Dual-core Atoms? Who needs them, you might ask. Apparently, enough of them for Acer to justify a new netbook, the D255, which sports the dual-core Atom N550 processor instead of the single-core N455 found in most netbooks today.
Fact #1: Netbooks sell not because of their processing power. Fact #2: More processing power is always welcome, regardless of a computer’s size. Add both Fact #1 and Fact #2 together, and you get Acer’s new AOD255 as the solution which combines the best of both worlds into its slim, netbook package. Well, sort of.
Granted, the D255 is still very much a netbook, along with the hardware to back it up, such as a paltry 1GB of DDR3 RAM and an Atom processor. However, the processor is also what distinguishes the D255 from other netbooks in the market. Unlike the single-core Atoms usually found in such devices, Acer is packing a little more processing power into the D255 by equipping it with the newer dual-core N550 processor, which, in theory, will allow for a slight performance boost over the single-core variants.
Other features of the D255 include a 10-inch LED-backlit display with a 1024 x 600 resolution, 802.11n WiFi, an Ethernet port, three USB ports, an SD card reader and a VGA out.
Unfortunately, the AOD255 has yet to hit our shores (if at all), but the good news is that it is already available in the US for US$399.99.