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Great little machine,
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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)Almost perfect. Any of my issues are self-imposed I'm sure. I swapped out the HDD for a SSD I got elsewhere, and swapped the 2GB SODIMM for an 8GB (you actually get 8GB despite the documentation stating 4GB as max). Both functioned perfectly. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit from a USB drive. No problem there. The multi-gesture touchpad requires some command-line weirdness to get it working, and the fn-F7 to toggle it shows the "off" icon even when it's turned on. It's probably a flaw in the Ubuntu or Debian drivers for this device, as it's very new. But I've had to do things like that before, and they tend to get fixed in the next release (in about 2 months), so no biggy. None of that is Acer's fault, of course.
The hardware is peppy enough. The keyboard and touchpad are perfectly usable. The screen is nice, too. I do like the re-designed access panel (hdd, wifi and ram behind one big panel lock by one screw and then sliding a couple milimeters forward). I also like having USB3, although I have nothing that benefits from that just yet.
It seems like the WiFi card in there doesn't really do "802.11n". I have an N-only access point and the Aspire does not report it broadcasting nor does it connect to it "hidden" if I supply the name. It connects just fine to my 802.11g, but Verizon's cruddy boxes only have WEP, so I'll be spending another $12 getting a replacement half-mini PCI-e card, and that will also give me bluetooth, so worth it just for that I suppose. Hopefully the $12 card will connect just like my HP laptop is able to from Ubuntu...
I'm also hoping someone comes out with a larger battery. The only option I can find (August 2012) is for $39 + $10 s/h Acer will give you a second 2500mAH (what it initially comes with). That's rather lame. The 722s have a 4400mAH as an option, and for the older models you can get 3rd-party batteries. The 10.1" AD255 I got a 7800mAH for less than a hundred bucks. Maybe they'll come along after this has been on the market for a while.
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Initial post: Aug 30, 2012 12:23:04 AM PDT
A. Dhillon says:
you put 8 gb on there??? Isn't that pushing it? I just ordered mine two days ago. It should arrive today. I'll be using it for programming, so I'm just going to put MS VS compiler on there for now. I'm thinking I should up the RAM
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2012 2:40:59 PM PDT
Nothing "pushing it" about 8GB RAM. Installs easy, Windows 7 recognizes on boot up. No settings to change, no jumpers to jump.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2012 5:55:17 PM PDT
R. Caramelo says:
Any chance you know the specific 8gb you bought?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2012 3:00:42 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2012 5:01:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 5, 2012 5:02:49 PM PDT
C. Glenn says:
Corsair 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 1333 MHz (PC3 10666) Laptop Memory (CMSO8GX3M1A1333C9)
Runs Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit perfectly, reports 8GB.
Now if I can find a WiFi card that actually does 802.11n I'll post that in here too. Good luck y'all!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2012 5:45:29 PM PDT
R. Caramelo says:
Doesn't this netbook use 2 slots?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2012 8:25:37 PM PDT
>R. Caramelo says:
>Doesn't this netbook use 2 slots?
Definately not, only one memory slot.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 8:31:18 PM PDT
Mark Dunmeyer says:
Did you ever find the wifi bt atheros card?
Posted on Sep 21, 2012 12:48:09 AM PDT
The stock WiFi card in mine does "802.11n" just fine. It is a little weaker than my laptop WiFi judging by the number of hotspots it "sees" and their displayed strengths; I don't know if this is due to power rating or antenna. Did you check out the WiFi before you made the hardware and operating-system changes?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2012 3:11:24 AM PDT
I purchased my AO 725-0899 Mon. from Amazon and it's being returned today. I am visually impaired and am unable to get any help locating where to install the 4gb DDR3 chip. Simply outrageous. Acer's customer support (or lack thereoff) could not be any worse. No instructions are included in the PDF manual. I have purchased my first and last Acer product.