The Acer Aspire One D255 is a 10-inch netbook from Acer's Aspire One range. There's nothing new in the Acer Aspire One D255 netbook compared to its 10-inch predecessors - Acer Aspire One 532h and Acer Aspire One D260 - in terms of hardware, but it comes with Google Android 1.6 dual-booting with Windows 7 Starter Edition.
Acer Aspire One D255: Design and Build
The Acer Aspire One D255 netbook has the exact same shell, chassis design of the Acer Aspire One D260. The Acer Aspire One D255's glossy screen lid is red in colour, attracts fingerprints but they aren't readily visible. Like the AOD260, the Acer Aspire One D255 has "Aspire One" etched across its screen lid, relegating the company's logo to the top left. All in all, the Acer Aspire One D255's a very good looking netbook.
The 10-inch Aspire One D255 netbook weighs just 1.25-kg with a six-cell battery and is quite slim and well-built for its form factor.
Acer Aspire One D255: Dual-Boot Android 1.6
Of course, the Acer Aspire One D255 dual-boots into Android and Windows operating systems. When you first turn on the netbook, the Acer Aspire One D255 instantly boots into Android 1.6 first - before proceeding to the full-fledged Windows XP OS, whenever required.
The Android 1.6 OS is like an alternative to Splashtop - found on Asus Eee PC 1201T, MSI Wind U160, etc. The full-fledged Google mobile OS is a useful inclusion on the Acer Aspire One D255. The netbook boots into Android within a few seconds, and is a great way to get online without wasting any time. If you've used an Android smartphone, you will be right at home with the Acer Aspire One D255's Android interface - if you haven't, there's a bit of learning curve involved. However, remember that the Android OS is meant to complement the Windows 7 - not challenge it - on the Acer Aspire One D255 netbook.
Acer Aspire One D255: Usability
The Acer Aspire One D255 has the exact same screen as on the Acer Aspire One D260. The 10.1-inch widescreen display is glossy LED-backlit, and it has a 1024x600 pixel resolution. The Aspire One D255's screen is well-lit and both watching movies and reading text go well for indoor use. The netbook's 1.3MP webcam is good for videochats.
Acer Aspire One D255 Netbook -- Keyboard
The Acer Aspire One D255 comes with large, flat-top chiclet keys on its keyboard. The keyboard deck doesn't flex while in a typing frenzy on the Aspire One D255, and after the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 and Dell Inspiron Mini 10, it is the next best netbook keyboard to type on.
Acer Aspire One D255 Netbook -- Touchpad
The Acer Aspire One D255 netbook's touchpad is identical to that of the D260. It is wide, has a smooth matte finish that's very responsive, and it's great to use overall. The touchpad is gesture-enabled -- pinch to zoom, two-finger scroll, etc. -- and makes life easy while working with images or scrolling through long pages.
Acer Aspire One D255: Hardware
The Acer Aspire One D255 netbook comes with standard hardware. The Aspire One D255 netbook has an Intel Atom N450 1.66-GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, and Intel GMA 3150 graphics. Compared to other netbooks in our Top 5 Netbooks list, the Acer Aspire One D255 offers the least hard drive space. It also comes with the older Windows XP Home Edition instead. But the Acer Aspire One D255 is also the most inexpensive netbook in our Top 5 Netbooks list.
Acer Aspire One D255 Netbook -- Left Ports
In terms of connectivity options, the Acer Aspire One D255 packs in standard fare. The netbook comes with three USB ports, VGA, ethernet, card reader, and audio jacks, and wireless connectivity standards like Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 are also supported on the Aspire One D255 netbook. No new features compared to the Aspire One D260 but nothing missing either.
Acer Aspire One D255 Netbook -- Right ports
The Acer Aspire One D255 comes with useful proprietary software -- ePower Management, eRecovery Management, and CrystalEye Webcam. The power management software and recovery tool are especially useful.
Acer Aspire One D255: Performance
The Acer Aspire One D255 performs like a regular netbook. With a WorldBench 6 score of 34, the Acer Aspire One D255 is as good as any other netbook featured in our Top 5 Netbooks list. Like any other netbook based on Intel's Pinetrail Atom N450 1.66-GHz processor, the Acer Aspire One D255 can handle up to three programs running simultaneously before hitting performance roadblocks and slowing down. Having Windows 7 Starter Edition doesn't really impact the Acer Aspire One D255 netbook's performance.
Acer Aspire One D255 Netbook -- Speakers
The Acer Aspire One D255 netbook managed to play 480p and 720p HD YouTube videos without a hitch, like any other netbook. The D255 netbook's 10-inch screen is good for both indoor and outdoor usage, and its onboard speakers -- situated under its front edge lip -- are good for personal entertainment at best. All through our testing, the Acer Aspire One D255 didn't overheat overmuch.
Acer Aspire One D255: Battery Life
The Acer Aspire One D255 has a very good battery. The netbook's six-cell battery lasted 4 hours 55 minutes through our synthetic tests -- at full screen brightness and high performance preset. This beats the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and MSI Wind U160 battery time, making the Aspire One D255 one of the best performing netbooks we've seen. Expect easily close to 9 hours -- of battery life while surfing the Web over Wi-Fi off a single charge, if you turn on Acer's ePower management tool or on a conservative power plan. Although I didn't take it the whole hog, the Acer Aspire One D255, when switched to Android, still showed 50-percent charge remaining after close to five hours of browsing the Web over Wi-Fi.
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