|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|
Acer Aspire AS1551-5448 11.6-Inch Laptop (Mesh Black)
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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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Vertical Viewing Angle
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
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.Read more ›
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:
- 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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this notebook here at Amazon and added 4GB of memory and an SSD disk.
The result was a very fast and powerful notebook. Read more
I bought this Acer Aspire 1551-5448 (Mesh Black) approximately 10 months ago on Amazon, after returning a smaller, different model Acer netbook at Walmart that had a fan noise... Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by Christopher Erickson
The Acer AS1551-5448 is everything I thought it was going to be. There is a lot of blot ware but that is easily handled. Overall size is perfect for travel. Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This laptop is simply awesome. In most sites is listed as a "netbook", although Acer sells it as a notebook. Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by Juan P. Cervafrisbessone
I have had this laptop for over a month now and it is great. I am an engineering student and this laptop has the power to run AutoDesk Inventor 2011 nearly seamlessly. Read morePublished on October 3, 2010 by MechaEngineer
I bought this laptop for my husband (I'm the geek in the family, so I do the electronics shopping) and he's quite happy with it. Read morePublished on September 16, 2010 by K. Salinger, Holistic Nurse Practitioner
A lot about the 1551 is written here already, I just want to add few more points.
I am using this item now since 3 Weeks as my main working Laptop. Read more
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