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Acer Aspire AS1551-5448 11.6-Inch Laptop (Mesh Black)

by Acer
4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • The ultra-mobile 11.6" Aspire AS1551 Notebook offers great performance features in a Netbook size and weight that lets you travel light.
  • With the AMD Athlon II Neo dual-core mobile processor and 4GB of Memory, you reap the benefits of multi-core processing that does more in less time.
  • ATI Radeon HD 4225 Graphics delivering the performance you need to take your high-definition experience to the next level
  • Coming in around 3 pounds and 1" thin, this notebook is big on usability beginning with the 11.6" HD LED-backlit Display perfect for watching movies
  • Multi-in-1 Card Reader and (3) USB ports provide convenient connectivity between a digital camera and other mobile devices.
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Product Description

Product Description

Acer Aspire AS1551-5448 Notebook comes with these specs: AMD Athlon II Neo Dual-Core Mobile Processor K625, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), 11.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit Display, AMD 880G Chipset, 4096MB DDR3 Memory, ATI Radeon HD 4225 Graphics with 384MB of dedicated system memory, 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Built-In Webcam 1.3MP (1280 x 1024), Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, High-Definition Audio Support, Dolby Sound Room, 802.11b/g/n WiFi CERTIFIED, Gigabit Ethernet, 3 - USB 2.0 Ports, HDMI Port, Multi-gesture Touchpad, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh), up to 5 Hours of Battery Life, 3.09 lbs. | 1.4 kg (system unit only), AC Power Adapter, AC Power Cord, Wireless Setup Card, Registration/ Limited Warranty Card, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60-day trial)

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 11.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Processor 1.5 GHz AMD Athlon
RAM 4 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 320 GB
Graphics Coprocessor ATI Radeon HD 4225
Graphics Card Ram Size 384 MB
Average Battery Life (in hours) 5 hours
Brand Name Acer
Item model number AS1551-5448
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Item Weight 3.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 8 x 11.2 x 1.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8.03 x 11.22 x 1.1 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand AMD
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM

Additional Information

ASIN B003N3A86C
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4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #60,831 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#13,279 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 6.2 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 June 20, 2010

Warranty & Support

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This review applies to both the 721 and the 1551 (I own the 1551, but the cons mentioned are common to both)

Vertical Viewing Angle
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One MAJOR shortcoming of these Acers (AO721/AO1551) is the vertical viewing angle. In fact if you look at a black, but still backlit screen, at the optimal viewing height/angle, you will see that the only part that is actually black is a horizontal stripe which is about 1/3rd of the vertical height of the screen. Above and below this stripe (i.e., the upper and lower thirds of the screen) are basically a dark gray. As you move your head up and down and/or tilt the screen, the image changes brightness dramatically in the vertical direction. Fortunatelly, the horizontal viewing angle is pretty good, but you almost have to tilt the thing perfectly to maximize vertical viewing and brightness falloff. I can see this happening with a 24-27" LCD screen at small viewing distances, but with a tiny laptop screen that measures approx. 5 5/8" vertically, this is plain embarassing for a 2010 run of LCD panels. In my opinion, one star should be taken off for Acer taking the cheap route with something as important as the screen. Fortunatelly, at 200 nits the screen is relatively bright at its maximum brightness, giving one some consolation to the non-uniforum vertical brightness issue.

Cheap Plastic Hinge Arms that Hold the LCD Panel
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Not much to say here. The arms are hollow molded plastic and do not seem sturdy at all. As you open and close the panel, there is some give, and one constantly fears that these things will break in a year. A friend of mine has an older model Acer netbook whose swivel arms and mechanism feels much more sturdy.
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6 MONTH UPDATE: Batteries are available at acer site.

3 MONTH UPDATE: Before you purchase this, please be aware that I have unsuccessfully located a manufacturer that sells replacement batteries for the Acer 1551.

2 MONTH UPDATE: A couple complaints to add to my original review: 1) I would like the battery to recharge a bit quicker than it currently does. Also, while the overall noise from the laptop is low, fan noise is not an issue, I am a bit bothered by the high frequency noise coming from the motherboard. It's a common problem for laptops, especially ones without good sound insulating material (plastic vs aluminium). Unlike say Apple Macbooks which use aluminium bodies, and do well to dampen motherboard noises. It's highly likely that older laptop users wont hear the high frequency noise as our ears tend to lose the ability to hear higher frequencies as we age. But as soon as I focus on the noise, I cant help but notice it. This is only an issue in very quiet rooms.
I'm a student who travels with his laptop daily. These are my impressions after a few weeks of heavy use:

Strengths:
- Bright screen, I generally have brightness set below 50%
- Fast: the dual core AMD processor with ATI graphics is light years ahead of netbooks and comparable to full-sized laptops.
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I did a lot of research and comparisons to other devices out there.

Cost wise this out performs others of the same price range with some of it's unique features.

It is a netbook but it has a dual core processor. Not as powerful as most dual core desktops but each is 1.5 ghz which is pretty nice. It also has a built in video card for extra performance.

I never had a laptop before and was reluctant to buy, not having a great need for one. This has really surprised me. At first, I thought it was okay, but the more I use it the more I like it. Also, talking to people with netbooks and laptops, this out performs any netbook I've seen and can do everything a laptop can and even outperforms a good number of laptops out there.

The reason for it, is the dual core processors, a real video card instead of an 'onboard' card, and 4 gigs of ram, and a 5 1/2 hour battery. I can actually play call of duty modern warfare 2 with good frame rates (720x480 works best) and starcraft 2 (1366x768). Some other really interesting features are the HDMI cable. I hooked this up to our big screen TVs and was amazed at the quality and some of the neat things you can do with that. You can use Office programs, surf the net, or play a game on there, very nice!

Overall, for something that fits into backpacks, and duffle bags easily, this is quite zippy. It can do any of the business work I need with ease, and it can play any of the cutting edge games that are out there as well. It's a good balance with features to make it all work.
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