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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Aspire 1 is significantly less expensive and more portable than the Acer Nitro 17, making it suitable for light use like web browsing and document editing. However, the Nitro 17 offers higher performance for tasks such as 3D rendering, machine learning, and gaming due to a better processor and graphics card. It also has a larger storage capacity, more RAM, and a longer battery life. The Aspire 1 has a lower-quality display and less power for intensive tasks. If price is a concern and your needs are basic, the Aspire 1 will suffice, but for demanding applications, the Nitro 17 is the superior choice. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs and product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars and the variant with some specs cost some dollars.
Advantages of the Acer Aspire 1
  • Good portability
Advantages of the Acer Nitro 17
  • Good for general use
  • Good for engineering and design
  • Good for gaming and AI
  • Good for software development
  • Good for content creation
  • Good overall display quality
  • Good overall build quality
  • Very good speakers
  • Good keyboard

Key differences

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General Use

5.8
Aspire 1
Nitro 17
7.8
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
200.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
280.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
8.0 Hours
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.5/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
5.5/10
The Acer Nitro 17 is good for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Gaming and AI

5.6
Aspire 1
Nitro 17
7.4
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
7.3/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.7/10
The Acer Nitro 17 is good for gaming and AI, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Engineering and Design

5.5
Aspire 1
Nitro 17
7.9
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.9/10
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
7.3/10
4.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Acer Nitro 17 is good for engineering and design, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Content Creation

5.9
Aspire 1
Nitro 17
7.8
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.9/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
4.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Acer Nitro 17 is good for content creation, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Software Development

6.1
Aspire 1
Nitro 17
7.4
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.9/10
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 Nitro 17 is good for software development, while the Acer Aspire 1 is only fair.

Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Nitro 17
7.4
15.6in
SIZE
17.3in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
200.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
280.0 nits
The Acer Nitro 17 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
Nitro 17
8.0 Hours
The Acer Aspire 1 has 6 hours of battery life. The Acer Nitro 17 has 8 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Aspire 1
Nitro 17
Poor
15.6in
SIZE
17.3in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
6.8 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
1.1in
The Acer Aspire 1 has good portability, while the Acer Nitro 17 has poor portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

5.5
Aspire 1
Nitro 17
7.4
The Acer Nitro 17 has good build quality, while the Acer Aspire 1 has poor build quality.

Cost

$215
Aspire 1
Nitro 17
$1,249
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $215 and the Acer Nitro 17 costs $1,249.
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How the Acer Aspire 1 and the Acer Nitro 17 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 1Acer Nitro 17
Acer Aspire 1Acer Nitro 17

GENERAL

Price
$215
$1,249
Release Date
October 1, 2022May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''15.8'' x 11.6'' x 1.1''
Weight
4.19 lbs6.83 lbs
Width
14.3"15.77"
Depth
9.4"11.59"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
RAM
4 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
45
RAM Slots
02
Storage
128 GB1024 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 Wh90 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"17.3"
Display Technology
TNIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz165Hz
Display Brightness
200 nits280 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
5.6/107.4/10
Portability Score
7.5/105.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Premium Business Laptop
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
10/106.8/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
5.4/108/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
NoYes
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
33
USB-C ports
02
USB-C Charging
NoYes
Display Outputs
13
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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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 Nitro 17

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PCMag

Mark Knapp | October 2023
"The Acer Nitro 17 isn't an exceptional gaming laptop; it's kind of chunky even among 17.3-inch notebooks, with a lackluster keyboard, and it doesn't outperform comparably priced machines. But there's a lot to like about it, including a good array of ports, a screen that's sharp and bright for work and play alike, and battery life that soundly beats the competition. All this comes at an affordable price. If size and weight aren't big concerns, you'll find the Nitro 17 a dependable big-screen gaming rig. If you crave higher quality, consider a slight step down or up in screen size with the Lenovo Legion Slim 5 Gen 8 or Alienware m18 respectively."

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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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