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Acer, $499

★★ The Acer One Happy is the com­puter in the gar­ish out­fit. Some may love the choice of four out­ra­geous colours, but oth­ers will be put off. Un­der the hood, two el­e­ments stand out. Firstly, it has a 1.5GHz In­tel Atom dual core pro­ces­sor, so it will pedal along OK for web brows­ing and light lift­ing tasks. Se­condly, it comes pre­loaded not only with Win­dows 7 Starter, but a sec­ond op­er­at­ing sys­tem, Google An­droid, which soaks up 4GB from the note­book’s 250GB hard drive. How­ever, the An­droid in­ter­face is too clunky and there doesn’t seem to be a rea­son for adding it to the pretty ba­sic ma­chine.

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