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Nitro 5 17
$269
$3,641
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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Aspire 1 is less expensive and offers decent general use performance with a lighter weight making it quite portable; however, it has limited storage, less RAM, and a basic processor which might slow down during demanding tasks. Its screen is also less ideal for color-sensitive work or fast-paced games. Meanwhile, the Acer Nitro 5 17, though heavier and at a higher price, provides high-end gaming and engineering performance with a superior processor, more RAM, and significantly more storage. Its screen is better for a wide range of colors and fast motion, making it suitable for intensive gaming and professional creative work. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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General Use

5.7
Aspire 1
Nitro 5 17
7.8
The Acer Nitro 5 17 is good for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Gaming and 3D

5.7
Aspire 1
Nitro 5 17
7.7
The Acer Nitro 5 17 is good for gaming and 3D, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Engineering and Design

5.6
Aspire 1
Nitro 5 17
8.1
The Acer Nitro 5 17 is very good for engineering and design, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Performance

5.4
Aspire 1
Nitro 5 17
8.0
General use
3D
Engineering and design
The Acer Nitro 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
Nitro 5 17
8.2
General use
Gaming and 3D
Design and engineering
The Acer Nitro 5 17 has a better screen than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

Portability

Good
Aspire 1
Nitro 5 17
Fair
15.6in
SIZE
17.3in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
5.9 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The Acer Aspire 1 has good portability, while the Acer Nitro 5 17 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

5.5
Aspire 1
Nitro 5 17
7.2
The Acer Nitro 5 17 has good build quality, while the Acer Aspire 1 has poor build quality.

Cost

$269
Aspire 1
Nitro 5 17
$3,641
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $269 and the Acer Nitro 5 17 costs $3,641.
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How the Acer Aspire 1 and the Acer Nitro 5 17 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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

GENERAL

Price
$269
$3,641
Brand
AcerAcer
Release Date
January 10 2022January 02 2023
Operating System
Windows 11SWindows 10 Home
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''15.9'' x 11'' x 0.98''
Weight
4.19 lbs5.95 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Overall CPU Score
3.4/107.4/10
Graphics
UHD Graphics RTX 3080 (100 W)
Overall GPU Score
2.4/109/10
RAM
4 gb16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
General Use Screen Score
5.2/108/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
5.5/108.8/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
5.2/107.9/10
Diagonal Size
15.6"17.3"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
33
USB-C ports
01
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
01
USB-C Charging
NoNo
Display Outputs
11

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 hours6 hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 wh57.5 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

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

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
5.6/107.2/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better Battery Roughly equal
More portableAcer Aspire 1
Better for GamingAcer Nitro 5 17
Better keyboardAcer Nitro 5 17
Better for creative useAcer Nitro 5 17
Better for general useAcer Nitro 5 17

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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 5 17

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Sascha Mölck | August 2021
"The Acer Nitro 5 17 is a solid mid-range gamer. The Nitro 5 does not belong to the top group of RTX 3070 notebooks: Compared with the RTX 3070 notebooks tested so far, the computer delivers below-average frame rates - this is due to the 100-watt TGP. The GPU performance can be increased a bit with a firmware update. The device scores with a high level of CPU performance. Throttling is not a concern. CPU and GPU can produce their performance constantly. The laptop heats up moderately under load. The noise development is on the usual class level."

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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