Acer Aspire One D255 Review

Overview

The D255 is a nicely designed and functional netbook. Launched in October 2010, it shortly followed the release of Acer's D260 (Summer 2010). The differences between the two largely rests with the look of the machines, coupled with a slightly bigger hard drive and a dual core processor in the D255

 

Build quality

The D255 has been well designed in terms of usability offering a decent size keyboard and trackpad with a 10 inch screen, although it probably isn't built for endurance. The shiny surface to the lid of the D255 does mean however that fingerprint marks are easily noticeable. This also goes for the glossy screen, which can cause reflections quite badly in bright light conditions.

 

Specifications

Powered with an Intel Atom Dual Core N550 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, the D255 can perform most tasks adequately well. However, as with most notebooks, it can slow down noticeably when performing processor intensive tasks or multi tasking between too many applications. The playback of High definition video is slow and jerky on a machine such as this, down to its integrated graphics chip. The 250GB hard disk is adequate and is pretty much a standard size across numerous netbook ranges. An added bonus with the D255 lies in its dual boot functionality, as it comes with both Windows 7 starter edition and the Google Android platform. The screen resolution is 1024x600, which is fine for standard use, although it would be nice to have a higher maximum resolution for plugging into an external display. Not many netbooks of whatever brand currently tend to offer this option however. With a battery life of around 8 hours, it stands up pretty well when compared to its competitors. Running full screen video at maximum brightness and volume does lower the battery life to 5 hours 30 minutes.

 

Benchmarks

When benchmark tested using the performance tester tool at passmark.com, the D255 achieved a score of 295, performing slightly better than the Samsung N150 and Toshiba NB305 which both scored 235.

 

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Conclusion

The D255 has a lot of good things going for it with a well thought out design, excellent keyboard and trackpad. The glossy screen is a slight drawback as that can create distracting reflections when using it in bright light conditions. It would be nice to have a faster processor, and an external display resolution of greater than 1024x768 but these requests are probably not practical for a netbook under £250.

 

Pros
  • Nice design
  • Great trackpad
  • Great keyboard
  • Dual boot capability

 

Cons
  • Glossy screen

 

9/10

Reviews

The Acer Aspire One has a review average score of: 7.3
techsaver rating: 99

Acer Aspire One D255 netbook review

"The D255 has a lot of good things going for it with a well thought out design, excellent keyboard and trackpad. The glossy screen is a slight drawback as that can create distracting reflections when using it in bright light conditions...."
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cnet rating: 99

Acer Aspire One D255 review

"There are better looking netbooks around, but thanks to its low price, dual-core processor, excellent screen and keyboard, the Acer Aspire One D255 offers great value for money...."
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pcAdvisor rating: 88

Acer Aspire One D255 review

"The Acer Aspire One D255 is a 10-inch netbook from Acer's Aspire One range. It comes with Android 1.6 dual-booting with Windows 7 Starter Edition...."
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techRadar rating: 77

Acer Aspire One D255 review

"A great netbook, but the inclusion of Android seems a little unnecessary...."
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trustedReviews rating: 66

Acer Aspire D255 review

"The Aspire D255's ability to switch between Windows 7 and Android certainly helps this 10.1in Acer netbook to stand out from the crowd, but Android wants a touch interface and battery life is mediocre, meaning that for the average consumer it's simply not worth the premium...."
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laptopMag rating: 55

Acer Aspire One D255 review

"One of the first netbooks with Intel's mobile dual-core Atom processor offers slightly improved performance but not the best user experience...."
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Aspire one specs

Storage:250 GB
Screen size:10 inch