acer aspire 1 review
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Computers Hardware Reviews

Last Updated on January 1, 2019 by Aether

The Aspire 1 is a competitively priced entry-level notebook from Acer that doesn’t pack much power, however, if all you have to do is surf the world wide web, work on files and have material online, this notebook can check those boxes, and it won’t break the bank when doing this.

I’ll be going through various facets of the laptop, speaking about the advantages and disadvantages in addition to what I liked or disliked throughout my period with this notebook.

The CPU includes a base clock rate of 1.1 GHz and will increase to 2.6 GHz. This is the same CPU which you get from the HP Stream 14.

That said, let us start with our overview of Acer Aspire 1, speaking about every facet of the notebook, one by one.


The Aspire 1 is an entry notebook from Acer; thus there isn’t anything fancy about the layout but it’s still a machine that is robust, and overall it’s extremely clean. The outside of the notebook looks trendy, particularly the brushed aluminium finish to the lid with silver Acer emblem in the middle. On opening the lid, you will come across precisely the same finish around the computer keyboard and touch pad area also. Even though there’s nothing to brag about the design of the notebook, it manages not to appear cheap.

But, there are particular design defects on this notebook, and among these is its poor speaker positioning. The laptop has two speakers in the base, one on both sides, and its poor positioning muted the noise every time I used the notebook from my lap. If we speak about the audio quality, then it is not that good either. Both speakers do get loud enough to meet with the small-sized space, but I sensed too little clarity when listening to audio. However, considering this is a $200 notebook, some sacrifice will be required, and this also happens to be among these.

Discussing the inner layout, accessing the internals of the notebook was quite tricky. To start, I needed to pull away fifteen screws to obtain access to the components, but that is fine as there are not any upgradable parts within the notebook. The RAM and storage driveway is soldered on the motherboard, which makes users trapped with its low 4GB of RAM that sort of bottlenecks its general functionality (more about this later).

There are a few important interfaces on this notebook which make it suitable for the purchase price. You obtain an ethernet interface which will make it possible for you to plug into an ethernet cable if you need faster internet speeds or don’t wish to rely upon a wireless link. In addition, you have an HDMI output port which will deliver 4K in 30 FPS. On the flip side, you now get a USB 3.0 interface to transfer information quicker. You also receive an SD card slot; however, the card sticks out which may be a problem if you’re seeking to expand notebook’s limited storage together with the SD card.

On the other side, you’ve got the mix jack for headphones and two USB 2.0 interfaces.

Wireless connectivity choices include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which means you’ll have the ability to make the most of high-speed net and routers which use 5 GHz frequencies. The notebook also has Bluetooth 4.1 that may be used to connect wireless devices such as a mouse or even a set of wireless headphones.


In general, it’s reasonably good, keeping in mind that this laptop isn’t an expensive one.

Another fascinating feature is the display can be rotated over 180 degrees. The Acer Aspire 1 is in no way a 2-in-1 apparatus, so I don’t understand what Acer is hoping to do with this feature; however you can get the display flat if you would like.

acer aspire 1 review

Keyboard and touchpad

The keys are also a little larger than usual which is excellent for typing. The sole issue is the placement of a few keys may take a little while getting used to. You’ll have to adjust into the arrangement of the little arrow keys and the buttons beside the Enter and Backspace keys. This isn’t a significant problem, and as soon as you’ve used the laptop for a couple of hours, you’ll be accustomed to it.

The keyboard is a lot better than some former Acer laptops that we’ve played around on previously, and the general layout is adequate. The touchpad isn’t that good though. It’s somewhat temperamental, but it will get the work done. It utilises Windows Precision drivers also supports gestures too.


Acer has fitted an extremely lousy webcam onto this notebook which produces an improper image and video quality, even by the budget notebook criteria. The picture which I took using the webcam came out entirely out of focus, grainy, as well as faded in colour.

Consequently, in case you need to take a lot of video calls regularly or attend a conference, then this isn’t the ideal notebook for you unless you’re all set to invest a little extra for an external webcam.


The notebook includes Windows 10 S which is great for students and people who need added safety. For instance, the S version restricts the third party programs which you can download, and you can only just use programs which are confirmed by Microsoft and are available on the official Microsoft shop. But if you do not enjoy it, opting out of this S version isn’t a problem, and you’re able to proceed to regular Windows 10 Home using only a couple of clicks.

Together with Window 10, you will find a few different programs and games too which come pre-installed. These programs may be uninstalled, so it is not a massive issue.

The notebook also has a free year of Office 365 along with the Acer Product registration program that you’ll have to enrol your own device.


The Acer Aspire 1 uses a dual-core chip and 4GB of RAM, so I didn’t have high hopes when analysing the device and it appears I had been correct for the most part. The 4GB of RAM is a significant restriction, and it required just four Chrome tabs to slow down the notebook considerably.

Even though this isn’t a gaming system, we did play with some free games that have been released recently, and it worked nicely. There was no noticeable lag, but again, the games were well optimised and may run on smartphones. We also attempted Cooking Fever that arrived pre-installed, which ran fine too.

So far as heat displacement, the laptop’s underside does get somewhat warm, even while ordinary multi-tasking, possibly due to its fanless design. It may be problematic for customers like me who prefer to use the notebook by using it on the lap. But, it was totally usable when stored on the desk, and its own keyboard and palm rest area did not reveal any indications of warmth which is a fantastic thing.

The main point is that the Acer Aspire 1 is not good when it comes to multitasking and though it is going to run games located on the official shop just fine, you cannot expect to play proper games on it, launch numerous programs or multiple Chrome tabs.

The battery life of the Acer Aspire 1 is approximately 6.5 hours, and in our tests, it was able to endure for 2 hours and 12 minutes. While that’s adequate, you will find choices on the marketplace which can provide you with 8-9 hours of battery backup. That’s a factor worth considering if you’re somebody who must rely a great deal on battery power daily.

Also, the notebook took two hours and 17 minutes to charge up from 0 to 100 per cent. This is somewhat longer compared to other laptops.


Among the strongest points of the Acer Aspire, 1 is its own 14-inch complete HD screen which makes it tough to locate a substitute for this price range. What’s more, it gives a lot of ports and includes modern wireless connectivity choices so you can make the most of high-speed net and join to your wireless devices. Though its speakers lack clarity and possess an awful webcam, you can’t really complain when the price is so low.

It can play some portable games which are available on the Microsoft shop and is a well-built machine all around. The storage and RAM will be the limiting factors; however, if all you want is a device on which you may create files, surf the net and watch films, then this is one of the greatest inexpensive laptops available on the market.

Last update on 2020-10-14 at 19:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Aether has been playing World of Warcraft since 2006. In his youth he raided 7 days a week, but now just plays with friends doing Mythic dungeons and Arena. He swaps his main more often than he should.
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