Acer Aspire One D255 review

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The Acer Aspire One D255’s physical design is understated. Apart from the slight bulge of the 4,400mAh battery at the rear, it measures only 24mm thick, and that slim figure is matched with a gloss-black lid and an attractive strip of metallic grey stretching across the wrist rest.

Acer Aspire One D255 review

Acer hasn’t sacrificed stamina for those good looks, though: the Aspire One D255 lasted 9hrs 25mins in our light-use battery test.

Despite being relatively light at only 1.13kg, build quality is solid. The lid doesn’t feel as taut as some of its rivals, flexing noticeably to and fro, and tugging on the slender base reveals a little give, but neither is a cause for concern.

Acer Aspire One D255

The keyboard layout is free of needlessly shrunken keys and that, combined with the wide right-shift key, makes it easy to get up to a brisk typing speed. The touchpad also works without fuss. The wide, smooth surface feels nice, supports two-fingered scrolling, and is accompanied by a rocker button that offers just the right amount of resistance to each click.

The 10.1in display has an excellent 438:1 contrast ratio and, by netbook standards, faithful colour reproduction. Brightness peaks at a modest 206cd/m[sup]2[/sup], but otherwise the only major downside is the shiny finish, which results in distracting reflections in brighter conditions.

The clincher is the core specification. Intel’s dual-core Atom N550 processor helps push the Aspire One D255 to an overall score of 0.21, placing it among the fastest performers in the group. USB 3, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet are absent, but three USB 2 ports, an SD/MMC card reader and 802.11n wireless should cover most eventualities.

Other netbooks offer more features, and AMD Fusion models are better at video, but those looking for a solid all-rounder need look no further. Acer’s Aspire One D255 delivers dual-core power at an excellent price.


Warranty1 yr return to base International

Physical specifications

Dimensions259 x 185 x 29mm (WDH)
Travelling weight1.4kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Atom N550
RAM capacity1.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total1

Screen and video

Screen size10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal1,024
Resolution screen vertical600
Resolution1024 x 600
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA 3150
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0


Hard diskWestern Digital WD2500BEVT
Optical driveN/A
Battery capacity4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed100Mbits/sec
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
USB ports (downstream)3
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readeryes
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating1.3mp
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use9hr 25min
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.21
Responsiveness score0.40
Media score0.15
Multitasking score0.08

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Starter 32-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partiion

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