Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 Review

Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639

Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639

The Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 is a compact, yet durable laptop that has a 10.1” WSVGA LED backlit CrystalBrite display, a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, a 250 GB hard drive (SATA 5400 RPM), 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, and weighs just 2.43 pounds. With three USB 2.0 ports, VGA video output, and a 2-in-1 card reader (compatible with SD and MMC card formats) you can easily download and upload files to various types of external storage devices or output the image on your screen to an external display instantly. This laptop is also Energy Star certified, primarily due to the energy-efficient Intel Atom processor.

Pros

  • Intel Graphics Accelerator – the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 Video Processor is compatible with Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and delivers crisp, vibrant colors and images every time.
  • Excellent Web Cam – unlike many other 10-inch laptops that usually have a 0.3 megapixel WebCam, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 has an integrated 1.3 megapixel WebCam that is capable of capturing images in 1280×1024 resolution.
  • Wireless-N – while most laptops are currently equipped with Wireless-G technology, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 has a built-in 802.11b/g/n WLAN adapter that is capable of communicating with Wireless-N networks, which are quickly becoming standard. Wireless-N networks provide twice as much range and 5 times better performance than 802.11g networks.
  • Powerful Touchpad and Spacious Keyboard – with the multi-gesture touchpad and 84-key FineTip keyboard you can utilize circular motion and pinch action mouse functionality, while also being able to type more conveniently due to the larger keyboard that is approximately 93% the size of a standard-sized keyboard.
  • Includes Microsoft Office – this laptop is preloaded with Microsoft Office Starter 2010, which includes basic functionality for Excel and Word. It is also very easy to upgrade to the full Microsoft Office Suite within the Windows interface.

Cons

  • Battery life – unfortunately, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 has a three-cell battery that only offers up to four hours of battery life. While this is longer than the battery life of many larger, heavy-duty laptops that have a battery life of one to three hours, many competitors in its price and size range are capable of holding a charge for up to eight hours.
  • Basic Operating System – although the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter operating system is standard in most 10-inch laptops, some users have complained that it is incapable of handling high performance software applications. Nonetheless, Windows 7 Starter is typically sufficient for the average computer user.
  • Can’t Upgrade RAM without Voiding Warranty – while it is possible to increase the RAM to 2 GB, you cannot do so without voiding the manufacturers warranty.

Conclusion

Despite its relatively low RAM, basic operating system, and short battery life, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 is still a competitive value in the $350-$400 price range. Nonetheless, users that foresee the need for extended portability or intensive computing capabilities might want to consider a more powerful laptop with a longer battery life.

1 comment to Acer Aspire One AOD255E-13639 Review

  • Alex

    The AOD255E-13639 is one of the cheapest computers available. List price is typically about $250 but I got one for under $200. It’s a decent value for the price, but make no mistake about this being a CHEAP computer, with the usual problems that you would expect from a low-cost device. The speed is about what you’d expect from an Intel Atom CPU, and the display is only 1024×600. Battery lasts about 2 hours. Keyboard is fine, but the touchpad isn’t great. It’s a typical cheap touchpad moulded into the case and it’s easy for your finger to slip off the edge. The supposed multi-touch support doesn’t actually work. The wifi is slow and sometimes doesn’t connect. The signal is weak and never gets more than about 150K/sec. Webcam is fine. The CPU does support a 64-bit OS, and Ubuntu runs fine if you’re not satisfied with Windows 7 Starter. Overall it’s a decent buy if you want a “throwaway” laptop and don’t mind using an external USB wifi adapter.

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