Review Acer Aspire One 722 Netbook

Felix Sold (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 06/23/2011

Raindrop. After the smaller One 522, a larger alternative in the Acer Aspire One 722, also equipped with an AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics, shows up at our office. Is it a sensible range expansion or will the waves that it causes subside quite fast?

The Taiwanese company now also has an updated version of its largest 11.6 inch netbook representative available as the Acer Aspire One 722. Alike the previously reviewed Acer Aspire One 522, the test device comes along with a 1 GHz weak AMD C-50 Dual-Core APU (accelerated processing unit) together with incorporated AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics unit. Other key data, such as a 2 GB DDR3 main memory, a 250 GB hard disk capacity and the usual interfaces, have been maintained.

The netbook shows modernizations in the area of case and display. The latter now has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels (HD Ready) and a glare type surface at a typical size. The prior model still had the finer resolution of 1366x768 pixels in a 16:9 format.

The device is in the usual price range for such a configuration at a recommended retail price of 349 euros, including added value tax. However, it's tagged with a slightly lower price than its predecessor.

Case

Matching the updated innards, Acer has also revamped the exteriors and now bids a fresh design. It looks a bit friendlier with its rounded shape at first glance. The all-over black color is also convincing. Apart from the high gloss surfaces, it is a coherent bundle that is loosened up by the display lid's raindrop texture. In addition to the black alternative, the device is also available in blue, red and white. However, the correlating German product websites are not available so far. The workmanship and finish basically make a good impression. But the plastic components' partly unclean transitions in details on our test device are reason for complaint.

The case isn't absolutely convincing in terms of stability. Slight pressure is already enough to induce visible yielding in the center. This gives the keyboard a very spongy impression. The display lid, on the other hand, is fairly rigid and only allows a marginal distortion. Stronger pressure from the outside produces slight pressure marks on the picture in a turned on state. However, this should hardly be the case during routine use. Two fragile-looking, tightly pulled display hinges provide a good hold. In addition to the pleasant opening angle of 150 degrees, the evident teetering remains to be a small minus point.

The case's bottom is pleasantly open and allows the user fast access on hardware. The large maintenance cover can be pushed open after removing only one screw. There is a slot for a DDR3 main memory, as well as for the memory medium underneath it. Place for a second RAM bay would be available, but the necessary slot hasn't been soldered. Consequently, the maximum that can be inserted is 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. Moreover, there is also an empty slot for a PCI Express mini card. However, no UMTS module can be retrofitted since there aren't any antennas. A small solid state drive (SSD), such as Intel's SSD Serie 310, would perhaps be a feasible option.

Connectivity

Nothing has been altered in the scope of interfaces. The usual standard without any extras such as USB 3.0 is given. Among others, there are three USB 2.0 ports, a multi-format card reader and a modern HDMI jack for transmitting video and audio in high quality. The available ports are distributed over the case's left and right side. Nevertheless, we would have welcomed a positioning concentrated more on the rear and a USB 3.0 port. The front and rear are void of interface options since the case is beveled at the front, and the 6 cell battery takes up the place at the rear.

Left: Power, RJ45, VGA, USB 2.0, HDMI
Left: Power, RJ45, VGA, USB 2.0, HDMI
Right: Card reader, audio, 2 USB 2.0s, Kensington lock
Right: Card reader, audio, 2 USB 2.0s, Kensington lock
Front: No interfaces
Front: No interfaces
Rear: 6 cell battery (49 watt hours)
Rear: 6 cell battery (49 watt hours)

Communication

The image isn't broken by the communication options and the usual standard for this price range is given. Apart from the latest WLAN standard 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 +HS support, you have to live without gigabit Ethernet. The Atheros AR8152 only supports the transmission with 10/100 MBits. This standard is sufficient for most users and not a major point of criticism.

Supplies

Opening the box quickly disillusions because only the most necessary supplies for immediate use are included. In addition to the netbook, there is the 6 cell battery with 49 watt hours, printed documentation and the 40 watt adapter. In return, the interchangeable connectors for various countries are a highlight. However, only the connector for the respective country where the order was placed is included and other adapters have to be bought optionally. The software bundle includes useful programs such as Office 2010 Starter, Adobe Reader and Skype in addition to Microsoft Windows Home Premium (64 bit) operating system. But, with exception of a few driver programs (keyboard, touchpad, etc.) there is also a lot of freeware and Acer software, which isn't really needed.

Warranty

Acer also grants a warranty period of 12 months, including International Travelers Warranty (ITW), on this netbook. A look at other manufacturers shows that a 24 month warranty is standardly granted in the B2C division (business to customer). You can choose among a 24 or 36 month warranty period for a price between 45 and 89 euros (RRP).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The floating keyboard (FineTip keyboard) is the measure of all things in Acer's netbook sector and also used in this refresh. The typing feel, as well as its characteristics are the same as in all other netbooks from the manufacturer. However, the subjective impression can differ depending on the single user. In this case, the key drop is fairly short and the pressure point isn't clearly palpable. A drawback is the spongy surface towards the center, which could affect typing. The important keys have a sufficient size, whereby they get narrower at the edges. Acer should have perhaps used the TimelineX range (3830TG, 4830TG, 5830TG), with its chiclet style keyboard, as a paragon. Other manufacturers have recognized this trend and implement it.

Touchpad

The touchpad has been revised and is now clearly separated from the wrist-rest. This input device is sufficiently sized with dimensions of 82x43 millimeters (w x h) and a useable surface diameter of 9.2 centimeters. Navigating is easily possible thanks to the slightly corrugated surface and multi-touch gesture support. The mouse keys are underneath a glossy rocker and thus their use isn't optimal. Two separated keys would have been subjectively more agreeable.

Display

Glossy 11.6 inches (HD)
Glossy 11.6 inches (HD)

A small retrograde step has been made in the terms of the screen. The glossy AUO (model:B116XW03 V2) only bids a native resolution of 1280x720 pixels in a 16:9 format at a diagonal of 29.5 centimeters, so 11.6 inches. It still supports the HD Ready standard, but the immediate predecessor, Acer Aspire One 721, could serve with a higher resolution of 1366x768 pixels. You don't have to scroll as much horizontally while you're surfing with 1280 pixels in the width, but there is no harm in having a higher resolution for pleasant working in most cases. A possibility to increase this convenience is connecting an external monitor via the VGA or HDMI out. A Full HD display can be addressed this way without problems.

The screen's built-in LED backlight not only allows a slim build, but a bright illumination as well. The netbook is within the usual midfield with a maximum of 216 cd/m2, respectively an average of 203.6 cd/m2. The entire surface's even illumination of 89 percent has to be rated positively. We didn't notice a visible brightness difference or clouding.

193
cd/m²
195
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 216 cd/m²
Average: 203.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 205 cd/m²
Black: 1.25 cd/m²
Contrast: 164:1
Distribution of brightness

The other measurements confirm the low-cost TN screen image. The black value of 1.25 cd/m2 is slightly increased and a saturated black reproduction isn't possible. Dark background pictures make a slightly gray impression subjectively. Another reason for criticism is the resulting poor contrast (164:1). The device isn't suitable for professional picture editing because it doesn't cover the sRGB reference color spectrum. However, we must point out that no low-priced netbook conceived for customers could score in this field yet.

Outdoor use isn't the One 722's favored field of use despite the netbook's mobile alignment. The screen's glossy surface along with the average brightness and contrast rates make working in sunlight almost impossible outdoors. Working in a shady place is still possible with restrictions. A direct light source from the back should generally be avoided, even indoors.

The limited viewing angle stability isn't surprising either and points to a low-cost display solution. The reproduction remains stable even in narrow angles horizontally without changes. Contrarily, fading and inverting quickly develop during vertical movements (closing) on our used reference picture.

Viewing angles: Acer Aspire One 722-C52kk Netbook
Viewing angles: Acer Aspire One 722-C52kk Netbook

Performance

Apart from the fresh design, the real innovation is the updated innards by AMD. The core components are made up of an AMD C-50 accelerated processing unit with a clock rate of 1 GHz and two cores (dual core). This component is an entry level solution from AMD that is currently finding a new home in more and more netbooks and wants to challenge the Intel Atom platform. In contrast to the Intel Atom N550, the APU however lacks the virtual multiplying of cores (Hyper Threading) and consequently multi-tasking power. The Intel CPU also has the lead in the nominal clock rate with a positive difference of 500 MHz (1.5 GHz).

Another major bonus point of the new APU is the incorporated AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics with a fast core clock of 280 MHz and DirectX 11 support. The fact that Acer currently doesn't have an Aspire One 722 model with the stronger AMD E-350 APU and stronger AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics in its supply is a pity. For example, Asus offers the Eee PC 1215B netbook with this solution for 499 euros (RRP).

System info CPU-Z CPU
System info CPU-Z Cache
System info CPU-Z Mainboard
System info CPU-Z RAM
System info CPU-Z RAM SPD
System info GPU-Z
System info DPC Latency Checker
System info Microsoft Windows 7 Performance Index
System information: Acer Aspire One 722-C52kk Netbook

The first tests in our benchmark course deal with the processor's performance. The C-50 APU achieves satisfactory 1264 points in Cinebench R10 Multi-Thread Rendering (32bit) and thus moves in the familiar netbook range. The Intel Atom N550, as the opponent, occasionally scores better averagely and achieves 1415 points in this test (difference +10.7 percent). A further performance gain can be accomplished thanks to the 64 bit operating system. However, the Intel processor is ruled out because these configurations are only equipped with Windows 7 Starter (32 bit). In plain English, there is a difference of 8.8 percent (1264 to 1386 points) between the 32 and 64 bit application in our test device.

The Aspire One 722 only achieves weak 0.38 points in Cinebench R11.5's CPU benchmark (64 bit) and is thus at the lower end of our database. A comparison with the stronger AMD E-350 APU with a clock rate of 1.6 GHz is worth it although there aren't many available. This component achieves 0.6 points in the Acer Aspire 5253 and has a lead of about 33.7 percent on the C-50 APU. Overall, a rather weak processor performance that is also noticed in routine use as slow opening windows and longer boot times.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1325
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
1359 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
665
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
1264
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
727 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
1386 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
5 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.38 Points
Help
2.8
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
2.8
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
4.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.1
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.5
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE6230 points
3DMark 034249 points
3DMark 052656 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
1411 points
3DMark Vantage423 points
3DMark 11186 points
Help

The AMD Radeon HD 6250 can set itself apart from the Intel counterpart in the synthetic benchmarks' 3D performance. However, real gaming fun doesn't evolve. Subnotebooks with a dedicated graphics card are recommended for ambitions that go in this direction. Futuremark's 3DMark06 confirms this with a score of 1411 points at a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels. The result is in the lower third, as expected. However, the difference to the Intel GMA 3150 in the Atom N550 CPU is striking. This combination accomplishes only 144 points in the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM and has to admit defeat with a difference of 89.8 percent.

System Performance

Futuremark's system benchmarks are a good possibility for a brief, preliminary performance verdict. The total bundle at hand achieves a result of 1582 points in PCMark Vantage. Thus, it is again in the lower third of our database. In addition to the comparatively weak components, the installed memory medium also contributes massively to this. For example, the HP Mini 5103 or the Samsung NF210 are on a comparable level. The new PCMark 7 confirms this result and the Acer Aspire One 722 finds itself among its kind (Asus Eee PC 1015B, Eee PC 1215B).

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage1582 points
PCMark 7747 points
Help
Toshiba MK2559GSXP
Transfer Rate Minimum: 19.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 83.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 63.2 MB/s
Access Time: 17.6 ms
Burst Rate: 119 MB/s
CPU Usage: 13.6 %
Benchmark
System info HD Tune Pro 4.6
Benchmark
System info CrystalDiskMark 3.0

The netbook bids enough memory for the most important data and even more with a gross capacity of 250 GBs. The Toshiba MK2559GSXP is in the average midfield with a work speed of 5400 revolutions per minute and a SATA II bus. The maximum read transfer rate of 80.8 MBs per second (CrystalDiskMark) and the rather slow access rate (AS SSD) confirm this placing. A hybrid drive or a pure-bred solid state drive with a construction height of 9 millimeters is recommendable for more power. However, transfer via SATA III isn't supported.

Emissions

System Noise

Small fan, low noise level. The Aspire One netbook can be categorized this way in the field of system noise. We could measure between 30.5 and 31.5 dB(A) in idle mode at a distance of 15 centimeters. The fan was occasionally deactivated in this time. The memory medium and the use during load were within limits although the noise level increased. The consistent level of 34.7 dB(A) and the fan's rapid speed decrease after finished load is pleasing.

Noise Level

Idle 30.5 / 31.3 / 31.5 dB(A)
HDD 30.6 dB(A)
Load 31.6 / 34.7 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft SL-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The good impression of the previous paragraph can't be kept upright in terms of temperature development. The exteriors already heat up noticeably in idle. Nevertheless, the subjective impression of the maximum 32 degrees Celsius can be described as lukewarm. The temperature increases during load and a peak of up to 43.7 degrees Celsius are recorded. Temperatures in this range are clearly noticeable and a longer use on the lap could get unpleasant. On the other hand, the wrist-rests and the keyboard stay fairly cool and the ergonomics aren't affected.

Max. Load
 36.0 °C31.8 °C27.5 °C 
 35.1 °C33.1 °C27.8 °C 
 32.9 °C32.5 °C26.3 °C 
 
29.6 °C36.1 °C43.7 °C
29.7 °C36.7 °C43.3 °C
28.2 °C33.1 °C33.5 °C
Maximum: 36.0 °C
Average: 31.4 °C
 Maximum: 43.7 °C
Average: 34.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  35.8 °C | Room Temperature 21.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

There is one stereo speaker on both the left and right beneath the wrist-rest. Their sound quality is sufficient for simple podcasts since the high pitches are reproduced clearly and even high volumes don't create distortions. Since it basically lacks deep pitches and basses, playing music or movies with them isn't recommendable. The 3.5 mm stereo jack or the HDMI out allow connecting high quality, external solutions. Both options could ensure a flawless transmission in a sound test.

Battery Life

Classic Test
Minimum battery runtime (Classic Test)

The energy saving components inside and the included 6 cell battery are to ensure netbook typical runtimes. The power supply is big enough for this with a capacity of 49 watt hours (Wh), or 4400 mAh, even if other manufacturers partly offer a bigger alternative. The BatteryEater tool bids two standardized tests that estimate the upper and lower limits with the Classic and Reader's test. The possible span between 3 hours and 15 minutes up to a maximum runtime of 10 hours and 42 minutes convinces and is within an acceptable range for this hardware configuration. In addition to both of these extreme assessments, the test "surfing via WLAN" provides a practical scenario. A still good 6 hours and 34 minutes are possible remote from the power outlet in pleasant display brightness and enabled WLAN adapter with the included battery.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 42min
WiFi Surfing
6h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 15min

The low consumption rates match the given runtimes. The netbook remains modest with a maximum of 9.5 watts in idle. Thus, it is partly better than configurations with an Intel Atom N550. Logically, the consumption increases during load and the incorporated AMD Radeon HD 6250 is noticed during this operation. A maximum of 17.3 watts are needed, whereas the difference to the Intel CPU is now slight. The consumption in a deactivated state or standby doesn't show irregularities.

Power consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 7.0 / 9.0 / 9.5 Watt
Load 15.9 / 17.3 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC-960

Verdict

The Acer Aspire One 722 finishes off the netbook portfolio with the latest AMD C-50 APU and incorporated Radeon HD 6250 Grafik. In terms of performance, the given bundle is nothing new and the Intel opponent should be preferred for pure office performance. The fresh design, the standard scope of interfaces and the easy extendability are bonus points. The lack of case stability in the center area, the usual scanty scope of delivery and glossy display are on the flipside. In contrast to the predecessor, Acer takes a retrograde step and only offers 1280x720 pixels instead of 1366x768 pixels, like in the smaller representative, Acer Aspire One 522.

Apart from the positive qualities, such as the low emissions in idle mode and a quiet cooling system, the temperature development during load and the mainstream stereo loudspeakers have to be criticized. It is however overall a passable offer from Taiwan. We would have liked to see the stronger AMD E-350 and thus an advantage over the 10 inch alternative, as well as a longer warranty period for 349 euros.

In Review: Acer Aspire One 722-C52kk Netbook
In Review: Acer Aspire One 722-C52kk Netbook

Specifications

Acer Aspire One 722-C52kk

:: Processor
AMD C-50 1 GHz
:: Mainboard
AMD A50M
:: Memory
2048 MB, manufacturer: Hynix (Hyundai Electronics), HMT325S6BFR8C-H9, DDR3-10600S, 1066 MHz, maximum 4 GBs, 1 slot
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 6250, Core: 280 MHz, DirectX 11, Shader 5.0, 8.802.2.1000
:: Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1280x720 pixel, AUO B116XW03 V2, WXGA, LED, diagonal: 29.5 centimeters, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Toshiba MK2559GSXP, 250 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
HD Audio
:: Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone out, microphone in, Card Reader: 5-in-1 (MMC, SD, MS, MS PRO, xD), RJ-45
:: Networking
Atheros AR8152 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (10/100MBit), Broadcom 802.11n (a b g n ), 3.0 +HS Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.4 x 285 x 202
:: Weight
1.358 kg Power Supply: 0.172 kg
:: Battery
49 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells, 4400 mAh, 11.1 Volt, model: AL10B31
:: Price
349 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.3 Megapixel, netbook, 40 watt adapter with connector (DE), 6 cell battery, warranty card, instructions, Adobe Reader 9, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Windows Live Essentials, McAfee Internet Security Suite (trial version), newXpresso, Norton Online Backup, Skype, Acer software, 12 Months Warranty, warranty includes pick-up & return service and International Travelers Warranty (ITW), color: black

 

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Pro

+Slim and elegant case
+Easy extendability
+Room saving, light power adapter
+Average office performance
+Low system noise
+Convincing battery runtimes
 

Contra

-Lack of case stability
-Small scope of delivery
-Only a 12 month warranty ex-factory
-Average display rates
-Temperatures during load

Shortcut

What we like

The fresh design with the raindrop look, the good battery runtimes, the easy extendability and the quiet office operation.

What we'd like to see

A matt display with the previously available 1366x768 pixels and a warranty period of 24 months ex-factory.

What surprises us

A chiclet keyboard should be added to Acer's to-do list for the next generation.

The competition

Netbooks with the latest AMD hardware. Among others, Asus Eee PCs 1215B and 1015B or the Toshiba NB550D with the AMD C-50 APU, for example. Also the smaller Aspire One 522 with the same hardware.

Rating

Acer Aspire One 722-C52kk
06/20/2011 v2
Felix Sold

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
66%
Weight
93%
Battery
93%
Display
70%
Games Performance
54%
Application Performance
63%
Temperature
86%
Noise
93%
Add Points
80%
Average
79%
85%
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Weighted Average

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Author: Felix Sold, 2011-06-23 (Update: 2013-06- 6)