Acer Aspire One 725 Review

Next up we review one of the latest netbooks - Acer's Aspire One 725, an 11.6" HD  screen laptop offering a modest specification from within it's highly portable shell - featuring the AMD DC C70 1GHz processor, 4GB RAM, a 320GB SATAII 5400rpm hard drive, all running on Windows 8.  In terms of weight this netbook is pretty light at just 1.2kg, and is considerably smaller than the average 15.6" laptop, and thus will appeal to those who wish to travel with their laptop.  Read on for our Acer Aspire One 725 review.

Below is our review of the Acer Aspire One 725, a 11.6" laptop, featuring 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive and Windows 8.

Need a laptop that you can easily travel with, whether that be on the regular daily commute or on your travels abroad?  A netbook could well be the solution - offering a pretty competitive specification from it's small dimensions - an 11.6" screen, 4 GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive and weighing just 1.2kg.  Portable is the key word here, granted you can easily find a 15.6" laptop with a higher specification for around the same price, but it would also be a lot bulkier, weigh more and offer less in terms of battery life.  This decrease in size unfortunately means there is some compromise in terms of the overall specification - below you'll find what we thought of the Aspire One 725

Powered by the dual core AMD C70 1GHz Processor, and the AMD A68M FCH chipset, the 725 sports a competitive 4GB RAM - which kept applications running smoothly, and without issue.  Obviously, give the price tag of the 725, it doesn't run at quite the same sped as higher end ultrabooks manage - however for the sub £300 price tag, it is perfectly reasonable.

The 11.6" HD display is billed as "Acer CineCrystal LED LCD", and despite the size it offered clear viewing, with a decent picture and colours being reproduced well.  The overall size of this display may mean it is a touch too small to work in front of for extended periods of time - however for computing whilst out and about it was functional.

Storage is catered for with a 320GB hard drive - which operated at a spin rate of 5400rpm - we had no issues with this aspect of the netbook during the test.

In terms of external connections, the addition of an HDMI port is very handy - enabling you to output the picture to a TV or larger monitor.  Also catered for are 3 x UBS 2.0 ports, headphones and microphone combination 3.5mm jack, VGA, Ethernet as well as a 5 in 1 card reader.

Battery life was a fair bit better than a standard 15.6" laptop - smaller screen equals less power required - so handy for those who spend considerable time away from a mains socket.

Finally the input methods - the keyboard and touch pad, were both functional, and offered comfortable control over the laptop.

So what did we make overall of this netbook from Acer?

Acer Aspire One 725 Pros and Cons

Pros:

Very light, highly portable, looks good.

Cons:

If you wish to run graphically intensive applications, you may wish to spend a little extra on a faster ultrabook.

Our Verdict for the Acer Aspire One 725

For what it is, a highly portable yet cheap solution to mobile computing, the 725 offers very good value, and is worth considering.

You can buy the Acer Aspire One 725 here, priced at just

Reviewed by Techdesigns Staff on . Rating: 4.5

Acer Aspire One 725 Specification

Manufacturer: Acer
Model: Aspire One 725
Screen size: 11.6"
Processor: AMD DC C70 1GHz
DDR3 RAM: 4GB
Hard drive: 320GB
Operating System: Windows 8
Extras: webcam and integrated graphics card
Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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