Acer Aspire One 522 review

A graphically capable and highly usable mini machine, plagued by a terrible battery

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Acer aspire one 522

Practically every netbook we see features a 10-inch display with a 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution, nothing too exciting but fine for the basic functions of browsing the web and indulging in some late-night spreadsheet action.

However, the Acer Aspire One 522 isn't content with WSVGA and features a 1280 x 720 WXGA screen instead. Your holiday snaps will look sharp and browsing content-heavy websites is a more pleasurable experience, because you can zoom out to get a full view without making text and pictures a blurry mess.

The display is bright and vibrant too, although the Super-TFT glossy coating is a pain if you take the Aspire One 522 outside. We found ourselves squinting through the glare to see what we were doing, especially during those rare moments when the sun actually emerged.

There's no optical drive, as with almost all netbooks, so you'll have to use an external USB drive if you plan on watching DVDs. The 250GB hard drive can also be used to store your media.

Networking is standard, with 802.11n Wi-Fi available for connecting to wireless networks, and a 10/100 Ethernet port for cabled connections. Three USB ports can be used to attach peripherals, and a 5-in-1 memory card reader provides great flexibility for quickly backing up your data and media.

This is also one of the few netbooks we've seen to feature an HDMI port. The standard VGA port is also available to hook up external monitors or televisions, but the HDMI port can be used to stream high definition content.

Usually netbooks struggle with anything beyond standard definition video, since they use basic integrated GPUs. However, the Aspire One 522 came with promises of much improved graphical performance over standard netbooks, thanks to the on-board AMD Radeon HD 6250 technology.

With that in mind, we ran our benchmark tests and waited for the results to flash upÖ


Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6250
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Product FamilyAspire One 522
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelC-50
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells3-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Standard Memory1 GB
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height25.7 mm
Width258.5 mm
Depth185 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series522
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAO522-C5Dgrgr
Product NameAspire One AO522-C5Dgrgr Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire One
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLU.SFH0D.041
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With its powerful AMD processor, the Aspire One 522 multitasks vigorously, even with visually-intense, high-definition applications. This ultra-mobile 10.1" is light and thin with a big keyboard for fast-paced, accurate data input while you're on the move. Strong connectivity features including optional 3G enable out of this world communication.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire One AO522-C5Dgrgr Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter