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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Aspire 1 is less expensive and features a larger 15.6-inch TN panel screen, suitable for basic tasks and viewing from straight-on angles. However, it has a less powerful Intel Celeron processor and less RAM. On the other hand, the Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 costs more but includes a higher-quality 14-inch IPS touchscreen, an Intel i3 processor, double the RAM, and a slightly better battery and build quality. It's more portable and versatile, fitting for more intensive multitasking and varied viewing angles. Choose Aspire 1 for value and casual use, or Aspire 3 Spin 14 for better performance and portability. 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 Spin 14.
Advantages of the Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14
  • Very good portability

Key differences

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General Use

5.8
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.5
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
200.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
250.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
8.0 Hours
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.2/10
7.5/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.1/10
The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 is only fair for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Content Creation

5.9
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.7
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
3.9/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
4.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 is only fair for content creation, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Software Development

6.1
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.7
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
3.9/10
4.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.2/10
The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 and Acer Aspire 1 are both only fair for software development, though the Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 is somewhat better.

Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.2
15.6in
SIZE
14.0in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
200.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
250.0 nits
The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 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 Spin 14
8.0 Hours
The Acer Aspire 1 has 6 hours of battery life. The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 has 8 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
Very Good
15.6in
SIZE
14.0in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
3.3 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 has very good portability, while the Acer Aspire 1 has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

5.5
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.2
The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 has only fair build quality, while the Acer Aspire 1 has poor build quality.

Cost

$215
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
$415
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $215 and the Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 costs $415.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

5.7
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.0
2.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
10.0/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 to be only fair for gaming and AI, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Engineering and Design

5.5
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.0
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
3.9/10
2.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
4.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 to be only fair for engineering and design, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

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How the Acer Aspire 1 and the Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 1Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14

GENERAL

Price
$215
$415
Release Date
October 1, 2022April 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''12.6'' x 9'' x 0.74''
Weight
4.19 lbs3.31 lbs
Width
14.3"12.6"
Depth
9.4"9"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500Intel i3-N305
Graphics
UHD Graphics UHD Graphics Xe
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
4 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
45

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 Wh40 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"14"
Display Technology
TNIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1200
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
200 nits250 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
5.6/106.3/10
Portability Score
7.5/108.2/10
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
YesNo

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 Spin 14

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Olivier Martin, Ryan Lim, and Yannick Khong | November 2023
"The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 is okay for school use. It feels reasonably well-built, and its compact design makes it easy to carry around. The battery lasts around seven hours of light use, so you only have to plug it in for a short time to get through a typical school day. The overall user experience is so-so; the display looks sharp but dim, and the touchpad is fairly responsive, albeit small."

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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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