Acer Mini Laptop Review – Aspire One 722-BZ608

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Launched last year, the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is an affordable 11-inch ultraportable which comes with a full-size keyboard, a significant amount of memory and hard drive space in comparison to a regular 10-inch netbook. You can consider this as a premium netbook since the HDD is large enough to hold lots of music and movie files, plus the processor is fast enough for streaming HD video from Hulu or Netflix without any issues at all.

When it came out it had a retail price tag of $379 and it has a dual core AMD C-50 processor clocked at 1.0 GHz. It is configured with 4 GB of DDR3 memory running at 1,066 MHz while for storage it has a 500 GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm. The chipset is an ID 1510 while the graphics power is handled by the integrated AMD Radeon HD 6250 which offers modest performances. The netbook is running on Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit edition).

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: static.acer.com)

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: static.acer.com)

The Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 measures 11.2 x 8 x 1 inches and tips the scale at 3 pounds or 0.4 pounds more if we take into consideration the AC adapter. Design-wise, it looks pretty much like an average candy-colored netbook and at first glance you will probably think that it has a 10-inch display. The design of the exterior is quite similar to other netbooks launched by Acer, featuring a glossy and sparkling color finish along with an attractive concentric ripple texture to the lid which looks a lot like a drop of water that is splashed and froze in place.

It is worth mentioning that the upper lid thrusts forward a little bit off the back base when the netbook is closed and it opens quite wide on twin plastic hinges, revealing a generous keyboard which occupies most of the space available on the inside. The black keyboard of the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is surrounded by a teal blue in matte plastic, thus giving the netbook an attractive two-tone effect. Its upper lid is framed in shiny black plastic which provides the system quite a clean appearance. The power button has been tucked against the hinge’s bottom left side and it blends seamlessly.

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: laptoponica.com)

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: laptoponica.com)

This is an easy to hold in one hand netbook since it weighs only three pounds and it is only 1-inch thick. This netbook is lighter than other 11-inch systems like the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e and the HP Pavilion dm1z. Even though we said that it has a large and generous keyboard, this doesn’t mean that it is comfortable to type on. We are dealing with a wide and flat keyboard that exhibits a significant amount of flex while the key response feels mushy and soft. What’s even worse is that the keys are hard to locate due to the reason that the flat buttons are pressed extremely close together. For accommodating the full-size keys in the middle, Acer decided to make the Tab, Enter and Backspace keys smaller, something that you probably won’t like. For volume and brightness controls you will have to use the direction-arrow keys.

As for the multitouch touchpad sitting below, this has a decent size but we have to warn you that the palm rest is pretty narrow and might not be suitable to those of you with big hands. The touchpad features a slightly recessed matte plastic surface that responds great to basic touch but it isn’t suitable for doing multitouch gestures. Beneath the touchpad is a black plastic button-bar which unfortunately is quite stiff and tricky to press.

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: best-netbooks.ecoustics.com)

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: best-netbooks.ecoustics.com)

The Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 comes with an LED-backlit, glossy 11.6-inch display that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. This 720p resolution is the standard nowadays among laptops up to a screen of 15 inches. It is worth mentioning that the maximum brightness level does not crank up very far, but we are still dealing with a good screen for watching movies and playing games. The top hinge of the netbook opens up to quite a wide angle while the screen’s viewing angles are better than the ones on many budget laptops.

We are happy to report that video streaming will work very smoothly on this netbook, considerably better than any Atom-based configuration out there. It is highly recommended that you spend some money on a decent pair of headphones since the netbook’s speaker is just too weak. This Aspire One also features a modest 640 x 480-pixel resolution (VGA) webcam that works quite nice in a well-lit office.

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: laptoppics.com)

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: laptoppics.com)

As far as connectivity and ports are concerned, the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 comes with VGA out and an HDMI port for video connectivity, while in the audio department we find headphone and microphone jacks. For transferring data you get three USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader while in the networking department it has an Ethernet port and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

For such a small laptop, it’s nice to find that the system is configured with 4GB of RAM and a spacious 500GB hard drive. However, the aforementioned AMD C-50 processor is considerably slower than the AMD E-350 CPU that powers a lot of the netbooks that came out last year. Even so, it remains powerful enough for every day computing, video streaming and basic word processing. Needless to say, you can forget about playing demanding video games because even Bejeweled 3 has problems running smoothly on this Acer netbook.

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: c3.yousaytoo.com)

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 (Source: c3.yousaytoo.com)

Acer has fitted this model with a 6-cell battery that manages to last about five hours during a video playback test, which means that for less intensive computing it should be able to survive for more than six hours. This is a good performance if you compare it to other AMD-based netbooks but it’s still behind a lot of Intel Atom-based netbooks which shine in the battery department but they lack processing power.

All things considered, the Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608 is certainly a step up from the usual 10-inch netbooks but it still doesn’t offer enough power for doing more tasks than just day-to-day computing.