Acer Aspire One AO756-2641 11.6-Inch Laptop Review

Acer Aspire One AO756-2641 11.6-Inch Laptop

The Acer Aspire One AO756-2641 11.6-Inch Laptop is a compact, lightweight machine designed for usability on the move.

Its full-size keyboard and diminutive footprint make it the ideal companion for people who need to travel light but also get some real work done – anyone who has tried to write a long email or other document via a tablet’s on-screen keyboard will instantly recognise the advantage in a real keyboard and familiar working environment.

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This machine is driven by a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron 847 Processor with 2MB of L3 Cache – a dual-core, Ultra Low Voltage part designed for entry-level laptops. Although it is based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture, many of its more advanced features are disabled, and its performance is no match for processors in the Intel Core range.

That said, many day-to-day tasks aren’t so demanding as to really need one of those more powerful processors, and it is these tasks that Acer is targeting with the Aspire One AO756-2641. This is also apparent from the mere 2GB of RAM installed in the system. Despite being double the minimum amount required by the supplied copy of Windows 8, it is still substantially less than is usually (but not always!) supplied in machines targeted at more gruelling tasks.

The integrated Intel HD graphics hardware is similarly limited. It is more than adequate for day-to-day tasks, is capable of handling HD video surprisingly well and shouldn’t struggle too much with casual games. But, for more sophisticated games, even relatively undemanding titles like Sims 3 will probably need low detail settings to be playable.

Pros :

  • Small, lightweight, ultra portable
  • Full size keyboard, multi-touch touchpad
  • Large Hard Disk
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • No CD / DVD drive
  • Only 2GB RAM supplied

Fortunately, the machine’s 320GB hard drive, while not over-generous, is probably more than the typical user of this machine could reasonably be expected to fill in a hurry. It is certainly capacious enough to hold quite a few movies, which may be significant if you intend to use this machine for entertainment on the move, as, like many machines in its class, it lacks a CD / DVD optical drive.

If you think you’re likely to need an optical drive, you will need to purchase an external USB model and connect it via one of the machine’s three USB 2.0 ports. Other connectivity options include an HDMI port for connecting to an HDTV, both a wired ethernet port and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for connecting to networks – and, of course, the internet – and a 2-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader for easily transferring images from memory cards.

The machine measures 11.22 x 7.95 x 1.09 inches (L x W x H) and weighs just over 3 lbs, including its 4 cell battery. That, along with its battery life of up to 4 hours, makes this laptop extremely portable while still being able to handle routine tasks such as web browsing, email, document editing and video chat via its built-in HD webcam. It isn’t a terribly powerful computer, but then, it doesn’t pretend to be and doesn’t need to be to handle the tasks it was designed for.

If you’re looking for a ultra-portable, low-cost, relatively low-spec machine with a good keyboard and multi-gesture touchpad to handle the basics on the move, this could well be the machine you’ve been searching for.

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