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Acer Aspire One 522 review

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

Verdict

Acer aspire one 522

The Acer Aspire One 522 promised to be a netbook with a different slant, using one of AMD's latest processors instead of the usual Intel Atom CPU. We were curious to see how it fared in our benchmarking tests, and how it handled in general.

We liked

The slender chassis is light and highly portable, and while the lime green design might remind some users of unhealthy bodily secretions, we actually quite liked it.

Usability is strong, with a well-sized keyboard and responsive multi-touch touchpad in place. We also enjoyed working on the Aspire One 522's bright and sharp 10-inch screen.

Graphical performance is a leap beyond most netbooks, and the HDMI port can be used to output high definition video to an external display.

We disliked

Unfortunately, the AMD processor is no better than Intel's cheerful Atom CPU, proving fit for the most basic office applications and browsing the web. Not too surprising, but perhaps a little disappointing given the Aspire One 522's graphical performance.

A far more serious crime is the Aspire One 522's terrible battery life, which is the worst of recent memory for a netbook. Three and a half hours is barely enough to cover our daily commute, let alone a lengthy trip.

The glossy screen coating is also a pain when using the Aspire One 522 outdoors.

Verdict

If it wasn't for the terrible battery life, the Acer Aspire One 522 would be a commendable entry in the netbook market. If you can live with that then we'd recommend it as a well-built, highly usable machine, but there's better to be had.

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