCD is nice though, the colors are bright and crisp and the blacks are black, pictures and movies look fine on it. The LCD does have several levels of brightness, and it seems to automatically revert to 50% brightness when powering off and then back on, I like my LCD to be bright, so having to adjust it every time I turn it on is a bit of a hassle, I don’t understand why it didn’t just stay at 100% brightness.

I had no problems with the wireless connection, it worked perfectly on my network, and range seemed fine for me, through walls and floors I had a good signal.

The speakers are ok, though lacking in bass as might be expected from a netbook, and depending on what surface you’re using the Aspire One on. One thing that bugs me about the speakers is that they are located on the bottom of the netbook, so depending on the surface you’re using it on they can get muffled. For example with the netbook sitting on your lap, your legs will absorb some of the sound, and also it should be noted the speakers really aren’t very loud.

Speaking of Hulu, streaming video was pretty good, though I did notice a bit of chop with it, and it’s not because of the streaming, I made sure the buffer was 100% full. It was still watchable though, just not 100% smooth all of the time.

For what it is, the Aspire One is a nice little netbook really.

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The Acer Aspire One D250 is a great little netbook, it’s small, thin, and lightweight making it very portable. Acer has done a nice job with the new Aspire One series of netbooks, most anyone will be happy with it. It’s great for doing light work, blogging, or just using it for entertainment.

The battery life is decent, though some might require longer life, for me though it’s fine.

The LCD is nice and bright, with good colors, and it can be used in brightly lit areas like outdoors, though it is glossy which can cause quite a bit of reflection.


+Decent battery life
+Quick and easy to use
+Three USB ports and card reader built-in
+Thin and lightweight
+Nicely made

-Comes with annoying things installed
-Speakers on bottom and not very loud
-Glossy screen
-Not very visible in direct sunlight


  123 comments for “Acer Aspire One D250 10.1" netbook D250-1165

  1. Mackenzie
    July 16, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Hey I use the computer all the time, and I am saving up for a netbook/laptop. I love to type and make videos on windows movie maker (Mostly typing). So Is this netbook good to typing easily?

  2. Caitlyn
    July 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    hey, im looking at getting a laptop for highschool since i will be typing a lot of projects and i was wondering if this laptop is any good, since its price is so low. im only in my early teens, so i dont need anything fancy, i just want a good laptop for myself, that is easy to use. would this be the laptop that you reccomend? 🙂

  3. Kristofer
    July 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Caitlyn, yes I think it would be fine for someone in high school, it’s a nice lightweight netbook, perfect for basic stuff

    and Mackenzie, typing on any notebook or netbook is going to be much different than typing on a regular keyboard, it will require a period of adjustment..

  4. Kilee
    July 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    hey, i personally think that from your review of this product it is better than any that i have seen so far and very helpful but there is one thing i am very confused about it says that it has 160gb’s of hard drive and i may b just usto my regular desktop but where is the hard drive? does this computer really read and write cd’s/dvd’s or does it not? i know that i will need a flash drive for it b/c of my highschool senior project but what do i do about cd’s and dvd’s. and one last question. does this laptop wirelessly connect to the internet that is currently installed in your home i have comcast and will it just connect to that or do i need to contact comcast so they can connect it? and one more im on a question spree but what would be your best idea on a printer? or does it connect to the printer wirelessly in your home too?

    Thank you soo much i would appriciate this if you could answer this for me thank youu!

  5. Gongaw Baloch
    August 20, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Hey dear i have a new laptop of accer aspere one i am asking that how i can change its winows because it has no cd rom??

  6. Harriet Day
    August 24, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    You can buy a seperate CD/DVD reader/re-writer than you can plug into the netbook via USB, that way you can play CDs/DVDs and change the OS. They’re really small and light (about the size of a CD player) and cost about £30-50.

  7. shai
    August 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    i just got a notebook acer and it’s volume is low how can i turn it up i have use the volume key and it is still low other than it i love it i have a laoptop and another notebooke by asus and i love both notebooks more than i like my laptop please help me with the problem .

  8. SanneM
    September 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I have read some place else, that it has 6 cells battery, does it only has 3 cells ??

  9. Harry M
    September 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Dose one of the easy access doors open to the ram socket, so it can be upgraded easy?

  10. Aniq
    October 23, 2009 at 5:01 am

    The best review I read so I can confidently buy one. Thanks

  11. October 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    hey!! ppl,get this netbook! i think this is the most efficient netbook ever!!!an the stylish(with the sides aspire bar)

  12. dana
    October 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    very nice review, also pictures are very useful ! no mention of the internet connection through wire however … wireless internet sure, but also through wire, no?
    anyway, really great review !!
    so agree with the person that talked about no optical drive… to install anything that requires dvd cd you need to buy an external optical drive.. which if not that expensive still add up.

  13. Catalina Colaci
    October 29, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    fairly good and complete review. We bought ONE and most of the features work well… the 2 problems we run into were:
    a) the “button” of the mouse is not as sensitive as most of laptops (this is a bit annoying so we solve it with a “regular” mini-mouse.
    b) The biggest problem is the extra characters in the keyboard, much as a scientific pocket calculator, there are white characters, then light green and blue ones all in the same key; we could not find information about how to access a particular one!
    For example, it does not matter which sequence of keystrokes we try (Ctrl, Alt, Shift, right-left, Function keys etc.) we still cannot access the question mark or the slash ?/ , various punctuation marks, and basically anything that has been placed at the sides of the keyboard and are the white characters.
    We tried connecting another full size keyboard (regular, with just upper-lower case commands ) and guess what: same “extra” characters appeared on the screen even though they were not in the keyboard receiving the strokes. (for example, we want ?/ but we get ??. ? ?, which are the characters in light blue in the ONE)
    I tried going into Symbols so then I can arrange the corresponding key sequence to get the desired character but I cannot get further than “insert Symbol/Character” because it won’t accept short cuts to be assigned -the window seems inactive.
    I had searched for 2 days and I cannot find any reference to how to change the keyboard settings -no, from the Control Panel there is minimal info about the keyboard; and the users’ manual has good, clear info but does not touch the subject of the extra characters.

    I think that perhaps is a matter of changing the settings somewhere, but I cannot figure out How Or What.
    I’ll appreciate your help

  14. October 31, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I read your review here and i would love to see a site thats actually offering the 2 gig ram sticks for this machine for 25 bucks its more like 45 to 50.. or did u just make that number up? (actually all sarcasim aside if there really is some one selling the memory for 25 bucks pls post it.

  15. Jan
    November 8, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I have this netbook and I like it. It does what I want but of course it does not replace
    my desktop computer. For instance, I record HD video and use this Acer to backup the files to. That’s no problem, but don’t try to play such files, it won’t work. The processor cannot handle this kind of speed. I don’t mind, it is only for backup though. As mentioned in the review, it comes with a lot….I say a LOT of garbadge software installed so it will take you a few hours to get everything organized and delete the rubbish Acer installed on it. I didn’t like the way you can simulate a mouse so I got a USB mouse right away.
    Alltogether : I like it…….!

  16. alan
    November 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I bought one and installed Mandriva 2010.0. I have an issue with the Ethernet, I had to buy a usb to Ethernet adapter, a small price to pay to get rid of windoze. I’ve heard changing the HD to a 7200 rpm one makes it a lot faster. I also switched to a usb mouse because I play Quake 3 and the old classic Quake. This is a nice little netbook. Oh I also bought a CD /DVD player too.

  17. November 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I liked it too but the keyboard is quite small..
    And it randomly hangs which is a big turn off.
    I’ll install windows 7 tonight and see if it become more stable.
    thanks for the review Kristofer

  18. Betty
    November 20, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Catalina Colaci, I have the same problem with mine and am getting totally frustrated trying to figure out how to resolve the keyboard “issue”. To the point where I rarely use it other than to surf. Hopefully someone here will help us.

  19. Kristofer Brozio
    November 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    as for the ram costing $25 for 2gigs… try NewEgg that’s where I got mine, it was $24.99 with free shipping so it was $25 basically…

  20. Shovon
    November 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I bought this netbook 20 days earlier. Acer aspire one D250-1Bw white. It has Atom N280 processor with 1GB DDR2 RAM. I’ve installed 2GB Transcend DDR2 667 RAM without any problem. It has a nice tiny RAM access door. You can install only a single RAM module. I upgraded it’s BIOS downloaded for acer’s support site, without any problem. My acer came with 6 cell battery, which can deliver 7 hours of battery backup. There are two types of 6 cell battery available. 1 for 6 hours, and the other for 7 hours. I always getting 6hours+ battery backup. The only thing I don’t is it’s speaker. It’s not loud at all. But the mic works great. It can pickup very clear sound. Webcam is also good. Cam made by Liteon. You can easily adjust brightness, contrast etc. LCD picture quality is astounding. It can produce very nice and vivid color. But for this you need to adjust it’s settings. Set gamma and brightness to it’s minimum, then set contrast to “51”. Then adjust display light by pressing “Fn+arrow keys”. It came with windows XP home edition pre-installed. But I ditched that OS. I installed Win XP Pro, Windows server 2003 Enterprise, and Redhat linux enterprise 5. That’s all are pirated. I’m a network engineer, and I’m doing this for my study purpose. But it’s illegal that’s for sure. Everything works great, without slowing down my netbook. Only problem I found is no display driver for windows server 2003. I’ve checked intel’s site and they didn’t release VGA driver for 945chipset for windows server 2003. So it’s not the fault of Acer. It has atheros ethernet NIC and 802.11g wireless NIC built-in. They all work gr8. Bluetooth works fine too. I found it has a very good and rigid build quality. I really liked it. And highly recommend everyone to buy this netbook. I really feeling good and very satisfied after buying this netbook.

  21. ashley
    December 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    my bf boguht me this netbook for my birthday and i love it it works fine for me i just whish the volume was louder and i whish it had a burner ….

  22. Bill Karis
    December 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Where can you get the 2 gig ddr2 ram for $25.00??????? I couldn’t find any that cheap.

  23. kathy raifsnider
    December 5, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I like my Acer Aspire 250-1165. But do have some question about the touch pad, I get how to scroll with the right side, but can’t figure out how to use the pinch action zoom and page flip. It happens when I least expect it and drives me nuts!! Is there a good manual about the keyboard? And can this model be hooked to a cd/dvd player? Thanks for all the info. I did learn on your review, it was helpful!

  24. declan
    December 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm


    how do increase brightness when running on battery on this acer netbook?

    many thanks




  25. declan
    December 13, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    just found solution….

    increase brightness = hold the fn key and tap right arrow key to step up brightness….

    declan x

  26. Rosemary Brennan
    December 14, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I bought the Acer Aspire One 10.1 on Ebay used. It is in great shape but I need advice on a couple of things.
    First off I bought this for my 16 year old son for Xmas to take back and forth to my house and his father’s. Neither of us have wireless modems. Should we each buy a wireless router or should I get my son an “air card”? I really wanted to be economical and thought he’d “pick up” signals from our houses-not here-or there-neghbors are locked shut.
    Other issue-I have no warranty -obviously should I buy from Square Trade a $40.00 warranty?

  27. emad
    December 22, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    on that acer when i press Shift+2 it write ” instead of @ and when i press Shift+’ it write @ so anybody can help

  28. heilie
    December 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    i just bought the acer aspire one netbook and its amazing. the only thing i dont like is the webcam does it have any themes or to take videos please help were can i find that.

  29. niladri sekhar datta
    December 26, 2009 at 6:28 am

    how to install the windows xp in acer aspire d250?

  30. prasad
    December 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    can we get the windows xp service pack 3 cd with netbook?????
    pls give me responce as early as possible…pls

  31. Paul Martin
    December 27, 2009 at 9:46 am

    elo..wot key or keys do i use for ENTER ..say your on facebook chat box and type a message you just press enter then it goes..but this aspier one where is it !!!! help !

  32. dan
    December 28, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Just bought the aspire one netbook and thought it was great at first. I opened it up and got it going but didn’t know about the registration right away. I used it for a few days no problems what so ever and today I opened it up and a blue screen popped up. I called the tech support and a lady registered my computer for me. She then proceeded to tell me that because I saw the blue screen that my computer is going to crash one day. I don’t know if I should go ahead and return it or do you think this blue screen came up because I didn’t register it right away?? please help!

  33. December 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I got an ACER Aspire One for Christmas. It battery has from 3-? hours life; how do you recharge it?

  34. Daniel Rahn
    December 29, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    How do you get certain websites to display properly on this netbook? My daughter likes going to and the games won’t display fully so she can’t play them. I thought it was IE8, but it’s the netbook. Also, doesn’t display properly on IE8. I downloaded chrome and webkins works fine, but only works with IE. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  35. vine
    December 31, 2009 at 12:40 am

    hi there.. someone can help me how to make back up for my acer d250 netbook since theres no back up cd’s on the unit that i buy.

  36. will
    January 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I own an AcerOne Laptop and while it is good for basic stuff. I’ve had to send it back twice and restore it twice. The windows update crashes the wireless. I would deeply recomend a usb dvd drive for backing up the original system. When I went to fedex to send it back the first time I was told that alot of them go back. Other than that it can be pretty powerful with VLC and Limewire (if you know what your doing on limewire) as well as yahoo messager for web cam chats. Of coarse I have the d150.

  37. Amy
    January 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    We bought this netbook for our 6 year old daughter for Christmas specifically so she could use it to play on the Webkinz site and use it for educational purposes (learning games). We are considering returning it because she cannot use it. For example, the Webkinz site does not open properly in the window so you cannot scroll down on the site. Any suggestions? Is there something we need to load so that it will work properly for the reasons we bought it? Saw a similar question from someone else who said they loaded “Chrome”…not sure what this is. Can you suggest a fix for our problem?

  38. Vicki
    January 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Did anybody ever figure out the green/blue key issue? I’ve managed to type a questions mark by pressing Shift + 6 but it would be really nice to use the ? and / from where they should be.

  39. Lisa
    January 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    i hope someone can help..i just got my acer aspire one d250, but i have a problem, the extra features on the thouchpad wont work. i can only use mouseclick, moving around and dubbleclick, nothing else…where can i fix that or should i go to the store?

  40. Crystal
    January 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I had the same problem with using the ? and the slash…make sure that your ketboard is set to US english and not the Canadian English and it’ll work like a normal question mark.

    You can usually find the keyboard setting by your clock on your menu bar at the bottom of the screen

  41. Crystal
    January 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm


    Change your keyboard to US english and not Canadian English then your question mark will work like it should… as for the blue keys I think you just press the function (Fn) key to get those to work

    It took a lot of research but thats what websites told me and i tried it with someone’s acer and it worked wonders

  42. January 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I was wondering if you’ve installed Windows 7 on your machine yet? And, how well does it run on it?

  43. bruce
    January 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Hello, I have the Acer Netbook (Aspire One) and I have tried everything to increase the volume. Even while wearing headphones the sound is low. I understand that the speakers are on the bottom of the Computer and that does have an effect on the loudness but it should improve with headphones greatly. I know how to change the volume settings in Windows and inthe Control Panel and they are all at their highest levels but the sound remains pretty low even while wearing the headphones. Please help, thanks!

  44. Carlos
    January 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I need remove the lcd screen on the Acer Aspire one D250, but I don´t now how to do
    can you help me?
    thank you

  45. Les
    January 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I bought the D250 and immediately upgraded the ram to 2gigs, installed Google Chrome, and I’m using the US English keyboard…… no problems at all, and the Google Chrome runs way faster than IE …… nice little laptop for the $$

  46. mark
    January 20, 2010 at 4:51 am

    bought acer oen from tigerdirect in a bundle pack came with burner/reader, case and wireless ir mouse $329 new in box not a refurb

  47. Di_Nicholls
    January 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Fab reviews and info for this nifty little netbook!!! My other half got me one for xmas and it does all I want so far!!!

    Can anyone help though? Its a D250-0Bd, it has a little bluetooth symbol on it and a star saying ‘depending on on’, does this model have bluetooth? I can’t find anything in the guide!!!

    Thanks for your help!!!


  48. lekan
    January 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

    it is a really nice netbook

  49. Kourtnie
    January 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I got this laptop as a Christmas present, and I love it. My only issue is that my cousin was playing with it and broke my keyboard; usually, keyboards are quite easy to replace on Netbooks, but I can’t find a replacement for my model anywhere. I have the exact one depicted here. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement for a black, D250 10.1″ netbook?

  50. Johnt
    January 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Bought the acer 1 netbook for my wife for xmas , very pleased generally however when using word or browsing it appears to hang for a second or 2 about every 12 to 15 seconds , very annoying if your in the middle of typing as you have to wait for it to catch up and often causes the internet pages to run slow . its only used for light work and im sure this should not be happening , any ideas?

  51. John
    January 25, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Purchased this laptop in December – having ongoing issues with battery even after replacement.

    Anyone else having an issue?

    After powering down the laptop (completely off, not standby/hib), the battery loses charge. At 100%, it is flat after 4 days of not been touched. Laptop replaced a week ago after confirmed fault and there still seems to be a drain issue. Going to see if it still drains when completely removed battery, but curious if anyone else has this issue?

  52. Angie
    February 6, 2010 at 2:59 am

    We’re having the same problem as Amy’s Jan 2 posting – wanted the kids to be able to play Webkinz, but the loading and scrolling aren’t working properly. We tried adjusting the resolution, but that didn’t help. Any ideas?

  53. zAk
    February 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Hello, to those that cant figure out how to turn off the E e instead of ? / you like me are probably canadian, and your keyboard defaulted to french canadian 🙂 switch it to US

  54. goodburger
    February 10, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I noticed that others were having issues with the blue keys. Try hitting Fn and then F11. That will allow you to use the 10key function on the keyboard. Push Fn and F11 to use the letters instead.

  55. Bohdanochka
    February 12, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Hi, i just got the laptop for my 20 bday, and i really wonted a tiny one for school and traveling, but i would not have bought my self an acer- i own an HP and my brother has VIAO. Is acer a good brand? ive had some problems with my HP- mainly it hangs and doesnt wake up. With the Acer the installed programs are annoing-plus i hate trial anything, once its over im not gonna buy it, so i dont see the point in just using for 30 days. Im having the same problems with the keyboard – minly the ? mark- i cant seem to get it to be an actual question mark, its always an e with a cap on top. Also i would like to know ho to upgrade to a 2 gig.. does that mean i have to get a new laptop or i can upgrade the one i have. Oh and any suggestions on volume?? its really quiet.
    Please help, Thanks.
    oh and great review btw- i was really happy about my laptop after i read it.

  56. G-Man
    February 16, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Oh you mean the two new USB ports on the right side that worked for 3 days and now since I am over 14 days to exchange because I was working out of town, the best CompUSA can do is give me an in store credit so I can turn around and pay now $40 more for the same exact computer! Do I look that stoopid? CompUSA sucks, steer clear of them!

  57. michael
    February 16, 2010 at 8:42 am

    i have acer netbook also try to install windows seven it runs nicely and it solve the speaker volume of laptop if you having problems on it

  58. rosie kahan
    February 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I just bought the new Acer Aspire One netbook and it is up and running BUT there was no keyboard manual included in the box so I am having some difficulty in figuring out which keys are for what purpose.

    Has Acer produced any such manual for this?

  59. Jessica
    February 28, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    i have this computer , i like it sometimes, the bad parts would be, the battery doesnt last long if unpluged, nd mine has crashed so many times, another bad quilty is when your watching videos they sometimes like skip and their voices make a weird noise, and lastly there is no CD drive =(…SOme good thing about this computer is the size its small and you can take it with you no problem, cute, and if you have wireless internet its fast. I wouldnt recommend this to any college student, im going to college and i have to get a larger better laptop but for beginners i think its ok. hope this helps =)

  60. George
    March 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I got a D250 last week purely for a personal travelling reasons (reading mail, connect GPS and download pictures from my camera) and up to now is extremely happy with it. In many ways it exceeded my expectations ito quality and functionality in such a way that I’m thinking of using it for business travelling also.

    There is however a bunch of crap installed on it, but 30 minutes in the add/remove section resolved that problem. 🙂 I’ll even suggest doing a clean install and just loading the Webcam driver, system driver, sound driver and screen driver (all downloadable from Acers website)

  61. Allan
    March 4, 2010 at 7:14 am

    John @ Jan 25 2010

    I’m having the same trouble with the laptop battery. Everytime I power down at 100%, the battery gradually loses its charge and eventually flatlines. Does anybody have a trouble with this? This laptop was only purchased a few months ago so I don’t think its the battery’s fault and John also mentioned that he tried to replace the battery and he still had this problem.


    E-mail me at if you have a solution to this problem.

  62. Nils
    March 7, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Who needs a CD/DVD drive when everything is online today? USB-sticks are also more convenient to use than old style CDs.

  63. michael
    March 11, 2010 at 12:31 am

    im getting mine this friday and want to now if theres any BIG problems please tell me befor friday. if theres any problems i can get a laptop

  64. namrata
    March 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I bought a Acer 250 notebook from Sweden and The keyboard has some swedish letters which I am unable to type. Does someone have any idea of how to use the same.


  65. sharney
    March 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    hey i have a similar problem to Catalina Colaci and maybe some of the other people on here (i have not gotten round to reading all of them) that a while say abouts 2-3 weeks after i bought it my enter, ],#,= keys including the shift keys for them do not most of the time and instead they either do not work at all or have letters from the keyboard pop up like ‘sehyi’ when ive pressed enter and other letters and ‘wrtuo’ and other letters when i press the other keys that do not work. This is the second time this has happened to my keyboard and i have only got it back from repare about a week ago the people who repared it said they had replaced the keyboard yet it still does it which i do not understand. I have tryed looking around on my laptop and researching for help so far this is one of the good sites i have found other sites have either asked to pay for help or said to go on things i do not know what they are as i dont understand most technical computer terms and codes and where to find things.
    people who may have had similar or the same problem as me what did you do to get it fixed? if so could you help me as i have thought of getting a new laptop or a usb keyboard as a last resort which is something i would not like to do as i would rather to get it fixed.
    please if you can give me some adivse or help to how to get my laptop fixed i would appreciate it alot.

  66. Roger
    March 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Had mine for 6 mos now — got it for traveling (fits in my motorcycle jacket pocket), love the 6+ hr battery life. HAte the small keyboard so at home I plug in board and mouse. No complaints — a great value.

  67. March 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I have Windows 7. tried to load wireless printer. Internet wouldnt work. This an Acer one D250 netbook. The printer was a Kodak X1270. Did some research, said it was compatible. loaded it with external Cd Rom. Also how does the webcam work? do you have to get on something like messenger? when i bought this, the instructions were terrible. thanks any help is appreciated.

  68. John
    March 26, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Hi I got the Acer Aspire One Netbook as a birthday present and it works great except for one annoying feature. there are white keys blue keys and green keys on the keyboard, sometimes all on one key. and for some reason it decided to use the green keys over the defult white keys. fortunately i figured out how to shut it off for the most part, but for some programs like windows live messenger it still decies to use the green keys which i am to the understanding that they are for the french or spanishe keyboard settings. so when im talking to people and i want to put a ? mark and it puts an E with and accent on it, sometimes i catch it and it forces me to press shift 6. i am wondering if there is a way to completely shut this feature off for all programs as it is really annoying. it would be much appreaciated. cheers!

  69. April 3, 2010 at 1:43 am

    I have this Netbook, and so does my brother. both of our chargers do NOT work at all anymore, and we have only had them since Christmas. has this happened to anyone else? if so, did you get it replaced? or, do you know where i can easily get it replaced?

    • BOAT567B
      August 23, 2011 at 1:48 am


  70. AR
    April 5, 2010 at 10:31 am

    someone can help me how to make back up for my acer d250 netbook since theres no back up cd’s on the unit that i buy.

  71. linda
    April 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    When typing, sometimes when I hit the spacebar, the cursor jumps up to the middle of a line of previous text. This is very annoying. Is it something I can doing wrong or what?

  72. catch22
    April 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    hi guys… anyone can help me??? i got an acer aspire d250-0Bw as bday gift, and now i found out there is no cd/dvd rom, should i buy external??? and also, when i set a password on the computer administrator acct, and had it restarted, gosh when i entered the password, i said password incorrect. huhuhhu, guys help me, thats the reason i need to re-install it because i cant even access to windows anymore. help me guys, i’ll appreciate any ideas… tnx..

  73. April 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I discovered after about 6 months that the charger went really rubbish. Apparently they ship them with the flimsiest chargers to cut costs. Replacing the charger was not a problem, as they use a generic charger. Apart from that, I love my Acer. Good for work, good for home. A happy bunny 18 months later.

  74. Susan
    April 13, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I thought this was such a great little ‘notebook’ – but absolutely hate the keyboard. I dont have problems with the wrong keys – but have a terrible problem with lagtime. i am constantly having to stop and wait for the cursor to catch up with my typing (and believe me I am not typing nearly as fast as I can) – or else the cursor will jump all over the page – it is constantly leaving letters out of words and is very frustrating! I can’t figure out why it is doing all of that crazy stuff. I’m thinking maybe the cursor jumps because the Touch Pad thing is so sensitive. That I can deal with if I keep my thumb away from it as I use the space bar – but the lagtime in typing a letter and when it appears on the screen is enough to drive a sane person crazy! I think I’m going to resell this and buy an Apple iPad.!

    Just to let you see what hapens when I tye a nral speed – this is what it looks like – missing letters and all sorts. Hmmmm maybe if I pound the heck out of it – it seems to like that better than normal typing.

  75. Amy
    April 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    please could anyone help with my problem.How do i turn on the bluetooth visibility. could you tell me a.s.a.p. thanks

  76. Alison
    April 24, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    its a great should totally get it

  77. Leslie
    April 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I’ve had this netbook since 11/27/2009 and I’ve had to send it to the repair center 3 times. The first time for the charger and the last two times for the blue screen. I only had it home for a week when it died again and now ACER wants to charge me $199 to repair it.
    I would NOT recommend this netbook. I am writing letters to the news stations and to ACER’s executives.

  78. Big D
    April 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I have yet to find a $25 2gb RAM stick. Must have been a special at the mentioned website. Anyway, i still like the netbook… a little slow at times but works fine.

  79. Jake Goodall
    May 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    To the original reviewer…

    It says this netbook displays at 1024 x 600 WSVGA, but the screenshots you show don’t look like this.

    Did you use some special software to modify the resolution?

  80. Brittany
    May 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    DO NOT GET A NETBOOK,i’m on mine right now, & it sucks, the keys don’t work, it’s terrible. it zooms in on thesites your on and the keyoard is crap asyou can tell. SO DONT GET IT,

  81. Jason
    May 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    An elderly relative bought the Acer Aspire One D250 0Bb netbook, even when the McAfee was in the trial period it ended up so riddled with viruses it needed a complete XP reinstall, she passed it to me. XP nstalls no problem, but the drivers available from Acer’s own support website don’t work, if you install the chipset driver XP simply will not boot at all. All calls to Acer for assistance yield nothing more than the news that a recovery disk will cost £50, but if Acer just had the proper drivers on their damn website I wouldn’t need a recovery disk.

    So in short one of the biggest black marks against this netbook is that Acer’s customer service is an absolute disgrace and in some cases (ie driver downloads) seems to be actually designed to not work.

  82. Jiezel
    May 24, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Hi. I have this laptop already. My parents gave it to me. And I want to know if there are frames for the webcam or effects like black and white, sepia, and etc.. Please answer. I really want to know. 😀

  83. su
    May 30, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Hi. I have a D250-1325 acer one. Maybe you can help me with a problem I´ve got. I am not able to write the arroba @ sign through my acer aspire one. First time, I got it pressing ALT and 2 simultaneously, but not anymore. Could you help me resolve this problem? ´cause I could not write any email address…thanks a lot

    • Shindaatwal
      September 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm


  84. su
    May 30, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Hi. Ive got a problem, the arroba @ sign is not running anymore. I used to press ALT (I dont remember well) and the key 2 and it was running, but second time I wrote the sign, it did not run. HELP PLEASE. I am not able to write email addresses.

  85. Tanya
    May 31, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I recently bought the acer and now 3mths after purchase I can’t use the “wrtuo” keys on the keyboard, any suggestions…..the fact I am completely computer illiterate doesn’t help my situation either. 🙁

  86. Marcy
    June 5, 2010 at 1:01 am

    We had the keyboard problem as well. Here’s what *we* had to do… we went into the settings and it was already set to US English (so, it should work right?) We set it back to default Canadian. When we went back to the keyboard settings, the US keyboard listing was gone and we had to add it back in as a keyboard option, and then set it to US. This finally did the trick.

    Side note, we’ve replaced the OS with “Ubuntu” when the Linux kept crashing and our tech support time ran out. It’s a MUCH better system to work with. I don’t mind the small keyboard, I have small hands and it’s used for small projects. Now that we’ve fixed it, it great for what we need.

  87. Akai Hayakawa
    June 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    can this netbook can hold 2d games? i love game but my parent decided to buy this netbook. so i dont have any choice.
    i really wanted to install few games such ragnarok and warcraft 3
    if not can you reccomend me a good laptop that is fit for a 2d gaming,

    thank you

  88. June 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I got a mfuffing 12cell batt from china and it’s like adding a brick to it.
    (gives dead leg after a while lol so be warned)
    the 3cell batt that comes with under all test conditions does a max of 2 and a half hrs min power setting and brightness no where near 3hrs at max power so a load of bull to that. with 12 cell 7hrs and about 8 with min power.
    When you put battery in fully charged the amount is deadly accerate to min power settings which is 2hrs but I got about 2.30hrs out of mine.

    xp and vista are identical in power consumption after tweaking vista processes down to 30 and classic high contrast view with max advanced graphics tweak it runs faster full stop but you need at least sp1 to do this. Sp2 is faster again also. you get god mode in vista ultimate which gives you all advanced menu options.

    Can’t charge with solargorilla so i cryed out loud ffs. £250 for the battery pack included so i’ll get back on that when i buy the batt!
    I just get red flashing light under max sunlight so i don’t know what that means so i’ll wait for

  89. Sandra Craig
    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Sound quality truly terrible – all sounds have lots of echo and a tinny sound – can’t use Acer for Skype calls, or playing music or playing youtube videos – the distortion makes it impossible to hear what is being said. Anybody know how to fix this?

  90. annie
    June 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Wondering if anyone can tell me if they ended up purchasing McAfee after the free 90 days? If not what anti-virus you purchased?
    Thank you

  91. karen
    June 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    does anyone know how to replace the screen on the aspire one d250?

  92. edga
    June 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    You can play games, or other underground as to me very much lag maybe it should be 2 GB of RAM and will be good???

  93. gariuzz
    June 30, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Hey.why with wis compiter i cant play games very slow and very hangs.. maybe two gb ram was good ??;)

  94. gariuzz
    June 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Sandra Craig :start > control panel> realtek hd saund effect manager>sound effect > reset. And everything be fine;))

  95. gariuzz
    June 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    how you can play games on aod250??

  96. QuarterPounder
    July 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm


    I found this at

    and this from Hong Kong

    You can also find instructions on disassembling the D250 at

  97. Herbert Fellows
    July 14, 2010 at 12:03 am

    gariuzz: what are you talking about? Please use actual things that are available when you give instructions.

    Control panel, sound and audio devices,
    the rest of it doesn’t make any sense.
    Sound effect manager, sound effect reset??? Where are you seeing anything like that and how will that fix low tinny sound? ‘Sound effect’ is only for the beeps and whistles, it has nothing to do with the sound from a youtube video, for instance.

  98. heidi
    July 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Please help! i have a presentation to show at a meeting tomorrow…i was given a projector which does have usb, etc BUT i dont know which function to use to get the video to project !! please help!!!!!!! thanks!!!

  99. paul
    July 21, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Need help, my screen blinks on and off. I can find the right spot and it will work fine. Does any know if there is a problem with the screen conections? Or what it will cost for a new screen and can someon tell me how to do DIY. I do not want to replace the screen when I can buy a new one for $199.00.

  100. Lukas
    July 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Never buy this piece of shit, the screen breaks just by touching it! and yeah you got the warrenty and you go and ask for it to get repaired but what? no ofc i cant because SOMEONES HIT IT, its gay and i hardly got to use it. im 15 years old and buying that was alot of money for me, all gone down the drain.

    • P19741974
      December 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      you must be a ham fisted gyppo then cos ive had a d250 for a year and its sweet, your mum obviously didnt teach you to look after your stuff properly, either that or your mum is really your gay dad

  101. Nikki
    August 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I’m 13 and I’m looking for a good laptop . I would only use it for the Internet and videochatting and Skype . Would you recommend this laptop ? I need to know ASAP . What are some of your problems you’ve had with this type of laptop ?

  102. August 27, 2010 at 8:55 am

    i got problem with the webam.

    it worked fine till yesterday, but today web cam is showing weird green screen instead of video.

    i was searching for the problem on the google but i didnt find any.

    so please help…

  103. blah
    September 16, 2010 at 12:26 am

    hi, i bought this netbook like 5 maybe 6 months ago. the sound really does suck on this thing, and lighting is an issue if your outside. my biggest complainst is games. im a gamer and i play a wide variety of games. from old school age of empires to guildwars. now i installed guildwars, runs fine, i installed dungeon siege 2, runs fine, diablo 2 lod, runs fine, sacred… doesnt run. was kinda strange cuase sacred has less sys requirements then dungeon sige 2 or even guildwars. some video issue with the monitor not being a true monitor. it does last alittle over 2hrs with the settings i use for just battery. sound well they do make speaker systems lol. id have to say for the 258 dollars i paid for mine brand new, its very very reliable. ohh the wireless is nasty even did a little how can i say experiment and it out beat an actual laptops wireless card. i also have no complaints about its start up time and if u hibernate it its like snapping your fingures when turning back on. i challenged a 3gig procesor 3gig ram compaq in speed with this. and this acer won 10 outa 10 tries. really pissed my friend off lol. to everyone for the price u cant really go wrong. great little computer.

  104. Amethyst85
    February 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    i just bought the aspire one d250 and went to set it up but cant do anything as the scroll/touchpad wont work anyone know what i can do to fix this or what maybe wrong with it?

  105. Mackenzie Kraig
    March 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I Bought the D 255 at Wal-Mart for $248, an 8g sd card and wireless mouse. as a student, I needed portable and was leary of the term netbook. It came out of the box with windows 7 starter and fre trial of McAfee and Microsoft Office suite Which I activated. I feel like I paid for a Volkswagon and got a Porsche. All my netbook paranoia is history. This baby “ROCKS”. Now I have to Fiqure a way to get my “Fix”. Those “pushers” at Microsoft got me lovin the Office Suite and I Don’t have $499. YET.

  106. May 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I have the exactly same problem with my acer aspire one.
    I tried antiviruses, tried to format, configured keybord so many times, and nothing. In order to make it work a little better for a little while,  I have to keep turning off and on the scroll lock. The keys that have problem are, more frequently, i, o and m. When things are reay bad, l and k stop working properly as well. “i” gives me “sehy”, “o” gives me “wrtuo[“, “m” works as “alt” sometimes.
    PLEASE, if yu now how to fix it, please, please, help me. My email is

    • May 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm


      I tried turning down several acessibility options in control panel and, so far, it seems to work. Finally!

  107. Dharmendra Tiwari
    July 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve Facing a problem in battery backup (only 1:32hrs).
    There is some hardware fault in wi-fi its disabled.
    m having graphic problem also!
    i m not at all satisfied with the features of Acer D250-0CK

  108. Luvangel_nelan8
    February 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    helo..I have a problem with my acer aspire because everytime i used it, after a minute or second it always hang-up and I automatically turn it off..And also it is hard to open any program in my PC, it takes time before the program or any icon will open..Pls help me with this problem how to fix it..thank you…

  109. ccll
    December 8, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I have a desktop but am buying an Acer Aspire one Netbook. I only want to use this for maybe playing games. I use my desktop for everything else. Is the Netbook good for just playing games and checking my email?

  110. Rita Drescher
    February 12, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I am having trouble keeping the cursor pointed where I want it to go. I do a lot of typing and if I look away for a second, the next thing I know, the damn cursor has gone somewhere else entirely on the screen–and I’m typing something new in the middle of the last paragraph. I’m about to lose my mind. It doesn’t just happen in documents, it also happens in frigging facebook and other apps. What gives?

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