The Acer Aspire One 522 has been much awaited ever since it was leaked around August 2010. It’s not surprising that this netbook has been getting some attention—it is among the first wave of devices to come with the new AMD Fusion platform. What’s surprising though is that it’s now available here in Manila through Villman!
The new AMD Fusion platform has been touted as a worthy competitor to the popular Intel Atom, with even better graphics performance. But since reviews of this new platform are yet to trickle in, it’s not clear how much better it will be compared to the Atom, and at what cost in battery life.
For the Acer Aspire One 522, here’s the breakdown of its specs as sold here:
- Processor: AMD C-series processor C-50 (1MB L2 cache, 1GHz, DDR 3 1066 MHz, 9W)
- Chipset: AMD A50M Fusion™ Controller Hub
- Video: ATI Radeon™ HD 6250 Graphics with 256 MB of dedicated system memory, supporting Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD3), OpenCL® 1.1, OpenGL® 3.1, OpenEXR High Dynamic-Range (HDR) technology, Shader Model 5.0, Microsoft® DirectX® 11
- OS: Windows 7 Starter Edition
- Memory: 2GB DDR3
- Hard Drive: 250GB
- Display: 10.1–inch HD 1280X 720 (WXGA) pixel resolution, high brightness (200–nit) LED backlit TFT LCD
- Battery: 48 W 4400 mAh 6-cell Li-Ion battery pack (Up to 5 hours battery life)
It’s nice to see a model hit the Philippines first before other markets. In the Acer Aspire One 522, we’re given an early chance to review AMD’s newest entry in mobile computing. Right now, it is locally priced at 17,892 pesos, roughly around 420 USD. For that price, you get a netbook with above average processing and gaming performance (compared to the Atom), a higher resolution screen rarely seen on netbooks, and hopefully just enough battery life. It would be nice to get our hands on one of these things soon.