|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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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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The size is great, as the screen is pretty large and Acer makes very big, fat keys on the key board for this size unit. It has the AMD vs. the Intel processor, but compared to my Acer 1810T Acer Aspire Timeline AS1810T-8638 11.6-Inch HD Display Black Laptop - Over 8 Hours of Battery Life there is minimal to no noticeable performance differences. My unit does have a longer battery life, which I need, but he doesn't, so that's no big deal.
Overall, this is the 4th Acer we've had in the house. I have a tiny one that I use when traveling, and this one (believe it or not...) is my BIG computer. I've been very happy with all of my Acer's and now my husband (a former Sony die-hard fan) has joined the club.
The size of the unit, memory, storage, battery life and overall convenience is great. If you need a longer battery life look at the one I have (mentioned above). If you're worried about Acer as a brand you're not very familiar with - don't stress it. They're great.
Now days computers are almost disposable items, as the technology advances so fast you essentially need a new one every two years or so. At the price Acer offers, compared with the features, this makes that somewhat possible.
There are only two drawbacks to the Acer netbooks in my opinion:
1. No DVD/CD drive - however you can easily find an external, USB drive to use when needed - and how often do you really use it anyways?!?!?
2. The extra features the mouse pad offers, which allows zoom, vertical speed scroll, etc. - I always activate these features when I least expect it and don't intend to, which can be an annoyance. I'm sure someone much Geekier than me would be able to disable that, however, it is not something I've been able to find. Overall, the benefits outweigh this one minor negative though.
All-in-all I have LOVED all 4 Acer's we've had (3 of which have been mine directly) and when looking to replace my last Acer and my Husband's Sony I could not find an alternate brand that offered what Acer offers for the price. Unless you're some mega-gamer who plays high-memory, high-speed games online all day, this system will likely do everything you need and for a much better price than most the competition.
Love my Acer's!!!!
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.
- Good amount of ram 4GB, and a nice large hard drive - 320 GB
- The screen is big enough to have 2 windows open side by side but small enough to be highly portable
- 3 USB ports
- good key resistance, relatively quiet keyboard
- excellent design: love the matte, soft plastic lid (not a fingerprint magnet) screen bezel isn't too glossy, slim and relatively lightweight - as portable as my dell mini 9
- i particularly love this feature: the screen can be adjusted to be nearly parallel with the keyboard. Why is this important? Well you can place the laptop on your lap and not have to contort your body to see the screen.
- HDMI out: As everyone has stated, this laptop has no trouble playing 720p HD videos. I routinely use HDMI to play HD videos to my 32in LCD. Absolutely no difference between this and my custom PC which had a 2.8Ghz i5 and ATI Radeon HD 5870 (a $400 Graphics card)
"Weaknesses". I use the term loosely because most of these weaknesses are simply tradeoffs for a strength or the weakness is very minor (almost nitpicky) compared to the strengths I've listed:
- Battery. Yeah, its not going to get 6 hours of use. I averaged 3.5-4 hours with occasional WIFI on and brightness ~ %40. But keep in mind that this is a very fast laptop with good specs. You're making a tradeoff to be able to play HD videos or have quick multitasking.
- Vertical viewing angle. The relatively small vertical viewing angle is outweighed by the ability to adjust the vertical angle so much by adjusting the screen (almost flat/parallel with the keyboard)
- the default settings for gamma and contrast are not quite optimal. It's a bit too high and gives a slightly washed out view. Easily adjustable using ATI's control center.
- Software: First thing you'll want to do is uninstall unnecessary software and trial-based software.
- No restoration CDs: Again this isn't really a complaint, I dont use CDs/DVDs anymore when installing operating systems. One good solution that I have already tried is using Windows 7's built in backup software. Plug in a usb hard drive and create a restore IMAGE of your computer. You'll still need to create a recovery disc if you dont already have a Windows 7 install DVD on a USB stick. But dont bother paying $20 for Acer to mail you a restoration CD. Creating a backup image is quicker (i restored my hard drive within 15 minutes and already removed the bloatware before creating the image)
- The multitouch feature on the trackpad is worthless. No excuses here. it simply sucks. I hope its merely a software issue that updated drivers can address. I have disabled multitouch on mine. I don't miss it, especially since I have a really nice mouse that I keep in my backpack. Scroll wheels on mice are far better than multitouch in my opinion.
Final conclusion: I am a happy customer. I prefer the extra processing power over battery life since power outlets are so readily available. The 11.6 size seems to be a sweet spot for ultraportability, coupled with 4 GB ram, 320 HD, and dual core AMD, it feels like a fully powered laptop in a small body.
Price wise you'll want to compare this $550 laptop with others of similar price (there are many many options). You'll notice that you can get a larger laptop with a bigger screen for the same price. It does seem expensive at first glance. But you do get more RAM than you ever need and a big hard drive for a laptop. Coupled with discrete graphics and a dual core processor. Most other laptops use the new i3 or i5 which have integrated graphics and do not play HD videos as well. The price premium is also related to this laptop's slim form factor. The irony is smaller gadgets sometimes cost more than comparable, but larger ones.
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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