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Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ897 10.1-Inch HD Netbook (Diamond Black)

by Acer
3.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
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  • Enjoy smooth streaming Internet video on the Aspire One AO522 Netbook featuring an AMD C-Series Processor and ATI Radeon HD Graphics.
  • The AMD C-Series Processor is designed to deliver the balanced performance you need to enjoy your favorite applications.
  • The AO522 boasts impressive ATI Radeon HD 6250 Graphics delivering the performance you need to take your high-definition experience to the next level
  • Access your email and browse your favorite websites wherever you are with integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED network connection and fast Ethernet LAN.
  • Windows 7 Starter makes the things you do every day easier and with Office Starter 2010, experience new ways to deliver your best work!. Complete your PC. Buy full-featured Microsoft Office 2010.
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Acer AO522-BZ897 comes with these high level Specs. AMD C-Series Processor C-50, Windows 7 Starter, 10.1" HD WXGA LED-backlit Display, AMD A50M Fusion Chipset, ATI Radeon HD 6250 Graphics, 1024MB DDR3 Memory, 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM), Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, Built-In 1.3MP Webcam, 3 - USB 2.0 Ports, HDMI, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh), Up to 6-hours Battery Life, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, 2.87 lbs. | 1.3 kg (system unit only), Complete your PC. Buy full-featured Microsoft Office 2010.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 10.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720
Max Screen Resolution 1280x720 pixels
Processor 1 GHz AMD C Series
Memory Speed 1066 MHz
Hard Drive 250 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor AMD Radeon HD 6250
Chipset Brand ATI
Card Description Radeon HD 625
Graphics Card Ram Size 256 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Brand Name Acer
Series Aspire One
Item model number AO522-BZ897
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7 Starter
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.3 x 10.2 x 1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 7.28 x 10.17 x 1.01 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand AMD
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Battery Type lithium_ion
Power Source AC

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3.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #42,958 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#9,409 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 4.9 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available December 16, 2010

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We picked one of these up at Fry's Electronics on Sunday Jan 23. We have three laptops but no other netbook experience so it is hard to make comparisons. Also my son-in-law took it with him so I only had a couple of hours to play with it. Given those disclaimers...

It is a nice little netbook and were I looking for a new computer today I'd pick up one of these for myself. It is light, small, and the battery life is pretty good. With three USB ports and an SD card reader it is nicely equipped. The thing that made the sale for us was the 1.3Mp webcam because we want to make Skype video calls with our son-in-law. The video quality was great. The screen is very bright, we actually had to dim it a bit for comfort. The single speaker, located under the front left side, didn't have much volume and was rather "tinny" sounding.

Speed is something I'd find hard to describe. It certainly is slow compared to our other computers, but not something I couldn't live with. Video worked great. I tried a Netflix streaming video and a youtube video; both worked great.

My biggest complaint are the flat faced keys. A little contour would have helped a lot. It would take me some adjustment to type quickly on that keyboard. However the keyboard layout is good. It isn't full sized but not so small as to be a big adjustment. The size would be easy to adapt to. The cursor keys, given the limited space, are well designed.

The track pad worked well, doesn't have the rough surface that so many complain about (why do they do that?), however none of us use a track pad in this family. We all choose to have wireless mice. Having three USB ports is nice because we were able to stick one of those really small mouse receivers in one of the USB slots and leave it there all the time.
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My ancient laptop started begging for retirement around Thanksgiving, but with Sandy Bridge (supposedly shipping right after the announcement at CES) around the corner, I figured it best to wait. Pushing towards a month later, all the fabled wonders of awesome new notebooks have yet to really appear, and my lack of a laptop was getting me to start considering dropping way too much cash on a previous generation machine. When I saw this pop up for sale, I made a quick decision to give it a whirl. My basic wants were for streaming Netflix, and Skype video chat in a lightweight portable (better battery life was also a plus). Netflix streams flawlessly (full-screen, even over my wireless connection) and the webcam looks like it'll do just fine. The screen is just gorgeous and lives up to its marketing name of Crystalview or somesuch.

Unfortunately, despite the dual core CPU, web browsing felt sluggish so I checked the RAM. Despite being billed as having 1gb memory, the dedicated video format siphons off a quarter of that, only leaving 768mb available. It -is- a netbook, and they're not known for their speed, so if your needs are modest, this may just be fine. But I had other plans in mind...

Dual core, with discreet graphics? World of Warcraft has pretty low system requirements... could it maybe work? With only 768mb of ram, just barely, if you were desperate. With graphics set to a mix of low/fair, it was okay (mid 20s) in isolated areas, but populated towns (like Orgrimmar or Stormwind) turned into a slide show -- I spent a lovely minute with the frames per second pegged at 0.4. Okay, so what about more memory?

Unfortunately, new products are too new for reliable information.
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This is a review of the brand new AMD "Fusion" series C-50 APU that powers this netbook (I own the Acer 5253 15.6" notebook with the same APU) NOT a review of the Aspire AO522 which has the same APU - I opted in this case to get the notebook edition from Acer instead of the netbook edition. So I can't comment on screen quality (although Acer netbook and notebook screens have been excellent) or on build-quality (recently excellent on my 255 netbook).

BUT _do read_ these comments if you are wondering if a meager-sounding 1.0 ghz processor is enough, or if you are wondering whether there is finally a solution to the woefully poor graphics performance of prior netbooks. There is presently very little information available on the new AMD chipset powering this netbook since the chipset was only introduced this month (at CES in Las Vegas), and Acer has been incredibly fast to market with both netbooks and notebooks based on the new chip (within 2 weeks after the show!). I have taken the time to include links to what early tests and benchmarks are available, and in addition I just purchased a C-50 powered notebook from Acer, so these comments are very relevant, imho, to this netbook.

The Acer C-50 powered notebook I purchased last week from Fry's is the 15.6" screen notebook editino - the Acer AS5253-BZ893 15.6" Notebook. If you search for this notebook on Amazon, you will find that Amazon only (presently) sells a version with the much faster, more powerful E-350 chip. If I owned the E-350 version, I wouldn't be commenting here, because the comparisons wouldn't be valid. But I own the C-50 version with the same chipset as the 10.1" netbook, so the comparisons are very valid (and are hopefully helpful to you).
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