|Screen Size||11.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.4 GHz Intel Celeron|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||128 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||4 hours|
Acer Aspire One AO756-2808 11.6-Inch Netbook (Ash Black)
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Update note 7-19-12: if only one of your two memory slots is populated,the cheapest memory upgrade is to buy a single matching stick to the other, vacant slot. This will boost your video score under the WEI (Windows Experience Index from 4.7 to 4.9. If you add 2 new modules using faster PC3-12800 RAM your WEI for RAM speed will jump from 5.9 to 7.4. The motherboard is quite good, see the comments below this review. Do not mismatch RAM module speeds or sizes! No additional boost to video score.
+ Better than average display quality - can view the entire screen out to the corners without "darkening;" videos have a "vibrancy" lacking in most 10.1" netbooks. Macbook Airs remain the "gold-standard" however.
+ Nice keyboard feel - nicely spaced, almost full-sized keyboard with "island" style keys with good space between the keys. The keys themselves are about 93% of IBM Selectric typewriter sizing. Comparable to Macbook Air.
+ Very zippy - significantly faster than Atom powered netbooks and lower-end AMD Fusion netbooks (C-60, E-300, E-450).
+ One of the lightest (2.15 lbs with battery but without charger; 3.05 lbs with charger) and thinnest netbooks /notebooks, short of the Macbook Airs (and their copies, the Intel-sponsored Ultrabooks). Solid feel.
+ Trackpad is much more stable than on earlier netbooks - two finger scrolling is smooth too.
+ True "high def" screen (albeit of the 720p, not 1080p, variety).
+ Compared to 1gb of RAM on the remaining 10.1" netbooks, this has 4 gb and the lowest configuration is still 2 gb.
+ Compared to Windows 32 bit in the crippled _Starter_ edition on the remaining 10.1" netbooks, all editions of this AO756 come with 64 bit Home Premium.Read more ›
WEI SCORE: (5 stars out of 5)
Default out of the box was:
CPU-4.7, RAM-5.9, GPU-4.5, Game-4.5, HDD-5.9
Reran it to get:
CPU-4.7, RAM-5.9, GPU-4.5, Game-4.7, HDD-5.9
Not sure why, but the gaming score upped itself when I reran the WEI test, so if your score is lower, run the test again.
DESIGN: (6 stars out of 5)
In this day of thin netbooks being nearly impossible to upgrade nor easy to gain access to the HDD or wireless card, the 756 shines like a beacon for the others. The bottom plate is easily removed by taking off one screw and sliding the bottom plate toward you. Underneath has *very* easy access to the HDD, 2 RAM slots (one filled) and the wireless card. For this, you rock for me, Acer!
The weight is only 2 lbs 15 oz. *Very* light and thin for a $300 netbook.
PROCESSOR: (5 stars out of 5)
I'll probably say this several times throughout this review: This is a very fast, "snappy" netbook! I'm impressed. Using this Celeron 877, I am amazed at how responsive it is. I'd debated over the Celeron 877 model and the Pentium 967 model, but looking at their respective specs, I could find *no* differences between the two processors (they even have the identical cache) except that the 877 runs at 1.4GHz and the Pentium 967 at 1.3GHz. Passmark confirms that the Celeron is the better processor.Read more ›
The problem is .. I don't see anything comparable (11-12 inches, Celeron B877-level performance) from anyone else for anywhere near the same price. You can pay considerably more to get an 11.6 netbook with lower (Atom N2700 or AMD E-450 or similar) performance. That doesn't sound like a deal to me.
The chiclet keyboard is pretty nice - but unfortunately the arrow keys are very small, even smaller than on my older Gateway netbook. And like my Gateway, there are no dedicated home and end keys - these keystrokes require a Fn key combination. The extra space could have been used to give us bigger arrow keys or home/end keys, but I guess the all the extra space went to the chiclet key spacing.
Another thing that is a bit disconcerting - there are no touchpad buttons! You push the entire touchpad down at the lower left and right hand sides to left or right click.
The display and the webcam are very good.
Here are some comparisons of passmark scores and TDP ratings of the CPUs you might find in this 11.Read more ›
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This is the worst product I have ever bought. Terribly slow, unresponsive, constant freezes. I wasted my money but, I am only fooled once.Published 17 months ago by Ignacio Echevarría
Not very rugged, work fine when it was working. it's dead now.Published 19 months ago by Colin Casey
The unit is nice and compact. it was functional enough for students who were writing papers and surfing the net for info or playing games. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Hanover Customer
I am greatly disappointed in Acer product quality. Two laptops purchased within a month of each other failed. One won't even boot and the other has a video failure. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I've had this computer several months and love it. upgraded the memory and swapped the network card for one with bluetooth then swapped the HHD for a SSD. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Shu
Good specs for the cost. Has held up to the task. Its light weight makes it a handy portable electronic assistant. Will recommend!Published on March 11, 2013 by Caribe
I bought this netbook for my 4 year old and so far I have not regretted my purchase. I waited a few months before writing this review so I could evaluate the pros and cons. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by JovsMom
This netbook by Acer is great. I get great battery life. The larger (than most netbooks) screen is great. I would definitely recommend this netbook.Published on December 7, 2012 by Jason Pritchard
I bought this for my husband to use while traveling only to find he uses it all the time even at home where we have a larger computer. he finds it lite, fast and efficient. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Dyan Espindle
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