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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Aspire 3 15 offers more RAM than the Acer Aspire 1, which can lead to better performance for multitasking and more demanding applications. It also has a slightly larger battery, offering longer usage between charges, and benefits from an IPS display for better viewing angles. Meanwhile, the Aspire 1 is a more budget-friendly option and may suffice if your usage is limited to basic tasks. However, the Aspire 3 15 tends to be slightly more expensive, but the extra cost comes with advantages such as a superior screen and better overall performance, which might be worth considering if you need a laptop for more than just general use. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Acer Aspire 1
  • The Acer Aspire 1 has no clear advantages over the Acer Aspire 3 15.
Advantages of the Acer Aspire 3 15
  • Good for software development
  • Good for content creation

Key differences

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General Use

5.8
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
6.6
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
200.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
244.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
9.5 Hours
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.2/10
7.5/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.6/10
The Acer Aspire 3 15 is only fair for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Content Creation

5.9
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
7.0
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.1/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
4.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Acer Aspire 3 15 is good for content creation, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Software Development

6.1
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
7.0
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.1/10
4.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.2/10
The Acer Aspire 3 15 is good for software development, while the Acer Aspire 1 is only fair.

Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
6.2
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
200.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
244.0 nits
The Acer Aspire 3 15 has a better screen than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, content creation, and software development.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
9.5 Hours
The Acer Aspire 1 has 6 hours of battery life. The Acer Aspire 3 15 has 9.5 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

5.5
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
6.2
The Acer Aspire 3 15 has only fair build quality, while the Acer Aspire 1 has poor build quality.

Cost

$215
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
$300
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $215 and the Acer Aspire 3 15 costs $300.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

5.6
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
5.8
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
3.5/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
10.0/10
The Acer Aspire 3 15 and Acer Aspire 1 are both poor for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

5.5
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
5.9
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.1/10
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
3.5/10
4.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The Acer Aspire 3 15 and Acer Aspire 1 are both poor for engineering and design.

Portability

Good
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 15
Good
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
3.9 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Acer Aspire 3 15 and Acer Aspire 1 both have good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

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How the Acer Aspire 1 and the Acer Aspire 3 15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 1Acer Aspire 3 15

GENERAL

Price
$215
$300
Release Date
October 1, 2022January 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.74''
Weight
4.19 lbs3.97 lbs
Width
14.3"14.29"
Depth
9.4"9.35"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500AMD Ryzen 3 7320U
RAM
4 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
45
RAM Slots
00
Storage
128 GB128 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours9.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 Wh40 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
TNIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
200 nits244 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
5.6/106.3/10
Portability Score
7.5/107.7/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Premium Business Laptop
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
10/1010/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6/106.3/10
Speaker Quality Score
5.4/106/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
NoNo
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
32
USB-C ports
01
USB-C Charging
NoYes
Display Outputs
12
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Joshua Goldman | May 2020
"There are no surprises and nothing's extraordinary here but this laptop's price. For those in need of an inexpensive Windows laptop for undemanding tasks, though, the Acer Aspire 1 offers just enough to get the basics done and a larger screen to do them on."

Acer Aspire 3 15

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Alexander Tozzi, Ryan Lim, and Yannick Khong | March 2023
"The Acer Aspire 3 is okay for school use. It feels reasonably well-built, and it's easy to carry around. The display looks decently sharp and provides plenty of space for multitasking, but it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare. Its Intel Core i3-N305 CPU and integrated graphics can only handle simple tasks, like text processing, web browsing, and video playback, so it isn't ideal for students in more technical fields like 3D graphics. Unfortunately, the battery lasts only around six to seven hours of light use."

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About Acer

Acer is a prominent Taiwanese electronics brand which makes a wide range of laptops, with multiple product lines catering to personal use, gaming, and business use. They are renowned for having exceptional value for money, as they frequently offer good specifications at a lower price than other manufacturers.

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