Acer Aspire One 533 review

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

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Almost every netbook we've seen is powered by an Intel Atom processor, and the Aspire One 533 again sticks to tradition in this respect. An Atom N455 processor provides the juice, notable for its support of speedy DDR3 memory that is found in most modern laptops.

Although 1024MB of DDR3 memory is present, we noticed very little improvement over the Aspire One 532. There's enough power for basic tasks such as browsing the web and fiddling with your spreadsheets, but don't expect to get any more out of the Aspire One 533.

Only basic integrated graphics are available, which uses the main system memory due to a lack of on-board video memory. Multimedia ability is highly limited, as with all netbooks, and even playing HD video will cause the Aspire One 533 to stutter and grind.

Gaming is also out for all but the most basic of titles. Games that are a few years old run fine, as do simple web-based games, but running anything more complex than Peggle will make the Aspire One 533 hate you.

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The combination of low-powered processor and substantial battery unsurprisingly aids the Aspire One 533's longevity. On a single charge we managed 480 minutes of productivity away from the mains, enough for a full day's work on the move.

However, while this is over two hours longer than the Acer Aspire One 532's battery life, it is bettered by several netbooks already on the market. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T has a similarly bulky battery and survives for over ten hours, while the Samsung N220 lasts 575 minutes on one charge.


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