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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Aspire 3 with its large storage and robust processor is less expensive, making it suitable for general use and basic engineering tasks, while the Apple MacBook Air offers a higher resolution display, longer battery life, and lightweight design, ideal for those who prioritize portability and multimedia quality. The MacBook Air operates quietly and brings higher build quality, a more vibrant screen, and better overall performance scores for general use as well as for more demanding tasks like 3D and machine learning. Ultimately, if budget is a primary concern and you require extra storage out of the box, the Acer Aspire may fit your needs, but if you're looking for a more portable laptop with higher quality display and sound, the MacBook Air is the stronger option, albeit at a higher price. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Acer Aspire 3 14
  • The Acer Aspire 3 14 has no clear advantages over the Apple MacBook Air (2022).
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (2022)
  • Good for engineering and design
  • Very good for software development
  • Good overall display quality
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Excellent portability
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard

Key differences

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General Use

7.0
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
7.9
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
250.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
486.0 nits
9.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
15.0 Hours
6.2/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
10.0/10
8.3/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
9.4/10
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) and Acer Aspire 3 14 are both good for general use, though the Apple MacBook Air (2022) is somewhat better.

Engineering and Design

6.1
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
7.5
4.3/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.7/10
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
4.1/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) is good for engineering and design, while the Acer Aspire 3 14 is only fair.

Content Creation

7.2
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
7.9
4.3/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.7/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) and Acer Aspire 3 14 are both good for content creation, though the Apple MacBook Air (2022) is somewhat better.

Software Development

7.1
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
8.0
4.3/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.7/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
6.2/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
10.0/10
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) is very good for software development, while the Acer Aspire 3 14 is good.

Screen Quality

6.1
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
7.6
14.0in
SIZE
13.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
250.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
486.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Air has a better screen than the Acer Aspire 3 14 for general use, AI, engineering and design, content creation, and software development.

Battery

9.5 Hours
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
15.0 Hours
The Acer Aspire 3 14 has 9.5 hours of battery life. The Apple MacBook Air has 15 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
Excellent
14.0in
SIZE
13.6in
3.0 lbs
WEIGHT
2.7 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.4in
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has excellent portability, while the Acer Aspire 3 14 has very good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

6.2
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
10.0
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has best in class build quality, while the Acer Aspire 3 14 has only fair build quality.

Cost

$399
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
$899
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The Acer Aspire 3 14 has a price of $399 and the Apple MacBook Air (2022) costs $899.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

5.9
Aspire 3 14
MacBook Air (2022)
6.4
3.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
4.1/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
10.0/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Air (2022) to be only fair for gaming and AI, while the Acer Aspire 3 14 is poor.

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How the Acer Aspire 3 14 and the Apple MacBook Air (2022) compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 3 14Apple MacBook Air (2022)
Acer Aspire 3 14Apple MacBook Air (2022)

GENERAL

Price
$399
$899
Release Date
March 1, 2023July 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12.9'' x 8.5'' x 0.74''12'' x 8.5'' x 0.44''
Weight
3.09 lbs2.7 lbs
Width
12.9"11.97"
Depth
8.5"8.46"

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 7520UApple M2
RAM
8 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
55
RAM Slots
00
Storage
512 GB256 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
9.5 Hours15 Hours
Battery Capacity
40 Wh52.6 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"13.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10802560 x 1664
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
250 nits486 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
6.3/1010/10
Portability Score
8.4/109.4/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Premium Business Laptop
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
10/1010/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6.3/1010/10
Speaker Quality Score
6/1010/10
Webcam
720p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
NoYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
20
USB-C ports
12
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
11
Thunderbolt Version
N/A3

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Andreas Osthoff | July 2022
"The Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry is a very good, but too expensive daily MacBook. The new MacBook Air M2 is undoubtedly once again a very good mobile companion, but we are still a little bit disappointed on a very high level, which is definitely connected with the increased price point. The new chassis is extremely slim and the front edge is no problem during typing, but the bezels are pretty wide for a modern device and in addition with the vertical space required for the notch, the new Air has larger footprint than some Windows rivals."

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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 Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is one of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalization. Their MacBook laptops feature a slim, minimalistic design, class-leading battery life, and premium display and speaker quality. In 2020 Apple switched from using Intel processors to their own silicon chips which have excellent performance and efficiency. The macOS operating system is the second most widely used OS, after Windows.

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