Acer Aspire One AOD255 netbook packs dual-core Atom

Computer maker Acer is launching a new version of its Aspire One AOD255 netbook, featuring an Atom dual-core processor, a one-inch thick design, and the promise of up to eight hours of use on a single battery charge. The company is also rolling out new versions of its Aspire One AO721 and AO521 netbooks, aimed at portable entertainment options with AMD Athlon II Neo processors and HD video support—including HDMI output and up to 2 GB of RAM.

acer aspire one aod255 netbook packs dual core atom

“We have enhanced our best-selling Aspire One netbook line with the improved performance and better power efficiency to improve the mobile computing experience for consumers,” said Acer Americas senior product manager for netbooks Pete Dailey, in a statement.

The updated Aspire One AOD255 features and Intel Atom N550 dual-core processor, Intel integrated graphics, and a 10.1-inch CrystalBrite LED-backlist display that Acer says sips 22.2 percent less power than comparable notebook displays. The AOD255 runs Windows 7 Starter and comes with Microsoft Office Starter 2010, sports 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam (with microphone), and built-in Ethernet. The unit itself measures just once inch thick and weighs just over 2.5 pounds, making it highly portable. The Aspire One AOD255 will carry a suggested price of $329.99 and be available in red, black, brown, and aquamarine; a single-core version will also be available for a suggested price of $269.99.

acer aspire one aod255 netbook packs dual core atom

Meanwhile, the Acer Aspire One AO721 and Aspire One AO521 aim to crank up the multimedia and entertainment possibilities—and they turn to AMD processors to do it. The systems sport AMD Athlon Neo K125 processors with ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics controllers with 384 MB of dedicated video memory—and HDMI output for pushing high-definition video to big-screen TVs. The Aspire One AO721 sports an 11.6-inch LED-backlit display and a full-size keyboard—a welcome relief for folks who get cramped hands using typical shrunk-down netbook keyboards—and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. The AO721 also sports 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive, and Acer says it can manage up to six hours of battery life. The Aspire One AO512 steps down a little bit to a 10.1-inch display, 1 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Starter. Both models feature 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, built-in Ethernet, and a built-in webcam and mic.

The Acer Aspire One AO721 has a suggested price starting at $429.99, while the Aspire One AO521 will have suggested prices starting at $349.99.

All three netbooks should be available later this month at leading U.S. retailers.


'World's best gaming processor'? We put Intel's new i9 through the ringer

Intel has launched the first Core i9 for the average gamer. Despite some controversies around its release, it’s the fastest gaming processor we’ve yet tested.

How does Samsung's new 2-in-1 stack up against the tried-and-true Surface Pro 6?

We're the stacking Surface Pro 6 and Galaxy Book 2 up against each other in this head-to-head. Both of these devices share a similar form factor and design, but be it LTE connectivity or difference in pricing, each offers up its own pros…

In 2018, the rivalry between AMD and Intel has become more interesting than ever

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. With Ryzen, Threadripper, and Core i9 CPUs though, the AMD vs. Intel argument is muddier than ever.

Intel's 9th-gen chips could power your next rig. Here's what you need to know

The Intel Core i9-9900K processor was the star of the show for consumers, but a powerful 28-core Xeon processor also led announcements. Here's everything you need to know about the latest Intel chipsets.

Will Apple introduce a new MacBook at its Oct. 30 event? Here's everything we know

Whether it's called the MacBook Air or just the MacBook, Apple is highly rumored to introduce a new, affordable laptop in 2018. We discuss reports about upgrading displays, processors, sign-in features, and more.

Apple CEO demands Bloomberg retract its Chinese surveillance story

Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on Bloomberg to retract a story alleging that Apple had purchased compromised servers that allowed the Chinese government to spy on Apple. Apple's investigation found no truth to the story.
Product Review

Dell’s G3 Gaming laptop knows what gamers want, and what they can live without

Compromise and budget gaming laptops go hand-in-hand, but with the G3, Dell has figured out how to balance what gamers want with what they can live without.
Product Review

Amid a new fleet of budget laptops, the ZenBook 13 sails where others sink

It’s never been truer that you don’t need to spend over a thousand bucks to buy a good laptop. The ZenBook 13 takes we’ve always loved about its predecessor and makes enough small refinements to keep it ahead of its competitors.

Protect your digital identity with these four easy steps to online anonymity

You don't have to be a secret agent or a notorious hacktivist to care about anonymity. Consult this guide to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for staying anonymous and keeping your online activity private

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those of us who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to maxed-out, wallet-emptying PCs.
Social Media

How to turn off Safe Mode in Tumblr

If you've joined Tumblr after hearing tales about the social network's more adult communities, you may be disappointed by how family-friendly it seems. Here's how to turn off "Safe Search" in Tumblr and delve into the site's seedy…
Product Review

Samsung CHG90 Ultrawide gaming monitor review

Samsung has taken "ultrawide" to its new limit with its 49-inch gaming monitor, the CHG90. With a 144Hz refresh rate and ungodly amounts of screen real estate, it just might be the most impressive gaming monitor ever made.

Choose your weapon wisely -- these are the best keyboards for gaming on your PC

Your PC isn't complete without one of the best gaming keyboards on the planet. We have a list spanning full-sized models to compact versions from Razer, Cooler Master, Corsair, Logitech G, and more.

Capture screenshots with print screen and a few alternative methods

Capturing a screenshot of your desktop is easier than you might think, but it's the kind of thing you'll probably need to know. Here's how to perform the important function in just a few, easy steps.