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Predator Helios 16
$215
$1,400
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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Aspire 1 is a budget-friendly option that's lighter and offers basic performance for general tasks with moderate battery life. It's good for everyday use like browsing and document editing but may struggle with more intensive tasks. On the other hand, the Acer Predator Helios 16 costs more but delivers significantly greater performance for engineering, 3D, and machine learning applications. It also has better screen quality and is equipped for gaming. However, it's heavier than the Aspire 1, which may impact its portability. Consider your needs carefully; if performance and gaming are priorities and you're okay with a heavier device, the Predator Helios 16 is the better choice. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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General Use

5.7
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 16
7.9
The Acer Predator Helios 16 is good for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Gaming and 3D

5.7
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 16
8.5
The Acer Predator Helios 16 is very good for gaming and 3D, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Engineering and Design

5.6
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 16
8.7
The Acer Predator Helios 16 is very good for engineering and design, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Performance

5.4
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 16
8.7
General use
3D
Engineering and design
The Acer Predator Helios 16 performs better than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 16
8.8
General use
Gaming and 3D
Design and engineering
The Acer Predator Helios 16 has a better screen than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

Portability

Good
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 16
Fair
15.6in
SIZE
16.0in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
5.7 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
1.0in
The Acer Aspire 1 has good portability, while the Acer Predator Helios 16 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

5.5
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 16
7.4
The Acer Predator Helios 16 has good build quality, while the Acer Aspire 1 has poor build quality.

Cost

$215
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 16
$1,400
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $215 and the Acer Predator Helios 16 costs $1,400.
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How the Acer Aspire 1 and the Acer Predator Helios 16 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 1Acer Predator Helios 16
Acer Aspire 1Acer Predator Helios 16

GENERAL

Price
$215
$1,400
Brand
AcerAcer
Release Date
January 10 2022January 03 2023
Operating System
Windows 11SWindows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''14.2'' x 10.9'' x 1''
Weight
4.19 lbs5.73 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500Intel i7-13700HX
Overall CPU Score
3.4/109.7/10
Graphics
UHD Graphics RTX 4070 (140 W)
Overall GPU Score
2.4/109.8/10
RAM
4 gb16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
1920 x 10802560 x 1600
General Use Screen Score
5.2/108.7/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
5.5/109.4/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
5.2/108.5/10
Diagonal Size
15.6"16"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
33
USB-C ports
02
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
00
USB-C Charging
NoYes
Display Outputs
13

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 hours6.5 hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 wh90 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
720p1080p
Keyboard Quality Score
6/107.5/10
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Number Pad
YesYes
Backlit Keyboard
NoYes

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
5.6/107.4/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better Battery Roughly equal
More portableAcer Aspire 1
Better for GamingAcer Predator Helios 16
Better keyboardAcer Predator Helios 16
Better for creative useAcer Predator Helios 16
Better for general useAcer Predator Helios 16

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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 Predator Helios 16

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IGN

Samuel Horti | June 2023
"The Predator Helios 16 stacks up well against its closest competition in benchmark comparisons. The Acer Predator Helios 16 isn't perfect. It's bulky, its lid feels flimsy and some of its keys are just too damned small – but none of its problems are fatal, and it shines where it counts. The powerful graphics and processor combo are spot on for this price point, the fans stop it getting hot under pressure, and the display is as good as you’ll find under $2,500. It's simply one of the best laptops to play demanding games on."

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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