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Aspire 1VS
Aspire 3 Spin 14
$269
$419
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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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Key differences

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General Use

5.7
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.3
The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 is only fair for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Performance

5.4
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
5.7
General use
3D
Engineering and design
The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 performs better than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, and engineering and design.

Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.2
General use
Gaming and 3D
Design and engineering
The Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 has a better screen than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

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

$269
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
$419
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $269 and the Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 costs $419.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and 3D

5.7
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 to be only fair for gaming and 3D, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Engineering and Design

5.6
Aspire 1
Aspire 3 Spin 14
6.0
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
Acer Aspire 1Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14

GENERAL

Price
$269
$419
Brand
AcerAcer
Release Date
January 10 2022January 04 2023
Operating System
Windows 11SWindows 11S
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''12.6'' x 9'' x 0.74''
Weight
4.19 lbs3.31 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500Intel i3-N305
Overall CPU Score
3.4/103.9/10
Graphics
UHD Graphics UHD Graphics Xe
Overall GPU Score
2.4/102.4/10
RAM
4 gb8 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1200
General Use Screen Score
5.2/106.3/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
5.5/106.1/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
5.2/106.3/10
Diagonal Size
15.6"14"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
32
USB-C ports
01
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
01
USB-C Charging
NoYes
Display Outputs
12

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 hours8 hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 wh40 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
720p720p
Keyboard Quality Score
6/106.3/10
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Number Pad
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
NoNo

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
5.6/106.3/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better BatteryAcer Aspire 3 Spin 14
More portableAcer Aspire 3 Spin 14
Better for Gaming Roughly equal
Better for general useAcer Aspire 3 Spin 14

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Acer Aspire 1

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CNET

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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Rtings

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."

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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