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Acer Aspire D255 - Usability, Display and Speakers

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

6

Getting to usability, the D255's keyboard features large keys and a clear, logical layout which includes sensible shortcuts and (on the UK model at least) full-size Enter and right-Shift keys. Despite being inevitably shallow, key-feedback is good with a nice click. In fact our only complaint, and it's one with Acer's netbooks in general, is that the keyboard's forward position leaves too little palm rest area, leaving your palms sitting uncomfortably on the netbook's edge while typing.

Though small, the touchpad is sensitive and easy to use. It supports multi-touch and is subtly delineated from its surrounds by a transparent line to either side, maintaining the D255's design uniformity; from most angles, the coloured section below the keyboard looks like a single whole. We're not particularly enthusiastic about the pad's buttons, however, which are integrated into a single rocker switch with a large dead-zone at its centre and slightly stiff action.

Being the usual 10.1in, 1,024 x 600 affair, this netbook's screen holds few surprises. Its glossy coating leads to vibrant colours in addition to distracting reflections in a well-lit environment. For its ilk it already does a good job of dark detailing meaning you'll get a decent level of detail in murky films. Sharpness is good if not the best we've come across, and backlighting fairly even with only some barely noticeable bleed along the panel's right side. Banding is so minimal as to be practically invisible, and even horizontal viewing angles are decent enough if you angle the display right vertically.

Like its display, the D255's speakers are competent enough. Though they can't match the volume levels of a few recent rivals and lack any real bass, audio comes across fairly clear and without distortion. Adequate for YouTube and the occasional light film in other words, but anything more serious is better enjoyed using headphones.

Matt McGuire

October 29, 2010, 6:35 pm

"...even viewing angles are decent enough if you angle the screen right. "





Um - I guess they would be :D

TechVegan

October 29, 2010, 7:10 pm

@Matt McGuire:


Well, you can't argue with the logic :D


Seriously though, what I meant to say and convey was that "horizontal viewing angles are decent enough if you angle the display right vertically." Thanks for pointing that out, hope the clarification... clarifies things ;)

AlmostDone

October 30, 2010, 12:39 am

The problem I see with these dual core atom netbooks they are priced too high. You get far better value and performance with CULV notebooks such as the Acer timeline series. You can grab one for about £400 inc VAT and dual core atoms costing £300 it makes far more sense to spend an extra £100.





They need to bring the pricing down closer to £200.





They need to be around £200 before considering

gogodigital

April 20, 2011, 3:06 pm

We have a number of these units on our site @ http://www.gogodigital.co.uk/acer-aspire-one-d255-10-1-black-netbook-dc-1gb-250gb-windows-7-extras.html
Unfortunately the problem we see is that there seems to be a big discrepancy between sellers specifications.
These netbooks have a fantastic Dual Core processor - but a lot of online stores either do not state this point or actually report the item as having only a single core processor.
These netbooks are excellent value for money - @AlmostDone: we have these substantially under your £200 request!

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