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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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Advantages of the Acer Aspire 1
  • The Acer Aspire 1 has no clear advantages over the Acer Aspire 5 17.
Advantages of the Acer Aspire 5 17
  • 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 17
7.3
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
200.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
266.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
7.0 Hours
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.5/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.3/10
The Acer Aspire 5 17 is good for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Gaming and AI

5.6
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
6.2
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
3.7/10
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
The Acer Aspire 5 17 is only fair for gaming and AI, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Engineering and Design

5.5
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
6.7
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.9/10
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
3.7/10
4.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The Acer Aspire 5 17 is only fair for engineering and design, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Content Creation

5.9
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
7.2
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.9/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
4.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Acer Aspire 5 17 is good for content creation, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Software Development

6.1
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
7.2
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.9/10
4.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Acer Aspire 5 17 is good for software development, while the Acer Aspire 1 is only fair.

Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
6.2
15.6in
SIZE
17.3in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
200.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
266.0 nits
The Acer Aspire 5 17 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 17
6.5
The Acer Aspire 5 17 has only fair build quality, while the Acer Aspire 1 has poor build quality.

Cost

$215
Aspire 1
Aspire 5 17
$490
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $215 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
$215
$490
Release Date
October 1, 2022April 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''15.8'' x 10.1'' x 0.71''
Weight
4.19 lbs4.61 lbs
Width
14.3"15.83"
Depth
9.4"10.1"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500Intel i5-1335U
RAM
4 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
45
RAM Slots
00
Storage
128 GB512 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours7 Hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 Wh50.3 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"17.3"
Display Technology
TNIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
200 nits266 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
5.6/106.5/10
Portability Score
7.5/107.3/10
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
NoNo
Display Outputs
12
Thunderbolt Version
N/A4

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Acer Aspire 1

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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."

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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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