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Acer Aspire One 522 review

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

Performance

Acer aspire one 522

We were highly impressed by the graphical tests, which showed that the Aspire One 522's integrated GPU is around seven times more powerful than the typical netbook GPU. Basically, we found we could edit photos and even play HD movies with very little stuttering.

Of course, you won't be able to play any games more complex than Plants Vs Zombies, and video editing is a write-off.

And unfortunately the AMD C-50 processor proved no more powerful than the latest Intel Atom CPUs, so multi-tasking is out unless you like your programs to regularly stop responding.

The Aspire One 522 is definitely a secondary or backup machine, to be used for checking emails and working on simple office applications.

One of the key things we look for in netbooks is a lengthy battery life, since these machines are supposed to be highly portable. Unfortunately, we found that the Aspire One 522 died after just 204 minutes of use, and that's with the display on half brightness.

This is one of the worst results we've seen for quite some time. You'll definitely need to pack the charger on almost every trip, to avoid the cold terror of your portable shutting down in the middle of an important email. Anyone demanding longevity should look to the likes of the Packard Bell Dot SE , which manages nearly nine hours of life away from the mains.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6250
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
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 Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
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