Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Netbook (Black) Review

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Netbook (Black)

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Netbook (Black)

The Acer Aspire One series is an affordable line of netbooks that was one of the first ones in the market. Powered by an AMD C series dual core C-50 processor with a clock speed of 1.0GHz and 1MB L2 cache per core, the Aspire One 722-BLZ197 is a good netbook for handling all our daily computing requirements. It comes with a healthy amount of RAM (2GB DDR3) and a storage capacity of 250GB (SATA HDD @5400RPM).

An onboard AMD Radeon HD 6250 chip that has a dedicated 256MB graphics memory handles graphics on the BLZ197. This accounts for some low-end gaming action, just enough to please casual gamers. The graphics chip also ensures that the netbook is able to handle high quality video playback.

The 11.6” display of the BLZ197 is perfect for watching movies and videos on the go. The screen has a native resolution of 1366×768 and is branded with the Acer CineCrystal mark. The resolution is high enough to watch videos at a wide 720 HD resolution.

Specifications

  • AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 (1MB x 2 L2 cache, 1.0GHz)
  • 2GB (2) DDR3 SDRAM
  • 250GB4 SATA hard drive, 5400RPM; multi-in-one card reader
  • Integrated ATI Radeon HD 6250 (256MB dedicated memory)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

The interiors of the laptop has a plain plastic finish with the system status LED’s on the of the left hand palm rest. The bottom has a rubbery finish for better grip on any surface. It has a Chiclet style keyboard with well-built individual keys. The key layout wastes no space and hence many of the keys have a combination of functions that can be accessed through the modifier keys. This however also ensures that every key is nice and large, especially the enter key, which makes for more comfortable typing. The touchpad is recessed in to its own area and has a single click button. It also has a dedicated area for scrolling vertical scrolling on the touchpad.

The Aspire One 722-BLZ197 comes with built in webcam and a multi-in-one card reader. It comes pre-installed with a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium, which is a perfect OS for most students and the average computer user. The 250GB storage is good enough for carrying around a large bank of documents, photos and media files. Since the netbook can handle HD movies, you can carry a few around on your netbook without facing space crunch.

It also comes with Microsoft Office Starter 2010, which most users would want to upgrade to a full version. Customer reviews on sites like Amazon suggest that most people upgrade to a full Office version on purchase or remove Office entirely because they don’t need it.

Buyers like the 11.6” size, which is a perfect compromise between portability and keyboard space for working on the netbook. For the price point, most users like the processing speed and graphics power that they are getting with the Aspire One 722-BLZ197. The touchpad is over-sensitive for some people but this can be easily adjusted from the system settings. It needs an external CD/DVD drive to read optical media but most people end up carrying their data on a flash drive or external HDD and don’t miss the optical drive.

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