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Updated January 12, 2024·

If you prioritize saving money and need a laptop for basic tasks like browsing the internet, streaming videos, and using office applications, the Acer Aspire 1 is a cost-effective choice with its fanless operation for quiet use. However, if you're seeking better performance for more demanding tasks such as photo editing, or multitasking with several programs, the Aspire 5 15 offers a higher-end processor, more memory, and storage space, along with a sharper IPS display, but it does come at a higher price and slightly less portability due to added features. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Acer Aspire 1
  • The Acer Aspire 1 has no clear advantages over the Acer Aspire 5 15.
Advantages of the Acer Aspire 5 15
  • Good for general use
  • Good for software development
  • Good for content creation
  • Good keyboard

Key differences

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General Use

5.8
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 15
7.5
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
200.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
275.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
7.0 Hours
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.5/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.7/10
The Acer Aspire 5 15 is good for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Engineering and Design

5.5
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 15
6.6
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.9/10
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
4.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Acer Aspire 5 15 is only fair for engineering and design, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Content Creation

5.9
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 15
7.3
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.9/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
4.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Acer Aspire 5 15 is good for content creation, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Software Development

6.1
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 15
7.3
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.9/10
4.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Acer Aspire 5 15 is good for software development, while the Acer Aspire 1 is only fair.

Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 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
275.0 nits
The Acer Aspire 5 15 has a better screen than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, content creation, and software development.

Build Quality

5.5
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 15
6.5
The Acer Aspire 5 15 has only fair build quality, while the Acer Aspire 1 has poor build quality.

Cost

$215
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 15
$450
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $215 and the Acer Aspire 5 15 costs $450.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

5.6
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 15
6.1
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
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
7.5/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Acer Aspire 5 15 to be only fair for gaming and AI, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 15
7.0 Hours
The Acer Aspire 1 has 6 hours of battery life. The Acer Aspire 5 15 has 7 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 15
Good
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
3.9 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Acer Aspire 5 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 5 15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 1Acer Aspire 5 15
Acer Aspire 1Acer Aspire 5 15

GENERAL

Price
$215
$450
Release Date
October 1, 2022May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''14.2'' x 9.4'' x 0.7''
Weight
4.19 lbs3.97 lbs
Width
14.3"14.21"
Depth
9.4"9.4"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500Intel i5-1335U
RAM
4 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
45
RAM Slots
00
Storage
128 GB512 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours7 Hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 Wh50 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
TNIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
200 nits275 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
5.6/106.5/10
Portability Score
7.5/107.8/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Premium Business Laptop
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
10/107.5/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
5.4/106/10
Webcam
720p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
NoYes
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
32
USB-C ports
01
USB-C Charging
NoYes
Display Outputs
12
Thunderbolt Version
N/A4

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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 5 15

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Sascha Mölck | November 2022
"The Acer Aspire 5 15 is a good value office laptop with reasonable battery life. The combination of slim exterior, relatively low weight (approx. 1.7 kg) and 8 hour real-life battery runtime makes the Acer Aspire a truly mobile laptop. The modest Tiger Lake processor supports this area and simultaneously ensures an affordable price point. The Aspire produces little noise and stays cool. The screen (FHD, IPS) might not win any prizes but is entirely appropriate for the price."

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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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