Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 10.1-Inch Netbook (Aquamarine) Review

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 10.1-Inch Netbook

Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 10.1-Inch Netbook

The Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 is a good-looking netbook that features a slim profile and updated features. It is powered by an Intel Atom Dual-core N570 processor along with a 1GB DDR3 RAM. This enables you to perform more processor intensive multi-tasking and use more sophisticated applications on your netbook.

However, the slim profile and advanced processor does take its toll on the battery. Hence, if you are just looking for a small netbook that gives you better processing power and not something that has a long battery life, you can use this. This is perfect for those who have the opportunity to plug in their netbook at least once throughout the day for a full charge. This includes students, office goers and many others. You will often be able to hook up your netbook at a café.

Features & Specifications: -

  • Intel® Atom™ Processor Dual-Core N570(1.66GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB)
  • 10.1” WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ LED-backlit Display
  • Windows® 7 Starter
  • Microsoft® Office Starter 2010
  • 1GB DDR3 Memory
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • Multi-in-One Digital Media Card Reader
  • Built-in 0.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Two Built-in Speakers
  • Multi-Gesture Touchpad
  • 3- USB 2.0 Ports
  • 3-cell Li-ion Batteryup to 4-hour battery life
  • 2.65 lbs. | 1.2kg (system unit only)
  • Color: Aquamarine

The AOD257 comes with a 10.1inch display with a native resolution of 1024 by 768, which is standard for this screen size. An onboard Intel GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) 3150 chip handles graphics and video. This is enough to playback standard definition videos both from local sources (HDD, USB drive and multimedia cards) and online sources like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Vimeo.

The processor is powerful enough for you to play music, surf the net and work on a presentation all the same time. However, if you use heavy graphics and lots of animation and videos in that presentation, it might slow down. It is perfect for most students and office goers alike, who just need to work on their documents and spreadsheets and gather data and images from the Internet. Its slim and light profile also comes in handy in these use case scenarios.

The Acer Aspire One AOD257-13652 has a full plastic body with a shimmering aquamarine finish on the lid and the upper portion of the body. The bottom is plain black plastic with heat vents firing sideways. The colored portions have a shimmering finish and the lid has an Acer Aspire One brand imprint. The bezel is of average thickness and houses the integrated 0.3MP webcam.

The keyboard has chiclet style keys that occupy all the space there is, making the individual keys are bigger. The touchpad support multi-touch gestures for scrolling and zooming, which speeds up the daily workflows for most users. It is fairly responsive and comes with a single bar style click button. It has a dedicated area for scrolling on one side of the touchpad. The LED indicators are on the left palm rest edge.

On the networking side, it comes with Wireless-N support along B/G compatibility (802.11b/g/n). There’s a 10/100 Ethernet port and a multi-in-on card reader as well. It has 3 USB ports (2+1), 1 VGA port (good for presentations) and the usual headphone and microphone ports.

Buyer reviews show general appreciation for the keyboard, the good looks, the faster processor and the DDR3 RAM. There are some grumblings about the Windows 7 Starter Edition that comes with it but most find ways around it through third-party solutions. The lower battery life is also an issue for some. Overall, it has a very good price to performance ratio.