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The Acer Aspire One ZG5 is currently one of the hotter new items in the Hong Kong electronics market. It is a small (9.75″ x 6.75″) and cheap (3,400 HK$ or $436 USD) laptop running from a 1.6GHz Atom N270, 1gb ram, and an 8gb solid state hd. Out of the box it comes with a Linpus Linux opperating system (which looks like this). I found the OS to be functional but lacking a lot of what I love about Ubuntu, so I installed Ubuntu 8.04. The Aspire has no optical drive so you need to connect an external CD drive containing the boot CD. Ubuntu installs very easily on this device, the only problem I had was getting the the wireless to work for which I needed to follow these easy 5 steps.

Mine was purchased from Centrafield in the Golden Computer Arcade (one of the largest electronics markets in HK). To get to the market take the MTR to the Sham Shui Po stop, exit out of the D escalator, and look for this sign.

More photos here.

Huge love to my overly generous Chinese brother Neo for the gift.

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Posted on July 10, 2008



  1. jamie dubs says:

    Nice one. Solid state disk FTW, but only 8GB…?

  2. I’ll take one thanks

  3. g3yn says:

    hi u paid far to mush i got 1 from bangkok $300 including tax and got a tax refund of 7% so look again product is good but what about hong kong market??? and that included mirosoft

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