Acer Aspire One AOD255E-1802 Netbook Review
Written by Devin McCarthy
Whether you are looking for an inexpensive laptop for traveling, college, or business, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-1802 Diamond Black delivers solid all around performance at a good price.
The Acer Aspire One AOD255E-1802 Diamond Black features a webcam, full keyboard, touch-pad mouse control, and clear 10.1 inch screen. The Acer Aspire will handle most things you can throw at it but it not a super power. The single core Intel Atom 550 1.5 gigabyte processor and on-motherboard video card can handle word processing or internet surfing. It slows down to a chug if I attempt to play any sort of demanding video games. Where the Acer Aspire One shines is online. The wireless card is great, finding and connecting to every near network with ease. Streaming Netflix is very good as well.
The way that I see it, the Acer Aspire One AOD255E-1802 Diamond Black’s main competition is the Apple iPad. The Acer Aspire One has three clear advantages. First, the Acer features a full keyboard which (though small) feels solid and responsive. Second, the Aspire runs Windows and is open to easily load and remove programs (rather then being forced to use an application store). Thirdly, the Acer runs flash which means that the online experience is greatly enhanced. It is easy to watch videos, play games, and navigate the web.
- Small but durable
- Powerful enough for most tasks
- Full keyboard
- Webcam built in
- Supports Adobe Flash
- Windows 7 based system
- Strong wireless card
- Does not run full video games well
- Can run slow when overloaded
- Screen is small
- On-board speaker are not great
- Touch Mouse control takes getting used to
- Only comes with Window 7 Starter
I received an Acer Aspire One AOD255E-1802 Diamond Black for Christmas last year. I have had 6 months to try out the netbook. I love it. As I was finishing the last year of college, the Acer Aspire was with me in a my backpack. Because the Acer is so small, it is not problem to carry it around. I typed out most of my papers on the netbook keyboard even through I have a more powerful desktop computer. There are only two problems with the Acer Aspire. First, it comes loaded with Windows 7 Starter which means you can only have three programs open at on time. This is very limiting and I bought the $99 upgrade as soon as I could. Second, it would be nice if it were slightly more powerful. If I have Netflix stream and another couple webpages open there is a noticeable lag.
The Acer Aspire One AOD255E-1802 Diamond Black is great all around machine. It you need a ultra portable, solid computer that includes a nicely proportioned keyboard the Acer Aspire One is for you. If you are looking for super powerful video game playing laptop, you may want to look elsewhere.