Acer Aspire 1 

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This Acer Aspire 1 is the first unit I have seen that offered me the chance to upgrade to Windows 11; you can read my thoughts in an item published last week. So now having done the upgrade I move on to the review of this rather nice if somewhat lower power and capacity unit. It is however all wrapped up nicely with a 14 inch full HD screen, and it’s very well priced.

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This Acer Aspire 1 measures 32x23x1.5cm and weighs 1494 grams. The screen is 30.5x17.4cm and this gives the notional imperial diagonal measurement of 14 inches.

It comes with 4GB of RAM that has 3.81GB usable and has a 64GB SSD which is 57.1GB actual size.

The Processor is an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 which runs at 1.1GHz.

After the upgrade it now has Windows 11 Home version 21H2.

There is an 84 key keyboard with the alpha keys being full size. There is 2.5cm clear on each side with 4cm clear behind, there is a 8.5cm clear area in front of the keyboard for your wrists and the 6.5x10.5cm trackpad is set 9.5cm from the left and 12.5cm from the right.

Going around the outside has power input, Ethernet, HDMI out and two USB3 on the left. The front is clear. On the right side is a headset 3.5mm socket a USB port two LED’s and finally a Kensington Lock port. The rear is also clear as the screen goes over it when open.

On the back there are two horizontally mounted 3x.5cm rubber feet and at the front two further vertically mounted 3x.5cm feet that are just inside the pair of 3x1cm speakers that are fitted slightly on the curve at the edge of the back to help promote the sound upwards.

I managed to work with it from 10AM to 5PM before its nagging about a low battery made me plug it in but as it still had 15% I assume the 8 hour claims would be met.

The colour is called Peachy Pink but it’s quite a nice almost violet pink and it did not bother me at all during my test period.

I was surprised how fast it was as the processor only runs at 1.1GHz but I assume it’s that in combination with the small SSD drive that did everything I asked very rapidly.

This is certainly small enough to fit into most bags and providing your needs are not to complex it should certainly work for most everyday uses. For those who spend only part of the time in the office its ideal as having an Ethernet port is not something all small notebooks still have and it should satisfy office protocol.

I am told that you should also get a 12 month subscription to Office 365.

The one minus I can see is you need the power lead to recharge, more and more can use USB ‘C’ to do that job and this cannot as it does not have USB ‘C’.

Full details are available from the Acer web site. The Acer Aspire 1 is available from Laptops Direct for £247.97.

Also available, at the time of publication, from Amazon for £269.99.

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