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Although tablets are fast overtaking netbooks in terms of popularity, especially with the recent release of Apple's hallowed iPad 2, the humble netbook still has a lot to offer the average consumer. For one, the presence of a physical keyboard makes it infinitely superior for typing out lengthy emails and that half-finished novel.The supply of netbooks is still going strong and we've seen some excellent models lately, such as the highly portable Toshiba NB520 and the feature-packed Asus Eee PC 1018P. However, one of the more interesting netbooks to come our way is Acer's Aspire One 522.While the vast majority of these mini machines are powered by Intel's low-voltage Atom processors, Acer has broken convention by slotting one of AMD's latest chips into the Aspire One 522.Rumored to combine effective performance with powerful integrated graphics, the AMD C-50 is a dual-core CPU that runs at just 1GHz. We were keen to churn it through our benchmark testing, to see how it holds up against the competition, but first things first: how does the Aspire One 522 look?
The Acer Aspire One 522 is a 10.1 inch netbook with a 1280x720 pixel panel and an AMD Brazos Ontario APU (processor and graphics card together), the C-50. Although entirely in plastic, the Aspire One 522 has a sober and relatively elegant design. The finish could be improved but there are no major design faults. Note, the screen surround and hood pick up finger marks all too easily. The keyboard offers comfortable and relatively quiet keying. The only issue we have is with the overly small arrow keys. The multitouch touchpad is of good quality, precise and well-proportioned. Its coating gives a good glide and you don't need to keep jumping back to get the cursor across the other side of the screen. The webcam is no model to follow. The image lacks sharpness and movements are blurred and slightly delayed. There's no variation in the blacks. Let's just say that it will serve as something to fall back on if necessary. Connectivity covers all the bases. There are three USB 2.0 ports, an RJ45, the headphones and mic sockets and an SD card reader. Its fan is inaudible at idle. During more demanding tasks it's not quite as quiet, but a film pretty much covers it.