Acer Aspire One 522, 722 notebooks get a spec bump

Acer Aspire One 522

This weekend we spotted a new Asus Eee PC netbook configured with a shiny new 1.33 GHz AMD C-60 dual core processor. Now it looks like Acer is giving its low cost Aspire One notebooks the same makeover.

The Acer Aspire One 522 10 inch netbook and Aspire One 722 11.6 inch model originally shipped with 1 GHz AMD C-50 processors and Radeon HD 6250 graphics. But Notebook Italia spotted versions of each which have the new AMD C-60 chip with more powerful Radeon HD 6290 graphics.

You won’t exactly get desktop-class performance out of the new chips, but the new processors should offer a little more power without actually using more energy. The C-60 chip has a TDP of 9W, just like the older C-50 processor.

Acer’s Aspire One 522 netbook features a 10. 1inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display and 1GB or more of RAM.

The Aspire One 722 has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 500GB of hard drive space.

Both laptops have 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 6 cell batteries, and flash card readers.

There’s no word on if or when we’ll see the updated laptops in the US, but in Europe they’re selling for 250 Euros and 400 Euros, respectively.

  • Bah Web

    I have a 521 the AMD 1.7 chip in, is it worth the upgrade to this new 522 with the C-60 as i would like a higher resolution display..?

    • Brad Linder

      If you primarily want a higher resolution screen, sure… but I wouldn’t expect a big performance boost. 

      The Aspire One 521 has a single core chip, but if I remember correctly, it was actually a bit faster at many tasks than the Aspire One 522 with the C-50 chip. The new model with the C-60 should be a little better, but it’s not likely to be a huge difference. 

    • crashsuit

      I’ve got the older AO522 and even I’m feeling an urge to upgrade. I’d previously moved up from the AO521 and the increase in resolution from 1024×600 to 1280×720 is a pretty big deal. I do some gaming and graphics processing and the increase in video power was pretty noticeable as well.

  • Bah Web

    The 521 is a quick little machine especially with the extra ram, but would be nice to have the better resolution… i got the 521 based on your comparison review of the 521/522 C-50.. Doesn’t look like they are available in the UK yet either..