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Acer Aspire One AO751 Review

Looks like Acer was the first one to let out a 12-inch netbook in the market with the 11.6″ Acer Aspire AO751. After using one for a couple of weeks, I got to the bottom of things. Check out our full review after the jump.


The large 11.6″ screen is a big plus for the AO751 with a large 1366×768 pixel resolution only the Sony Vaio P can beat. Despite the size, it did not sacrifice the weight and dimensions to separate itself from the regular 12-incher notebooks — still under 1 inch thin and weighs just about 2.75lbs (pretty thin and lightweight for its size actually). Biggest advantage here is the almost 100% full chiclet-style keyboard.

acer aspire ao751

What’s in the box? You get an Intel Atom Z520 @ 1.33GHz, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 250GB HDD, Intel GMA 500, Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11b/g. Pretty nice specs IMO. The only biggest concern here is the seemingly underpowered CPU. While 1.33GHz isn’t really that slow, you will still feel that the pre-installed Windows Vista OS is dragging it.

Here’s what the Windows Performance Index looked like:

windows performance index


Obviously, the CPU has the lowest subscore (1.9) among all other components of the netbook. SuperPi 2M took about 4m 56s. As a point of reference, an N270 1.66GHz takes 3m 45s on SuperPi 2M and has a subscore of 2.2 on Windows Performance Index. It would have been nice if a 1.6GHz Z530 was in here or maybe even a 1.66GHz N280 but the latter would have needed an exhaust fan.

cpuz z520

As for the GPU, Acer used an Intel GMA500 which turns out to be better than the GMA945 for Windows Aero (2.9 vs. 2.0). The screen is glossy which makes the display bright and crisp (similar to the AOD150). What I found somewhat buggy is that the screen turns black when launching apps (outside the app window) and doesn’t refresh back to normal display immediately.


Battery life is impressive, just like its earlier siblings (6-cell 5200mAh), and ranges between 5.5 to 6.5 hours depending on the brightness level of the screen. I haven’t been able to squeeze it anywhere near the promised 8 hours but the 6.5 hours on regular use (with WiFi) is already a good number.

I’m still a bit disappointed that the 3G SIM card slot isn’t there (the label says it’s WAN-ready only so I don’t know what it means). That would have made the retail price of Php27,500 a great bargain.

Just a fair warning — since the Acer Aspire One AO751 runs Windows Vista Home out of the box, you will most definitely experience a laggy performance. I somewhat avoided that by upgrading to Windows 7 RC (Windows XP should also do the trick). What this model gives you that no other 10-inch netbooks out there cannot give is the larger screen and higher resolution (1366x768pixels). That and the full-sized keyboard.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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63 Responses

  1. thanks for the review abe!


  2. raziel says:

    wow, really not bad for a 27-28k price range.

  3. the price matched the specs.

  4. cris says:

    if they release a 1.6 atom version of this, i would definitely get it as a present.

  5. frozenpyro says:

    what about playing videos at 720p? after upgrading to win7, what can you say about its performance?

  6. BrianB says:

    In the US, this comes with XP version. Why are they making it Vista here in the R.P.?

  7. Darren says:

    not interested, LMAO

  8. bax says:

    thanks for the review.I have been waiting in weeks for this. Hope you could do a review for MSI VR220 since its out in the market right now.

  9. Alvin says:

    this is bad for acer…really bad.

  10. ASUS EEE PC 1005HA??? says:

    sir yuga, may idea ka na po ba sa availability ng Asus Eee Pc 1005HA?

  11. ASUS EEE PC 1005HA??? says:

    may news po ba sa asus 1005ha availability sa philippines?

  12. looks good in red. The specs is not attractive though, although that’s what you get with a price like that :D nice review sir abe!

  13. techme says:

    acer should UPGRADE! the OS to windows XP! hahaha

    vista is soooooooooo slowwwwwww

  14. Hopeless netbook and at a terrible price. You can get a faster notebook at the very same price with better specifications.

  15. love the looks of this netbook.. :D

  16. Mike says:

    27k for a 1.3GHz CPU? I think it’s a bit overpriced. What makes it worse, Acer put in Vista so I think you should have a cup of coffee with you while using this machine–it’s going to be quite a wait.

    While that 2GB RAM looks nice, the CPU is going to pull performance down.

  17. Jessan says:

    Parang restaurant yan eh, di lang pagkain at serbisyo binabayaran, pati na “ambiance” :D

    I’d use Win7 on this, though…

  18. just thinking out loud…

    why does acer bundled vista OS on their netbook? they are aware that vista is slow (i mean… really slow).

    what if they just sell this netbook with pre-installed XP instead?

    i will not buy this one because for me… vista is a big turn off! sayang… ang ganda pa naman netong netbook na eto… tsk tsk tsk

  19. Renato says:

    I think it’s better off with XP….thanks for the review

  20. yheng_q says:

    Does it have other colors available other than red?

  21. balutiâ„¢ says:

    kung ayaw mo sa vista… i downgrade mo sa os na gusto mo.. wala kang problema… right now i am using acer laptop with vista os and its not true na mabagal… so far nice ang performance nya…

  22. peachy says:

    I like that its compact, I think its better to have xp os instead, it will be alot faster.

    help me earn a laptop : http://ezlaptop.com/?r=636721

  23. jrdbulatich says:

    I experienced using this 11.6 acer aspire one.. thumbs up for the overall cosmetic structure. also for the 6 cell battery life that lasts for about 9hrs! proven from my experience even on high performance power setting.. but the most disappointing part of this model is the Intel Atom Z520.. i can’t even appreciate the performance of this processor.. its like im using pentium 3 with its slow core speed.. and the wrong thing with this one, is that they applied vista which the processor is not capable of running it smoothly.. even you set it to high performance still it doesn’t make a difference.. so later on i just sold it right away less than 1week in my hand.. very disappointing..

  24. april says:

    Hi, would like to ask who you were able to downgrade ur OS from vista to XP? did u just install it urself?

  25. bobbykxxiii says:

    it comes with XP in ireland so happy days

  26. I think its a bit overpriced. Compare that to other 27k laptops with CD-roms.

    If it would come on XP, Windows 7 or Ubuntu it will be a power and Atom 1.6.

    PS: It looks like a “Nokia E63” with its curved edges and color. And more pictures would be great IMO.

  27. franz says:

    hi sir! i just bought this netbook and i found it super bagal with vista os.. ok lang ba kung idowngrade ko siya sa XP? wala bang hahanaping drivers? ayos lng kaya idowngrade? tnx po.. (newbie sa laptop)

  28. ricooh says:

    sir Abe, ok na sa akin yung 28k na acer na to kaso , i would waant it to be windows 7.. how much in php windows 7 OS..thanks

  29. Lee says:

    You guys are better off with Gateway’s LT3103i… besides.. Acer’s the one distributing this laptop here in the Phils.

    It has the same specs and all… and it really boots very fast under Vista.. and bought it for 26K flat.. which is about 1,500 cheaper that Acer’s release..

    Here’s the specs..

  30. alexandra says:

    how much will it cost me if i upgraded it to windows xp?

  31. Liam says:

    nice review… thanks!

  32. HI, I recently bought this Acer A0751h for my wife same color like yours, and was disappointed also that I couldn’t find this 3G SIM card slot but I keep on trying to find why the box has this 3G logo and found out that it really has a 3G sim card slot. Here’s how you can find it:

    1.Remove battery
    2.On the center, beside the battery terminal. Try to find this “black tape” that cover the 3G sim card slot.
    3.Remove that tape :D

    Nice blog!

  33. It comes with XP in Singapore. :) You think ACER Philippines push this to Vista? now im confused LOL

  34. Char says:

    ^talga may 3G sim card slot? my brother got me an Acer AO751h white in Singapore pero sa December ko pa makukuha..plano ko sanang ibenta para yung HP Mini 311 na lang ang bilhin pero kung meron talaga syang sim card slot i’ll just keep it :)

  35. Yes my 3g sim card slot, just download the driver and software here http://www.acer.com.sg

  36. Char says:

    ^thanks so much..now im excited to get hold of my acer AO751h goodbye HP Mini 311 hehe..

  37. hubes says:

    does this have windows 7 driver for the 3g sim slot?

  38. carla says:

    i got this netbook almost 3 months by now..vista is soooo slow..i got this in white and pink and the sides of the lcd screen gets scratched up easily i duno wer the scratches came from maybe from carrying it around..im gona use windows xp now since its such a pain in the ass especially when im using multi task on this netbook..pretty face lng

  39. Char says:

    sir have you tried putting sim card dun sa slot? paano po yun hindi na ba kailangan mag-install ng 3g module? sabi kasi sa acer website if you can’t find a switch for the 3g then it doesn’t have a module installed…

  40. inxxx says:

    hello sir abe, actually i got myself one and been using it since july 2009. i agree medyo mabagal nga talaga xa sa vista, will upgrading the os to windows7 help? minsan naghahang din xa.. i really like the pretty face though, real slim and i luv red, the keyboard is very friendly to use ang lapad kasi, nice talaga! thanx po..

  41. inxxx says:

    medyo nabother lang ako at first sa battery kasi nasa labas, got used to it though..

  42. deewai says:

    i bought AO751h september 2009. i got attracted sa kulay, size at sa weight. kaso ala pa 1week naghang na siya, ambagal pati. diniscourage ako i-change OS sa XP, mas maganda raw pag i-upgrade sa windows 7. tama po ba advice nila?

    i asked acer Philippines about dun sa sim card slot na nabanggit sa specs kasi binali-baliktad ko unit ko, hindi ko makita ung slot na un. according to them, ala p raw available model ng AO751h dito sa Pilipinas na merong 3G sim slot.

  43. deewai says:

    hahaha! i just said naghahang ang unit ko, ala pa five minutes after ko isubmit first comment ko naghang na ulit siya…

  44. tony says:

    my computer has no sound when I plug in the external DVD rom. What shall i do?

  45. mark says:

    deewai, sakin din palaging nag hahang! as in dead talaga,i need to turn it off and on pa para gumana..ganito talaga ito dahil sa cpu or defective lng ang unit ko? my acer was bought last feb.18… nag hahang khit youtube lng ang nka open.. comes with a vista trial ang gamit ko..pero installed with a windows xp? panu ba magamit ang xp???

  46. antonio santos says:

    I feel Acer computer is not worth to buy. My coputer always hang and i need to off it before it can proceed operation. this is not normal and if nothing is going to happen good… tell me how to fix it….this will not be good….. and i will recomend all to my family and freinds not to buy acer.. buy something else BUT not ACER… I am so disappointed..


  47. mark says:

    we do have same problem mr antonio santos.. i also need to turn off my acer aspire and on again.. gusto ko nang palitan ng ibang unit 2ng acer noebook ko.. nakaka annoy palaging mag hang!…kaya lng bigay ‘to ng papa ko and i dont have the means to buy..

  48. huh? says:

    I think there is no support for XP already. Is it end of life?

    Nice review, BTW…

  49. Jerome says:

    i’ve had this netbook for a while already. but it was not bought here. We asked our relatives from the states na we’ll buy online at dalhin na lang dito.. got it for around 15k :P and instead of windows vista, windows xp is installed and a lower memory of 1 gig.. :) still no problem with it..

  50. marga says:

    hey do you have any idea when will the acer aspire 1430z-4677 will be available in the philippines? and please make a review about it.. THANKS!

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  54. PionEer says:

    i have my acer aspire 1..almost 3 years…but it got no problem at all…..its os is win7 ultimate…”nasa pag gamit nyo rin yan kaya madaling masira….alagaan nyo kea….ehh yung asus nga nunng pinsan ko sumabog ehh..as in pumutok..until now di namin alm kung bakit..nag lalaro lang ako ng gta…tas nag iinet na siya tas un BOOM!!XD

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