Acer Aspire One (AO1-431-C7F9) Review

October 27, 2015
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Acer Aspire One (AO1-431-C7F9), dubbed Cloudbook, offers budget performance for home and light business use. Obviously, there aren’t too fast components because the price is so low; Intel Celeron and 2GB RAM are indeed not known for their great performance. But it’s not all the time people need a powerful computer – sometimes a simple system like this Cloudbook is a perfect choice. What those times are, I’ll tell you more below.

Overall performance

Don’t keep your expectations too high and you should be alright. The Intel Celeron N3050 (1.6GHz with 2.2GHz turbo, dual core) is the absolute lackluster processor, reaching only 800 CPU Mark grade – even mainline i3s get much more, around 2500-3000 these days. You don’t need anything fancier for browsing the web or listening some videos off YouTube, but multitasking or programs with higher system requirements are not a good fit for this computer.

The system memory follows this same trend. Acer Aspire One (AO1-431-C7F9) has 2GB DDR3L type memory installed onboard. That can’t be upgraded so you’ll have to live with the two gigabytes. It’s the real minimum these days, with lightweight stuff lagging shouldn’t occur but don’t even try those beefier programs. The 64GB storage drive is falsely advertised as a solid-state drive while in reality it’s embedded MultiMediaCard, a poor man’s version of SSD.

Is it good for playing games?

Acer Aspire One (AO1-431-C7F9) is good for only the most simplest types of games. That includes all browser games and some installable titles such as Minecraft. As there’s nothing but a processor-integrated Intel HD Graphics (Braswell based) chip, all the newer games are really out of question. Games like GTA 5, The Witcher 3 or Battlefield 4 are unplayable here. The said Minecraft and perhaps League of Legends work, but only if you keep settings and resolution at bay.

Is there something special about the display?

The anti-glare screen is basic, I don’t see anything fancy about it. The size is 14 inches and resolution of course 1366×768. It supports no touch. The display does its job fine for typical everyday programs, obviously a professional would do himself a favor choosing a screen of higher quality.

What connections does it have?

There are indeed a couple of ports you can use to enhance your Acer Aspire One (AO1-431-C7F9). Two USB ports are found on the system, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0. And if you want an extra display like HDTV you’re welcome to use the HDMI-out. LAN (RJ-45) port isn’t available, but you can use the excellent AC standard WiFi + Bluetooth card to get Internet access.

Also DVD drive is missing, they rarely include one in this small units. Luckily nothing is stopping you from getting an external drive. There’s also SD card slot which you might learn to use after a while; it’s a very handy way to transfer data once you have files on memory cards.

The laptop sports a webcam but its resolution is only 640×480, you’re not going to film high quality videos with that but occasional video chatting is surely possible.

Anything else to keep in mind?

Like somebody mentioned in the comments, Acer Aspire One (AO1-431-C7F9) is great laptop to carry around. The weight is just 3.5 pounds, somewhat less than 15 inchers weighing 5+ pounds. Also the 3-cell battery will last long, people were talking about 8 hours, a full day indeed.

No backlit keyboard is here, such fancy features are left for pricier models.

Summing it up

If it’s not much you require, a computer like Acer Aspire One (AO1-431-C7F9) should be a spot on choice. You’ve probably noted its low price while the low-end components of Celeron processor and onboard memory are sufficient to take you to Internet, MS Office and YouTube. For many people, this is enough, anything more powerful would be waste of money for them. But surely, you can’t use this machine exclusively for gaming or resource-intensive programs – that would annoy the heck out of you because of excessive lag. However, using this thing in class, at home or perhaps in small office should be a smooth sail.

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