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Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ897 Diamond Black AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 (1.00GHz) 10.1" 1GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook

  • AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 (1.00GHz)
  • 1GB Memory 250GB HDD
  • Windows 7 Starter
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Learn more about the Acer America AO522-BZ897

General

Brand
Acer
Series
Aspire One
Model
AO522-BZ897
Part#
LU.SES0D.010
Color
Diamond Black

Operating System

OS Provided
Windows 7 Starter

Processor

CPU Type
AMD Dual-Core Processor
CPU Speed
C-50 (1.00GHz)
CPU L2 Cache
1MB

Chipset

Chipset
AMD A50M Fusion

Display

Screen Size
10.1"
Widescreen Display
Yes
Max Resolution
1280 x 720
Display Feature
LED backlight

Graphics

Graphics Processor
AMD Radeon HD 6250
Video Memory
Dedicated 256MB

Memory

Memory
1GB
Max Memory Supported
1GB
Memory Spec
1GB x 1

Hard Drive

HDD
250GB
Hard Drive RPM
5400 RPM
Hard Drive Interface
SATA

Dimension & Weight

Dimension
10.17" x 7.28" x 1.01"
Weight
2.87 lbs.

Netbook Camera

Camera Type
Built-in
Camera Pixels
1.3 Megapixel

Communications

LAN
10/100Mbps
WLAN
802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN

Expansion / Connectivity

USB
3 x USB 2.0
Video Ports
1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
1 x Headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack
1 x Microphone-in Jack
Other Ports
1 x Kensington Lock Slot

Audio

Audio
High-Definition Audio Support
Built-in Digital Microphone
Speaker
Built-in stereo speakers

Input Device

Touchpad
Multi-Gesture Touchpad, supporting two-finger scroll, pinch, rotate and flip
Keyboard
Standard

Card Reader

Card Reader
Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick, (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD)

Battery

Battery
6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh)
Battery Life
up to 6 hours

Manufacturer Warranty

Labor
1 year limited
Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Todd T.
  • 3/29/2011 4:52:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGrrrrrEAT! for the price.

Pros: Glass-like screen (glossy sounds bad)
Very thin
Very light
Good battery life
HDMI output
1080p playback without hiccups
low-mid gaming (CS:S with no AA)
4gb DDR3 compatible

Cons: Bezel and shell are glossy, scratch-prone finger print magnets.
Insanely obnoxious beep when you insert or remove the power plug into the netbook.
Trackpad is terrible for me. It gets slower the closer you get to the edge, VERY FRUSRATING. Might be a driver/setting issue though.
Mouse buttons are too hard to press.
No tab to open the shell properly.
Power button is right where you hold it.
Worst of all:
The exhaust port is 80% on the bottom of the unit, 20% on the side. Yes, that's right. The exhaust exhausts onto the BOTTOM of the unit. Literally an eraser sized port is on the side of the unit. Haven't had any issues with heat though - yet.

Other Thoughts: Ordered the 4gb patriot ddr3 to go with it. It's still shipping.

Having trouble playing 720p youtube vids without lag.

Something about the codecs...

I've only had it for about 10 hours and the trackpad will be enough for me to take it back.

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  • Richard B.
  • 3/22/2011 3:21:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNetbook size laptop power.

Pros: With the upgrades it runs grate. Run every thing i throw at it and better then most laptops. battery is more like 5hrs with ssd and screen low.

Cons: needs more ram only 1GB come on!!!!!

Other Thoughts: for my A0522 i went all out!
Corsair Nova 32GB SSD
G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1333
Windows 7 Pro 64bit

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  • Kyle P.
  • 3/12/2011 10:30:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAcer AO522 Review

Pros: - AMD Fusion
- 1280x720 Resolution
- HDMI
- Ability to do some gaming
- Hi resolution video playback

Cons: - Windows 7 Starter
- 1GB of RAM
- Glossy finish + glossy screen
- Mono speaker
- No easy access panel

Other Thoughts: Well I needed a netbook for school work but was also looking to do some light gaming, and wow I was in for a surprise. I picked this up with a 2GB RAM upgrade and I upgraded the OS to 7 Home Basic. This thing can playback both 720 and 1080 video with no lag. Also I was surprised how well this netbook can game. So far I've tried:

-Killing Floor
-Civilization 4
- Magicka
- Counter-Strike 1.6
- Half Life
- Minecraft

All of the above are playable with the exception of Minecraft, but if you wait for the level to generate then it become playable. All of this and I'm still trying out other games.

I would recommend this in a heartbeat. Even with all the cons they are easily looked past when you see the performance of this netbook. Its quite the powerhouse for a 10 inch netbook.

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  • Robert P.
  • 3/12/2011 8:20:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLite and small Like its supposed to be

Pros: Does what it's supposed to do.. Fairly quick.. Runs Win 7 Stater well.. and the Wireless picks up AP's fast.. So It's fine for what a netbook is supposed to do...

Cons: As of now..I don't think I have Bluetooth in mine?? Is that correct? I see the specs and some 522's have it according to Acer and some don't? Acer has Bluetooth Drivers under device support.. Any ideas? I would think Bluetooth is Standard in everything by now..

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  • Jeffrey C.
  • 3/6/2011 10:27:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNew Tip on Installing RAM

Pros: (Cross-posted from Amzn)

I bought this netbook as a gift. I installed a 2GB stick of RAM, a better Win7 version, and removed all the bloatware (wasn't too much to begin with anyway). This thing is fast. One of the best things about this netbook is the screen estate: 1280x720 instead of the standard 1024x600. Combined with the new Ontario APU, large number of ports, better than normal webcam, and a low asking price, this netbook is just awesome.

Cons: The only con I have at the moment is the finger-print magnet screen cover and bezel. It may also be prone to scratching - I somehow made a small scratch on the cover while changing the RAM. So be careful!

Other Thoughts: I found out a very easy and simple way to pop the keyboard out for installing RAM. Using this method, there is almost no chance of marring your keyboard. Take a flashlight, and look at inside edge of the keyboard near the f4, f8, f12 and between the ins and del keys. At each of those locations, there are little black, camoflauged tabs jutting out. Take a small

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  • Michael S.
  • 3/2/2011 7:06:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsC-50

Pros: AMD Zacate chip. Graphics are good, computer is fast enough. Build quality seems to be good. 720 resolution is awesome on a 10" screen. Small size

Cons: CPU is anemic, but about equivalent to an Atom with better gfx. Does not come with win 7 disc, you must make your own. Heavy for a netbook this size, battery life is under 6 hours more like 4.5 - 5 hrs. Keyboard is tight (it is 10") Glossy screen (a con for me) A HUGE logo on the back of the computer, what the heck!?

Other Thoughts: Maybe you should wait for the e-350 version? These laptops/netbooks will be everywhere soon.

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  • Derek A.
  • 2/24/2011 9:10:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsACER AO522 Linux Compatibility (and memory upgrade procedure)

Pros: Overall I like it – assuming the suspend issue gets resolved shortly. The high-resolution screen is a very welcome improvement over every other netbook out there. CPU-wise it is moderately faster than my Lenovo S10 (Intel Atom) at “open all in tabs” (17) from Google Chrome. GPU-wise it blows it out of the water. Battery did last in the range of 6h last night and this morning w/ heavy usage. (installing packages and updates mostly)

linux compatibility (using Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64):
- installer uses the wrong screen resolution, but otherwise completes fine
- broadcom wireless worked fine after restricted driver install; note: I had to push the Fn-{wireless} key to turn it on on first boot (although it stays on through power cycles)
- ATI graphics worked fine after restricted driver install
- sound works fine
- ethernet works fine
- webcam works fine

Cons: linux compatibility (using Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64):
- suspend does NOT work
- the “unsupported hardware” overlay in the lower-right corner (probably will go away when Ubuntu updates catalyst driver); OpenGL works well (tested w/ WebGL in Google Chrome

Other Thoughts: Upgrading the memory: There are posts elsewhere on the internet saying to take a screwdriver to the top-right corner of the laptop and pry off the keyboard. DO NOT DO THIS. The keyboard is fit very tightly and i do not see a way to do it without marring up your laptop. You do have to remove the keyboard to get to the memory though. Here’s how:

- remove the battery
- open the notbook; turn it over
- look into the battery cavity; towards the right there in a square hole in the plastic with metal flush behind it – this is the bottom of your keyboard
- push on the metal with something dull (I used the bottom end of a pen) until the kayboard releases; note: don’t use the jewelers screwdriver you have in your hand! the metal is thin (almost a foil)
- flip laptop over; finish prying out keyboard
- remove the 4 screws under the keyboard w/ a (1) next to them
- push in the (2) hole w/ something blunt to pop off the bottom panel
- install memory
- reassemble (johnny 5?)

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  • James B.
  • 2/20/2011 11:06:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe Ne Plus Ultra of Netbooks

Pros: Oh... where to start. AMD Ontario C-50 dual core with integrated Radeon 6250 graphics. Fusion is a wonderful thing....! Light weight, portability, decent build quality and good looks!

Cons: Windows 7 Starter... Windows 7 Starter... Windows 7 Starter...!!! I know that everyone feels the same way, but I had to say it three more times. Maybe that will make it go away!... lol! I have performed most of the known tricks, but still am not satisfied with Starter. This does not reflect on Acer, it is on Microsoft. They know most true computer people with upgrade. What a horrible way to make and extra buck Microsoft. Shame on you!

Other Thoughts: You MUST upgrade the RAM if you want this machine to perform. I dropped in: [Crucial 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory Model CT51264BC1339] from Newegg and it works like a dream. Why 4GB? Eventually, I plan to upgrade to 7 Home Premium so that the OS will read all 4GB but until then, some thoughts: The Fusion chip has 256MB dedicated to the Radeon Graphics. This means that only about 750MB of RAM is left for the machine. After the 4GB upgrade, 7 starter alots the 256M to the graphics and a full 2GB of RAM now to the machine. If you are going to upgrade, get a 4GB stick. I have the RAM upgrade, removed most of the bloatware, used a Crucial C6 8GB SD for Readyboost and this puppy flies! No difference in it and most notebooks. The only real reason I did not give it 5 stars is that, upon un-boxing, I notice a mark on the touchpad. Not really a scratch, but as if a plastic screwdriver marred the surface. Not enough to send back, but frustrating.

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  • Dan O.
  • 2/18/2011 4:58:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Lightweight
Excellent keyboard (for a netbook)
Good battery life (6+ hours)
Large, responsive touchpad that is integrated nicely into the palmrest.
Fn key to disable touchpad on-demand.
HDMI Output
WiFi LED intensity varies in correlation to current AP signal strength (very cool)
64-bit CPU
The CPU supports more than 2GB of RAM (unlike Atom processors).
1280x720 HD screen resolution.

Cons: Platter HDD
Backspace key is much smaller than normal. You will hit "=" until you get used to it.
Windows 7 is barely usable with 1GB RAM.

Other Thoughts: The Radeon 6250 is an on-die gpu. It shares system memory, so your OS will report less RAM than is actually installed. E.g., 1GB total RAM = ~750MB available to the computer.

I replaced the memory with a 2GB SODIMM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148192) and it is much more responsive.

Win7 Starter is a crippled excuse of an OS. I also replaced that with linux.

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  • Ken H.
  • 2/17/2011 2:33:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsOne of the best netbook on the market!!

Pros: AMD 8W C-50 processor, HDMI, 720P resolution with LED backlit, 1080P playback and the 1.3MP camera as appose to Asus's .3MP camera. This netbook is very light weight and has a nice feel to it. Battery on low light levels gives me about 5 hours of use.

Cons: Lan is only 10/100 and not the gigabyte 10/100/1000 that would of hoped for. The reason why this is a con is because I can not stream Blu Ray movies from my server and output it to an LED LCD TV. Also had Win 7 starter that could only recognize 2GB of ram.

The other con is the upgrade to the ram and HDD. Took me a good 4-5 hours to figure it out without damaging the keyboard or backside of the netbook. Make sure you detach the keyboard first and then the screws below the keyboard before attempting to upgrade the netbook. I almost broke the back plate because i tried to get in to the bottom first.

Other Thoughts: Once I upgraded the OS to Win 7 32 bit and the ram (Patriot 4GB 10666) it was able to recognize 3.49GB of ram. That was awesome. I would recommend that you do the same since it really optimizes the features this netbook has to offer. I also upgraded the HDD to a Samsung 640GB 5400RPM. This is one of the best netbook I have ever used. If only I can stream HD content to this netbook. Highly recommend it.

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