Acer aspire one 533

Review Acer Aspire One 533-13Drr Netbook

The Acer Aspire 533 now supports DDR3 RAMs due to Intel Atom N455.

Acer's FineTip keyboard convinces with ...

... large keys and a generous layout.

A 1.3 megapixel webcam for video telephony shouldn't be left out.

A large maintenance cover without screws?

Replacing components is very complicated and ...

... isn't explained in the user's manual.

An unoccupied Mini PCI Express slot is found beside the RAM and hard disk.

A large 6 cell battery promises a long battery life.

WLAN 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 +HS open possibilities.

The multi-in-1 cardreader is a nice feature that is pleasing.

Our test device is available in three colors and costs 329 (RRP).

The design looks very modern with its slim build ...

... and the colors impress us. Chrome elements set accents.

The elevated screen is an eye-catcher and makes the design unmistakable.

Good workmanship and a large opening angle are convincing.

The case has a lot of lettering.

The display hinges have a good grip despite the small construction size.

The connectivity, as usual, isn't very extensive.

Handy adapter with exchangeable plugs for various countries.

Acer Aspire One 533 review

Since Asus unleashed its first Eee PC three years ago, almost every laptop manufacturer on the globe has come out with its own brand of netbook. However, while it's great to have a huge selection, many netbooks are difficult to differentiate from each other as they use near identical components.

The main factors to consider are therefore battery life, build quality and usability, as well as the quality of the display.

Acer was one of the first competitors to release its own netbook range, the Acer Aspire One series. The Acer Aspire One 532 was the most recent entry, and while it impressed with a decent build and strong display, it was beaten for features and battery life by the likes of the MSI Wind U160 and Packard Bell Dot S2.

The Acer Aspire One 532 has just been updated, and the result is the Acer Aspire One 533. Quite a lot of the Aspire One 533 is borrowed from the 532, with a couple of additions or tweaks that build on a solid and likeable foundation.

One of the main draws of netbooks is their compact size and featherlight weight, which makes them perfect to slip into a bag or rucksack and take on a trip. Combined with the low cost, this makes them great secondary or backup machines.

The Acer Aspire One 533 is certainly light at just 1.2kg, while the chassis is small enough to fit into almost any bag – even oversized handbags. It's a little chunky for a netbook thanks to the battery, which juts out at the rear, but a thickness of 37mm isn't going to make much of an impact during transport.

Acer has a reputation built on quality, with its Aspire range of laptops and Aspire One series of netbooks proving solid and dependable. The Aspire One 533 is no exception, featuring a firm chassis that can withstand a few bumps on the road.

The glossy lid is just as rigid to protect the display. It's attached by two solid hinges that enable the screen to be tilted almost horizontally, for a comfortable viewing angle.

Although the Aspire One 533's glossy surface is attractive, it does pick up smudges ridiculously easy. Keep a cleaning cloth handy if you're fussy about dust and fingerprints.

The Aspire One 533's excellent build quality means usability is also impressive. A reasonably responsive touchpad is integrated into the palm rest and given a textured finish to differentiate it, which works well.

A separate scroll bar to the right enables quick and simple scrolling through web pages and documents, while gesture support means you can zoom and rotate when viewing photographs and other documents.

Unfortunately the Acer Aspire One 533's pad is rather confined, a common problem related to the compact nature of netbooks.

Netbooks also often suffer from cramped keyboards, but the Aspire One 533's keyboard stretches the full width of the chassis to maximise the space on offer. It's a firm board, although travel is limited.

The Aspire One 533's keys are mostly well-sized and logically laid out. The only casualties of the reduced space are the left-hand keys such as the shift and tab, which are quite narrow, and the arrow keys which are packed into the bottom right corner.

Acer's usual flat design is in place, with no key definition at all, but this proves surprisingly good for touch typing. We can type almost as fast on this as any full-sized laptop keyboard, helped by that bulky battery which tilts the board at a comfortable angle.

Acer launches Aspire One 721, 521, D260, D533 notebooks in the US

Acer Aspire 721

Acer has officially launched 4 new mini-laptops in the US market. We’ve already seen most of these netbooks, but the Acer Aspire One 521 and 721 should be available almost immediately, with the Acer Aspire D260 and D533 due out by the end of the month.

Here’s a brief run down of each model:

Acer Aspire One 721

This mini-laptop features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and an AMD Athlon II Neo K125 single core processor. It has ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and a 250GB hard drive and runs Windows 7 Home Premium.

While Amazon had been taking orders for the Acer Aspire One 721 for $430 for the past week or so, which is the suggested retail price. But for some reason the price at Amazon seems to have gone up to $480.

Acer Aspire 521

Acer Aspire One 521

This model is pretty much what you’d get if you shrunk the Aspire One 721 and stuffed it in a 10 inch frame… and removed a few bells ans whistles. The Aspire One 521 has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, but the same AMD Neo K125 CPU and AT Radeon HD 4225 graphics as the larger laptop.

This model ships with 1GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Starter. It should sell for about $350, although I don’t see any listings for it yet.

Acer Aspire One 533

Acer Aspire One 533

This netbook features a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1.83GHz Intel Atom N475 CPU, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of memory, and a 250GB hard drive. It runs WIndos 7 Starter Edition and ships with a 6 cell battery and should sell for about $330.

Acer Aspire One D260

Acer Aspire One D260

This netbook is the cheapest of the bunch, selling for just under $300. The Acer Aspire One D260 has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and a 250GB hard drive.

The base model ships with Windows 7 Starter Edition, although there’s a chance Acer may also offer a dual boot version that can also run Google Android.

Acer officially introduces Aspire One 533, 753, D260 mini-laptops

Acer has officially introduced three new laptops today — including two we’ve been hearing about for months and one which has already been spotted in the wild. Don’t ask me why companies feel the need to issue press releases after showing off their products at trade shows, but c’est la vie.

Anyway, here’s a quick run down on some of Acer’s latest budget ultraportables:

Acer Aspire One 533

The Aspire One 533 netbook features a 10.1 inch display and a choice of a 1024 x 600 pixel or higher resolution 1280 x 720 pixel screen. We’ve been hearing about this model for a few weeks, and it made an appearance at the Computex trade show in Taiwan last week.

The laptop comes with a choice of a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 or 1.83GHz Intel Atom N470 processor. Both versions support DDR3 memory. You also get up to 250GB of hard drive space and integrated WiFi. Bleutooth 3.0 and 3G options are also available.

The laptop has an HDMI output for streaming HD video to an external display, and Acer says the Aspire One 533 should get up to 10 hours of run time on a charge. The laptop weighs just over 2.2 pounds and is available with glossy black, red, or white lids.

Acer Aspire One D260

The Aspire One D260 netbook’s claim to fame is that this 10 inch mini-laptop is available with Google’s Android operating system as an option. Android doesn’t replace Window 7. Instead, if you pick up the Acer Aspire One D260 with Android, you’ll get a dual boot system that lets you boot into either operating system.

We heard rumors about this model a few months ago, and the D260 will actually be the second Acer netbook to dual boot Winodws and Google Android. The company released a dual boot version of the Acer aspire One D250 in 2009.

Aside from the operating system options, the Acer aspire One D260 looks like standard netbook fare. It has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 or N455 processor, 1GB of memory, GMA 3150 graphics, and up to 250GB of hard drive space. WiFi comes standard, but Bluetooth 3.0 is available as an option.

Acer Aspire One 753

Acer is also introducing a new 11.6 inch model called the Acer Aspire One 753. This laptop measures an inch thick and weighs about 3.1 pounds.

The Aspire One 753 features an Intel Celeron U3400 ULV processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel HD display and integrated Intel HD graphics with 128MB of dedicated video memory and DirctX 10 support. There’s also an HDMI output.

The laptop comes with up to 4GB of DDR3 memory and 640GB of hard drive space, integrated Wifi, and optional Bluetooth or 3G.

Acer Aspire One 533 review

While the Acer Aspire One 533 is basically an updated version of the Aspire One 532, at least the original machine was a dependable and likeable netbook with very few flaws.

The Aspire One 533 adds an improved processor with support for speedy DDR3 memory and extended battery life, but is it enough to set this netbook apart from the vast number of mini portables currently available?

We Liked

Acer's usual high build standards are evident, and the Aspire One 533's compact chassis is solid as well as light. It'll take more than a few knocks on the road to bother this netbook.

Usability is strong, with a firm and well-sized keyboard in place. Touch typing is a breeze despite a flat key design, and the only flaw is the cramped arrow keys.

The Aspire One 533's screen is sharp and vibrant, perfect for checking out your holiday snaps, and the display bends back to a near-horizontal angle so it's comfortable to work on while rested on your lap.

Networking is also strong, with 802.11n Wi-Fi providing fast wireless connectivity and Bluetooth available for quickly swapping files with compatible mobile devices.

We Disliked

480 minutes of battery life is enough to keep you going on even tediously long commutes, but is outdone by several other netbooks. The Aspire One 533's bulky battery also adds to the machine's thickness.

Performance is typical for a netbook, with no real advancement compared to the Aspire One 532. Only basic tasks are possible, such as web browsing and word processing, and multimedia potential is highly limited with HD video struggling.

As with all netbooks, there are also few features to get excited about. The glossy screen coating also highly limits outdoors use.


The Acer Aspire One 533 takes few risks, with just a couple of notable updates over the Aspire One 532. It's a well-built and highly usable netbook, and reliably portable, if not particularly exciting.

However, there are netbooks out there with longer lasting batteries, so regular travellers may want to consider something like the MSI Wind U160 or the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T instead.

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Acer Aspire One 533 Review



  • Great keyboard
  • 6-cell battery


  • Poor viewing angles
  • No HDMI output

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £299.97
  • 10.1-inch 1024x600 pixel screen
  • 1.83GHz Intel Atom N475 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 250GB hard dive
  • Intel GMA 3150 graphics

Model Reviewed: Acer Aspire One 533-23Dkk

After the ugly mediocrity that was the D150, Acer needs to deliver a pretty good product in this generation to return its Aspire One netbook range to the popularity the original Aspire One enjoyed. And at first look, it appears to be making a pretty good attempt with the 10.1in Aspire One 533 we’re looking at today, which sits at the high end of the new range.

First off, the specification list on this netbook is not the identikit repetition you might expect it to be. Most importantly, the Intel Atom CPU beating at its heart is a 1.83GHz N475 rather than the 1.66GHz N450 found in most netbooks. While it’s still underpowered compared to almost anything else and won’t handle 1080p HD video, a tangible advantage is felt with heavy-duty 720p video. Where slower Atoms may skip or stutter on occasion, the N475 plays even the most intensive 720p files smoothly.

Unfortunately other specs remain the same as most netbooks, with Windows 7 Starter 32-bit as the OS of choice running on 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive for permanent storage, integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics and 802.11n to supplement the 100Mb Ethernet. The only other surprise is Bluetooth 3.0, and though we doubt it’s a feature many are pining for, it does help the 533 stand out in a very overcrowded market.

Connectivity is again standard, with two USB 2.0 ports and a VGA analogue video output along the left, and a third USB socket, memory card reader and audio jacks (one headphone, one microphone) on the right. With the 533’s increased HD capabilities, it’s even more of a pity that there’s no HDMI.

As far as design goes, meanwhile, we mostly like what we see. While the 533 retains some DNA from the D150, it’s now a more streamlined and cohesive netbook. The lid and screen bezel remain fingerprint-loving glossy black, but the keyboard surround and palm-rest area are finished in a soft gunmetal finish that’s easy on the eye and feels great. Partially thanks to some aggressively tapered edges, the 533 also feels a lot slimmer than Acer’s older models.

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