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

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

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

The Acer Aspire One series is one of the most popular lines of netbooks. Known both for their affordability and utility, the Aspire One netbooks are common choices for the average user as well as students and professionals. The Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 is a 10inch netbook that is powered by a Dual core Intel Atom N570 processor. It is coupled with a 1GB DDR3 RAM — which when combined with the processor is enough to handle most of the day to day computing tasks of an average user.

This netbook comes in different colors and this particular one is called Espresso Black. It has a beautiful fully black finish. It has matte black finish on the lid with the Aspire One logo printed on one side of it. The interiors sport normal plain plastic finish. The touchpad is set in to its own area on the palm rest and has a single click button made out of shiny, deep black plastic. The touchpad can take some time getting used to but it can get the job done. Plus it support multi-touch gestures, so navigating through websites, photos and document becomes that much easier. However, if you are looking for more precision and less cramping, it is better to invest in a USB mouse.

The keyboard has flat, island type keys that are slightly curved individually in order to guide your fingers to the center with each keystroke. Since this is a 10inch netbook, there isn’t much space for the keys to spread out. So they are very closely set and are not meant for long typing sessions. However, even though you won’t be writing your next novel on it will still be enough to send out emails and do social networking on the move. Many of the keys have multiple functions marked in blue. They are overall comfortable to type on and each key sets in without wobbling.

The netbook is not the slimmest on the market but does keep the profile around 1inch at maximum. It has its ports on the side, which include a VGA out, an RJ45 Ethernet port, two USB ports and even a card reader.

The display on the Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 is a 10.1inch LED backlit display with a native resolution of 1024 x 600 (WSVGA). Given the size of the screen, this is the perfect resolution to get things to done without having to squint every time.

It comes equipped with a 250GB SATA HDD, which is enough to carry around the things that you always want have with you when you are on the move. For most people, it would fit in their entire music collection, documents and some movies too.

On the connectivity front, it has WiFi-n (802.11b/g/n) but no Bluetooth. The 3-cell battery gives you a battery life of 4 hours.

The Acer Aspire One AOD257-13685 scores well on buyer reviews. The only complaints seem to be about the limited Windows 7 Starter Edition. It is a good package for the low price and that is what makes it a good buy.

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.