Acer Aspire One D255 review
An affordable dual-core netbook that puts in a sterling all-round performance
Review Date: 4 Jul 2011
Reviewed By: Sasha Muller
Price when reviewed: £208 (£250 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
The Acer Aspire One D255’s physical design is understated. Apart from the slight bulge of the 4,400mAh battery at the rear, it measures only 24mm thick, and that slim figure is matched with a gloss-black lid and an attractive strip of metallic grey stretching across the wrist rest.
Acer hasn’t sacrificed stamina for those good looks, though: the Aspire One D255 lasted 9hrs 25mins in our light-use battery test.
Despite being relatively light at only 1.13kg, build quality is solid. The lid doesn’t feel as taut as some of its rivals, flexing noticeably to and fro, and tugging on the slender base reveals a little give, but neither is a cause for concern.
The keyboard layout is free of needlessly shrunken keys and that, combined with the wide right-shift key, makes it easy to get up to a brisk typing speed. The touchpad also works without fuss. The wide, smooth surface feels nice, supports two-fingered scrolling, and is accompanied by a rocker button that offers just the right amount of resistance to each click.
The 10.1in display has an excellent 438:1 contrast ratio and, by netbook standards, faithful colour reproduction. Brightness peaks at a modest 206cd/m2, but otherwise the only major downside is the shiny finish, which results in distracting reflections in brighter conditions.
The clincher is the core specification. Intel’s dual-core Atom N550 processor helps push the Aspire One D255 to an overall score of 0.21, placing it among the fastest performers in the group. USB 3, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet are absent, but three USB 2 ports, an SD/MMC card reader and 802.11n wireless should cover most eventualities.
Other netbooks offer more features, and AMD Fusion models are better at video, but those looking for a solid all-rounder need look no further. Acer’s Aspire One D255 delivers dual-core power at an excellent price.
Author: Sasha Muller
How old are these things, has this been a long term review? They are up on Amazon at £175 used and refurbed!
By billy_love on 5 Jul 2011
went to Currys and Comet on Jun3 30th to try and buy one of these only to be told that the only stock was the one on the shelf because the product was now discontinued. Why are you reviewing discontinued items!!!
By astead on 6 Jul 2011
I've confirmed with Acer that the D255 isn't being discontinued. In fact, there are loads of current SKUs available, in a range of different specifications and, importantly, pretty colours.
Feel free to email me at sasha (at) pcpro.co.uk if you have any further questions.
By SashaMuller on 8 Jul 2011
well both my local comet and currys are numpties (as i suspected). Ended up ordering a Toshiba NB550D instead.
By astead on 8 Jul 2011
Watch the spec
The D255 reviewed here has the dual core Atom N550 processor.
There are cheaper D255 models with the single core N450 or N455 processors.
By Hamster on 12 Jul 2011
How well does this netbokk run iPlayer desktop ?
By MiniEggs on 13 Sep 2011
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