When you’re in the market for a budget netbook, it can be hard to tell what’s good and cheap and what’s just cheap. The Acer Aspire One AO722 is an absolute bargain at $333 on Amazon. This powerful netbook is great of you like to experience multimedia on a HD widescreen CrystalBright LED backlit display. The Acer Aspire One AO722 runs Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and sports an AMD processor C Series C-50. The AMD C-50 Processor is quite an impressive piece of machinery that can handle gaming with ease.
The Acer Aspire One 722 is all elegance with its tapered edges and clean lines. The 11.6 inch netbook has a beautiful ripple effect design on the lid. The lid unfortunately has a glossy finish which is easily marred by fingerprints. The unit measures 11.2 x 7.9 x 1.0 inches and weighs only 3 pounds. For a netbook, the Aspire One 722 is portable and relatively light.
The 11.6-inch display has a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, it LED backlit and has a glossy finish. The brightness of the screen was a bit wanting. Even in good lighting I kept wishing I could bump it up just a few more notches. The viewing angles weren’t great but on other budget netbooks, we’ve seen much worse. The speakers, however, are simply terrible! There is virtually no base and the highs are approaching tinny. The speakers are definitely good enough for personal viewing, but don’t invite more friends than can crowd around your screen. As a multimedia netbook, it doesn’t make the cut.
The 0.3MP webcam was much clearer than expected. The camera auto-adjusted well and movements was captured with little to no blurring. The shadows were a bit dark, but the webcam is more than sufficient for many hours of skype calls.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The keyboard is full size and its got full size right and left shift keys. Acer incorporated a great design around the arrow keys, adding in additional page up and down buttons. The keyboard isn’t that flexible, but pressing down firmly on the keys eliminated any mistyping.
The multitouch trackpad measures 3.2 x 2.0-inches and features a scroll bar on the left hand side. It is frictionless, which actually took me a day or two to get used to, but its accurate and once you figure it out, you’ll find it rather easy. The single mouse button is large as well, but I would rather have separate mouse buttons. The dead space in the middle is irritating.
The Acer Aspire One 722’s 1GHz AMD C-50 Fusion APU with 2GB of RAM scored 1,527 on PCMark Vantage and 1,168 on Geekbench. The dm1z with the dual core AMD E-350 scored 2,198 and that is about average for an ultra-portable. This PCMark Vantage score actually is right around the average netbook score. The C-50 usually scores a bit higher.
The AMD Radeon HD 6250 integrated graphics scored 1,630 on 3DMark06. The score is much higher than the average netbook score of 347. Only the Pavilion dm1z scored 2,217. The processor could handle 1080p video played from the hard drive or streamed from the web.
This very thin 11.6 inch 4 cell netbook lasted 6 hours and 58 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test (Web surfing via Wi-Fi) which is longer than the average netbook (6:17), and just a bit above the Pavilion dm1z (6:37).
The Acer Aspire One 722 is a good ultra portable netbook for its low price. If you’re looking for a budget netbook that you can use for the basics, surfing the web, writing, checking email, Facebook and watching videos, the Aspire One 722 is a decent option. The 11.6 inch screen is good and the build quality is strong. At this low price, it’s really too good to miss.