Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 Review

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 10.1-Inch Netbook (Espresso Black)

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 10.1-Inch Netbook (Espresso Black)

The Espresso Black Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 is a stylish, compact netbook that is perfect for the traveler or student on the go. With a 1.66Ghz Intel Atom N570 Dual processor (1MB L2 cache), 1Gb of DDR3 RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive, this netbook is capable of accommodating the portable computing needs of most consumers. Having built-in speakers, Wi-Fi capabilities, and a built-in 0.3 megapixel webcam, it is also perfect for on-the-go video chatting. Being only 1 inch thick and weighing in at only 2.65 pounds the Aspire One AOD257-13685 is considered to be ultra-thin and ultra-portable. The 10.1 inch Acer CrystalBrite display offers a 1024 x 600 resolution, while also conserving energy in compliance with EnergyStar standards. The following are the main pros and cons of the Aspire One AOD257-13685.

Pros

  • Upgraded Wi-Fi Connectivity – This netbook is part of a newer generation of electronics that can connect to Wireless-N networks, which have been shown to be up to five times faster than Wireless G and B networks. Of course, the Wi-Fi card included with the Aspire One AOD257-13685 is also backwards compatible with older wireless networks.
  • Multi-Gesture Touchpad Control – The exceptionally spacious multi-gesture touchpad gives users convenient, comfortable, and extensive control over all navigational actions.
  • 3 USB ports – While many netbooks only have two USB ports, the Aspire One AOD257-13685 boasts three USB 2.0 ports, giving you the ability to connect multiple plug-and-play USB devices simultaneously.
  • Multi-Card Reader – With a multi-in-one card reader that is compatible with various SD formats, users can quickly and easily transfer files and media from digital cameras, laptops, and other SD-compatible devices.
  • Microsoft Office Starter 2010 – The operating system comes preloaded with a copy of Microsoft Office Starter 2010, giving users the ability to create high-quality documents and spreadsheets right out of the box.

Cons

  • 3-Cell Battery – Rather than carrying a 6-cell or 8-cell battery, the Aspire One AOD257-13685 ships with a 3-cell Lithium Ion battery that can only carry a charge for up to 4 hours. So if you’ll be without a power outlet for more than 4 hours, you may need to bring an extra battery.
  • 1GB of RAM – Although a single gigabyte of RAM is usually enough to facilitate the operation of consumer software, enjoyable media playback, and browser multitasking, some users are disappointed with the fact that the Aspire One AOD257-13685 does not carry 2GB of RAM like many other Acer netbooks. Some have also complained that it is slightly difficult to upgrade RAM because of the location of the memory chip.

Conclusion

Despite having a relatively short battery life, a basic operating system (Windows 7 Starter), and only 1GB of RAM, at the price of about $270 the Aspire One AOD257-13685 is still a formidable competitor in the world of netbooks. It should be noted that the outside of the netbook is Black, while parts of the interior are Espresso. If you have a different color preference, Acer sells three similar netbooks in Silver, Red, and Blue.