Acer Aspire One 532h review

The Acer Aspire One 532h features the new 1.67GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and Windows 7, and just our luck Engadget has gotten a pre-release model for a full review....

The Acer Aspire One 532h features the new 1.67GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and Windows 7, and just our luck Engadget has gotten a pre-release model for a full review.

Besides having the new chipset there are very few changes from the original Aspire One. Here are the full specs:

  • Processor: 1.67GHz Intel Atom N450
  • Graphics: integrated Intel Atom GMA 3150
  • Ram: 1GB (up to 2GB)
  • Display: 10.1″ 1024 x 600
  • 160GB hd
  • Windows 7 starter
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • vga out, headphone/mic , usb x 3

The lid is slightly different with a half-black and half-blue metallic look to it, and is very glossy which picks up fingerprints.

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The design is the same as the original AO751, but the trackpad now has an Asus style raised bump pattern on it. The keyboard remains the same as on earlier models, with its flat and large key style. We really like this style of keyboard, but not as much as some of the new island-style ones.

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The display is nice, and watching full-screen videos from Hulu and the like is no problem, although it can’t stream HD videos without becoming laggy. Here are Joanna’s results from the PCMark05 tests:

PCMark05 3DMark06 Battery Life
Acer Aspire One 523h (Intel Atom N450) 1310 154 6:31
ASUS Eee PC 1005PE (Intel Atom N450) 1431 157 8:10
HP Mini 5101 (Intel Atom N280) 1650 128 5:45

As you can see it’s pretty close to the same as other Pine Trail netbooks, not noticeably slower. The battery lasts around 8 hours or so with normal use, and looping a video at 65% screen brightness resulted in 6.5 hours of life.

The best part about this netbook is its price, at only $299. This is by far the best netbook for the price right now, and if you want a good all-around performer with a 10.1″ screen and long battery life then this is it.

Besides Onyx blue, it’s also available in Matrix Silver and Garnett Red.

via engadget