Acer Aspire One D255 review

4 Jul 2011

An affordable dual-core netbook that puts in a sterling all-round performance

Acer Aspire One D255
Price when reviewed 
250
5

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.

Acer Aspire One D255

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/m[sup]2[/sup], 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.

Details

Price ex VAT £208
Price inc VAT £250
Overall rating 5
Features & Design 6
Value for Money 4
Performance 3

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base International

Physical specifications

Dimensions 259 x 185 x 29mm (WDH)
Weight 1.130kg
Travelling weight 1.4kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Atom N550
RAM capacity 1.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 1

Screen and video

Screen size 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,024
Resolution screen vertical 600
Resolution 1024 x 600
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 3150
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 250GB
Hard disk Western Digital WD2500BEVT
Optical drive N/A
Battery capacity 4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 100Mbits/sec
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support no

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
USB ports (downstream) 3
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader yes
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 1.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 9hr 25min
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.21
Responsiveness score 0.40
Media score 0.15
Multitasking score 0.08

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Starter 32-bit
OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partiion