Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C4HH Laptop Review

The Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C4HH is a budget laptop that is ideal for home users and students. The 14-inch notebook is a good alternative for users who prefer windows to Chromebooks thanks to its affordability. The laptop features a Quad-core Intel Celeron N3450 processor, 4GB of DDR3L RAM, integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 and 32GB of eMMC flash drive.

This is no speed monster but it is designed to give users with moderate computing needs an easy access to online digital life. As such it can handle less demanding tasks like word processing, spreadsheets, watching videos and streaming movies online. The laptop runs on windows 10 Home and comes with a month’s subscription of Microsoft Office. This is a solid laptop created to fulfill the computing needs for those with limited budget.

Design

The Aspire 1 looks compact and sturdy made of an all plastic chassis with a matte finish. The exterior is clad in a fashionable cross-hairline pattern that feels great to touch and is smudge free. The upper panel is a bit flexible with the rest of the chassis feeling solid and durable.

The Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C4HH measures 13.50 x 9.65 x 0.71 and weighs 3.64 pounds thus making it a thin and portable laptop for daily use. The system is slightly heavier and thinner that the Asus Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 which measures 0.5×12.7×0.5 inches and weighs in at 2.64 pounds. The Aspire 1 can still slide into your backpack and carry it all day long without noticing.

Performance

The aspire 1 powered by an Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz that can run up to 2.2GHz. It combines with an Intel HD graphics 500, 4GB DDR3L RAM and a 32 GB eMMC drive for storage. The storage space is barely enough for storing personal data and information considering the fact that the Operating system takes a better junk of the space. At this point, having an external hard disk comes in handy and seeking cloud storage service becomes necessary. You can as well supplement the local storage using an SD card , 128GB being the maximum.

The laptop hardly passes across as a desktop-replacement laptop since its Intel processor can only handle moderate workloads like word processing, emailing, web browsing and media consumption. The laptop is very quiet and reasonably cool despite the fact that it runs on a fan less system. If you major in spreadsheets then you will find the laptop inadequate. It also lacks a full-size keyboard to accommodate the number pad thus making it a bad choice for users whose primary tasks involve crunching numbers. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM is a good substitute for users whose work involves numbers as it comes with a number pad.

Connectivity

There is a standard port selection on the Aspire 1 featuring two USB 2.0 ports and a USB 3.0 port for faster transfer of data. You will also find SD card reader and an HDMI port for extending the display to bigger monitors and HDTVs to enjoy your watching experience in HD. There is a headphone jack for listening to your music or video in private and a power jack for connecting the adapter. There is no DVD drive, perhaps in the spirit of keeping the laptop as thin and light as possible. Additionally, the DVD drive is being wiped out with the advent of flash drives and Hard disks.

Wireless connectivity is available in the Aspire via 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter featuring MIMO technology and Bluetooth 4.0. There is no Ethernet port but if you must use it, then settling for a cheap Ethernet to USB dongle can be a solution.

Display

The 14-inch screen comes with a full HD 1920×1080 resolution which more of a bargain considering the fact that most systems in this category feature a 1366×768 resolution. The LED-backlight display is great for watching videos on YouTube and web surfing. It is not as bright as other displays on high end machines as you are likely to spot grid patterns when watching movies in HD.

It is amazing to get an IPS based panel on a laptop in this category which offers wide viewing angles. The pictures look bright and sharp in most environments with the movies playing smoothly without any tearing. The Acer BlueLightShield is an important feature in this laptop that enables you to change the display settings to eliminate blue light thus making the display easy on the eyes.

There is a 640×480 resolution webcam on top of the display that does not capture inspiring images. It however, comes in handy for quick skype chats with friends. If you plan to use it for a business video conference call, then it is likely to let you down big time.

Keyboard and Touch pad

The Aspire 1 features a chiclet-style keyboard that is comfortable when typing and has nice keystrokes. The keyboard does not offer much of key travel but then the speedy touch typing allows your fingers to adopt easily. The touch pad is sizable and supports standard multi touch commands such as tapping and two-finger scrolling when using Windows 10. The touch pad lacks physical buttons but clicks are quite accurate despite not using windows precision drivers.

Battery Life

This is the highlight point of the Acer aspire as it lasted 7 hours and 16 minutes on our tests. Now, this is enough to see you through a working day in the office or to last you through a long flight across the country. This is similar to other laptops in the same category including the HP stream 14 which offers 8 hours of battery life.

Conclusion

The Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C4HH is a great budget laptop that provides all the basics along with a 14 inch display and a full HD screen. It offers modest performance for a budget laptop that should essentially see you through day to day tasks such as web browsing and emailing. If are on a tight budget after an entry level windows laptop, then the Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C4HH is worth your consideration.

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