Apr 19, 2010
Acer Aspire One 521 with AMD V105
I'll skip features shared with previous 10.1 inch AA1s to keep it brief.

First the design. Immediately noticeable is the huge chrome plated logo. So far all AA1s were rather shy about their name. A bit less prominent is the faint pixely grid on the matte cover.

To the internals. The AO521 is powered by an AMD V105 processor. This is the slowest single core "Geneva" processor of the "Nile" platform, clocked at 1.2GHz, with 512KB L2 cache, DDR3 support and 9W TDP. Performance and further details remain unknown until AMD announces it in May. It is paired with an AMD M880G chipset with integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics core and 384MB dedicated video memory. The 4225 is not announced yet either and probably has a few minor architectural improvements over the 4200, hence the increased model number, but is likely slower due to 25% lower clock speed. It supports UVD2 and Acer didn't forget to add an HDMI port.

The battery is rated at 7 hours. No other interesting new features except for optional Bluetooth 3.0+HS support. Included in the package will be a new compact and light power adapter, with interchangeable plugs, called MiniGo. I have no specific details on price and availability.

Seriously looks good for an Acer...
Apr 20, 2010 8:05:00 AM
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May 3, 2010 6:29:00 PM
Looks great. The only thing I dislike is the single row enter key, as well as the 1/2 height direction keys. I guess we won't see those 2/3 height direction keys as used on the A110 anymore. =(
May 8, 2010 3:03:00 AM
Not only is Acer releasing this unit, but their value brand eMachines silently launched the em350 netbook which is a scaled back version of the Aspire One (scaled back by battery size) and has Windows XP on it. I have not found any USA stores selling this yet, all I can come up with is a support link for it on the eMachines website and a few UK sites. Apparently its driven by the Atom N450 but has a 3 cell. If you could find more details about this , it would be cool.
May 27, 2010 3:06:00 PM
An HD-capable AMD-based netbook...something that could beat the N450/Ion2 combo...
Looks good.
Jun 21, 2010 4:03:00 PM
The frequency of the processor given in Ghz is not a value atributed to performance
there are many other factors including number of cores

if the processors clock speed was directly taken as a value of true performance, an old intel "pentium 4" 3.2ghz would be faster than an Intel i5 2.1ghz processor
The i5 is several times faster than the pentium, so dont take the clock speed as a value of direct performance

Clock speed is one of several factors that influence a CPU's performance. and quite a minor one so dont take it as a full face value of performance, except in processors of the same type/manufacturing process
like an Intel i5 2.1Ghz is slower than an Intel i5 2.8ghZ
Dec 17, 2010 6:07:00 PM