Acer Aspire One Review
This version of the Acer Aspire One includes a relatively large 11.6-inch screen, a fast CPU, and a full version of Windows 7, all for a budget price. Reviewers say it runs well, though its keyboard performance could be better. Still, it's an excellent deal.
The Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 breaks the mold of most netbooks by offering a larger screen, 2GB of RAM, and the Windows Home Premium operating system rather than Windows 7 Starter. Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 reviews enthuse about this supersized netbook. Its 11.6-inch screen plays high-definition 720p video quite well, according to an Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 review on About.com, and the system's overall performance is solid, thanks to the extra memory and an AMD Fusion C-50 CPU, which is on par with an Intel Atom dual-core CPU. One criticism of this model concerns the keyboard; an Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 review by Laptop Mag complains that it doesn't have very good tactile feedback and \there's considerable springiness in the keyboard when typing. Despite these shortcomings, however, expert Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 reviews conclude this netbook has a lot to offer, especially with its under-$300 price tag.
To keep the price low, the Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 forgoes the more powerful E Series CPU from AMD in favor of the Fusion C-50. Still, reviewers say this CPU has plenty of punch. Unlike most sub-$300 netbooks, the Aspire One runs Windows Home Premium, which gives users the ability to switch among different user accounts without logging off, change background colors and sounds, and stream music, video, and TV. It also stands out for its 2GB of RAM, compared to the 1GM more typically found in budget netbooks. The Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 also boasts a 1366 x 768 resolution, which bests most netbooks in its class, as does its 11.6-inch display. The rest of the Aspire One's features are pretty typical of netbooks: a 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support, three USB 2.0 ports, and six-cell battery.
If 10.1-inch netbooks are a little too small for you, the Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 is an excellent alternative. This netbook wins a top spot on our list partly because it includes Windows Home rather than Windows Starter, and its overall performance is solid thanks to a little extra memory and a fast AMD CPU. The keyboard may not be perfect, but in this case, that's not a deal breaker.