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Acer D255

June 11th, 2013

By Jasvinder Arora

The new D255 mini laptop from Acer is smarter than the previous Acer Aspire mini laptops. It offers excellent battery life and boasts an attractively low price. The Acer Aspire D255 is the only netbook out there that dual boots both Android and Windows operating system which makes it stand out from the rest of the competition.


The Aspire One D255 shares same chassis as the Acer Aspire D260. The lid attracts fingerprints but they are not easily visible. It looks good and sports a two tone color scheme. The palmrest and touchpad share the same color as the lid. The machine weighs just 1.25kg with its 6-cell battery.

Operating system

As I said earlier, the machine dual boots into Windows and Android OS. However, when you first turn on the laptop, it instantly boots into the Android before preceding to the Windows XP OS. Basically, the Android acts like a quickboot OS that allows to get online within few seconds. However, if you are like me who always puts his computer into standby mode, the inclusion of extra OS (Android) would not benefit you much.

Display and Keyboard

The Acer D255 has same screen as its old cousin, Acer Aspire D260. The screen packs 1024 x 600 pixels and is LED backlit. The web cam is located above the display and is good enough for video chats over Skype.

Keyboard on the D255 is pretty good too. It has large, flat top keys which manage to provide a decent typing experience. The touchpad has a smooth matte finish and is very responsive. Multi touch gestures also work well, including pinch to zoom and two finger scrolling.

Hardware, Performance and Storage

Acer Aspire One D255 has standard mini laptop specifications. It has an Atom N450 CPU, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard disk drive and Intel GMA 3150 graphics. You get three USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, Ethernet, card reader and standard audio jacks (headphone and microphone).

Coming to the performance, it scored 6/34 in the Worldbench test which is what all Atom N450 powered netbooks score. That does not mean shabby performance as it plays both 480p and 720p YouTube videos without any problem.

In my typical Wi-Fi web-browsing test, the mini laptop scored a brilliant 7 hours mark. If you switch to the conservative power plan, you will able to squeeze even more juice out of that 6-cell battery.


Acer D255 sells for 300 dollars which is a decent deal for a 10.1-inch mini laptop. I would certainly recommend getting one if you are tight on budget and cannot afford higher priced models.

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