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

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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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Product Description

Product Description

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.

Skillfully combining a sleek and stylish look with outstanding performance to help you enjoy an all-round HD experience while on the go, the Acer Aspire One 522 (model AO522-BZ897) can efficiently handle everyday tasks--such as Internet browsing, streaming online HD video, e-mailing, chatting, photo viewing, and document editing--even with visually intense, high-definition applications.

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Enjoy smooth streaming video on the Aspire One AO522 netbook with the AMD C-Series processor and ATI Radeon HD graphics.

It's equipped with an AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), which is engineered to deliver rich, sharp and lifelike HD Internet entertainment. The Aspire One 522 also integrates AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics to provide sharp HD video with support for the latest graphics standards including Microsoft DirectX 11, 1080p video output via HDMI, real time image processing with auto color and contrast adjustment, and edge sharpening.

With a 10.1-inch display, built-in Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, a 250 GB hard drive, and up to 6-hours of battery life you'll have everything you need in a travel light design so you can stay connected on-the-go, enjoy more of your media and tackle your everyday demands with ease.

Thanks to HD playback capabilities, this netbook easily integrates into the home entertainment environment. And to provide a seamless experience, it is equipped with an HDMI port to easily connect to HDTV or video-projectors and share Hi-Def video content on a big screen at a larger 1080p resolution.

The big keyboard for fast-paced comfortable typing is complemented by the multi-gesture touchpad, perfect for scrolling documents, rotating images, zooming and browsing, all with fingertip convenience. This highly efficient netbook complies with Energy Star standards, is mercury free, and ensures 22.2 percent power savings compared with standard netbook displays courtesy of the LED backlit panel.

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Pipe HD content to an external monitor or big-screen HDTV via a single HDMI cable.


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Engage in face-to face communication anywhere with the 1.3-megapixel HD webcam.

This Aspire One comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system. You'll also experience new ways to deliver your best work with Office Starter 2010.  Complete your PC. Buy full-featured Microsoft Office 2010.

Key Features

  • Up to 6 hours of battery life with included 6-cell battery (4400 mAh)
  • 10.1-inch LED-backlit CrystalBrite screen (1280 x 720 resolution) for native 720p high-definition resolution
  • 1.0 GHz AMD C-Series processor C-50 (1 MB L2 cache) is designed to deliver the balanced performance you need to enjoy your favorite applications.
  • 250 GB hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 1 GB DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz; 1 GB maximum capacity with Windows 7 Starter)
  • ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics provides the performance you need to take your high-definition experience to the next level by combining the power of desktop graphics with mobility so you can experience smooth viewing of rich content built from popular sites like or YouTube.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking capability provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers).
  • Multi-gesture Touchpad for circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom, and page flip. (Learn more)
  • 1.3-megapixel webcam integrated into the display bezel for easy video chats and conferencing (1280 x 1024 resolution).
  • 84-key FineTip keyboard, 93 percent of standard-size with bigger keys for easy typing.
  • Mono speaker
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system (Learn more)
  • Preloaded with the Microsoft Office Starter 2010 free software offering with selected functionality of Word and Excel for your text and spreadsheet tasks. Plus, if you decide you want the full suite, just purchase a product key to activate an ad-free version that also includes the latest Outlook, PowerPoint, and Publisher programs.  Complete your PC. Buy full-featured Microsoft Office 2010.
  • Weight: 2.87 pounds
  • Warranty: One-year parts and labor limited warranty with concurrent International Traveler's Warranty
  • Energy Star certified

Ports and Connectivity

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • HDMI high-definition audio/video output allows a single cable to transmit uncompressed high-definition video to your digital TV or LCD
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100)
  • VGA video output
  • Multi-in-1 memory card reader compatible with MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, and xD-Picture Card (optional adapter supports optional Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, miniSD, microSD, and Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard)

What's in the Box

This package contains the Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ897 netbook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions

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The Acer Multi-Gesture Touchpad

A Multi-Gesture Touchpad allows you to pinch, flick and swirl your fingers across the touchpad for more natural photo and video viewing as well as intuitive navigation of websites. The Multi-Gesture Touchpad enables you to scroll, zoom in and out and flip through Web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more.

The TouchPad can also be disabled with a one-touch button, eliminating accidental cursor movement with palms and wrists when using an external mouse.

Acer multi-gesture trackpad

Microsoft Windows 7 Starter

Your PC, Simplified.

Windows 7 Starter makes small notebook PCs easier to use because it puts less between you and what you want to do--less waiting, less clicking, less hassle connecting to networks. And Starter combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity and compatibility of Windows.

Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

Simplifies everyday tasks, works the way you want, and makes new things possible.

  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek, and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Creating a home network has never been easier. You can even share files and printers with all the PCs with Windows 7 on the network.
  • Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want*.
Windows Live

Create, Connect and Share with Windows Live

Windows 7 and Windows Live bring it all together for free. Get the free set of programs that make it simple to create and share amazing photos and movies, organize mail, and stay connected with your closest friends.

  • Get 25 GB of free online storage with Windows Live SkyDrive.
  • Sync files on your PCs automatically with Windows Live Mesh.
  • Share photos during video chats with Windows Live**
  • Easily edit photos and combine the best parts of multiple photos into one perfect photo with Photo Fuse.

Windows Live is available for free at

Complete your PC Experience with Microsoft Office 2010

  • Microsoft Office Starter 2010 includes reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel with advertising. (Note that PowerPoint or Outlook are not included.)
  • Purchase Office 2010 today and get the most out of your new PC.

* Additional hardware may be required. Not available in all countries. (See for more information.)
** Requires a compatible microphone, speakers or headset, webcam, and broadband connection.

Product Information

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Screen Size10.1 inches
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Max Screen Resolution1280x720 pixels
Processor1 GHz AMD C Series
Memory Speed 1066 MHz
Hard Drive250 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon HD 6250
Chipset BrandATI
Card DescriptionRadeon HD 625
Graphics Card Ram Size256 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Brand NameAcer
SeriesAspire One
Item model numberAO522-BZ897
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Item Weight2.9 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H7.28 x 10.17 x 1.01 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandAMD
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #39,091 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.9 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.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableDecember 16, 2010
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Donaldson VINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Christina Z on January 28, 2011
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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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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful By MWebb TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 29, 2011
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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