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4.0 out of 5 stars adequate speed, barely adequate battery, not so great trackpad, Netlfix HD streaming stutters, August 8, 2012
This review is from: Acer Aspire One AO725-0899 11.6" Netbook (AMD Dual Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 HP 64 bits) Volcano Black (Personal Computers)
I got it from Target. The computer is not lightning fast but fast enough and definitely faster than any Atom netbook.

The biggest battery drainers are WIFI, screen brightness, processor speed. The screen brightness in Windows has 10 levels, from 10% to 100%, and you can choose power plans like "Power Saver" or "Balanced" etc. I made some measurements of the battery life since it is only 4 cells:

A. Power Saver, screen brightness at 30% (acceptable in a dark room), WIFI OFF, reading Kindle and word processing with MS word: battery drops 13%/hour -> 8 hours

B. Power Saver, screen brightness at 50% (acceptable even outside in a shadow), WIFI OFF, reading Kindle and word processing with MS word: battery drops 15%/hour -> 7 hours

C. Power Saver, screen brightness at 50%, WIFI ON with constant browsing, Skype on (but not talking): battery drops 20%/hour -> 5 hours

D. Power Saver, screen brightness at 50%, WIFI ON, Netflix streaming "The Tudors" with HD off: battery drops 30%/hour -> 3 hours and 20 mins

The touchpad is ELAN. I fixed the palm sensitivity by adjusting "PalmTracking" in the settings. What I hate about ELAN trackpads is that they don't have "momentum" like Synaptics so crossing the screen takes several flicks on the touchpad.

The sound coming from the tiny speakers on the bottom is correspondinly tiny. It can be amplified by going to Speaker Properties > Enhancements and checkin the Equalizer, then max out all frequencies.

Netflix streaming stutters on High Definition. On the other hand High Definition from YouTube plays without stuttering. The problem is some incompatibility between AMD processors and Silver Light used by Netflix to stream video. You can google its all over internet. The problem is resolved by disallowing HD streaming or reducting the maximal streaming speed in your Netflix account. Do NOT update Silver Light and the video driver, it makes the problem worse, I had to restore the system to factory defaults to be able the stream Netflix without stutter at low definition again.

Model AO722 has the same processor but 6 cell battery that should last longer. I didn't get it because it has too many reports that is gets broken fast. There is another model AO756 with a faster celeron processor with a correspondingly worse battery life: 6 hours in scenario A; 5 hours in scenario B; 4 hours in scenario C, which is not acceptable to me.
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Initial post: Aug 13, 2012 9:11:45 AM PDT
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Very helpful review!!
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