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Updated January 10, 2024·

When choosing between the Acer Aspire 1 and the Acer Aspire 5 17, consider that the Aspire 1 is more budget-friendly and lighter, making it easier to carry around, but it offers less power, less storage, and a lower-quality screen compared to the Aspire 5 17. The Aspire 5 17, on the other hand, is a bit heavier, comes with a larger screen, more processing power, more memory, and better graphics capabilities, which makes it suitable for more demanding tasks. However, it is more expensive. The Aspire 1 has a lower-quality TN panel, whereas the Aspire 5 17 has an IPS panel with better color representation and viewing angles. If your workload includes intensive tasks or you need better screen quality, the Aspire 5 17 is more suitable, while for basic tasks and portability, the Aspire 1 would suffice. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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General Use

5.7
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
7.0
The Acer Aspire 5 17 is good for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Gaming and 3D

5.7
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
6.4
The Acer Aspire 5 17 is only fair for gaming and 3D, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Engineering and Design

5.6
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
6.6
The Acer Aspire 5 17 is only fair for engineering and design, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Performance

5.4
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
6.9
General use
3D
Engineering and design
The Acer Aspire 5 17 performs better than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
6.2
General use
Gaming and 3D
Design and engineering
The Acer Aspire 5 17 has a better screen than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

Build Quality

5.5
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
6.5
The Acer Aspire 5 17 has only fair build quality, while the Acer Aspire 1 has poor build quality.

Cost

$269
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
$490
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $269 and the Acer Aspire 5 17 costs $490.
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Key similarities

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Battery

6.0 Hours
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
7.0 Hours
The Acer Aspire 1 has 6 hours of battery life. The Acer Aspire 5 17 has 7 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
Good
15.6in
SIZE
17.3in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
4.6 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Acer Aspire 1 and Acer Aspire 5 17 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 17 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 1Acer Aspire 5 17
Acer Aspire 1Acer Aspire 5 17

GENERAL

Price
$269
$490
Brand
AcerAcer
Release Date
January 10 2022January 04 2023
Operating System
Windows 11SWindows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''15.8'' x 10.1'' x 0.71''
Weight
4.19 lbs4.61 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500Intel i5-1335U
Overall CPU Score
3.4/107/10
Graphics
UHD Graphics Iris Xe
Overall GPU Score
2.4/102.4/10
RAM
4 gb8 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
General Use Screen Score
5.2/106.3/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
5.5/106.1/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
5.2/106.2/10
Diagonal Size
15.6"17.3"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
32
USB-C ports
01
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
00
USB-C Charging
NoNo
Display Outputs
12

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 hours7 hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 wh50.3 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

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

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
5.6/106.5/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better Battery Roughly equal
More portable Roughly equal
Better for GamingAcer Aspire 5 17
Better keyboardAcer Aspire 5 17
Better for creative useAcer Aspire 5 17
Better for general useAcer Aspire 5 17

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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 5 17

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Marcus Schwarten | March 2021
"The Acer Aspire 5 17 laptop shows the expected strengths in the test. Besides the usual high build quality, the configuration convinces in most benchmarks and tests. The combination of CPU, GPU, and RAM is absolutely sufficient for the everyday office and browsing tasks of a laptop. It also renders the odd game passably if the requirements aren't too high. We liked the matte display in the test as well as the fairly manageable dimensions despite the screen size. It can also be used outdoors, even if it's certainly not a laptop designed for mobility."

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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