Acer Aspire One 533 review

A well-built netbook with few flaws, but also few standout features

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Our Verdict

A small upgrade over the Aspire One 532, but a worth netbook nevertheless.

Product features

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

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  • Light and portable
  • Well built
  • Sleek design
  • Strong keyboard
  • Sharp, colourful screen


  • Bulky battery
  • Typically limited performance
  • Battery life bettered by others
  • Few features
  • Not much of an evolution

Since Asus unleashed its first Eee PC three years ago, almost every laptop manufacturer on the globe has come out with its own brand of netbook. However, while it's great to have a huge selection, many netbooks are difficult to differentiate from each other as they use near identical components.

The main factors to consider are therefore battery life, build quality and usability, as well as the quality of the display.

Acer was one of the first competitors to release its own netbook range, the Acer Aspire One series. The Acer Aspire One 532 was the most recent entry, and while it impressed with a decent build and strong display, it was beaten for features and battery life by the likes of the MSI Wind U160 and Packard Bell Dot S2.

The Acer Aspire One 532 has just been updated, and the result is the Acer Aspire One 533. Quite a lot of the Aspire One 533 is borrowed from the 532, with a couple of additions or tweaks that build on a solid and likeable foundation.

One of the main draws of netbooks is their compact size and featherlight weight, which makes them perfect to slip into a bag or rucksack and take on a trip. Combined with the low cost, this makes them great secondary or backup machines.

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The Acer Aspire One 533 is certainly light at just 1.2kg, while the chassis is small enough to fit into almost any bag – even oversized handbags. It's a little chunky for a netbook thanks to the battery, which juts out at the rear, but a thickness of 37mm isn't going to make much of an impact during transport.

Acer has a reputation built on quality, with its Aspire range of laptops and Aspire One series of netbooks proving solid and dependable. The Aspire One 533 is no exception, featuring a firm chassis that can withstand a few bumps on the road.

The glossy lid is just as rigid to protect the display. It's attached by two solid hinges that enable the screen to be tilted almost horizontally, for a comfortable viewing angle.

Acer aspire one 533

Although the Aspire One 533's glossy surface is attractive, it does pick up smudges ridiculously easy. Keep a cleaning cloth handy if you're fussy about dust and fingerprints.

The Aspire One 533's excellent build quality means usability is also impressive. A reasonably responsive touchpad is integrated into the palm rest and given a textured finish to differentiate it, which works well.

A separate scroll bar to the right enables quick and simple scrolling through web pages and documents, while gesture support means you can zoom and rotate when viewing photographs and other documents.

Unfortunately the Acer Aspire One 533's pad is rather confined, a common problem related to the compact nature of netbooks.

Netbooks also often suffer from cramped keyboards, but the Aspire One 533's keyboard stretches the full width of the chassis to maximise the space on offer. It's a firm board, although travel is limited.

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The Aspire One 533's keys are mostly well-sized and logically laid out. The only casualties of the reduced space are the left-hand keys such as the shift and tab, which are quite narrow, and the arrow keys which are packed into the bottom right corner.

Acer's usual flat design is in place, with no key definition at all, but this proves surprisingly good for touch typing. We can type almost as fast on this as any full-sized laptop keyboard, helped by that bulky battery which tilts the board at a comfortable angle.


Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 3150
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire One 533
Processor ModelN455
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
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
Weight (Approximate)1.25 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 Express
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 64 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height27.2 mm
Width258.5 mm
Depth187.2 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series533
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product Model533-13Drr
Product NameAspire One 533-13Drr Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire One
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberLU.SC20D.014
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The 10.1" Aspire One 533 helps you to engage in online activities easier and longer with optional 3G and an amazing 10-hour battery life. What's more, the 1" thin, 1 kg light Aspire One 533 is a pleasure to take on international travels, thanks to the Acer MiniGo adapter, which is extra-small, light, and features interchangeable converters.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire One 533-13Drr Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year