Reviews and Problems with Acer Aspire One 521-series
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Powerful and Portable
4 December 2011
Summary: I bought this netbook after thorough research and decided the more powerful AMD Athlon II Neo and the beefier ATI Radeon HD 4225 with 384 mb dedicated ram more than make up for the lackluster battery life (a mere 5.5hr vs 8 or 9). After receiving my netbook, I went to work setting it up. I ditched the bloated Windows 7 Starter for a more usable Windows 7 Pro. I also bumped the ram from 1GB to 2GB (The Crucial 2GB DDR3 1066 works great) to give it added potential.
Summary: At first I was a little shy about buying a netbook. I mean...is it going to satisfy me as my as my ASUS G350 Gaming laptop? Obviously its not. But since im a premed student i dont have time like i used to for gaming, and am not a fan of programing such as Flash MX. I have been multitasking with couple of word documents, excel sheets, many videos, and that much more sites up all at once, with simple visual programs such as Rasmol on at the side; and there wasnt a problem...
Summary: All of the above reviews are correct except the SOUND. I really love this net book. Iv hand build dozens of PC and even barebone laptops. You can take this Netbook to the bank. But am I missing somthing? The sound is very week. LITERALY unusable except maybe in extremly quiet environments. What am i doing wrong? Iv tried everything and all the settings.
Summary: I had an Acer Aspire One AOA-150 which was one of their first ones with XP and an 8.9 inch screen and I paid 399 for it. It was good for web and e-mailing, but web browsing could be a pain, and the touch pad was really bad with the way the buttons were laid out. It could barely play an HD video in 720p... it lived up to netbook and did nothing more. I noticed that there was a sale on another ACER model that had an AMD processor and a "discrete" ATi video card.
Amidst the netbook market, this one is certainly a gem!
Suong Nguyen, Amazon
8 December 2010
Summary: This computer outshines the other netbooks particularly because of the 384 MB dedicated ATI Radeon graphics card. Its battery life is about 4 hours average and 5 hours..ish if you run on low light display and wi-fi off. The vent holes run warm but not hot. The design is simple and sleak and the keyboard is easy to use for big finger people. If you buy this netbook... you are making the right decision.
Summary: I chose this machine after a lot of research. It simply cannot be beat for the money in my opinion. It runs circles around any Atom powered netbook, including the new dual-core atoms. The AMD 1.7 ghz processor gets a 3.4 windows experience score compared with 2.9-3.1 for dual core Atoms and a 2.3 for every other Atom netbook. It plays HD video without skipping a beat and is noticeably snappier in everyday use than any other netbook I've used.
Summary: The Acer Aspire AO521-3530 performs video graphic applications solidly, lacking in the Intel atom cpu based netbooks. The compatibility of all the features function very well with other operating systems and applications. It has been in use for about one month so far at school, work, home, and in-transit; thus so far fares well in battery life and build quality.
Summary: This is a great little laptop at a reasonable price! It was delivered quickly in about a week from Amazon. It is the only netbook that I know of that has the HDMI out port which is essential for hooking your computer up to your big screen HDTV. - You can stream movies and video from your computer to your TV - without that annoying "buffering" and hesitation that has been a problem with most computers. Your videos play in "real time" with great sharpness and clarity.
Summary: I have had this netbook for about 3 months now. I am a little unclear as too whether it is a single or a duel core processor. Acer says duel, other reviews say single. Don't really care though. The AO-521 out performs any other netbook of the Atom based machines. I needed a netbook as I have a HUGE 20 inch quad core laptop (read leg numbingly heavy). I tried out everything I could find. The Atom machines were utterly disappointing.
Summary: I got this Acer Inspire One 521 with the idea of giving up some battery life for better graphics and CPU. Most other Netbooks have the Atom CPU and low end graphics. This unit come with AMD CPU and ATI Grapics.It'll give you 4-5 hrs instead of 9-10.I don't think I really need all those hours anyway. A HDMI slot to easily hook up to your HDTV. Its very light and I just bought a sleeve for it. It doesn't get hot and I will make great use of it.