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Acer Aspire One D255 E Netbook Review

Reviewing: Acer Aspire One D255 E Netbook  |  Rating:
Brian Lamacraft By Brian Lamacraft on
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The Acer Aspire One D255E is a nice little netbook for those on the go. The unit is easy to set up straight out of the box and comes loaded with Windows 7 Starter. The computer features a Intel Atom N455 processor with 1.66GHz and 512KB cache. The system holds 1GB of DDR3 memory and has a 3-cell Li-ion battery. The hard drive is 250GB which is plenty of room for a basic netbook.

Like many brand name computers this one comes with plenty of software programs you won't use such as McAfee Anti Virus which requires a subscription once the trial runs out. You are better off downloading a free program such as Microsoft Security Essentials from the web. This unit has Microsoft Office and Office Starter loaded but these use up too much memory. A better setup would be to use Open Office which uses less resources. You'll find yourself deleting many programs until you have the setup you like with this netbook.

With 1GB you can do most basic tasks such as web surfing or word processing but 2GB would be ideal. The computer is fine for those average tasks but don't expect great performance if you want to do something intensive like photo editing.. If you use the netbook for web browsing or typing you won't have any problems with it.

The 10.1 inch screen is nice and it gives you a bit more room to work with. The keys are responsive but the keyboard is a bit small for larger hands. It's recommended that you buy an external mouse too since the touchpad isn't that good on this unit. The Aspire One netbook has three USB ports but no optical drive. Wi-fi comes with the system and works well. The batter isn't great on the system and will las you about three hours. You'll need to charge it fully a couple of times before you get 100% use out of it. The adapter cord is very thin and it tangles easily so be careful not to trip over the cord. For web browsing, you should use Chrome since it doesn't use the resources that Microsoft Internet Explorer does.

Overall, this is a decent netbook for general computing. If you need more power you should look at a basic laptop since this system can't do much more than web surfing, word processing, and other simple computing tasks. The Acer Aspire One D255E is a system worth purchasing for a student or those who just want a basic unit for daily tasks that is cheap and portable.