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Acer Aspire One D255 review

A great netbook, but the inclusion of Android seems a little unnecessary

Our Verdict

A great netbook, but the inclusion of Android seems a little unnecessary

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Long battery life
  • large keyboard
  • build quality

Against

  • Colours look washed out, Android is unnecessary

Despite the rise of tablet devices, the netbook market still charges on. The Acer Aspire One D255 (£286 inc. VAT) is one of the latest and, with manufacturers looking to set their products apart from the rest, runs the smartphone-centric Android (2.1) operating system (OS), as well as Windows 7.

The exact model we have here is the Acer Aspire One D255-N55QDr.

The 10.1-inch screen is very comfortable to use thanks to the lack of a shiny screen coating, and so is easy to read in all light conditions. Having said that, we would have liked it to be a little brighter. Colours appear a bit washed out, making this more suited to office work than viewing movies.

Solid build

Build quality is good and this is a machine that will take quite a bit of punishment on the road, which is where this netbook is likely to spend most of its time.

We were extremely impressed by the Acer's keyboard. It is large, firm and provides a very crisp typing action – one of the best we've experienced on a machine of this size, making it ideally suited for those who need to write a lot on the move.

Similarly, the touchpad is exceptionally easy to use, which is not always the case with netbooks. It is large, yet we never brushed it during typing and the multitouch functionality worked without a hitch – again a rarity on a netbook.

An Intel Atom processor provides power enough for basic use. It is a dual-core version, so should provide more power, but we didn't notice an improvement over older Atom processors, and word processing and web browsing run just as laboriously as before.

The integrated graphics card provides basic multimedia performance, and the netbook is more about consuming content, such as movies, than creating it.

Portability is excellent and the 389 minute battery life and 1.2kg weight are impressive, again making it ideal for the regular traveller. As mentioned above, you can choose to run either Windows 7 or Google Android OS.

Windows 7 works just as you would imagine, offering all the compatibility you could want, as well as a familiar system to work with. Android has been included to provide a quick way of getting on the web, reading emails and viewing your photos and movies.

We like the sentiment and the smartphone-centric OS does transfer nicely on to the netbook – but we can't really see the point and were just as happy using Windows 7 for the above.

Fortunately, the Acer Aspire One D255 does the basics very well, making this an incredibly usable and portable option. We're just not convinced about the inclusion of Android, however.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire One D255
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelN550
ColourRed
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.25 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height24 mm
Width258.5 mm
Depth185 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesD255
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAOD255-N55DQrr
Product NameAspire One AOD255-N55DQrr Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire One
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberLU.SDR0D.024
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Get fantastic mobile connectivity in just the shade that suits you with the 10.1" Aspire One D255. Available in five striking colors, the design is stylish and ultra-thin. Stay mobile with 8 hours of battery power and and get online anywhere you get a cell phone signal via optional 3G. Smart usability and easy "carry-ability" make this netbook ideal for everyday computing on the go.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire One AOD255-N55DQrr Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter