This is the new version of Acer’s Happy One Netbook – confusingly named the Happy One 2? Why they didn’t just call it the Happy Two we’ll never know but Acer never could be accused of being conventional? So the upgraded Happy 2 Netbook (I mean happy One 2) comes in a range of what they call tropical colours and the pink version is aptly named ‘Strawberry Yoghurt‘ – that’ll be the tropical kind of strawberry yoghurt then I guess?
Anyway, strange use of language aside, what does the new acer have that the old one didn’t – well in the true spirit of ‘less is more’ the Acer doesn’t have the dual Windows/Android operating system – it just has Windows. Now that Google have released Chrome Powered Laptops it is inevitable that the Android system will be kept solely for mobiles – expect some Chrome powered netbooks very soon though.
You do get an updated Intel Processor – the Atom N455 as opposed to the Atom N450 which is slightly more efficient – but the memory stays the same at 1GB and the hard drive capacity is still 250GB. So, overall, the update is mostly cosmetic.
Cost wise the price is about the same at around £230 although you might be able to get the older version for a lot less now that it is out of fashion.
If you are in the market for a new netbook anyway then the Acer Happy One 2 is a good machine just not that much of improvement on the old one. One of its biggest selling points (as with the old version) is the battery life – up to 8 hours in ideal conditions – and that’s about as good as you’ll get.
Available from amazon.co.uk
This is the current spec of the Aspire Happy One 2 as it is currently available in the UK. There are some reviews in the US which refer to 2GB of RAM but this option is not yet on sale here.
Processor: Intel Atom N455 1.66 GHz 512KB L2 Cache
Operating System: Windows 7 Starter
Hard drive: 250GB
Graphics card: Intel GMA 3150
Screen: 10.1″ CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD 1024 x 600
USB: 3x USB 2.0
Battery: Up to 8 hours of use
Size: 24mm x 256.5mm x 184 mm