The Acer Aspire One 751 is the first mini-laptop from Acer to sport a power saving Intel Atom processor and an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. Unfortunately, Pocket Lint found that this high resolution display is much better suited to displaying images than high definition video, thanks to the pokey processor. While most netbooks use the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU and 945GSE chipset, the Acer Aspire One 751 uses an Intel Atom Z520 CPU and US15W chipset. The result is that the laptop handles standard definition YouTube videos just fine, but balks at HD video playback.

On the bright side, the laptop is super slim and the folks at Pocket Lint said it was awfully attractive. They didn’t love the keyboard, saying it had a bit too much flex. But the keys seem to be large and evenly spaced.

The standard 3 cell, 2200mAh battery lasted about three hours in the Pocket Lint test, which wouldn’t be too bad if the test was performed with WiFi on. But it wasn’t. In other words, you’ll be lucky to get 2 to 2.5 hours of run time if you actually want to connect to a wireless network. So if you’re planning on using this laptop on the road you might want to invest in an extended battery. Acer will make a 5200mAh battery option available.

via SlashGear

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10 replies on “Acer Aspire One 751 reviewed, found disappointing”

  1. They promised us super-slim and 8 hours of battery life! They failed to deliver anywhere near that with the flush-fitting battery. 3 hours without WiFi is rather poor- and totally lame for a netbook, where portability is the key feature. It won’t matter if they offer a bulk-adding 6-cell, because it will ruin the slick design and portability that would have sold this thing.

    I can live with the lower performance processor and chipset they used (this is not a multimedia machine). I cannot live without the battery life. Very disappointing.

  2. Hurray for reviews!
    Now let’s hope that people read what POS this is and don’t fall for the looks. If only there were reviews for people. SlashPeople?

    1. It’s a POS only when you insist on comparing it to X200s and other ultralight full powered 12″ laptops. That and when ppl don’t try to do research about ways to make 720p playable on a device like this, just make them look like fools.

      And did you really think manu. would shoot themselves in the foot by making these as powerful as the $1k+ ultralights? If that was the case you whiners would just turn around and say they’re fools for make the 1k 12″ ultralights.

      And bashers stop saying for the umpteenth time that you can buy blah blah blah 14.1″ laptop for the same price or $50. If you hate this thing WTF do you insist on coming in here and make more comment. Just ignore the post.

      The amount of whining is just ridiculous everywhere.

  3. Too bad… the battery life is so short and they chose the wrong chipset/CPU. I had high hopes for this laptop… the size and resolution seem just about perfect for my use (coming from a 12″ PowerBook G4 and an Eee 1000HE).

  4. Trouble playing HD youtube and full screen youtube only happens if you play it the browser. If you download the HD youtube vids and play them with mplayer or vlc they play fine even full screen and use much less cpu resources.

    1. True, but some of us rarely download anything and only use streaming video (Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, etc.) They are all pretty bad with this chipset. I own a Dell Mini 10 and can pretty much forget about anything but standard def, and no full-screen anything. I knew this going in, so it wasn’t a dealbreaker for me (I have my Macbook for that stuff). The Mini 10 is mostly for work.

  5. Now if they had just stuck the N280 in there and even the GMA 950 or even the GN40 and this would have been one great ‘netbook’. They pretty much ruined it when they decided to put the Z series in there. I can’t wait till one manufacturer wakes up and puts the 11.6″ screen with the N280… shouldn’t be long

    1. Yeah, I’m looking for 11.6″, N series, 8-9 hour battery. I was hoping to get a tablet with that, but I’d settle for the first 3.

  6. Another case of the crap drivers for the Z5xx/GMA 500 hurting the performance. Now that more netbooks are using this chipset, hopefully we will see a major update soon.

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