The Aspire One AOD255 rocks the dual-core Atom N550 cpu along with 1GB DDR3 memory. Along with the added horsepower, the battery is now rated at eight-hours. The rest of netbooks specs are predicitable — 10.1-inch LED screen, Intel graphics 802.11, b/g/n, 1.3 MP webcam, 250GB hard drive — but they are also just fine for the form factor.
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The larger, 11.6-inch Aspire One AO721 goes about things a little different. Instead of utilizing Intel chips, this netbook dances with AMD with an Athlon II Neo K125 and 384MB ATI Radeon HD 4225 GPU. Nearly everything else is the same with its Intel counterpart, but the AO721 comes packing with 2GB of DDR3 memory and a six-hour battery.
Expect these models to hit the usual retailers sometime this month for $329 and $429.
“You’d be forgiven if you took one look at the new Laser One Chinese laptop and thought it was yet another variation of Acer’s Aspire One 10 inch netbook series. I’m pretty sure that’s what the manufacturer wants you to think after all. But als, it’s just another cheap knockoff.
Shanzhaiben reports that the Laser One is also both cheaper and larger than your typical Acer netbook, with a 12.1 inch display and $230 price tag. It also skips Acer’s typical keyboard design (with flat, wide keys) and instead uses a pretty traditional keyboard design complete with a row of Home, End, PgUp, and PgDn keys on the right side. I guess that’s the advantage of using a larger display than the notebooks you’re copying (although Acer doesn’t typically dedicate a full row to these keys even on its 11.6 inch laptops).
The rest of the specs are pretty typical, including a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of memory, and a 160GB hard drive. The laptop has a 6 cell battery and comes in black, red, blue or white.
“Value is a tough call. There’s no denying that our review model’s £300 price (not to be confused with the £280 533-13Dk sporting the more common 1.66GHz Atom) is cheap when compared to current rivals that frequently sport lower specifications. However, we’re not convinced the extra performance or addition of Bluetooth 3.0 elevate it above netbooks around the £280 bracket, and Acer’s own D260 (review coming next week) can be had for just £230.
Inevitably, the 533’s 10.1in, glossy screen sports the same 1,024 x 600 resolution as most other netbooks, but it’s actually quite decent. Colours are convincing and black levels relatively deep. Sharpness is also excellent, aiding readability, and the backlight is consistent. Viewing angles are mediocre at best though, so be careful how you angle the display.”
“Acer’s Aspire One 533 sets itself apart from other current-generation netbooks with a faster Atom CPU and Bluetooth 3.0, and surprisingly doesn’t charge extra for these privileges. However, these are still only incremental improvements rather than must-buy features, and there are cheaper alternatives.”
“Weighing just 2.6 pounds and measuring 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches, the lithe D260 feels feather-light. Unlike Acer’s larger notebooks, the branding on the D260 is much more overt: the upper left-hand corner has Acer’s logo in dark gray, and “Aspire One” is emblazoned in chrome across the middle. The light matte gray finish of the lid extends to the deck surrounding the Fine Tip keyboard, and is interrupted only by a gently glowing blue power button at the top and four status LEDs on the bottom left.
Powered by a 1.83-GHz Intel Atom N475 processor and 1GB of RAM, the Aspire One D260 scored 1,366 in PCMark05. Though about 60 points below the average, this score is above the Samsung N150 Plus (1,300), and on a par with the HP Mini 210 (1,365). Still, it doesn’t match the $299 ASUS Eee PC 1001P (1,384), and all of these systems have Atom N450 chips.
Acer prioritized looks and portability above longevity in the D260, but this netbook manages to be charming even with its below-average battery life. Its $299 price is equally attractive, but for the same amount you could scoop up the ASUS Eee PC 1001P, which, though it has a smaller 160GB hard drive, fared better in several performance tests, including battery life. Still, if you think 5 hours or runtime is enough, the Aspire One D260 has plenty going for it, not the least of which being its charisma.”
Joanna Stern at Engadget has run the new AMD powered Acer Aspire One 521 through its paces and it is almost everything we hoped it could be. The 1.7GHz AMD cpu and ATI Radeon HD 4225 gpu combination packs a punch that knocks out any comparable netbooks with Atom processors.
Here are the benchmark results when compared with some other standard netbooks:
A 1481 on 3DMark06 isn’t too shabby, even beating the HP Mini 311 with Nvidia Ion’s score of 1386. When it came to playing videos 720 and 1080 played fine on the netbook, even when output to a 40? tv through the hdmi out. Flash videos on youtube played flawlessly for the 720 but with the 1080 setting became jittery at times. Joanna also tried out World of Warcraft and managed 28fps.
Basically this netbook isn’t a gaming rig but handily beats everything else in the category, and multitasking and HD videos are no match for this machine. Here are the full specs:
11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display
AMD Athlon II Neo K125 single core processor
ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics
2GB of RAM (up to 3)
250GB hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium
10.1 inch display
AMD Athlon II Neo K125 1.7GHz single core processor
ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics
1GB of RAM (up to 2)
250GB hard drive
Windows 7 starter
At the moment this new Aspire One is the best 10? netbook you can get in my opinion, with a great combination of CPU and graphics capabilities.
The Acer Aspire One D255 is a rather special netbook because it comes with a dual core Intel Atom processor, with each core running at 1.5GHz boasting 512KB of L2 cache. Similar to other Atom processors, the N550 will also support hyperthreading, resulting in Windows reporting that you will have a quartet of CPUs underneath the hood – even if in reality you don’t. The hyperthreading capability of this processor ought to go some way in giving you a performance boost when you’re doing some processor-intensive tasks or multitasking, although a lot of it also depends on the way the software is written in order to take advantage of hyperthreading capability.
Looks like Acer has yet another Aspire One variant entering its lineup in the near future with a video on YouTube from Acer Germany giving it a brief showing.
This is the Aspire One 360 which is based on Intel’s Pine Trail. It looks to be much of a standard affair with nothing really jumping out (apart from the colour schemes, perhaps). It uses a 10.1-inch display (likely running at a resolution of 1024×600), Atom processor and multi-gesture touchpad.
Acer’s Aspire One 360 comes in Onyx Black, Think Pink, Moon Shadow and Cool Purple colours. Pricing and availability have not yet been mentioned.
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics with 384MB dedicated video memory
Memory: 2GB of DDR3 RAM
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Battery: 6 cell, 4400mah (up to 5.5 hours)
Dimensions (3 pounds, 1? thick)
With 384MB dedicated video memory provided by ATI, HD video is definitely no problem, even full-screen 1080p flash video (youtube, etc). The new AMD processor is actually from the new thin-and-light category so it’s much faster than the usual Atom processors we’re used to. It even has DDR3 ram !
The only week point for this netbook might be the battery life, even though it’s listed at up to 5.5 hours with full-screen HD video playing we’d be surprised to see anywhere close to 4.
The netbook is currently listed as out of stock but should start shipping shortly, and if you’re looking for something a little faster than your normal netbook with full HD video support you won’t be disappointed with the Aspire One 721 at $429 on Amazon.com with free shipping.
Details are coming out that AMD will be teaming up with Acer to release a AMD powered netbook ! with a dedicated graphics !
“To the internals. The AO521 is powered by an AMD V105 processor. This is the slowest single core “Geneva” processor of the “Nile” platform, clocked at 1.2GHz, with 512KB L2 cache, DDR3 support and 9W TDP. Performance and further details remain unknown until AMD announces it in May. It is paired with an AMD M880G chipset with integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics core and 384MB dedicated video memory. The 4225 is not announced yet either and probably has a few minor architectural improvements over the 4200, hence the increased model number, but is likely slower due to ~25% lower clock speed. It supports UVD2 and Acer didn’t forget to add an HDMI port.”