Left: Acer Aspire 721 / Right: Acer Aspire 521

Let’s be honest. The Acer Aspire 521 doesn’t look all that different from most other 10 inch netbooks Acer has released so far this year. What’s different about this model is that it’s one of the first with an AMD processor and chipset instead of Intel components. But you wouldn’t really know that to look at the laptop.

That said, it’s always a bit of fun to check out one of the first unboxing videos, so after the break for your viewing pleasure is an unboxing vid courtesy of nDevil.

For reference, the Acer Aspire 521 has a 1.7GHz AMD Athlon 2 Neo K125 processor and ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics. It supports DDR3 memory, and has two RAM slots, which means you can install up to 4GB of memory on this model.

I got a brief look at this netbook, as well as its larger cousin the Acer Aspire 721 with an 11.6 inch display the other night, and the build quality really does look excellent. I’ll be curious to see how these machine stack up against similar models with Intel Atom or Intel CULV processors in terms of performance.

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8 replies on “Acer Aspire One 521 unboxed”

  1. acer aspire one 521 can only handle max 2gb ddr3. Its the acer 721 can take 4gb ddr3 as this has to ram slots

  2. i am speaking about ao521. after opening back plate only 1 memory slot is visible. iam not sure if this slot can accept 4gb. (for sure you can put 2gb there -tested). seconde memory slot is either not present or it is under hdd (unlikly)

  3. I have this netbook and it has only 1 ram slot so max ram is only 2gb ddr3

  4. What is the performance of the Athlon 2 Neo k325 (in the 721) compared to ULV Core 2? Anyone know of a chart or review showing where it stands compared to other similar processors?

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