Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 Review – At Glance
Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 is typical 11.6 inch netbook or little notebook that has no DVD drive.
However, the reason why I purchased this netbook is because this tiny netbook runs Windows 7 Home Premium, not like the most netbooks, running the Starter version.
Unlike the typical small netbooks, this machine is using a more appreciated 2gigs of ram instead of 1gig, and it comes with AMD’s c series instead of Intel Atom. (2.8 Windows experience index rating).
For a netbook, I would recommend getting a machine with minimum 2gigs of ram, although I would never recommend less than 4 gigs of ram with your main computer.
Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 Specs, Features, and Limitations
Appearance wise, Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 weighs only 3 pounds, very light, easy to carry around, and fits in my backpack easily.
This Acer Aspire One AO722 model has 11.6 inch screen, a perfect balance between portability and comfort. The screen is LED backlit, has vibrant colors, and has a nice 1366×768 resolution, nothing looks cramped.
It has a kind of ripple effect on the cover (espresso black) which I find very attractive compared to the usual flat cover which typical netbooks have. My only minor problem is the shiny plastic part is really finger print magnet.
The processor, which is AMD c60 CPU is clocked at 1.0GHz – with 1.33GHz turbo technology helping this machine to be more powerful than netbooks with Intel’s atom processor.
With dual processor and Radeon HD 6290 256mb dedicated system memory graphic chip is a hard to find, I found it has excellent overall performance to play videos and games.
Netbooks were not built to be a gamer machine or to run newer heavy games, but with the games like SC2, Tomb Raider Legend, Battlefront 2 that I have played, the graphics are acceptable.
Keyboard is pretty darn good, the keys are decent to type on, it feels like you are typing on a standard laptop, and it has a large trackpad which is responsive. The click keys on this netbook’s trackpad have the optimal resistance.
For peripherals, this Acer Aspire netbook includes 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x HDMI which worked very well on my 24 inch monitor and a built-in 0.3MP webcam, which appeared to provide decent video quality as my old dual core laptop.
It has a full compliment of ports-3 USB 2.0, HDMI (which worked fine on a 24″ external monitor), an audio output AND input jack, which seemed to sound as clean as my Asus ‘normal’ Core 2 notebook.
The speakers are a bit quiet, but they are solid enough for a 11.6 inch computer, I am pleased it provides a clean quality via headphone. The ethernet and wi-fi worked well, I have no issues whatsoever using my connectivity networks with either.
In terms of Battery life, Acer claims something like 7 hours battery life, but in real practice, mine was claiming about 4-5 hours battery life, with my CPU at maximum clock speed, wi-fi on, and max brightness display.
Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 vs iPad
I actually considered and try tablets, which is Apple iPad before purchasing this. iPad is about 10 inch range device, while this has 11.6 inch screen, which I found more convenient to edit files or browsing internet on a larger screen.
Another different is iPad has SSD, so it runs more quiet because there is movable part in the system, however this netbook has more capabilities and features.
All that said, with 2GB RAM, dual-core AMD’s C60 CPU, 320GB hdd, and full version of Windows 7 Home Premium, this Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 netbook does not disappoint me at all, and it does what I wanted, very well beyond what I expected.