Friday, June 17, 2011

Acer Aspire One 522 Review

Finally I am able to get my hands on one of this excellent netbook for a quick review.

Acer Aspire One 522 Review






Specs:



  • CPU: AMD C-50 Dual Core 1.0Ghz APU
  • Video: On-die
  • Ram: 1Gb DDR3
  • HDD:  250Gb HDD
  • Battery: 6 cell

Ports:


  • 1 x power
  • 1 x VGA
  • 3 x usb
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x SD card slot
  • 1 x speaker 
  • 1 x mic
  • 1 x Gigabit Lan Port
  • 1 x Kensington Lock Port


Keyboard
The keyboard has a good feel, it does not feel small or crammed.


Touchpad
The touchpad feels abit small, but is generally very smooth. No friction between fingers and touch pad surface. There are slightly raised ridges at the sides to let you know that it's the edge of the touch pad. This is very useful.

Speakers
The speakers are located under the touchpad in front of the netbook. Unlike other netbooks which I have reviewed, it is is not branded. (e.g. Not Altec Lansing.. etc) No Dolby Advanced Audio. I am not too sure if it's supported. However they sound aright. 

Screen
This is a 10.1 inch 1024 x 720HD screen, it is slightly bigger than most netbooks and most users who are used to a smaller screen should have no problem with it.



Heat/Battery
I have been using it as a bedside netbook, it does not feel hot at all. It has low power consumption. Normal usage battery life is about 5 hours.


Speed
This is a 1.0Ghz AMD C50 APU, it's overall very snappy. I am quite happy with it. 
This APU is reviewed in my other post http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/04/toshiba-nb550d-netbook-review.html

Windows experience index

2.8





Overall Construction
Overall it is a very solid construction, it does not feel like it's made from cheap plastics. However, the glossy lid attracts finger prints :)


Easy to upgrade?
Difficulty level is 3, need to remove keyboard and remove some screws.
Article on how to upgrade ram is here: http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-upgrade-memory-in-acer-aspire.html





Will I buy it?
Excellent first impressions. Will definitely buy this!




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