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A netbook disguised as a laptop: Meet the £295 Acer Aspire 5250 with 8GB RAM

A brand new laptop with tons of system memory, a half terabyte hard disk drive, an operating system and free delivery for under £300 is not something you come across every day. And chances are corners have been cut.

Which is why we were a bit uneasy about the Acer Aspire 5250 that turned out to be a laptop with a netbook-class processor, the AMD E300. This is a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.3GHz with an AMD Radeon HD 6310. The E300 belongs to the same performance class as Intel’s own Atom products, which are popular with netbook manufacturers.

Choosing the uber-cheap E300 meant that Acer could afford to splurge on other components. There’s 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive, a 15.6in display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, a DVD writer, an integrated webcam, Windows 7 Home premium and a one-year warranty.

All in all, a smashing deal. Just make sure you don’t expect too much out of it.

As long as your daily routine consists of web browsing, a bit of YouTube, some fairly basic work and playing online games, the Aspire 5250 should have more than enough firepower. Anything beyond that will make it struggle.

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