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.

ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black) Review

ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK 12.1-Inch Netbook (Black)

The ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17 is a netbook that is targeted at a mobile entertainment segment. With a powerful dual-core AMD Brazos E350 processor and a dedicated AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6310 graphics, this netbook is equipped specifically to be able to handle high definitions movies and games.

This 12inch netbook borders on being an ultraportable and can easily be called a notebook given its powerful setup. Its 12.1-inch WXGA LED display with a native resolution of 1366×768 can easily display HD movies at 720p. Its graphics engine can handle full 1080p HD videos and the netbook can then stream the contents to a HDTV or a compatible external display via the built in HDMI out. It even has a USB 3.0 port for high-speed transfers.

Features & Specifications: —

• Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
• Display: 12.1-inch LED WXGA display (1366 x 768)
• Processor: AMD Dual-Core Processor E350
• Graphics: AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD6310 Graphics
• Memory: 2GB DDR3, 1 x SODIMM (expandable to 4GB)
• LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
• WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz), Bluetooth v3.0
• Storage: 320G 5400RPM hard drive
• Camera: 0.3 megapixel
• Speaker: Built-in Stereo speakers
• Microphone: Digital Array Microphones
• Card Reader: 2-in-1 card reader; MMC/SD (SDHC/SDXC)
• Input / Output: 1 x Audio jack-out, 1 x Audio jack-in, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI; 1 (D-sub 15 pin)
• Battery: 6 cell
• Dimensions: 11.54 x 7.99 x 91 ~ 1.46 –inches
• Weight: 5.62 lbs (with 8 cell battery)
• Color: Black, Silver & Red

The built in graphics engine supports DirectX 11, which makes it a decent gaming machine. It can handle most of the modern 3D games and play them at average to good FPS rates. The Eee PC 1215B-P’s memory is a small let down — 2GB DDR2 but it can still handle most of the tasks that you will be throwing at it. It is expandable up to 4GB and it’s a good idea for most gamers to upgrade to take full advantage of the graphics chip and processor.

It comes bundled with Windows 7 Home Premium, which takes care of all the necessities of the average user. The larger chassis enables the laptop to make room for larger palm rests, which is a welcome addition. The touchpad has the same finish and color as the rest of the laptop exterior and has a single bar style click button. It is multitouch enabled and supports gestures for zooming and other things. The keyboard has Chiclet style keys, which make typing more comfortable. The layout is edged to edge in order to make full utilization of the space.

The 1215B-P comes with a 320GB 5400RPM HDD storage along with a complimentary unlimited cloud storage option from ASUS. It is a 60day complimentary service that you will then have to pay for to continue with.

On the connectivity front, the netbook packs in Wireless-N WiFi standard to take advantage of modern high-speed network routers along with backwards compatibility for 802.11b/g. Even though it operates over the 2.4GHz frequency, which some customers prefer to be 5GHz, it still supports high-speed wireless connectivity and data transfer through most of the common wireless routers. It also features a Gigabit LAN port (10/100/1000) for high speed LAN connectivity.

Battery life is rated at 8 hours but only with average usage. Watching HD movies and playing 3D games will cut it down to about 3-4 hours or less.

Overall, Eee PC 1215B-PU17 netbook focuses on being fast and efficient when it comes to entertainment and moderate gaming. Consumers overall have very positive reviews to give with some report successful upgrades to 8GB RAM. There are some complaints regarding the touchpad, which is a common problem to most Eee PC models. Driver upgrades fixed the issue in most cases though.

Asus Bringing Next-Gen NVIDIA ION Infused Eee Box To UK By End Of Summer

Asus [TPE:2357] is preparing to ship the Eee Box EB1501P home theatre focussed nettop in the UK by the end of this summer or around the beginning of fall. This news was leaked earlier this week by UK tech news source Electric Pig and was later confirmed by Asus UK. Even though it is supposed to be a nettop, this Eee Box will pack quite a punch with its above average specifications.

The RAM will stay at 2GB just like the Eee Box that came before it, so will the HDD at 250GB and you can’t get away from Windows 7 either. But beyond that lies the graphics — which will be the next-gen ION from NVIDIA which is 16-core desktop graphics. It will be paired with the Atom Dual Core D525, Wireless N WiFi and HDMI out too. So if you are thinking about attaching it to your HDTV directly — you can just go on ahead.

The  ION 2 graphics chip and the Atom D525 are going to really help its cause as a home theatre solution. Together they will enhance your HD video experience by quite a few notches over the previous models. Also, it will be giving you good mileage when it comes to gaming. Some of the newer games might also run on it at lower settings. So over all it is going to be  good deal.

And while we wait for it to release, the original report compares it with the Mac Mini and poses it as a possible competitor. The two cannot be compared directly thanks to the hardware difference but with it costing around $600, which is below the Mac Mini’s starting price of $699. A lot of people might want to trade up if they want a Mac but I can see a lot of people being okay with this because it does more or less everything an average person would want to do with a desktop.


MSI Launches A Light Version Of The Wind U230

MSI [LON:MSI] seems to be heading for a new niche in the netbook category. They have launched a new light version of the Wind U230 netbook. It has more or less the same specs that the original U230 has but with some crucial differences. The main difference is the display, which at 11.6″ is smaller than the original 12.1″ display. This causes the entire package to shrink a bit, making it more compact and supposedly light.

The internals stay more or less the same. It is still an AMD MV-40 Neo powered machine with 1.6GHz of processing power. The whole AMD chipset contains an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics chip, enabling it to decode HD video and also afford an HDMI output. Given the better than average graphics performance, the battery life is going to take a hit.

The U230 Light, despite being smaller, is actually better equipped when it comes to the other options. Unlike the original U230 which comes with Windows 7 Starter Edition, it comes pre-installed with the more expensive Windows 7 Home Premium Edition. This model is available only in two colors — Black or Gray.

Since MSI has chosen to go with AMD, they get to install more RAM and hence this model comes with 2GB of RAM and a 250 HDD storage option. For connectivity it has a WiFi-n module to offer, which ensures a high-speed WiFi connection wherever it is available. Sadly though, there seems to be no option for Bluetooth.

As for ports, other than the HDMI mentioned earlier it has a card reader, 3 USB ports, 1 VGA out and the usual audio in and out ports. The 6-cell battery is good for only 4 hours, which is the trade off that you have to make for the better graphics performance. The US price is $400, keeping it above the average netbook pricing and clearly pointing at the fact that MSI is indeed gunning for a bridge market.