The Bottom Line
- Smaller And Lighter Than Many Other Netbooks
- 3-Cell Battery Pack Limits Running Times
- Smaller Hard Drive
- Lots Of Trialware Applications
- Intel Atom N450 Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.2" x 7.3" x .9" @ 2.4 lbs.
- Windows 7 Starter, Office Starter, McAfee Internet Security Center
Guide Review - Acer Aspire One D255 10.1-inch Netbook PC
Feb 8 2011 - Acer's Aspire D255 is the companies latest netbook version offering a more compact design at an affordable price tag. With pricing for the AOD255-2509 model at $300 and typically found for below this, it certainly is less expensive than many models that have crept closer to $400. The lower price tag does have its downsides though as we shall see.
Powering the Aspire D255 is the ubiquitous Intel Atom processor. In this case, it is the Atom N450 single core model that uses DDR2 memory rather than newer DDR3. As with the typical Microsoft licensing, it has just 1GB of memory per the Windows 7 Starter netbook packages. This means that it has your typical netbook performance that hasn't really changed all that much in the past two years.
While the Windows 7 Starter licensing terms allow for larger hard drives, Acer has decided to use a smaller 160GB drive for the AOD255-2509 model. This helps keeps the price of the unit down although it does limit the amount of data that can be stored on the system. Users that need more space will probably want to spend a bit more for a unit that comes with a 250GB drive.
The 10.1-inch display is pretty much the same that Acer has been using for its 10-inch netbooks for some time. It has the standard 1024x600 resolution and features a glossy coating found on just about every netbook that can make outdoor viewing quite difficult due to glare and reflections. At least the viewing angles are pretty good. The Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics are still the platforms major downfall. It lacks the performance for even handling 720p high definition video content. Of course one can only view this with an external monitor which can only be hooked up via analog VGA connector.
One nice aspect of the Aspire One D255 is the size and weight. The system comes in under an inch in height while many are still thicker than this. It also weighs a very light 2.4 pounds. Much of this can be attributed to the relative small three cell battery pack. The smaller battery pack will limit the overall running time of the system. In video streaming tests, this yields roughly three and a half hours of running time before it goes into standby mode. This is certainly below the average running time but enough for those that don't need excessively long running times.
Finally, we come to the keyboard and trackpad. The keyboard layout is fairly standard spanning the full width of the system and using a flat isolated style. There is very limited space between the keys that could cause problems for those with larger fingers. The trackpad is of a nice size but has issue with being overly sensitive causing the cursor to jump frequently. It uses a single trackpad button with rocker style but it works well enough.