Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 – Affordably-Priced 11 in Laptop

Laptops — on July 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Comment Now

Talking of netbooks in present tablet era seems a tad outdated, and it wont be a lie if we say that Netbooks actually have eventually disappeared from Earth, but not completely. Even in the post-iPad age, every now and then we see the inexpensive 10- and 11- in laptops paving their way into the market, and while not many of the aspiring customers will go for these notebooks, its nice to see that even these netbooks are changing with time. And although there still are some netbooks which still have the Intel Atom-based processors powering them and offering nominal processing capabilities and having a price tag of about $299, there still are couple of 11 in laptops, which have entered the market with even more powerful onboard graphics and AMD-based processors. We’ve seen many ultra-portables having E-350 APUs, like the Sony Vaio VPC-YB15KX/S and HP Pavilion dm1z, and the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 priced at $379 that we are covering now is also one such laptop, but the bad news here is that its not as fast as those from HP and Sony. The AMD C-50 processor of the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is not as fast as the one that we’ve seen in the HP Pavilion dm1 and its kith and kin.

In Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608’s favor we would like to say that it still is a better deal than any other budget Atom powered laptop, and may be not in terms of raw speeds, but surely in terms of two vital factors: its 4GB of RAM and impressive handling ability of streaming videos.

The Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 comes with a huge 11 in screen, hordes of memory, a full-scale keyboard and hard-drive space. So, with plenty of hard drive space for storing huge music collection, and an immensely fast processor for playing streaming HD Video from Hulu and Netflix without a glitch, this definitely is a premium Netbook which lives up to “finest” part. Though, it’s worth mentioning that for few extra bucks you could get an even quicker and enhanced-built HP dm1z, or could even get an 11 in display having a decent AMD E-350 processor.

Technical Specifications:

Price:$379
Dimensions (W x D x H)11.2 inches x 8 inches x 1 inches
System weight:3.0 lbs
Weight with AC adapter:3.4 lbs
Processor:1.0GHz AMD C-50 dual-core
Hard drive:500GB, 5,400rpm
Memory:4GB, 1,066 MHz DDR3
Operating system:Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Chipset:ID 1510
Graphics:AMD Radeon HD 6250

Design:

The exterior designs of the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 can easily fool any passerby and make them think of it as a standard candy-colored Netbook. In fact that is what we thought of it when we first saw it. Initially we thought that the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is a 10 inch laptop, while actually it’s an 11.6 in. the external build of the system resembles pretty much with the Acer Netbooks, and has a sparkling lustrous finish and also an attention-getting concentrical ripple texture on the lid, which makes it look like a drop of water splashed and frozen.

The upper lid of the system opens wide on its two hinges, but while closing it thrusts forward a tad off the rear end when closed. Flip open the lid and you’ll find a huge keyboard acquiring most of the space inside. The lusterless plastic covers the keyboard, and gives it a two-tone effect, while the upper lid of the system has been framed in lustrous black plastic. The overall look of the system is pretty clean. The button for powering on the system has been tucked against the base of the left-side hinge and blends perfectly into the surface, that some users might actually overlook it.

The Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 weighs 3 lbs and is 1 in thick, which makes it easy for the users to hold the system comfortably in hand and also gives the system a slim front edge. The system also will fit nicely into laptop carrying bag. In comparison to its rivals such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e and HP Pavilion dm1z, this is a lighter 11 in laptop. The laptop also has a lot more compact AC adaptor. The one thing that we always have appreciated about the Netbooks from Acer is their chargers, the small plugs of the chargers looks pretty much like the cell phone chargers, and can easily be packed in a backpack or even in a small messenger bag.

The Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 might be a thin and light Netbook, but it certainly is not fun to type on. The broad, plane keyboard of the system showed decent amount of flex and the key response of the system felt mushy and soft. We sometimes even found locating the keys a tad hard, because the flat keys get pressed so closely. The Tab, Enter and Backspace keys on the keyboard are compressed for accommodating the full-scale keys given in the middle of the keyboard. The volume and brightness controls have been downgraded to the direction-arrow keys, and they arent function-reversed.

The touchpad of Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is multitouch and is respectably sized, and also makes good use of the space available underneath the keyboard. Apart from these all the other features and aspects of the system performed nicely and we didn’t had any problems with the controls of the system. It should be noted that the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 doesn’t have Bluetooth, but there are three USB ports. Also the in-built HDMI functionality of the system could come in great use and considering this system for streaming video really is a nice use of this system.

Performance:

The 500 GB hard drive and the 4GB of RAM are pretty nice inclusion for such a smaller laptop and even match some mainstream laptops as well. The RAM and Hard Drive space is the biggest feather in this system’s cap, because it allows you to open more than one application at once and even the storage space is more than most of the people will ever need.

The problem here although is the AMD C-50 processor of the system. The AMD C-50 powering the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is a slow processor than the brawny AMD E-350 CPU that we’ve seen many of the 11-inch laptops in the model year 2011, having comparatively less imposing graphics performance. In our performance testing the C-50 performed significantly poorly. Though, it’s worth mentioning that if you are planning to use this system for basic word processing, everyday basic computing and video streaming then this definitely is a system worth considering.

Battery:

The Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 has been powered by a 6-cell battery, which is capable of running this laptop for 5 hrs and 1 minutes in our video-playback and battery-draining test. You could expect minimum of 6 hrs for less demanding computing task. In general the battery life of Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is really impressive for a everyday Netbook, and if you are considering this system for that sort of use then it really is a superb choice.

Support:

The Acer Aspire one 722-BZ608 gets one year of standard warranty from Acer. The support website for the system is pretty decent at offering a list of FAQs and suitable driver software pages for particular laptop models.

Conclusion:

Finally, we would say that the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is a nicely priced 11 in laptop, which is a lot more powerful than the conventional Netbook, but surely is not as fast as some of the high priced 11 inch options. You easily can get better options for a tad less money.


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