Acer Aspire One 751 netbook reviewed

Acer Aspire One 751
Price £245

So, if its got a 10-inch screen and Atom power it’s a netbook right? Well Acer would like to disagree with the first assumption and, to prove the point, the firm produced the Aspire One 751 boasting a large 11.6-inch screen.

It is one of the thinnest netbooks around at just 25mm at the rear, tapering down to the front, but this brings a downside in that the screen is just 8mm thick and does flex a lot.

You need to make sure that the 751 gets well protected if you carry it around in a bag. Our review sample's larger six-cell battery does increase the 751’s footprint, as it sticks out of the back of the system. But, then again, it does give you something to hold onto.

Our sample had the usual glossy, piano-black finish loved by both manufacturers and fingerprints, but you can also get it in white, red or blue. Although the keyboard is a good size and the keys are comfortable to type on, the keybed itself has a degree of flex to it that you really only notice if you are one of those people who like to hit the keys hard when typing. Below the keyboard sits a small multi-touch touchpad and two equally small mouse buttons.

If you only buy the 751 because of the screen you won’t be disappointed. The LED backlit 1,366 by 768 pixel display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, giving really sharp vivid colours thanks to its glossy screen coating. The coating has a downside however, reacting poorly in extreme light conditions.

The Aspire One 751 is built around the Z520 Atom processor, runs good old XP Home, and has 1GB of RAM as standard.

Our sample came fitted with a 4400mAh six-cell battery so, as you might expect, battery life is very good. We managed to get just over seven hours of power when testing the 751.

Good: Screen. Design. Battery life
Screen flex. Small trackpad