Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black) Review

Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black)

Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black)

The Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 comes from a long line of cost-effective netbooks that perfectly compliment your everyday computing needs. It is a 11-inch netbook that has the perfect compromise between being portable and still large enough to comfortably work on. It is perfect for office and educational use. Its low-power AMD C-Series C-50 dual core 1.0GHz processor with 1MB L2 Cache per core provides enough processing speed to run office programs along with multi-tabbed browsing. It has 2GB of single-channel DDR3 RAM standard across the line, ensuring better multi-tasking performance.

It has an 11.6” display that comes with the Acer CineCrystal branding, indicating good image quality and brightness. The BZ454 also comes with the ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics that has 256MB of dedicated memory. This is enough graphics power to run some basic 3D games at a decent FPS rate. This also enables the netbook to run HD videos on the go. This makes the netbook double up as a portable entertainment solution. With an HDMI out port built in, this netbook can also become computer based home entertainment system for you. You can stream online videos, local media files and more through the HDMI connection over to your HDTV or HD Projector via an HDMI cable or HD over wireless like WHDI.

Features And Specifications: -

  • AMD C-Series Processor C-50(1.0GHz, 1MB L2 cache)
  • 11.6” HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit Display
  • Windows® 7 Home Premium
  • 2GB DDR3 Single-Channel Memory
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 6250 Graphicswith 256MB of dedicated system memory
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
  • Multi-in-One Digital Media Card Reader
  • Built-in 0.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Full-Size Acer FineTip Keyboard
  • Multi-Gesture Touchpadsupporting circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom and page flip
  • 3- USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1- HDMI™ Port with HDCP Support
  • 6-cell Li-ion Batteryup to 7-hours battery life
  • 3.21 lbs. | 1.46kg (system unit only)
  • Color: Espresso Black Comes with Black Cover and Espresso Palmrest

The BZ454 comes with a 250GB SATA HDD @5400RPM, which is ample space for all the documents, applications, music, photos and movies that you need to carry around with you. It might not be enough for those who have a lot of large files to store like movie buffs or photographers but there are external storage solutions that you can also carry around with you.

The Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 has minimal styling and fully black finish with a light Acer branding on the lid. The interiors are simple plastic and the bottom has a rubbery coating that ensures a good grip on all surfaces. It has side firing heat vents, which makes it comfortable to place the netbook on your lap while working. The palm rests are of a comfortable size and the touchpad and the click button are clearly differentiated from the rest of the body. The touchpad is a tad bit too sensitive for some people and it can be adjusted from the system settings. It has a multi-touch gesture support for circular scrolling, pinch-zooming, etc.

The keyboard has nice, full sized Chiclet keys that are very closely set to utilize all the available space above the palm rests. Typing is quite comfortable and there are several combination keys to remember in the layout.

The 6-cell battery boasts of 7 hours battery life, which should be between 5-6 hours in real life scenarios. The BZ454 is a lightweight netbook that weight around 3 lbs. and is about 1” thin. It has high speed WiFi (Wireless-N), 3 USB 2.0 ports and also a muti-in-one card reader.

Buyer reviews for the Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 are overall very positive with some complaints about the glossy screen cover attracting too many fingerprints and touchpad being small. Buyers highlighted the processing speed and many reported getting 7 hours of battery life on “power saver” mode.

2 comments to Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6-Inch HD Netbook (Espresso Black) Review

  • JJ

    I was just going to buy the Acer Aspire One AO722-C52kk to replace my old aspire one but now i don’t know if i will still be able to download and stream movies using the HDMI port because i don’t understand whaf “hdcp support” really means. And movies is one of the main four things i use my netbook for. Does it mean they have put a spy thingy in so i cant watch ALL these movies that i have on my tv? I buy some and some i don’t. About 60/40. I’m sorry if my question is dumb but i wanted to get it right away.

  • Paul

    HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, a copy protection scheme to eliminate the possibility of intercepting digital data midstream between the source to the display. The format designed by Intel and licensed by Digital Content Protection, LLC using an authentication and key exchange procedure before video and audio is presented. Products compatible with the HDCP scheme such as DVD players, satellite and cable HDTV set-top-boxes, as well as few entertainment PCs requires a secure connection to a compliant display, the process often described as the handshake. Due to the increase in manufacturers employing HDCP in their equipment, it is highly recommended that any HDTV you purchase is compatible. Although most video devices support high-definition video over component output, analog connections are scheduled to phase out in the future or possibly forced to limited resolutions output.

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