Acer Aspire 1551 11.6" Notebook Review - HotHardware

Acer Aspire 1551 11.6" Notebook Review

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Covering the bases
 Acer Aspire 1551-5448

AMD Turion II Neo X2 K625
(1.5GHz)

4GB DDR3

AMD Mobility
Radeon HD 4225 IGP

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x320GB Hard Drive         
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (64-bit)

11.6" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Lenovo ThinkPad X100e

AMD Athlon Neo (MV-40)
(1.66GHz)

2GB DDR2

Radeon HD 3200 IGP

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Professional (32-bit)

11.6" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
HP Mini 311

Intel Atom N270
(1.6GHz)

2GB DDR2

NVIDIA Ion GPU
(Based on 9400M)


On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA


Windows 7 Home
Premium (32-bit)

11.6" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Asus Eee PC 1215N

Intel Atom D525
(1.8GHz)

2GB DDR3

Intel GMA HD
(Pineview) +
NVIDIA Ion 2

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive         
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (64-bit)

12" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)



 Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.



When looking at the 3D Mark 06 scores, we see the Eee PC 1215N dominating the competition. But remember, it has an Ion 2 graphics chip under its hood. The Acer Aspire 1551 holds it own quite well given that it's relying on an integrated chipset, and while these scores prove that it's not capable of hardcore gaming, it's definitely powerful enough to handle 720p/1080p multi-media playback.


Acer Aspire 1551-5448 3DMark 06 Score




 Performance Comparisons with Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmarkvantage/introduction/

Next we ran the system through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric PCMark Vantage. This benchmark suite creates a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition video and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core processors. 


On less GPU-intense benchmarks, you see the performance benefits that we have been talking about. In overall performance, the Aspire 1551 surpasses the competition easily. So basically, in every case outside of gaming, this unit outpaces its rivals.



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Acer has been using AMD Neo CPUs in their netbooks for a while now.  This one looks like an updated Acer Ferrari One netbook without the Ferrari trim.  A newer CPU and newer (and slower) GPU.  HDD range is the same, keyboard layout is the same, ram is the same, OS is the same.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking this thing.  It comes in about $200 less, while it should perform faster in everything but games.  Well worth the money.

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Yes, it's a decent machine. I tested it out as well. It does need a stronger GPU but Zacate is coming for that.

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And seeing as Acer is such an AMD fan in their netbooks, I'm betting their one of the first out the gate with a Zacate netbook Dave.

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Id' say you're probably right there, mh. :)

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The specs aren't bad, but why a HDD spinning at only 5400 rpm ?...

Henri

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Overall, it's a nice little PC.

As to the low battery life, it will only be a short time before you can buy double sized batteries on E-Bay for it. I got one for my HP laptop that was 1/3 the price of a regular one from HP and had twice the number of cells in it. The factory original battery had died, and not long after I recycled it, HP came out with a 'free battery replacement' program for my laptop. The 'double-stuff' battery works really well though.

BTW: The  3D-mark performance chart says 'lower scores are better', but maybe should read that higher scores are better.

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That's pretty standard for thin and light, lower cost machines these days, Infinity. I don't see how a 7200RPM drive would take cost up that much but I suppose, when you talk about notebook drives, where on the fly head parking is required to mitigate shock and vibe damage (and areal density is much lower), the cost model definitely scales up much quicker than desktop drives.

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Errr Dave, I think you mixed me and  mh up.

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Like the review... puts my X340 to shame in performance and battery life, but that's what happens over the course of a year. Also, these low end, <=$500 notebooks are perfect for students to use in class! (I can vouch for that)

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