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2009 Acer Aspire One D250 Review

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2009 Acer Aspire One D250 Review

2009 Acer Aspire One D250 Review - Although the Acer Aspire One D250-1165 offers a great value for less than $300, I can’t help but feel a little less than impressed. Acer used a small keyboard, small touchpad, and worst of all a small battery on what is otherwise a fantastic netbook.
Considering how crowded the netbook market has become over the last year I really expected Acer to deliver more with their 10-inch netbook. Yes, it costs less than $300, but that price looks less impressive when other netbooks have better keyboards, better touchpads, and MUCH better battery life for less than $400.
As I’ve said before with netbooks, I’d like to see a higher resolution screen and better graphics solution, but when it comes to the Aspire One D250 I’d settle for a better keyboard, touchpad, and battery. Still, if you’re looking for a low-cost laptop to take with you to the coffee shop then the Acer Aspire One D250-1165 might prove to be a very good choice.


Our Acer Aspire One D250-1165 features the following specifications:

  • Operating System: Genuine Windows XP
  • Processor: Intel Atom N270 Processor 1.60GHz
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (533MHz)
  • Internal Storage: 160GB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
  • Display: 10.1-inch diagonal WSVGA+ (1024×600) 
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 950
  • Wireless: 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • Expansion: 5-in-1 media card slot
  • Ports and connectors: (3) USB 2.0 ports, VGA OUT, power connector, RJ-45/Ethernet (10/100), stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, 0.3 megapixel (VGA) webcam
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 1 x 10.2 x 7.2 inches (including feet)
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs (not including weight of AC adapter).
  • Power: 3-cell Lithium-Ion battery (2200mAh, 25Wh)
  • Warranty: One-year standard warranty
  • MSRP: $329.99 ($299.95 Retail Price)

Design Acer Aspire One D250 Review

One nice design feature in the D250 is easy access for upgrades. Compared to the original Acer Aspire One, the D250 is extremely easy to upgrade. Flip the netbook over and you’ll find three access panels for the hard drive, RAM, and the mini-PCIe card slot. The mini-PCIe card slot is obviously open for built-in broadband wireless access, so you should be able to buy this netbook directly from wireless carriers depending on the carriers and data plans in your area.

Performance and Benchmarks Acer Aspire One D250 Review

There isn’t much to be said in the performance section of a netbook review. If you’ve read our reviews of other netbooks that use the Intel Atom processors then you know that all Atom-based netbooks have nearly identical performance in terms of actual real-world use. Overall performance with the Intel Atom platform is very reasonable for daily activities like Web browsing, email, using Microsoft Office, listening to music, and watching standard definition (480p) movies. If you’re in a bind you can even use photo editing software like Photoshop or GIMP for basic image editing.
The weak performance of the Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics combined with the Intel Atom means this isn’t going to be your next multimedia laptop. The integrated graphics processor (IGP) is powerful enough to handle displaying a PowerPoint presentation on a projector or watching DVD quality video, but a netbook with this hardware is really only intended to provide “good enough” performance for quick Web access while you’re away from your primary PC.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
Notebook / CPU wPrime 32M time
Sony VAIO TZ (Core 2 Duo U7600 @ 1.20GHz) 76.240 seconds
HP Pavilion dv2 (AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 @ 1.60GHz)
103.521 seconds
ASUS Eee PC 1000HE (Intel Atom N280 @ 1.66GHz) 114.749 seconds
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (Intel Atom N280 @ 1.66GHz) 116.030 seconds
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA (Intel Atom N280 @ 1.66GHz) 116.421 seconds
HP Mini 2140 with HD screen (Intel Atom N270 @ 1.60GHz) 123.281 seconds
Acer Aspire One D250-1165 (Intel Atom N270 @ 1.60GHz) 124.829 seconds
Acer Aspire One 150-1635 (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz)  125.812 seconds
Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (2009) (Intel Atom @ 1.60GHz) 126.406 seconds
Samsung NC20 (VIA Nano ULV U2250 @ 1.30GHz) 173.968 seconds

PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
Notebook PCMark05 Score
Sony VAIO TZ (1.20GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7600, Intel GMA 950) 2,446 PCMarks
HP Pavilion dv2 (1.60GHz AMD Athlon Neo, ATI Radeon HD 3410 512MB) 2,191 PCMarks
ASUS N10 (1.60GHz Intel Atom, NVIDIA 9300M 256MB) 1,851 PCMarks
Toshiba Portege R500 (1.20GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7600, Intel GMA 950) 1,839 PCMarks
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 1,637 PCMarks
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 1,564 PCMarks
Acer Aspire One 150-1635 (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950) 1,555 PCMarks
ASUS Eee PC 1000HE (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 1,535 PCMarks
Acer Aspire One D250-1165 (1.60GHz Intel Atom N270, Intel GMA 950) 1,456 PCMarks
Samsung NC20 (1.30GHz VIA Nano ULV U2250, VIA Chrome9 HC3) 1,441 PCMarks
HP Mini 2140 with HD screen (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GM1 950) 1,437 PCMarks

3DMark06 comparison results against netbooks @ 1024 x 768 resolution:
Notebook 3DMark06 Score
HP Pavilion dv2 (1.60GHz AMD Athlon Neo, ATI Radeon HD 3410 512MB)
1,520 3DMarks
ASUS N10 (1.60GHz Intel Atom, NVIDIA 9300M 256MB) 1,417 3DMarks
Samsung NC20 (1.30GHz VIA Nano ULV U2250, VIA Chrome9 HC3) 151 3DMarks
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 127 3DMarks
Acer Aspire One 150-1635 (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 950) 122 3DMarks
Acer Aspire One D250-1165 (1.60GHz Intel Atom N270, Intel GMA 950) 120 3DMarks
ASUS Eee PC 1008HA (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 116 3DMarks
HP Mini 2140 with HD screen (1.60GHz Intel Atom, Intel GM1 950) 112 3DMarks
ASUS Eee PC 1000HE (1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, Intel GMA 950) 92 3DMarks
Sony VAIO P (1.33GHz Intel Atom, Intel GMA 500, Windows Vista) 88 3DMarks

Battery Acer Aspire One D250

Acer claims that the Acer Aspire One D250-1165 provides “up to 3 hours of battery life” from the 3-cell battery. Even if the D250 indeed lasted that long it would be relatively pathetic compared to the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA with a 6-cell battery that lasts more than 9 hours.
In our test with the screen brightness set to 70%, wireless active, and XP set to the laptop/portable power profile the system stayed on for 2 hours and 32 minutes of constant use. If we turned down the screen brightness to the lowest setting and disabled Wi-Fi then I’m reasonably sure the D250 could have lasted more than 3 hours. It’s worth mentioning that the Aspire One D250 series is also available with a 6-cell battery, and that the 6-cell battery version should provide better battery life.



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