Reviews and Problems with Acer Aspire One 522-series
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Acer Aspire One 522 Netbook Review
7 July 2011
Excerpt: Today, we have Acer’s new Aspire One based on the AMD Fusion platform - the Aspire One 522. This 10.1-inch budget series netbook is targeted towards anyone looking for a trendy and compact netbook under 20K. The recently reviewed Asus 1015PX also falls in the same category so let’s see how well the Acer 522 fares against it. Design and Build QualityI quite like Acer’s minimalistic design of the 522, it gives the appearance of a slim netbook without any extra fluff.
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire One 522 leaves us with mixed feelings. The familiar case, the input devices and the amount of interfaces, including HDMI and a multi cardreader are convincing. The sparse scope of delivery and warranty of only 12 months ex-factory are the first points of complaint. The HD display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels bids advantages since more content can be displayed. The glossy surfaces and average rates dim the fun.
Pros: Design and workmanship, Acceptable interface supply, Room sparing, light adapter, HD display resolution, Smooth HD rendering, Good battery life, The still elegant, albeit susceptible, case, the new AMD C-50 APU and the display's native resolution of 1280x720 pixels.
Cons: Small scope of delivery, Difficult extendability, Display surface and measurements, Moderate office performance, Permanently active fan
Summary: Overall, the Aspire One 522-BZ892 seems perfect for no-frills netbook use - the type of portable you can easily toss into a handbag or backpack and pull out to browse the web, watch videos or make video calls. Its great battery life and modest price tag are huge assets, and if you like your netbooks small (and don't plan on doing huge amounts of typing or number crunching), the Aspire One 52-BZ892 is well worth a look.
Summary: The Acer Aspire One 522 is one of the most impressive netbooks I’ve tested to date. While it doesn’t receive top honors in the battery life department, it does get a respectable 5 hours of run time, and you might be able to prolong that by picking up a spare battery or even a third party extended battery. Replacing the hard drive with an SSD probably wouldn’t hurt either.
Summary: I'll just come out and say it: the Aspire One 522 is the best netbook we've ever tested. The Ontario APU offers application performance that's competitive with a dual-core Atom alongside an integrated Radeon GPU that provides real graphics horsepower. This low-power tandem delivers more than 6.5 hours of battery life in the real world and is powerful enough to enable smooth HD video playback—Flash included.
Excerpt: Let’s not try and deny it: the netbook market is painstakingly boring. At the start, it had some imagination. Expensive Windows licenses were pushed aside for custom Linux distributions which were great to try out, but of course Microsoft came along eventually and killed off the resurgence of the Tux yet again.
Excerpt: Although tablets are fast overtaking netbooks in terms of popularity, especially with the recent release of Apple's hallowed iPad 2 , the humble netbook still has a lot to offer the average consumer. For one, the presence of a physical keyboard makes it infinitely superior for typing out lengthy emails and that half-finished novel.
Pros: Excellent integrated graphics, Sharp, bright screen, Slender and light chassis, Strong usability, HDMI port
Cons: Terrible battery, Lime green might not suit all tastes, Typical limited netbook performance, Reflective display
Summary: The Acer Aspire One 522 is a decent netbook that offers good looks and a great display. It's a shame it's not powerful enough to play hi-def video, though, and its battery life isn't very impressive.
Pros: Lightweight and slim, Great display
Cons: Average performance, Disappointing battery life