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Acer Aspire One 521

Specifications

Acer Aspire One 521
Acer Aspire One 521 (Aspire One 521 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
ATI Radeon HD 4225 - 336 MB, Core: 380 MHz, Memory: 400 MHz, DDR2 VRAM, 8.713.1.0
Memory
1024 MB 
, PC3-10700 Elpida
Display
10.1 inch 16:09, 1024x600 pixel, AUO B101AW06 V1, glossy: yes
Mainboard
AMD M785
Storage
WDC Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVT-22A23, 250 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 8MB Cache
Soundcard
ATI RS690 HDMI @ ATI SB800
Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: line out, mic, Card Reader: MMC, SD, MS, MS Pro, xD
Networking
Atheros AR8152 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (10/100MBit), Atheros AR5B95 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0+High Speed
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28.3 x 259 x 189.7 ( = 1.11 x 10.2 x 7.47 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4400mAh 11.1V UM09E71
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter 32 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1.3MP
Additional features
24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.266 kg ( = 44.66 oz / 2.79 pounds), Power Supply: 190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds)
Price
349 Euro

 

Average Score: 82.25% - good
Average of 12 scores (from 18 reviews)
price: 78%, performance: 70%, features: 64%, display: 66% mobility: 69%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 75%, emissions: 79%

Reviews for the Acer Aspire One 521

85% Review Acer Aspire One 521 Netbook | Notebookcheck
Netbook killer. The battery life of a netbook with the performance of a subnotebook. Could the dream be realised for just €329? This 10.1-inch, AMD-based machine begins the assault on Intel’s Pine Trail netbooks. Its weapons: Athlon II Neo, DDR3 RAM, ATI HD 4225 and HDMI.
Acer Aspire One 521 review
Source: Liliputing English
I've been reviewing netbooks for well over two years at this point, and to be perfectly honest it's starting to get boring. Almost every 10 inch mini-laptop that hits the market these days has the same specs: Intel Atom processor, Intel integrated graphics, Windows 7 Starter Edition, 1GB of RAM, WiFi, and maybe Bluetooth. The Acer Aspire 521 is one of the few netbooks I've tested that really breaks the mold.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/19/2010
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 40%
70% Acer Aspire One AO521-3782
Source: PC Mag English
What Acer does extremely well is put out aggressively priced netbooks. Though the Acer Aspire One AO521-3782 is clearly not best in class, a $350 price tag could have customers looking past the extra heat and weak speakers, and instead, focusing on the fringe benefits: It has a full size keyboard, better mouse button location, an HDMI port, and some HD benefits with the new AMD parts. If you're looking for an all-around netbook, though, spend an extra $50 and buy the HP Mini 5102 or the Editors' Choice Toshiba mini NB305-N410.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Acer Aspire One 521 and 721 review
Source: Engadget English
Though, if we had to choose we'd go with the 721 -- for $80 more than the 521 you get more than just a secondary machine with its wider screen and keyboard. Of course, if you consistently demand more than four hours of battery life you'll want to go with an Intel ULV laptop, but most of them cost north of $700. And well, that's exactly what AMD's going for -- Acer now has two incredibly affordable and portable laptops that pack more performance than most netbooks and budget ultraportables on the market.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 07/01/2010
Rating: price: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Das AMD-Netbook
Source: Mobile News - 5/10 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2010
82% Klein & günstig
Source: Computerbild - 26/2010 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 12/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 73% features: 83% display: 84% ergonomy: 83% emissions: 93%
80% Test: Acer Aspire One 521 Panthera HD
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%
70% Acer Aspire One 521 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 82% features: 76% display: 83% mobility: 69%
80% Kampfansage an Intel?
Source: PC Praxis - 09/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80%
94% Neuer Star unter den Mobilprozessoren?
Source: SFT - 9/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 94%
Acer Aspire One 521
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/28/2010
performance: 90%
87% Test Acer Aspire One 521 Netbook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 61% display: 86% mobility: 94% workmanship: 92% ergonomy: 77% emissions: 90%
91% AMDs Atom-Killer
Source: PC Games Hardware - 8/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 70% mobility: 60%
73% Acer Aspire One 521
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/28/2010
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 70% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 60%
Zum Mitnehmen
Source: c't - 14/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: performance: 40% display: 40% mobility: 70% emissions: 80%
Zum Mitnehmen
Source: c't - 14/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: performance: 40% display: 40% mobility: 70% emissions: 80%
80% Acer Aspire One 521
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/19/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 50% mobility: 40% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
95% Acer Aspire One 521 in prova
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 95%
Acer Aspire One 521 - mini notebook s AMD
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2010
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 80% emissions: 40%

Comment

ATI Radeon HD 4225: Onboard graphics card (in the RS880M chipset) that is able to decode HD videos (thanks to the UVD2). Technically a slower clocked HD 4250.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


K125: Slow entry level single core CPU for small and light laptops. Still faster as 1.6 Ghz Atom based systems.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


10.1":

This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.266 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.


Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.

While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.

There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.


82.25%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Acer Aspire One 521-3530
Radeon HD 4225, Athlon II Neo K125, 1.3 kg

Devices with the same GPU

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Radeon HD 4225, Athlon II Neo K125, 11.6", 1.5 kg
HP Pavilion dm1-2000
Radeon HD 4225, Athlon II Neo K325, 11.6", 1.5 kg
Gateway LT3201u
Radeon HD 4225, Athlon II Neo K125, 11.6", 1.25 kg

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Current Prices

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Stefan Hinum, 2010-06- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)