Product Type: Acer Netbook
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Great little media netbook
Acer Aspire ONE 522-C5Dkk
Member Name: GrayWizard
Acer Aspire ONE 522-C5Dkk
Advantages: Full HD 1080 playback
Disadvantages: Glossy plastics
There are many things good about Acer Aspire ONE 522, one of them being the AMD Fusion cpu. This little dual core part also incorporates a nifty Radeon HD 6250 graphics chip and helps it to be quite a media friendly netbook.
One of the things you notice with the Aspire One is the sleek design. It is however sadly glossy and quite prone to smudging and fingerprints. I wished Acer would use matte plastics like Asus. That aside, the netbook is quite a decent size and the ports for USB, HDMI and VGA as well as audio is nicely located on the sides. There is a bit of a problem with the vents where if you use the netbook on for a while, the underside gets quite warm - still its usable on the lap.
There is quite a decent (what I would say standard) 250GB hard drive and is capable of storing quite a fair bit - but I suspect you won't be using this for that. If however you do photography on the go and like blogging - the storage on this netbook may be sufficient.
The keypad is nice and responsive but I do not like the sound it makes and sometimes its a bit too sticky. On the plus, the trackpad is quite nice and responsive but quite easily smudged.
This is one of the few netbooks that probably could run a standard version of Windows 7 instead of Windows 7 starter that it is shipped with. The only thing preventing this is the 1GB standard RAM. Upgrade to 2GB or 4GB and it isn't a problem. I always insist running Linux on netbooks anyways.
The biggest plus factor for this netbook I would say is the graphics chip - the Radeon HD 6250 which allows full 1080p playback and that too flawlessly. There is no jump, stutter and the frame rate is very steady. It is also capable of outputing video to a larger display without any issues and is in fact one of the few netbooks able to display full HD video with such ease. It is however still lacking in the gaming side so don't expect to play the latest titles - it can handle some older generation games like Counter Strike.
The CPU performance is adequate but it is quite slower in terms of compression and other CPU intensive applicationss compared to an Intel n570 for example.
Acer Aspire ONE ships for around £199 price mark and if you wanted a netbook that lets you watch videos on the go at full HD quality then this is an ideal buy.
Summary: Videos on the go at full HD quality - an ideal buy.
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