Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ661 REVIEW

The Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ661 ($ 498.99 list at Costco) is a desktop full size laptop running on netbook replacement parts. The parties are not based on Intel Atom processor (which does not exist in anything beyond a 12-inch laptop), but uses what AMD calls a fast processing unit (APU),
which puts the processor and graphics on a single chip. Based on AMD's Fusion technology, this super cheap laptop is more powerful than the Intel Atom netbook average. It's a perfectly fine laptop for general purpose tasks such as web browsing, office productivity, photo editing and light, and the price differential ($ 499) and battery performance make this a laptop second solid.


The Acer AS5253 uses a plain black top, which is not surprising given its affordable price. Simple designs are common among aggressive price laptops, including the NV50A02u Gateway ($ 449.99 list, 4 stars) Asus K52F-BIN6 ($ 479.99 list, 3.5 stars). As you move in the price range, such as laptops dv6-6013cl HP Pavilion ($ 650 direct, 4 stars) and Toshiba Satellite L655-S5161RDx (list of 699.99 U.S. dollars, 3.5 stars) have more sophisticated look. On the positive side, the lid has a textured surface that is resistant to scratches and fingerprints, like the NV50A02u. In five pounds flat, the AS5352 is a desk accessory traveling companion, but it is the lightest among the Toshiba L655-S5161RDx (5.3 pounds), Asus K52F-BIN6 (5.6 pounds), and Dell 5.6-pound Inspiron 1655MRB M501R () ($ 650 list, 3.5 stars).

Widescreen 15. 6 inches is large enough that you can tile two applications side by side and keep moving to a minimum. It has a full-sized keyboard, a real boon to productivity. The adjacent numeric keypad, which is also available with Asus and NV50A02u K52F-BIN6 Gateway facilitates the calculation of numbers. The mechanics of the mouse buttons varies Acer, some are more resistant than others. The buttons on this laptop are tuned for minimum resistance, and above them is a large touchpad with gesture recognition.


General purpose, value, desktop replacement
Processor Name
AMD Athlon II X6 1055T
Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
5 pounds
Screen Size
15.6 inches
Type screen size
Graphics card
AMD Radeon HD 6310
Storage capacity (as tested)
500 GB
Network Options
Primary Optical Drive



The AS5253-BZ661 is equipped with all basic features. The optical drive reads and writes dual-layer DVD media. There is also an HDMI port, which is not as common in laptops cheap. Three USB ports are as many as you would in a notebook, which is fine because they are sufficient to cover all external peripherals. An Ethernet port and 802.11n WiFi care of their needs wired and wireless Internet, respectively. There is much hard disk space of 500 GB to store all your digital memories, matching the capabilities found in M501R-1655MRB Dell and Toshiba L655 S5161RDX.

Costco also offers customers additional benefits. For example, while most vendors provide only a one year warranty, Costco blows that up to two years. It also offers concierge services from Costco, a free service for Costco members who purchase in the electronics store. The service provides access to technical ski system configuration, product usage and troubleshooting. Finally, the shop accepts returns within 90 days (which is responsible for buyers remorse).


Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ661With the AMD E-350 APU, Acer essentially had a chip found in netbooks like the HP Pavilion Lenovo ThinkPad dm1z and X120e and placed in a portable desktop replacement. Compared with an Intel Core or AMD Phenom i3, the standard-voltage processors the granting of this is obviously speed. The 4 GB of DDR3 laggardness tempered to some extent, but the AS5253-BZ661 still took almost three times longer to complete a video encoding job (8 minutes 54 seconds) and Photoshop CS5 scripts (14:49) as the Toshiba L655-S5161RDX (3:09, 5:45) and HP dv6-6013cl (3:13, 5:48). The AS5253-BZ661 lost in Cinebench 11.5 (0.61) and PCMark Vantage (2514) against the AMD Phenom II equipped NV50A02u Gateway (1.77, 4455). Although no test results were clearly in its favor, the AS5352-BZ661 remains responsible Internet surfing and office productivity machine. It took over 15 minutes to finish a huge photo rendering, but Photoshop CS5 never crashed during testing.

Running a low-power processor also meant that the 48Wh (6 cell) battery would have a field day on MobileMark 2007, a battery test. In fact, the AS5253-BZ661 lasted 4 hours and 43 minutes, beating the NV50A02u Gateway (03:50), Asus-K52F BIN6 (3:24), and Dell-M501R 1655MRB (3:26). The HP dv6-6013cl (5:17) lasted longer, thanks to a larger battery (55Wh) and more energy-efficient Intel chips.

Although the Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ661 is a lag in speed, costs at least $ 150 less than its rivals. Netbook runs in parts and is still priced as such. Once you realize its limitations, can go ahead and see the big screen, a full-size keyboard, and the features that come with a full size laptop. For those willing to spend a little more in the name of speed, I recommend the HP Pavilion dv6-6013cl, Editor's Choice "in the budget laptop category.

Check out the results of tests for the Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ661

Compare Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ661 with several other laptops side by side.


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