On first glance, the Acer 722 laptop is just like Acer 522 but in a larger shell. This Acer laptop comes with a bright 11.6 inch display packing HD resolution and sports the latest AMD C50 processor along with ATi Radeon HD 6250 graphics that do a great job in handling full HD (1920 x 1080 px) resolution videos. When I received the netbook for review, I had some serious concerns about the processor. After all, an AMD 1GHz single core CPU should be barely able to run an OS like Windows 7, right? Wrong.
First, let me tell you the difference between the Acer 522 and 722. The Acer 522 comes with a 10.1 inch display that has only 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. The keyboard has less width and overall typing experience feels a lot cramped than the Acer 722 that has a bigger chassis which in turn allowed the manufacture to equip it a with a bigger keyboard. Talking about keyboard, the keys are large and have decent tactile feedback. I wouldn’t say that it has the best keyboard in the market, but is good enough for typing long emails and edit documents. I just would not recommend it for typing a novel. Asus 12 inch netbooks (like Asus 1215B) has much better, roomier keyboard.
The APU features AMD C50 processor and ATi Radeon HD 6250 GPU that handles graphics so much better than the GMA 3150 (used in most of the Atom netbooks). Sure, you would not be able to play Crysis, but you would be able to squeeze much better framerates in games that are 3-4 years old. The GPU is powerful enough to output full HD resolution videos through its HDMI port with no problem.
Battery life is amazing on 722. I was able to get 5.5 hours of runtime while browsing the Internet over Wi-Fi. This was with balanced profile. I am sure you would be able to 6 hours on power saving mode but that really bogs the things down.
Life most of the netbooks, it came with a single RAM slot. However, unlike Atom netbooks, this one can accommodate a 4GB DDR3 RAM stick. I tried one and it worked fine. Just make sure you are running 64 bit version of Windows 7.
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May 6, 2011