New Acer Aspire One 522 boasts Ontario APU instead of Atom

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Old 15-Jan-2011
New Acer Aspire One 522 boasts Ontario APU instead of Atom

When it comes to netbooks, pretty much the only real CPU solution in town was Intel’s low-voltage Atom, with any non-Atom netbooks generally being pretty dismissible affairs… which makes Acer’s new Aspire One 522 so interesting. Not only does it not use an Atom core, it uses the relatively new 1GHz AMD C-50 Ontario APU, a chip rated at just nine watts, which means this is a netbook that should be able to boast some really heroic battery life.
Otherwise, this is a fairly standard netbook, although it does boast a glossy 10.1-inch display capable of 720p HD video, which is certainly a spot better than the usual 1024 x 600 panel. Rounding out the specs we have three USB ports, a VGA-out, a webcam, ethernet, HDMI out and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, as well as a 500GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM.
To be fair, we’re mostly interested by the Aspire One 522’s Ontario APU. Otherwise, we’re not really sure why anyone’s bothering with 10-inch netbooks anyway: the new 11.6-inch MacBook Air pretty much obviated the lot of them.

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