Acer Aspire One 531
SpecificationsNotebook: Acer Aspire One 531 (Aspire One Series)
Processor: Intel Atom N280
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 10.1 inch, 10:6, 1024x600 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 400 euro
Average of 12 scores (from 14 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire One 531
Heir to the Throne? Acer already landed a direct hit with the first Aspire One A110, which became the best-selling netbook of 2008. As these tiny devices have provided a proper boost to the balances of many manufacturers in such a short time it is no surprise that Acer also wants to see other models meet the same success of the A110 with future models. Following the Aspire One D150, the Taiwanese manufacturer brings another compact 10-incher onto the market with the Aspire One 531.
Source: PC Advisor
The original Acer Aspire One has proved one of the best selling netbooks, we hear, helped along by its competitive price circa-£200. That first model had a 9in screen and ran a friendly graphical Linux operating system; now we find Acer has kept the bankable Aspire One name and followed the crowd with a 10in Windows XP mini laptop. Unlike the original Aspire One, there’s less to get excited about by this me-too Windows netbook. But while it offers the usual roster of netbook facilities, there is the just-higher than average netbook speed performance, and the distinction of two memory card slots. Battery life is good too.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 70%
Acer's Aspire One 531 keeps the netbook ticking over nicely. Acer has led the way at the budget end of the netbook market, but there's little to distinguish its more expensive offerings. The Aspire One 531 looks set to change this, offering a desirable design and good quality. Although the Aspire One 531 doesn't significantly move the netbook market on any further, it is a smart and well-made choice. It's just a shame the battery life is merely average.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Pocket Lint
Acer has impressed on several occasions with its cut-priced netbooks, but its Aspire One lags behind rivals when it comes to quality and usability. The Aspire One 531 doesn’t offer anything genuinely new, but it’s one of the nicest netbooks available when it comes to styling and quality. Although it comes in at the top end of the Aspire One range, it’s well equipped, with the option of 3G/HSDPA, and if you’re in the market for a mid-range netbook it comes highly recommended.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Praxis - 10/09
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 80%
Source: PC Magazin - 8/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90%
Source: Com! - 8/09
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 60% mobility: 80% emissions: 30%
Source: c't - 16/09
Single Review, , Short, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 69% features: 74% mobility: 97% ergonomy: 81%
Source: PC Praxis - 6/09
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 92% price: 80%
Source: SFT - 6/09
Comparison, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 88%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/30/2009
Rating: performance: 85% features: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 55% display: 81% mobility: 97% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 83% emissions: 87%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 50% mobility: 30% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
Source: PC World Italia IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Power efficient, cheap and slow Netbook single core CPU. Because of the in-order execution, the performance per MHz is worse than Core Solo or Celeron M processors. Compared to the N270, the N280 is only minimally higher clocked and offers a higher FSB.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Acer: Acer Incorporated is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer. Its product lineup includes desktops and laptops, as well as personal digital assistants (PDAs), servers and storage, displays, peripherals, and e-business services for business, government, education, and home users. Acer is the third largest computer manufacturer in the world (by sales) after HP and Dell Inc (2007). The company owns the largest franchised computer retail chain in Taipei, Taiwan. Originally named Multitech, it was founded in 1976. Gateway and Packard Bell are economically connected with Acer. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
83.83%: 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.
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