There’s good news and bad news about that new Acer Aspire One 521 netbook that was introduced the other day. The good news is the folks at Notebook have gotten their hands on a demo unit. The bad news is they’ve discovered it has issues playing HD video from YouTube.

Standard definition video looks good enough — and so does 720p HD video in windowed mode. But when you try to blow the video up to full screen mode, it looks pretty choppy. 1080p HD video looks like a slideshow.

The Acer Aspire One 521 has a 1.2GHz AMD V105 single core processor, ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics, and a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display. The laptop should be able to handle HD playback for local video files stored on your hard drive, it looks like it might have problems with Flash video — at least until Adobe releases a version of Flash Player that supports the graphics card in this machine — although it’s also possible that the reviewer simply didn’t install the latest release candidate for Adobe Flash Player 10.1

via Netbook

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6 replies on “Acer Aspire One 521 with AMD V105 CPU: HD video test”

  1. if you install flash player 10.1 it plays 1080p you tube files with no problems. (flash player 10.1 supports the gpu in the acer)

  2. Hope this is more powerful than the first one… That thing was terribly SLOW!! You think they would learn and boost up the performance. I’m not too familiar with the new AMD V series, hopefully it will give some decent speed, I’m not holding my breath though.

  3. The V series processors of which there are only 2 out of about 20 or so that where released this week by AMD are the only 2 that will not have the VISION branding. ALL the others in the K and P series will, I think that might explain the results. Much of what Brad said could be possible even if the ATI 4200 series graphics should be able to carry the load…you have to have the right drivers for it to work.

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