Acer may have only just released their Aspire One D260 netbook last month, but an update has already been planned to the older model.
Essentially, it’s the same netbook as we saw last month, but with one (significant) difference: the CPU. Instead of coming with a single core Intel Atom processor, the D255 sees an upgrade to Intel’s dual core Atom N550 processor – the Acer Aspire One netbooks have certainly come along since we first reviewed them here on Zath.
Although we’ve seen dual core Atom processors before, namely in nettops such as the ASRock ION 330, the N550 is the first which has been designed specifically with netbooks in mind. The clock speed on the new processor is slightly lower than the previous model, at 1.5GHz. Whilst this is good in many cases, as it offers two cores as opposed to one, performance will actually suffer if an application doesn’t take advantage of the two cores.
Despite this, many netbook users will seldom notice much difference, and a performance drop may only be visible when using a CPU-intensive single-threaded application such as Adobe Flash within the browser.
Apart from the CPU change, it’s tough to say whether it will stand alongside many of the other best netbooks out there right now, as the only other difference you’ll find here is a slightly tweaked design, which is barely distinguishable from the D260. If you’re interested in picking up the Acer Aspire One D255 you should be able to do so fairly soon, although it’s still essentially your standard, run of the mill netbook.