July 19, 2011
- Attractive & portable design
- Above average battery life
- Display is only average
- Uncomfortable keyboard
- Mediocre performance
The Acer Aspire One 722 is an ultraportable laptop that borderlines on being a netbook. It has the new AMD Fusion processor, an appealing design, long battery life, but has some lacking performance in some aspects.
The Acer Aspire One 722 has a design that features tapered edges and a ripple effect on the lid that looks like a stone falling into water, which is really unique and eye-pleasing. There are two colors available, blue and black. It measures 11.2 x 7.9 x 1.0-inches (wdh) and weighs about 3-pounds, which makes it very portable and lightweight. It is just slightly heavier than most netbooks, but it's nothing much noticeable, even after carrying it around all day.
Because the lid is quite glossy, you do see every smudge and fingerprint, but the deck of the laptop has a matte finish, which doesn't show any of that. We really liked that the design and color of the laptop extended onto the keyboard deck, which gives it a sleek, uniform look.
The keyboard did lack tactile feedback and did have quite a bit of noticeable flex, which was disappointing as it caused it to be less comfortable than most other laptops. The layout of the keys didn't seem to be a problem, except that there is very little bezel space between the edge of the laptop and the right/left edges of the keyboard. The 3.2 x 2.0-inch touchpad is quite large and offered good tactile feedback, especially since it sits a little pressed into the deck.
The Acer Aspire One 722 features a 11.6-inch LED-backlit 1366 x 768-pixel display that has a glossy, yet not too reflective, finish. We didn't feel that the screen was as bright as it could've been and colors were a little muted, which was slightly disappointing. Viewing angles didn't seem to be a problem, so that was a good note.
In terms of connectivity and ports, the Acer Aspire One 722 has three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet and a 5-in-1 memory card reader. The three USB ports were welcomed since most other netbooks and ultraportables usually have only two, but the lack of USB 3.0 was noticeable. There is no optical disc drive and wireless connectivity includes only 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) is the pre-installed operating system.
Specifications of this laptop include a dual-core AMD C-50 Fusion APU (1GHz), 4GB of RAM, integrated AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics and a 250GB 5400RPM hard drive. There is a 2GB version of the Acer Aspire One 722 available, but you do lose a noticeable amount of performance. In testing, this model (with the 4GB of RAM) did test below most other AMD Fusion APU laptops, but it did test well-above laptops with the lower-end Intel Atom CPUs. The integrated graphics performed much better than netbooks but it did again lack behind other AMD Fusion laptops.
With that said, we had no issues watching high-definition content from the Internet as it played smooth and without any hiccups. Gaming is, of course, completely out of the question with this processor and integrated graphics.
Battery performance with the Acer Aspire One 722 was a welcomed bright spot as it was able to get about 7 hours of life, which is about an hour longer than other similar notebooks.