Carson A. Wilkie from Florida gives it 5 Stars and says this about the Acer Aspire: “This 11.6” 1.0Ghz [1.33 turbo] netbook packs a punch for its size and low power consumption. The AMD C-60 mobile dual core processor runs well enough to play videos without skipping and efficiently enough to stay charged for as much as 7 hours. I opted for this model over the earlier 722-454 version for several reasons: its dual core processor, 2GB of RAM installed/ upgradable to 4GB, and 320GB hard drive.
If you’re still not sold on a netbook over a tablet or standard laptop read on.
Tablets are still recreational devices, fun, chic in cafes, but they’re still mostly for playing games and looking busier than you actually are. They have a few practical features, but all require a keyboard, which is an extra expense, and conveniently included with a netbook! If you do a lot of writing, typing, or work related proposals and editing, the DataViz optional word processor for Android tablets won’t replace MS Office. It has limited functionality and frequently crashes without auto-saving. If you’re thinking about an iPad or AirBook, remember, you’re buying into a complete product line of computers, music, videos and applications which are virtually useless on non-Apple devices. If you buy one Apple product, you have to buy them all. This is great for some, but expensive for most.
As I said, if you’re comparing this netbook to a traditional laptop, this model doesn’t require you to make a lot of sacrifices in your performance expectations. Just remember, netbooks don’t have CD/DVD drives, no 10-key, and smaller screens. One complaint I have with this model is that it’s missing a built-in bluetooth antenna. Irritating, but easily remedied with a low-profile USB dongle in one of the three available USB ports, which is more than on most netbooks. I would recommend spending the extra $25 to upgrade the RAM to 4GB when you purchase it. It’s very easy to install yourself–no under the keyboard poking around required. There’s a single philip’s head screw in the middle of the bottom plate, unscrew it, slide forward and you’ll find the single DIMM looking right at you. Anybody who played with shape blocks as a kid can figure it out. All in all, this is a good buy for 329.99. It’s cheaper than most tablets and standard laptops and you can use it for actual work out of the box, no extra $50 keyboards required.”
“I recently started looking at Netbooks when I first saw a Toshiba NB505 in a local store and almost purchased it. Fortunately I decided to look into them a little more before buying one. Like all computers two of the most important components for me are the processor and the ram. The Acer Aspire One AO722 is one of the few netbooks offering a dual core processor, up-gradable memory and Windows 7 Home (not Starter).
After being scared off by reviews from other netbook products (including some from Acer) complaining about long boot up times, slow performance etc.. I decided to try this unit. So far it has exceeded my expectations in every way (keeping in mind that it is a netbook and not a mini-laptop). In fact several times I have found my wife favoring it over her newer HP laptop. Right out of the box (with 2GB of Ram) it was streaming Netflix video with no hesitation, skipping or jerking. I have since upgraded the Ram to 4 GB and it still performs super. As for speed it boots to the windows login screen in 30 seconds or less and including typing in my password windows is open and fully functioning within 45 second of powering the unit on (neither my desktop or my wifes laptop can boot up that quickly).
Windows 7 Home (not Starter)
Dual Core Processor
320 GB Hard Drive
Long Battery Life
Epresso Black Finish easily shows fingerprints
Speaker volume not very loud – even at full volume
Some noticeable keyboard flex while typing – although does not effect performance
All in all a great netbook for a good price. Like all netbooks just keep in mind that it is a netbook (limited multi-tasking)and not a miniature laptop. Use it accordingly and I am sure you love it. Buying your first netbook is confusing and a bit overwhelming but it is hard to see where you could go wrong with the ACER AO722.”
Allen Benusa Says: “Typically when using a netbook, you are giving up the performance and features of a full sized netbook. However this netbook is at the top if its class when it comes to netbooks, and its capabilities are nearing those of a full size laptop. This netbook features a dual core high end netbook processor with integrated ATI graphics utilizing 256MB dedicated RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, has 2GB RAM standard, a 320GB HDD, and 1366 X 768 resolution screen. These specs are actually approaching the specs of a regular notebook.
Today I, purchased two of these netbooks today at Target. Sale price of $198, then 5% off using a Target card, and another 5% off for using a Target pharmacy rewards coupon. So I scored each one for $178. A tremendous deal. I set them both up today, one for my 9 yr old daughter to do basic learning activities and simple paper writing on, and one for my wife who travels from clinic to clinic and wanted something super light.
I am impressed. Even out of the box, with the standard 2GB of RAM, this machine seems more than adequate to do basic tasks. It certainly does web browsing, email, Microsoft Word and Excel with ease and no hesitation.
Like others, with the price of RAM so cheap, I’ll be installing a 4GB RAM SODIMM to get that little bit of extra performance. Which brings up another point, this netbook is EASILY upgradeable. The entire back cover comes off with one screw. Easy access to the RAM, HDD, and even an empty mini PCIe slot.
Update 25 Nov 2011:
It has been 3 weeks now since I have had this netbook. No complaints so far. I did the RAM upgrade, which has increased performance a small bit. The biggest performance improvements were to uninstall all bloatware and the antivirus that it shipped with. I installed Microsoft Security Essentials which is a lightweight basic antivirus/antimalware product provided free by Microsoft.
I decided I wanted integrated Bluetooth. Since the chipset used for the original wireless WiFi is Atheros, I decided I should find an Atheros solution to thwart off any possibility of compatibility problems. A search on the internet for mini PCIe Atheros came up with some listings on Ebay. The one I settled on is an Atheros AR5B195 Wireless + Bluetooth Half Mini PCI-E Card for $21 including shipping.
The combo WiFi/Bluetooth card arrived a few days ago and I installed it. It was a very simple procedure to remove the existing wireless card (open the case, pop off the antennae leads, remove the hold down screw) Reverse the procedure to install the new card. The new card also has two antennae connections. WiFi and Bluetooth share the antennae.
Two sets of drivers are needed. The Atheros Bluetooth drivers can be found on the Acer Aspire One AO722 drivers section. The Atheros WiFi drivers were a bit hard to find. I tried several different ones before I had success. The successful driver was a Dell DW1702 wireless card driver. R301705.exe. The driver did not want to initially install probably because the driver package was looking for a Dell machine. So what I did was go to the device manager, pick the network device not working (our new Atheros card) and install the driver by hand by pointing to the Dell driver directory. Voila, the driver installed. As soon as the driver was installed, wireless was again available.
Everything appears to be working fine. I can now use a Bluetooth mouse without a dongle!”