The new Acer Aspire 4253 is among the first wave of AMD Fusion APU based laptops to land in India. Equipped with an E350 "Zacate" Fusion APU, note that the Aspire 4253 isn't a thin-and-light laptop like the Sony VAIO YB or a netbook like the Toshiba NB550D, but it's a full-fledged 14-inch laptop. It's not as high-performing as most 14-inch laptops we've reviewed in the past, but the performance trade-offs unlock some innate benefits.
You can easily expect the laptop to go past the 4-hour mark and touch even 5-hours on a conservative power plan.
Design The Acer Aspire 4253 is a cost-sensitive laptop aimed at budget-conscious customers, so don't expect a fancy, good-looking laptop with stunning looks. Instead the Acer Aspire 4253 resembles a dreary black box, a throwback to uninspiring designs if you will -- Acer Aspire 5740G, Acer Aspire 5542G, and Acer Aspire 5738DG.
But still we like the Aspire 4253's matte, textured body -- screen lid, palmrest, et al -- gloss is only restricted to the screen and bezel, hence smudges are kept to a bare minimum. It's almost exactly like the HP G42-356TU -- only the textures differ.
Other than that, the Acer Aspire 4253 has a standard twin-hinge design customary with Acer laptops; build quality isn't great but okay for an entry-level laptop. At 2.2-kg with a six-cell battery, the Aspire 4253 laptop's weight is standard.
Usability The Aspire 4253 comes with a 14.1-inch glossy LED-backlit widescreen display with a 1366x768 pixel resolution -- standard fare, nothing out of the ordinary. The glossy screen is evenly lit and adequately bright, doing a good job both indoors and outdoors. Viewing angles are as found on any mainstream laptop these days featuring a TN panel (exception being Apple MacBook and MacBook Air which have exceptional displays), and contrast levels are good.
Reading text is good but watching movies and videos on the glossy display is definitely better on the Acer Aspire 4253. The laptop's onboard 1.3MP webcam is good enough for videochats.
The Aspire 4253 laptop's keyboard isn't any different from past Aspire laptops -- Acer continues the tradition of flat-topped, chiclet-sized keys on the Aspire 4253's keyboard, and they're pretty good for typing. All the frequently-used keys (alphabet, shift, enter, space, enter, etc.) are large and hard to miss. Key feedback is nice and easy and the keyboard doesn't flex or buckle during bouts of frenetic typing.
The laptop's touchpad is nice and smooth and of adequate size. It supports multiple gestures (flip to rotate, pinch to zoom, etc) and they work as expected, no problems here. If anything, the Acer Aspire 4253's single-strip mouse button takes getting used to. But it works well overall.