Processor and Memory
Acer Aspire 5551 has the AMD Athlon ii P320 dual core processor which has a core frequency of 2.1 Ghz. It is the same processor that powers Compaq CQ62-225, Dell Inspiron 15R. It has 1MB of L2 cache spread between two 512KB each. Its performance is on par with similarly clocked core Intel Pentium processor.
The integrated memory controller in the AMD Athlon speeds up the processor to memory speed resulting in speedy performance. This also makes up for the missing L3 cache in the P320 processor.
The Acer Aspire 5551 is equipped with is 3GB. The 3GB of memory is sufficient for most purposes – however you may upgrade it all way to 8GB, just in case if you wish.
Acer Aspire AS5551 had 15.6” screen, with resolution of 1366*768. The chipset in the Aspire 5551 is AMD M880G which also has ATI Radeon Hd graphics 4250. The ATI Radeon 4250 graphics supports HD content and the Unified Video decorder. You can watch the 1080p HD movies with this notebook. The Acer Aspire 5551 does contain the HDMI connector.
The Hard disk in Acer Aspire 5551 is 320GB with 5400rpm speed. The operating system is Window’s 7 home premium. This is similar in line with all the newly launched notebooks.
The Aspire 5551 comes with wired and wireless connection. The wireless option is supprts 802.11 b/g/n protocol. It also has DVD burner, 5-in-1 media card reader and 3 USB 2.0 port, 1.3 megapixel webcam. It is a pleasant experience workinh with the keyboard and dedicated numeric keypad.
Battery life of Acer 5551 disappoints as it gives out only 3 hours of battery life – especially when the recent trend has been to design longer battery life notebooks. On the plus side Aspire has HDMI, the webcam and a decent AMD processor.