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Asus 1215n (D525/ion2) vs. Acer One AO722 (C-60/HD 6290)

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Hi Everyone,

I am looking to buy a netbook as a secondary computer for travelling/commuting etc. I have narrowed down to these two, both priced at $300.

Asus 1215n:
Asus Eee PC 1215N Black w/ Atom D525, 2GB, 250GB, 802.11 b/g/n, 12.1 WXGA LED, Win 7 Home Premium

vs.

Acer One AO722 :
Acer One 11.6" AMD C60 Laptop (AO722-0490) - Black :
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/acer-acer-one-11-6-amd-c60-laptop-ao722-0490-black-ao722-0490/10180976.aspx?path=bbbadc32cbdb7cc8f63b4b611cba444den02

Things I'm looking for/value:
1) 1080p playback capability + youtube as I want to use it as a HTPC when I'm not travelling. (it seems like its pretty hit or miss for these netbooks, depending on the player your using)
2) multi -task (surfing the web, word processing without too much lag)
3) build quality
4) battery life
5) Low maintenance (I'm not good with computers and generally don't fiddle around with settings or overclock etc... seems like the 1215n requires a lot of tweaking in order to get it to work optimally)
6) Gaming is not a priority, but if I were to... something along the lines of SC2/portal

Through my research, the D525 is a faster (older) processor but the acer's C-60 is newer and has a better GPU. However the D525's CPU design seems to create a bottleneck, which leaves the performance of the two pretty even (?). I generally see Asus as more reliable quality-wise however i've read bad things for both: 1215n (fragile power plug, clicking HDD) and the A0722 (gets really hot).

In the end, its a netbook and I dont have too high of expections. Really just looking for the best bang for the buck, and to see if one is clearly better than the other.


Thanks and look foward to your feedback!
post #2 of 10
AO722. I really dislike the build quality of the 1215N but that is a personal thing.

Also, the AO722 for all your needs (numbers 1-6). My AO722-BZ454 lasts around 7 hours with Wi-Fi on typing in a word document.
post #3 of 10
The only think I dislike about the AO722 is the keyboard. Everything else is nice.
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The only think I dislike about the AO722 is the keyboard. Everything else is nice.

I originally disliked the keyboard when I got mine. It just takes a little time to get used to.
post #5 of 10
I have a 1215n and I can not stream HD netflix or youtube. The laptop also can not output 1080p from what I have tried. Way to laggy.
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The AO722 will do everything fine. I know the C-50 model had issues with Netflix 1080p (or 720p, idk what netflix HD is). The C-60 is 33% faster so it might handle Netflix 1080p perfectly. But it can definitely do 1080p youtube and Blu-ray rips, etc. Honestly I had my C-50 underclocked to 500-800mhz (dynamic) when I was just doing internet and word processing on campus. Got a rather slick 6:45 battery life. If you're worried about heat, you can undervolt with K10Stat. Dropped my max temps by about 9C. Either way it's good below 100C.
 
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I have a 1215n and I can not stream HD netflix or youtube. The laptop also can not output 1080p from what I have tried. Way to laggy.

Yah, I read about that in your other threads. Its weird, because everyone rates it as one of the better netbooks available and it scores really well on all the benchmarks. I guess everyone will have different experiences. Did yours have any problems with a loud HDD, faulty touchpad buttons, or the small power connector pin?

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Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post

The AO722 will do everything fine. I know the C-50 model had issues with Netflix 1080p (or 720p, idk what netflix HD is). The C-60 is 33% faster so it might handle Netflix 1080p perfectly. But it can definitely do 1080p youtube and Blu-ray rips, etc. Honestly I had my C-50 underclocked to 500-800mhz (dynamic) when I was just doing internet and word processing on campus. Got a rather slick 6:45 battery life. If you're worried about heat, you can undervolt with K10Stat. Dropped my max temps by about 9C. Either way it's good below 100C.

How does the C-50/C60 fair in terms of multi tasking? ie how many browser tabs can it have open until it starts to be laggy? I was testing one out at the store today (C-60), and I had a few windows open and youtube streaming 1080p and the CPU was already at 100%.... is that normal for a netbook? The 1080p did stream fine, with a little stutter when switching tab to tab, or going to full screen.

Thanks everyone for the feedback so far!
post #8 of 10
Just got the Acer AO722 from Target for $197. Specs are good, multitasking is great if you are not running hd content in more than one app. Was running DirecTV2PC app without much problem, few stutters here and there, but full HD. AO722 has 256MB dedicated video, which is a great plus as the processor is lacking the higher speed. If you want to have a dozen tabs open in your browser at once while having other apps open, get Chrome Browser, or better yet Comodo Dragon, Comodo security's flavor of Chrome. Firefox and IE seem to lag even with 1 tab for me with no apps, but no lags with 6 apps open while having 10 tabs open with Comodo/Chrome. I, on the other hand was wondering if 8GB memory would be read on the AO722 or not, as some netbooks actually read more than stated, just wanted to max this baby out! BTW, average over 5 hours of heavy internet and light gaming on the Acer. thumb.gif
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... on the other hand was wondering if 8GB memory would be read on the AO722 or not...
Just wanted to bump this. The 4gb is really enough for such a little notebook, but I'd feel better disabling all the caching and the swap file if I had a full 8gb.
I swapped out the stock 500gb HDD for a Corsair Force 3 SSD and the little toy is pretty quick. I haven't really tried gaming yet. Starcraft II ?
The AMD C60 has full sata3 support and doesn't appear to be crippled/limited like the atom chips (limited to 1 or 2gb of ram).
     
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Just wanted to bump this. The 4gb is really enough for such a little notebook, but I'd feel better disabling all the caching and the swap file if I had a full 8gb.
I swapped out the stock 500gb HDD for a Corsair Force 3 SSD and the little toy is pretty quick. I haven't really tried gaming yet. Starcraft II ?
The AMD C60 has full sata3 support and doesn't appear to be crippled/limited like the atom chips (limited to 1 or 2gb of ram).

Hey. Do you have a guild on how you swapped out the hdd for the ssd? I am about to purchase one for the wife within the next week. The one that I am looking at is priced at 349.99 and maybe next week they might run a special of 50$ off.(maybe because they had that promo last week) Well can I just buy a small ssd Maybe 20gb and install it and put the OS on there and keep the original hdd as storage for everything else. Tell what you think and what i should do. Thanks

Edit: Can the AO722 be overclocked? Because i have some worry about the 1ghz processor.
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