Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ660 Review – AMD C-50 1 GHz processor
The launch of the Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ660 heats up the fight for the entry level notebooks area so far dominated by the Intel’s Atom processor based netbooks and the Celeron 900 based notebooks. The Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ660 is priced very competitively at $369.99 at the time of writing at Circuit City. And it is not a netbook – it is a full fledged 15.6″ screen notebook with decent graphics performance. But is its processor which is the AMD’s newest 1 GHz single dual core (Thanks Dale for pointing this out) fusion or the Ontario C-50 processor good enough for your requirement ?
The Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ660 comes with 2GB DDR3 RAM and 320GB of HArd Disk Drive. But the biggest feature that we find in this notebook is the HDMI output with which you can display the content of the notebook on an HDTV of you wish to. The Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ660 comes with pretty much everything you need in an entry level notebook, including wired and wireless internet, an integrated webcam and 2 USB 2.0 ports. It also has the socket for the common memory cards, so you can take out the memory cards from your digital camera and insert into the noetbook and transfer the pictures into it.
Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ660 boasts battery life close to 3 hours and 20 minutes with its 6-cell Lithium Ion battery. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition. The DVD writer is part of it, something that you will not find in many of the similarly priced netbooks.
Now back to the weakest point of the Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ660 – the AMD C-50 processor. The 1 GHz, single core processor is a decent processor for your entry level work, including web surfing, emails, spreadsheet and word. You can watch movies and run some of the programs However, this processor is not recommended if you some of your work involves moderate computing power. The processor and the relatively low 2 GB RAM means that the machine lacks the processing horse power in case you need to run some any software that need processing power.
On the positive side the integrated GPU in the C-50 APU ( APU is the term used by AMD – it stands for Accelerated Processing Unit) has decent performance. You should therefore be ok with the graphics performance on this notebook.