Acer Aspire One AO756 – Portability at 1/3 Ultrabook’s Price

Acer Aspire One AO756

The Acer Aspire One AO756 is a 11.6-inch ultraportable laptop selling for about $300 / €280, which can be easily mistaken for a far more expensive ultrabook due to its thin appearance. True, the AO756 weighs 2.8lbs / 1.38kg and measures 1.1-inch / 2.8cm in profile, so it is somewhat heavier and thicker than an average ultrabook.

However, the main difference is in internal components, with the AO756 sporting an Intel Celeron or Pentium CPU, as opposed to the more powerful Core i-series chips.  The available options are the 1.4GHz Celeron 877 and 1.3GHz Pentium 967, both with dual CPU cores, Intel HD integrated graphics, and 2MB of cache.

Some Passmark CPU scores:

Intel Pentium 967 at 1.3GHz  - 1,291 points

Intel Celeron 877 at 1.4GHz  - 1,427 points (Yes, the Celeron is a better option in this case, but it is not a surprise because of the higher clock speed.)

Intel Core i3- i3-3217U at 1.80GHz  - 2,308 points (This is a 2012 entry-level ultrabook CPU.)

The screen resolution is 1366×768, which is a standard one, but its anti-glare coating is a nice touch. RAM is 4GB, while for data storage, there’s up to 500GB hard drive space, with no SSD option available. What’s good is the user-removable cover on the bottom of the case, so RAM with 2 slots provided and HDD can be easily upgraded.

Besides in silver, the plastics-encased laptop is available in three other colors.

AO756 Blue

Blue.

AO756 Black

Black.

Red

And red.

Lid

The lids are glossy, but interior is made of sturdy matte plastics.

Left Ports

On the left side, there are the Ethernet jack, VGA, HDMI, and one USB 2.0 port.

Right Ports

The right side houses the audio jack, two more USB 2.0 connectors, and power jack. A multi-in-1 media card reader is located on the front side.

Keyboard

The chiclet style keyboard and one-piece trackpad look stylish and minimalistic, helping the 756 to have an ultrabook-like appearance.

Specs

Overall, the Acer Aspire One AO756 is not a high-class ultraportable laptop with the best specs. In fact, it’s much slower than its ultrabook competitors, but acceptable for routine daily tasks. It built of plastics instead of aluminum and won’t provide you with an exceptional battery life (max 4.2 hours according to Acer). What’s the AOD756 good at is affordability. $300 / €280 is about three times less than an average ultrabook price. That fact says a lot about value you get for your money.