Acer Aspire One 532 review

Acer upgardes the Aspire One series with a new Atom CPU with integrated memory and graphics controllers

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Our Verdict

This machine will not set the world alight but it is an affordable netbook that doesn't pretend to be anything too clever. If all you need to do is surf the web and read some documents then this will suit you fine

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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  • Battery life
  • Improved performance


  • Very reflective screen
  • Sensitive touchpad

Acer's Aspire One range helped launch the netbook market a couple of years ago and, ever since, it has been adding to and refining its brand. The Aspire One 532 is the latest addition and also one of the first netbooks to feature Intel's latest Atom processor, the N450.

The Intel Atom N450 is different to its predecessors because it features both the graphics and memory controllers on a single chip. This is intended to increase battery life as well as processing and graphical performance.

By and large, we found this to be the case and this netbook performed a little faster than a machine powered by chips from previous Atom generations.

Improved battery life

Battery life was significantly enhanced, however, and the 344-minute run-time provides 165 minutes more power than its predecessor, the Aspire One 531.

Graphical performance isn't markedly better than machines powered by older Atom processors, but you can still view photos and films without issue. The 10.1- inch screen features a 1024 x 600-pixel resolution which is bright, crisp and clear; but a shiny Super-TFT screen coating has been implemented and is very reflective in bright light.

The attractive chassis is well put together and will provide good durability on the road, although the shiny surfaces attract fingerprints quickly. Acer's unique raised-key keyboard design is in place and is comfortable to use.

We have an issue with the multi-gesture touchpad though. It is extremely easy to brush when typing, which moves the cursor to a random location on the page, which can get extremely annoying.

The 344-minute battery life will keep you productive for over five hours and the small form factor and light weight of 1.2kg make it easy to slip into a bag and forget about.

802.11n Wi-Fi rounds off the specification and helps make the Aspire One 532 recommendable.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire One 532h
Processor ModelN450
Operating SystemWindows XP Home
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height33.1 mm
Width259.4 mm
Depth206.4 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Series532h
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAO532h-2Br
Product NameAspire One AO532h-2Br Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire One
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberLU.SAQ0B.107
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Big things do come in small packages. The 10.1" Aspire One 532h features the next generation processor for netbooks, built in wireless, a high-definition display and more all packed in a compact chassis that's not even one inch high and weighs under 3 lb. What's more, you'll get up to 10 hours of battery life with the six cell, 5600mAh battery (available on select models).

Maximum Memory1 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire One AO532h-2Br Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter