11.6” Acer ultraportable sports Turion II Neo CPU

Now, that’s not something you see every day: a genuine dual-core ultraportable with a 11.6" form factor and AMD components. That’s what Acer’s new $550 Aspire AS1551 looks to be all about. The system is already available at both Amazon and Newegg for $549.99. Amazon offers free shipping, too.

Externally, this little laptop looks a whole lot like Acer’s Intel-based AS1810TZ, a long-time TR favorite. However, Acer has switched out the Intel guts and put in a 1.5GHz Turion II Neo K625 processor and an M880G chipset with Radeon HD 4225 integrated graphics. That K625 CPU is part of AMD’s new Nile platform; it’s manufactured using 45-nm process technology and has a fairly spartan 15W thermal envelope. That sounds a little nicer than some of AMD’s previous dual-core ultrathin CPUs, which were still 65 nm.

The Aspire AS1551 ships with four gigs of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and all that good stuff. No Bluetooth, though.

The Newegg product description claims a five-hour battery life, which doesn’t sound fantastic compared to the 1810TZ’s eight hours—and that’s not just a best-case scenario, since we’ve managed to get that much out of the 1810TZ in daily web browsing. Both systems actually weigh about the same, although the AS1551 is a tad thinner, with a maximum thickness of 1.1".

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    • shank15217
    • 10 years ago

    That K625 has a TDP of 15W, which is pretty darn low, i don’t understand why the battery life is only 5 hours..

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 years ago

      Plus how much for the chipset? 8W, maybe more (depending on graphics usage)?

      What’s weird is that the tech specs on the Acer site list the weight as “3.1 lb. (1.4kg) with six-cell, 5800mAh battery” but the power section specifies the 5 hour battery life with “Six-cell, 4400mAh lithium ion battery” — that’s a 30% difference right there; you’d expect 6.5 hours with the larger one.

    • UberGerbil
    • 10 years ago

    It has /[

      • Duck
      • 10 years ago

      A single DVI-I will take care of that. VGA plz go away.

        • indeego
        • 10 years ago

        DVI is pretty much dead, OEM’s never really liked the license costs, support costs, you’ll likely never see it on laptops versus displayport or VGA from this point on the majority of laptopsg{<.<}g

        • UberGerbil
        • 10 years ago

        No, because DVI requires a dongle to tie into the VGA-in on the projectors, and the /[

          • MadManOriginal
          • 10 years ago

          By the time DVI is a footnote we’ll be well beyond other current disply outputs too, unless maybe displayport of some type sticks around forever and is backward compatible. The install base for DVI is b[

            • UberGerbil
            • 10 years ago

            Yeah, I was talking about the mobile space. Obviously DVI is pretty widespread on desktop monitors and video cards (though still and always scarce in the consumer electronics space, where it already is a footnote to HDMI)

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    Am I seeing that pic right? Borderless undefined trackpad?

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 years ago

      Sure looks that way in all the PR pics I can find.

    • no51
    • 10 years ago

    $550? I’ll take a Lenovo x100e thanks.

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 years ago

      Exactly what I was going to post. The screen and keyboard on the x100e are /[

        • shank15217
        • 10 years ago

        Here’s hoping for a x100e nile refresh as well…

    • Kurotetsu
    • 10 years ago

    This review was linked on the AMDZone forum:

    §[<http://retera.ru/reviews/acer-aspire-5625g-p924g50mi.html<]§ Scroll all the way down to see the battery life tests. That review tests the ACER Aspire 5625G-P924G50Mi laptop which uses the Phenom II X4 P920, which is part of the mainstream Danube lineup, rather than Nile. HOWEVER, in terms of battery life its seems to be superior to laptops using Core-i3 330M and Core- 430M CPUs. I imagine the Nile chips should perform even better. Hopefully someone can translate and get a better idea of what how it compares (I don't trust online automated translators).

    • A_Pickle
    • 10 years ago

    No Bluetooth and probably no eSATA. You’re killing me, laptop manufacturers, /[

    • Disco
    • 10 years ago

    I’m interested to know how these latest Turion II Neos compare to the common Atom netbook processors. From this article, I’m assuming the Neo is faster. I’d like to get a netbook; something small and light and easy to move around the house for the kids and my wife to use. I’ve test driven some Atom based models and they were pretty useless for performance. Right clicks would take seconds (seemingly) to register and present requested options. Ideally I’m looking for something like a Acer Aspire One form factor, but with a bit more zip.

    I’m not looking for a performance behemoth. I just want something quicker than an atom that has decent battery life. From what I’ve read, it doesn’t seem that the newer Atoms coming (this fall?) are really any faster than the current ones. Is this Toshiba notebook with a Neo processor the way to go for decent performance with longish battery life?

    Is there an easy place (link) to compare notebook processors in the same way TechReport often reviews and compares standard desktop CPUs? I find all the different numbering/naming schemes from Intel and AMD extremely confusing!

      • ludi
      • 10 years ago

      /[

      • Bauxite
      • 10 years ago

      There is no doubt this runs circles around *[

        • Disco
        • 10 years ago

        Thanks for the advice guys.

        Some sort of table that ranks mobile processors in terms of performance would be awesome. There are so many models, with performance unrelated to frequency it’s very hard to figure out.

        I.e.: what’s better, dual core 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, or 1.30 GHz Celeron® M Processor ULV 743, or a Pentium SU4100 (also 1.30GHz)? And how do the new Athlon II Neo processors fit in?

        Thanks for whipping that up TR

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 10 years ago

    There are cheaper Toshiba and Acer models with the Athlon II Neo K325, which ought to be better on the battery since its HT runs at a much lower speed.

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