|Screen Size||10.1 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Max Screen Resolution||1280x720 pixels|
|Processor||1 GHz AMD C Series|
|RAM||1 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1066 MHz|
|Hard Drive||250 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon HD 6250|
|Card Description||Radeon HD 625|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||256 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11bgn, 802.11.b|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||6 hours|
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.
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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.
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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. Acer's website didn't acknowledge the model existed, Crucial's memory tool couldn't suggest an upgrade (and worse, when I emailed them, their response recommended a 1gb DDR2 chip -- for a computer that runs DDR3). Another user has reported being able to upgrade this model with 4gb of ram, but my research said that Windows 7 starter wouldn't be able to see/use more than 2gb, so that was all I ordered. With a leap and a prayer, I ordered Amazon part number B001KB6Z2U (a 2gb DDR3 chip from Crucial) after I determined there was only one ram slot on this netbook. For one of the better demonstrations of how to access the ram slot, check on YouTube for "HOWTO Update your Acer Aspire One 533 from 1GB to 2GB of RAM" - the plethora of model numbers for Acer's netbooks make it hard to trace product lines, but the 533 seems to mirror what I found inside my AO522. Ignore any videos that suggest there are screws under the rubber feet - there aren't on this model. Despite having built my own desktops for the last 15 years, prying apart the tiny, flimsy bits inside a netbook was utterly nerve wracking. Yes, I scratched up the little tabs while prying up the keyboard (which you sadly have to do to access the screws holding the back panel on) -- but the results were worth it. (And a sharpie will make the scratches disappear.)
My Acer Aspire One AO522 now has 2gb of ram and it zooms. Web browsing is zippier, but my happy dance is mainly over the gaming improvements. World of Warcraft isn't blazingly fast, but it's definitely playable. Populated areas slow down to fps in the teens, but it isn't laggy, and every where else it's easily into the 30s (with video settings massaged from "Fair/Good"). I wouldn't raid on it, but for casual play it should be fine.
While I was waiting for the extra memory to arrive, I tried finding netbooks with 2gb of ram and nice web cams, but even as prices crested $500, nothing brought as much to the table as this Acer Aspire. The "up to 6 hours" of battery life seems optimistic, but 4-5 may be doable, and at under three pounds, it's barely noticeable in my backpack.
The cons that keep it from 5 stars:
- 768mb ram leaves it meh. RAM is cheap and the upgrade is a substantial pain for the average consumer.
- the tiny speaker (located on the front left, by the bank of indicator lights) is minimally adequate for system alerts. Given that one of the touted features is being able to stream HD internet, you'll want either headphones or a set of external speakers.
- The heat vent is also on the left side and it can get pretty toasty over there. My laser thermometer showed 120-125 degrees F (51 C). Thankfully, for all that heat dissipation, it still manages to be very quiet under load.
At first I felt a bit disappointed with the performance of the netbook, I was able to squeeze out alot of power from the past model 721, that I was disappointed when I couldn't watch 720p or 1080p video on it without having lag issues, however a good person here on amazon told me to install the K-lite codec pack and that worked miracles on this netbook and can now watch those videos flawlessly. (I didnt even needed to do that with the 721)
Small netbok with 6 cell battery giving an average of 6 hours of usage (while browsing the internet)
screen resolution of : 1280x720 (past small models only went up to 1280x600, so many apps didnt work with such a low res)
Ram and HDD no longer easily accesible from the bottom of the computer (you now have to take out the keyboard to access this)
Windows 7 Starter edition, the past model came with home edition, maybe the extra buck I paid for that one covered the cost of a better windows version.
Overall, its a good machine that suffers a bit from the 1ghz of procesor speed, but its still better than most netbooks out there from my experience (I have had the ao150, D150, D250, 721 all Acer Brand)and I have been able to run video editing software, visual basic, mySQL, Java and Photoshop CS5. Of course like always this wont replace a home Desktop but if you need to get somework on the go then this computer is definetely up to the challenge.
Note: I installed Linux Ubuntu 10.10 as a separate operating system, and it seems there are no compatible drivers for the graphics card for this computer yet. however this should only concern people who do intend to use Linux.
+HD video playback
+250GB Hard Drive
+Built-in 1.3MP Webcam
+Long Battery Life
+HDMI and VGA out
-Windows 7 Starter
-Only 1GB of DDR3 Memory
Out of the box, I was impressed how quickly this Acer handles normal use applications. Internet Explorer loaded fairly fast, YouTube ran well at 480p, and Hulu ran at a reasonable frame rate at 480p. The browser versions of Peggle, Plants vs. Zombies, and Zuma ran great. The screen is absolutely beautiful, though it took my eyes some time to adjust. The wireless N works well, and the 250GB hard drive is plenty of space to store a small library of movies. There is a very noticeable bog down when you try to do too much at once, like having too many windows open, or downloading something. Even while plugged in, the ram and cpu levels were constantly high, mostly do to the bloatware and antivirus, and only having a small amount of memory to work with after the gpu and operating system hog their share. Basically, In stock form, this is a great netbook for everyday needs, watching movies, and playing casual games.
Of course I didn't leave it stock. Here's a list of things I tweaked to improve performance:
*Removed all the bloatware. (ebay, wallstreet reader, wild tangent, bing toolbar, nook reader, etc)
*Replaced McAfee antivirus with Avast! antivirus. (Avast! is free, works well, and is easy on the ram)
*Google Chrome (Fastest web browser)
*CCleaner (Helps with getting rid of unwanted bloatware, managing startup programs, and cleaning registry)
*Auslogics Disk Defrag (Keeps hard drive organised for faster response times)
*Malware Byte's Anti-Malware (Regular scans catch anything the browser or antivirus miss)
*Computer > System Properties > Advanced System Settings > Performance > Adjust for best performance
*K-Lite Codecs (Helps video playback a LOT)
*Desktop background changed to wormhole. (Placebo)
The Acer is running a LOT faster after everything I've done, and I can even play some modern games like Portal, and FarCry with nice frame rates. 1080p video playback is perfect, even on YouTube. Windows boots up in about 35 seconds now. I can watch a movie and talk on Skype Video at the same time with no slowdown. It's just an overall smoother experience.
Within the next couple of days, I'm going to install 4GB DDR3 RAM, 32 GB SSD, and Windows 7 x64, so I'll update my review to reflect that.
I opted for 2gb ram, and a dedicated 4gb sdhc card for readyboost. It's more than enough to improve performance. The price was one of the most attractive things about this netbook, and dumping an extra $200 into it kinda defeats the purpose.