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Updated January 12, 2024·

If portability is your priority and you're looking to save money while performing basic tasks like web browsing and document editing, the ASUS Vivobook Go 12 is lighter and less expensive. However, you'll compromise on screen size and storage capacity. Conversely, for a larger display, higher resolution, and more storage, which might be especially beneficial for multitasking and media consumption, the Acer Aspire 1, despite being pricier and heavier, could be the better option. Neither laptop is particularly suited for intensive tasks like gaming, 3D modelling, or heavy data processing due to their similar, modest processing power and integrated graphics. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Acer Aspire 1
  • The Acer Aspire 1 has no clear advantages over the ASUS Vivobook Go 12.
Advantages of the ASUS Vivobook Go 12
  • Excellent portability
  • Very good battery life

Key differences

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Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
5.1
15.6in
SIZE
11.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
200.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
200.0 nits
The Acer Aspire 1 has a better screen than the ASUS Vivobook Go 12 for software development.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
10.0 Hours
The Acer Aspire 1 has 6 hours of battery life. The ASUS Vivobook Go 12 has 10 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
Excellent
15.6in
SIZE
11.6in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
2.3 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The ASUS Vivobook Go 12 has excellent portability, while the Acer Aspire 1 has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$215
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
$193
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $215 and the ASUS Vivobook Go 12 costs $193.
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Key similarities

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General Use

5.8
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
5.6
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN
200.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
200.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
10.0 Hours
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
5.3/10
7.5/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
9.3/10
The Acer Aspire 1 and ASUS Vivobook Go 12 are both poor for general use.

Gaming and AI

5.7
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
5.6
2.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.3/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The Acer Aspire 1 and ASUS Vivobook Go 12 are both poor for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

5.5
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
5.3
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
3.3/10
2.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.3/10
4.0 GB
RAM
4.0 GB
The Acer Aspire 1 and ASUS Vivobook Go 12 are both poor for engineering and design.

Content Creation

5.9
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
5.7
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
3.3/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
4.0 GB
RAM
4.0 GB
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN
The Acer Aspire 1 and ASUS Vivobook Go 12 are both poor for content creation.

Software Development

6.1
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
5.7
3.4/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
3.3/10
4.0 GB
RAM
4.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
5.3/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Acer Aspire 1 to be only fair for software development, while the ASUS Vivobook Go 12 is poor.

Build Quality

5.5
Aspire 1
Vivobook Go 12
5.1
The Acer Aspire 1 and ASUS Vivobook Go 12 both have poor build quality.

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How the Acer Aspire 1 and the ASUS Vivobook Go 12 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 1ASUS Vivobook Go 12
Acer Aspire 1ASUS Vivobook Go 12

GENERAL

Price
$215
$193
Release Date
October 1, 2022October 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''11'' x 7.5'' x 0.67''
Weight
4.19 lbs2.31 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500Intel Celeron N4020
Graphics
UHD Graphics UHD Graphics 600
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
4 GB4 GB
DDR Memory Version
44

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours10 Hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 Wh38 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"11.6"
Display Technology
TNTN
Resolution
1920 x 10801366 x 768
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
200 nits200 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
5.6/105.1/10
Portability Score
7.5/109.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
10/107/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6/105.3/10
Speaker Quality Score
5.4/106/10
Webcam
720p480p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
NoNo
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
32
USB-C ports
01
USB-C Charging
NoNo
Display Outputs
11
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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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."

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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.

About ASUS

ASUS, a Taiwanese electronics brand, is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. The majority of their laptops are targeted towards personal use or gaming. Their most popular product lines include the budget-friendly VivoBook, more premium ZenBook, and their TUF and ROG gaming laptops, the latter of which has a reputation for excellent gaming performance.

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