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.

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 Review

Acer Aspire One 722-NZ197 Netbook

Acer Aspire One 722-NZ197 Netbook

The Aspire One 722-BZ197 is a compact, yet powerful netbook with a 250 GB hard drive, and a 1.0Ghz AMD C-50 dual-core processor. Being only an inch thick, with an integrated WebCam, a 6-cell lithium ion battery with a run time of up to seven hours, and a built-in Wi-Fi card that is compatible with Wireless G/B/N networks, this netbook is the epitome of portable. With a multi-card reader and three Hi-Speed USB ports, you can easily transfer files to and from all of your digital devices (i.e. – cameras and smart phones). The following are the summarized pros and cons of the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197:

Pros

  • Premium Operating System – while most other netbooks come with a preinstalled copy of Windows 7 Starter, the Aspire One 722-BZ197 is preloaded with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium.
  • 11 Inch High Definition Display – unlike many netbooks that have a 10 inch display, this one has an 11.6 inch CineCrystal high definition display that is capable of 1366 x 768 resolution. The display supports over 16.7 million colors, and is illuminated by an LED backlight for a vibrant viewing experience in all lighting conditions.
  • Advanced Netbook Graphics – the integrated ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics card gives you the ability to enjoy a more immersive experience when playing games or watching high definition movies on your netbook.
  • 2 GB of RAM – 2 GB of DDR3 RAM are preinstalled to accommodate the more extensive computing needs of the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, providing ideal performance. This is a stark contrast in comparison to many other netbooks that only offer 1 GB of RAM with Windows 7 Starter.
  • Five-in-One Card Reader – the five-in-one multi card reader supports five flash memory card formats: Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card, MultiMedia Card, and SD Memory Card.

Cons

  • Slower Processor – despite having more RAM than conventional netbooks in its price range, the Aspire One 722-BZ197 has a processor with a clock speed of only 1 GHz, which is significantly slower than the 1.4-2.0 GHz processors that are seen in some netbooks.
  • Slightly Heavy – although it only weighs 3.2 pounds, anything over 3 pounds in the world of netbooks is considered to be slightly heavy.

Conclusion

In the $250-$300 price range the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ197 netbook is definitely a good value. The premium operating system offers a number of features not found in other netbooks within its price range, and the extra gigabyte of RAM helps to keep things running smoothly. Although this netbook may be close to a half a pound heavier than similar competitors, the small bit of extra weight may add durability. Considering the fact that most other netbooks within the under $300 range are only capable of 32-bit computing, the fact that this netbook can handle a 64-bit operating system makes it a great value for its cost.