With AMD Ontario APU, the Acer Aspire One 522 delivers much better overall performance than most Atom netbooks currently available on the market.
Its 6-cell battery provides 4 to 5.5 hours of battery life which is pretty average, but for $329.99, there's no doubt that it is one of the "best bang for your money" netbook.
Aspire One 522 Review Summary
The Acer Aspire One 522 measures 1.0 x 10.2 x 7.3 inches and weight 2.9 pounds. It has a glossy lid which attracts fingerprint, and with a big ‘Aspire One’ logo on it. The only color available now for this netbook is Diamond Black.
Keyboard and TouchPad
The keyboard is said to have a good layout but the keys are too flat and might take a little getting used to. Touchpad is nice and wide. Multitouch gestures can be easily executed.
Featuring the AMD Ontario C-50 APU, the overall performance of the Acer Aspire One 522 is much better than the typical Atom netbook. Here’s a comparison of benchmark score between the Ontario C-50 and the Atom processors. The C-50 delivers nearly the performance of the N550 dual core Atom in CPU tasks, while nearly doubled the power for N550 when it comes to graphic processing.
The overall performance will increase further when the system is upgraded to 2GB RAM, but unfortunately it’s not a simple process to do the upgrade. For demonstrations of how to access the ram slot, check out the “How To Update your Acer Aspire One 533 from 1GB to 2GB of RAM” video (video tab), which also applies to AO522.
The Acer Aspire One comes with a 6-cell (4400 mAh) battery which Acer claims to have up to 6 hours of battery life, but in real life experience, users reported that it can last for 4 to 5.5 hours depending on usage.
Aspire One 522 Customer Reviews
Aspire One 522 Specification
|Resolution||1024 x 600|
|CPU||1 GHz AMD Ontario C-50 Dual Core|
|RAM||1 GB DDR3|
|Graphic Card||ATI Radeon HD 6250|
|Battery||6-cell (4400 mAh)|
|Max Battery Life||6 hours|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Starter|