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Aspire One AO722

I bought the Acer Aspire AO722-BZ454 netbook a few months ago as an upgrade from from the Acer AO751H. My reasons were simple, I needed more power from a compact & cheap mobile computer, hence I’m staying with a netbook.

After two years of WiFi surfing at Coffeebean, libraries, and various rooms in my home with the AO751H, I noticed that I was pushing the single process CPU-, 1 GB RAM-, Win XP-powered netbook to its very limit. And it crashed on me in mid-work multiple times to, perhaps, make me pay for my “slave driving” demands.

But then again, I wasn’t asking for much. Most of the time, I just wanted to watch last night’s episode of The Daily Show or Terra Nova while working.

netbook workscreen

So during a typical worksession, I’d have a small window for the show that I’m watching (usually Hulu), a browser or two, and a workfile such as a spreadsheet or Wordpad or both.

When the netbook crashes, it is more than just a pain in the ass. It’s an interruption of my productivity and entertainment at the same time.

So when I researched for a new netbook, I wanted something that would not crash a lot or at all while I’m working and streaming videos, movies, or TV show from Hulu or other sites.

I kept the following 4 things in mind when buying a netbook:

Largest Screen Possible. For netbooks, the largest and best screens are 10.1 or 11.6 inches. Depending on the manufacturer or model, one or the other will suffice. Anything less is too small for me since I actually do some work on my netbook and not just surf the web or fiddle around with Facebook.

Most up-to-date OS. Just a bit of a background, I recall that Windows 7 came out roughly two months after I bought the Acer Aspire One AO751H which was powered by Win XP, an OS that I had a pretty good experience with as compared to Vista. At the time, Vista was the latest Microsoft OS in the market, a product that I wanted nothing to do with much like every other PC consumer. Later on, I installed Windows 7 on my desktop, used it for awhile, and loved it. I wanted it on my netbook where I did the bulk of my work. Hence, this time around, I wanted nothing less than Win 7 for my next netbook. I haven’t mess around with Android, Linux, or Unix-based netbooks. Not sure I want to either since I’m just a typical netbook consumer. Just give me something I know I can use.

Multi-Core Processor. Not so much for speed, speed, speed. But I wanted a multi-core processor to better handle multitasking as I stated above. There are way too many times when I simply must be watching Jon Stewart or Family Guy while I’m fiddling around with a pictures or writing a new article for work. Most newer netbooks, like the Acer Aspire One AO722 have dual core processors for handling loads of programs and information that are going on at the same time.

Enough Memory (RAM). In terms of stability, I believe that not having enough RAM was the reason for the majority of unwanted crashes. Insufficient memory while using various resource-hogging apps will crash your computer. Mine did several times and I lost valuable information that I had just typed. So what I did was double the requirements for RAM. A new Acer AO722 had 2 GB of RAM installed. I replaced the factory-installed RAM chip with a 4GB chip from the get go and, so far so good, I haven’t crashed. It’s been at least 4 months or so and I don’t recall a crash.


Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6in. (250GB, 1GHz, 2GB) Netbook - Black

Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6in. (250GB, 1GHz, 2GB) Netbook - Black
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