Acer Aspire One 531


Acer Aspire One 531Notebook: 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
Weight: 1.22kg
Price: 400 euro
Average Score: 83.83% - good
Average of 12 scores (from 14 reviews)
price: 78%, performance: 67%, features: 67%, display: 71% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 68%

Reviews for the Acer Aspire One 531

89% Review Acer Aspire One 531 Netbook | Notebookcheck
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.
70% Acer Aspire One 531
Source: PC Advisor English
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%
80% Acer Aspire One 531 review
Source: Techradar English
  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%
80% Acer Aspire One 531 notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English
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%

Foreign Reviews

88% Note- oder Netbook?
Source: PC Praxis - 10/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 80%
80% Preiswerte Leichtgewichte
Source: PC Magazin - 8/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90%
90% Acer Aspire One 531
Source: Com! - 8/09 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 60% mobility: 80% emissions: 30%
Source: c't - 16/09 German
Single Review, , Short, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
80% Mitnahmeeffekt
Source: Connect German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 69% features: 74% mobility: 97% ergonomy: 81%
92% Die Netbook-Abzockfalle
Source: PC Praxis - 6/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 92% price: 80%
88% Zwergen-Parade
Source: SFT - 6/09 German
Comparison, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 88%
Acer Aspire One 531
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/30/2009
Rating: performance: 85% features: 80%
89% Test Acer Aspire One 531 Netbook
Source: Notebookcheck German 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%
80% Acer Aspire One 531
Source: Notebookjournal German 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%
Acer Aspire One 531
Source: PC World Italia Italian 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.

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

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.

10.1": The netbook/subnotebook has a quite small display format. Nonetheless, it is a common format for netbooks. The advantage is, that the subnotebook/netbook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes. It is difficult to use high resolutions. » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.22 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

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 %

Acer reviews

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.

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

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Asus Eee PC 1000
Atom N270, 1.3 kg
» Acer Aspire One D260, GMA 950
Atom N450, 1.3 kg
» Gigabyte Touch Note T1028G
Atom N280, 1.5 kg
» Wipro E.go WNB7XFD182
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» Samsung N135-JA01NL
Atom N270, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba NB200-12R
Atom N280, 1.4 kg
» Simmtronics Simmbook
Atom N270, 1.2 kg
» Toshiba NB200-131
Atom N280, 1.18 kg
» Samsung NB30
Atom N450, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba NB200-11M
Atom N280, 1.3 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCW12S1R
Atom N280, 1.1 kg
» Medion Mini E1217
Atom N270, 1 kg
» Asus Eee PC 1005 HGO
Atom N280, 1.4 kg
» HCL Me 06
Atom N270, 1.6 kg
» Acer Emachines EM250-1162
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» HP Mini 110-1199eg
Atom N280, 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire One D250-1613
Atom N280, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba mini NB205-N325BL
Atom N280, 1.4 kg
» HP Mini 110-1131dx
Atom N270, 1.2 kg
» CTL 2Go Classmate PC E10
Atom N270, 1.3 kg
» Mesh Computers Edge10 R
Atom N270, 1.1 kg
» HP Mini 110-1134CL
Atom N270, 1.3 kg
» Hercules eCAFÉ EC-1000W
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» Dell Mini Nickelodeon
Atom N270, 1.1 kg
» Toshiba mini NB205-N330
Atom N280, 1.4 kg
» Dell Latitude E2100
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» Acer Aspire One ZG8
Atom N270, 1.1 kg
» Acer Aspire One D250-1958
Atom N270, 1.3 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-04-25 (Update: 2012-05-26)