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Acer Aspire One 521 Initial Review

Acer recently unveiled AMD Athlon II Neo processor equipped netboooks which include Acer Aspire One 521 and Acer Aspire One 721. Both the netbooks are more or less similar in many aspects but still there are some differences. Here is the review of Acer Aspire one 521 or AO521

Acer Aspire One 521 build and Design

Acer Aspire one 521 comes with two model Acer AO521-3530 and Acer AO521-3782

The sleek and stylish  Aspire one 521 made up of all-plastic body and boasts glossy mocha cover. The cover is beautified with Tetris-like pattern which is ornamented with a large silver Aspire One logo at center.

Aspire one 521 comes with chiclet style standard size keyboards with rounded keys. The keys are well spaced so there would be no difficulties in typing.

Like its sibling the touchpad Aspire one 521 also features multi gesture aspect.

Like Acer 721, the Acer Aspire one 521  powered by AMD Athlon II Neo processor K125 with 1.17 GHz speed but later contain only 1GB DDR3 RAM.

Like Aspire one 721, it also comes up with 250 Hard drive storage on which Windows 7 starter version comes as preinstalled.

Aspire one 521 or AO521 comes with 10.1” Acer cine crystal backlit LED, TFT display having resolution of 1024*600 can support 720p high definition format.

When comes to graphics, the it offers Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics having 384MB dedicated memory. Also have HDMI port to connect external TV or monitors.

Network features is supported by 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth® v3.0 + HS, 10/100 LAN. Note that Acer Aspire One 721 doesn’t come with Bluetooth support.

Other connectivity features include three USB 2.o ports VGA output, headphone out, mic in, Multi-in-one card reader which supports elective MMC, SD o MS.

When comes to preinstalled software, Acer Aspire One 521 houses ebay shortvuts, preinstalled google toolbar, eSobi, Netflix shortcuts and many more including Acer’s own software. A complete list you will find it here

The 6-cell lithium ion battery of Acer aspire one 521 gives 5.5 hours of battery life.

Pros of Acer Aspire one 521

  • The AMD Neo processor works very well in combination with ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics and provides great productivity.
  • Can enjoy HD video or movies by connecting it with external display or monitor
  • Very light and trendy the AO521-3782 comes with Abtiques brass chassis where as AO521-3530 comes with onyx black chassis
  • Bluetooth support

Cons of Acer Aspire one.

  • The touch pad is small
  • There should be at least one GB more memory for optimum gaming support

Both the model, Acer AO521-3782 and Acer AO521-3530 is available at $349 including Amazon, $80 cheaper than its sibling Acer Aspire one 721. But i will go for Acer 721 netbook as we will get better resolution, extra memory, big screen

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