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When it comes to slim, compact laptops for studying and working on, the Acer Aspire One 721 is a great choice. It combines some of the better aspects of netbooks – namely, convenience, portability and streamlined dedication – with the more comfortable dimensions of a full-sized laptop. The extra size is welcome, because it means a larger screen and keyboard that make working on the Aspire One 721 for long periods of time perfectly comfortable. The 11.6-inch LED screen is bright and clear, and won't strain your eyes when you're working in programs with a lot of white space, like word processors. The Aspire One 721 is also one of the thinnest and lightest laptops. Weighing just 1.40kg and at only 1.1-inches thick, it's easy to carry along with books and other studying materials. The LED screen and slim design help boost the battery life, which is around six hours, although using the laptop for more strenuous tasks cuts the longevity quite a bit. For office tasks and researching on the internet, the battery does a good job. Power-wise it's a little lacking, with just 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1.80GHz Athlon II Neo processor. This means high-end gaming and heavy-duty photo and video editing are out of the question, but for study-based tasks and general computing it's powerful enough, with most basic programs running smoothly.
If you've lusted after Acer's TimelineX 1830T ultraportable but don't have $700, you can get much the same experience from the company's $430 (as of 8/25/2010) Aspire One 721 netbook. The two units are outwardly identical, but the 721 substitutes a far cheaper AMD Athlon II Neo CPU for the 1830T's Intel Core i5. The WorldBench 6 performance numbers show a 21-point performance gap, but the subjective experience isn't as dissimilar as that difference might lead you to believe. The Aspire One 721 has a crisp, 1366-by-768, 11.6-inch color display, which is big enough to comfortably watch videos on without having to be unduly close to the screen. The 721 is also outfitted with 2GB of DDR3 memory and, as a companion to the Neo CPU, with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 integrated GPU. The only (minor) gotcha with the 721 is the hard drive. The 250GB drive that shipped with our 721-3574 test unit is an ATA version. Not many ATA SSDs--a favorite netbook/small laptop performance-boosting upgrade--are out there, so hot-rodders beware. As for the Aspire One 721's performance: A WorldBench 6 score of 52 takes it out of the usual lousy netbook range, but bestows only laptop mediocrity.
For just a little more than the cost of an Atom-powered netbook, the Acer Aspire One 721-3574 ($429) sports a larger 11.6-inch display, a more comfortable keyboard, and a faster AMD Athlon II Neo processor paired with ATI graphics for HD video playback. This system is also a full $170 less than a nearly identical version powered by an Intel processor. So what's not to like? The battery life is well below average, making this ultraportable not very mobile. Does the 721 have enough else going for it to overlook this one glaring weakness?Easily one of the best-looking notebooks we've seen for less than $450, the Aspire One 721 measures just 1 to 1.1 inches thick and weighs a mere 2.8 pounds. We especially like the mesh black textured lid (no fingerprint smudges), which has a subtle cross-hatch pattern. The inside of the machine has a sleek gunmetal gray strip underneath the black keyboard, and the power button is made to look like spun metal. A lighter gray strip wraps around the bottom of the 721, adding to the sophisticated aesthetic.The left side of this ultraportable houses a VGA port, power jack, HDMI, and USB.