Acer Aspire ES1-111M, 11.6" Laptop, Intel Celeron 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD - Black £129 @ Tesco Direct - HotUKDeals
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just psooted this on tescos wesbite was previously on for £159 but now £129. not the best spec but certainly worth it for the price even with the small SDD

Update:

Quick search to see if the HDD can be upgraded found via crucial website upgrade

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Acer/aspire-es1-111m

Now (31/12/14) £179.
- sylv
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I paid £159 and think it's worth that so this is definitely hot! Will be giving them a call to reclaim the difference though.

For anyone planning on buying this laptop, you cannot install an SSD or standard hard drive. There is a space in the case but the motherboard has had the connector removed (whether you can buy a SATA header and solder it on is anyone's guess). The storage is not an SSD, it's eMMC. It is slower than an SSD but I think it is slightly faster than most laptop mechanical drives.

The laptop is fast and nippy enough for browsing and office based work. I happily have Spotify playing in the background whilst working on documents and it doesn't slow down. For gaming there are lots of videos on youtube but it handles Counterstrike Source on high settings and Prison Architect smoothly so that's enough for me. I have about 8GB of free space after Office, Spotify, Steam and Avast installed , as well as all the windows updates. There is quite a lot of crap pre-installed and I have uninstalled all of the acer stuff except the recovery management software and the "quick access" software which provides the OSD for caps lock etc.

Bare in mind normal sized SD cards will stick out about 1cm. I am looking into buying a transcend low profile sd card which is correctly sized for a 15" MacBook Pro Retina laptop. I think that this card will sit flush. Otherwise it is a really surprisingly nippy laptop. I did have an Asus X205TA with the quadcore baytrail tablet chip and I actually think it is slower than this dual core Celeron chip (also the graphics on this chip is clocked about 100MHz faster).

Battery life is around 8-10 hours of light use (web browsing mainly) (I think Acer severely underestimate their 5 hour claim for some bizarre reason)

Ram can be upgraded but you need to be happy enough to unscrew and unplug cables off the mainboard because you can't access the slot otherwise. And as mentioned you cannot install a 2.5" drive at all.

Edited By: pillow on Dec 25, 2014 01:20: Answered questions

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#1
Usb 3.0 and hdmi with windows 8.1 should make it a ideal media on
#2
With a SSD, hot for me8)
#3
32GB for Windows 8?.. is that sufficient?
#4
Please let the 1Tb hdd version drop, please santa
#5
whats good about a ssd drive
4 Likes #6
shadowfall
whats good about a ssd drive


They drastically increase overall performance as they are a replacement for the traditional mechanical Hard drive and store and retrieve data at much faster speeds. They also make no noise and use less power which improves battery life on a laptop.
#7
Slow. Will run out of space quickly.

But for £129??? absolute bargain!!
#8
shadowfall
whats good about a ssd drive

They're far faster than traditional HDDs, so programs load and run much more quickly.
#9
cheap
#10
Thanks op!
#11
ddaann_99
shadowfall
whats good about a ssd drive

They drastically increase overall performance as they are a replacement for the traditional mechanical Hard drive and store and retrieve data at much faster speeds. They also make no noise and use less power which improves battery life on a laptop.
Don't forget about overheating issues. You get absolutely none as there is no fan that spins like crazy whenever the machine is being used!
#12
vegalz0r
ddaann_99
shadowfall
whats good about a ssd drive

They drastically increase overall performance as they are a replacement for the traditional mechanical Hard drive and store and retrieve data at much faster speeds. They also make no noise and use less power which improves battery life on a laptop.
Don't forget about overheating issues. You get absolutely none as there is no fan that spins like crazy whenever the machine is being used!

It isnt a problem for ultrabooks so indont seenit being a problem here.
#13
is the ssd upgradeable?
#14
Just been investigating this myself. As far as I can find, no (shame).

http://community.acer.com/t5/Ultra-Thin/Upgrade-SSD-on-Acer-Aspire-E-11-ES1-111M-C40S/td-p/316134

RCwatchlist2012
is the ssd upgradeable?


Edited By: Sin_of_nature on Dec 24, 2014 21:18
1 Like #15
its not an SSD. its eMMC memory, totally different and significantly slower. Similar to an embedded SD card. I highly doubt it will be upgradeable as it is likely secured (ie soldered) to the motherboard and could only be replaced with a similar eMMC module
#16
adamspencer95
its not an SSD. its eMMC memory, totally different and significantly slower. Similar to an embedded SD card. I highly doubt it will be upgradeable as it is likely secured (ie soldered) to the motherboard and could only be replaced with a similar eMMC module

Just done a quick search and found avdisaasembly video of the es1 series and there is a HDD drive area however i have have just been on crucials website and found that you can upgrade the hdd with an SSD

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Acer/aspire-es1-111m
1 Like #17
It is not SSD, it's eMMC, which is much slower.
Usually on-chip eMMC's performance is roughly equal to or worse than a 5400rpm hard drive.
Same product, see eMMC: http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/acer-aspire-es1-111m-11-6-laptop-black-10029088-pdt.html
#18
noname111
It is not SSD, it's eMMC, which is much slower.
Usually on-chip eMMC's performance is roughly equal to or worse than a 5400rpm hard drive.
Same product, see eMMC: http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/acer-aspire-es1-111m-11-6-laptop-black-10029088-pdt.html

This may well be the case but other ES1 series have larger 2.5inch hdd therefore the motherboards should have the ability to allow for a HDD upgrade and as mentioned above just checked with crucial with thier upgrade tool and does state the a HDD can be upgraded/added
#19
Anyone know if the ram is upgradable or is it soldered? Also can anyone confirm if this has a sd or micro sd slot ? As i think this would make a excellent xbmc hub while also being able to handle light browsing ect ?
#20
I wonder if the 179 laptop would be a better option ? As this is almost the lowest you can go spec wise. It almost seems if you can live with a smaller screen and hdd and less ram in favour of having no fan then it makes it a close call for a budget well very budget note\laptop... Great price still eitherway ...

Edited By: Gunner4Life on Dec 24, 2014 23:15
#21
shadowfall
whats good about a ssd drive

It's So Single responsibility, Open-closed, Liskov substitution, Interface segregation and Dependency inversion, Crew - 21 Seconds to Go

Edited By: LocoMoFo9999 on Dec 25, 2014 00:20
11 Likes #22
I paid £159 and think it's worth that so this is definitely hot! Will be giving them a call to reclaim the difference though.

For anyone planning on buying this laptop, you cannot install an SSD or standard hard drive. There is a space in the case but the motherboard has had the connector removed (whether you can buy a SATA header and solder it on is anyone's guess). The storage is not an SSD, it's eMMC. It is slower than an SSD but I think it is slightly faster than most laptop mechanical drives.

The laptop is fast and nippy enough for browsing and office based work. I happily have Spotify playing in the background whilst working on documents and it doesn't slow down. For gaming there are lots of videos on youtube but it handles Counterstrike Source on high settings and Prison Architect smoothly so that's enough for me. I have about 8GB of free space after Office, Spotify, Steam and Avast installed , as well as all the windows updates. There is quite a lot of crap pre-installed and I have uninstalled all of the acer stuff except the recovery management software and the "quick access" software which provides the OSD for caps lock etc.

Bare in mind normal sized SD cards will stick out about 1cm. I am looking into buying a transcend low profile sd card which is correctly sized for a 15" MacBook Pro Retina laptop. I think that this card will sit flush. Otherwise it is a really surprisingly nippy laptop. I did have an Asus X205TA with the quadcore baytrail tablet chip and I actually think it is slower than this dual core Celeron chip (also the graphics on this chip is clocked about 100MHz faster).

Battery life is around 8-10 hours of light use (web browsing mainly) (I think Acer severely underestimate their 5 hour claim for some bizarre reason)

Ram can be upgraded but you need to be happy enough to unscrew and unplug cables off the mainboard because you can't access the slot otherwise. And as mentioned you cannot install a 2.5" drive at all.

Edited By: pillow on Dec 25, 2014 01:20: Answered questions
#23
Looks great for the price, but would it also run MS Office on top at reasonable speeds and if so can I buy this to add on at a reasonable price?
#24
rather get a chromebook for that money.
#25
Thank you gentlemen and ladies. Just bought one :) Cant beat that value for a full Windows laptop.
#26
Comment[quote=pillow]I paid £159 and think it's worth that so this is definitely hot! Will be giving them a call to reclaim the difference though.

Can you do this as I bought one as well and was thinking of reordering and returning as I would still be within the 14 days return policy?
#27
thunderbird010
Comment[quote=pillow]I paid £159 and think it's worth that so this is definitely hot! Will be giving them a call to reclaim the difference though.

Can you do this as I bought one as well and was thinking of reordering and returning as I would still be within the 14 days return policy?

Me too! Surely you'd have to return it and get another? How can they refund the difference on a sale price drop? We'd all be taking everything back!
#28
thunderbird010
Comment[quote=pillow]I paid £159 and think it's worth that so this is definitely hot! Will be giving them a call to reclaim the difference though.

Can you do this as I bought one as well and was thinking of reordering and returning as I would still be within the 14 days return policy?

Will they do that? To save the hassle of reselling our returns on as refurbs maybe? Anybody tried this before? I'd prefer tokeep the one I have tweaked to my liking after all the hassle I had with it initially.
#29
I read a few posts on various places that suggested that if the price drops within 28 days they will refund the difference.

No harm in asking either way though.
#30
Thinking to buy a christmas present for my father and i think will 50 quid more and get this one :
http://www.tesco.com/direct/acer-aspire-es1-512-156-laptop-intel-celeron-4gb-ram-500gb-black/759-2255.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=759-2255

No ssd but bigger screen, more ram memory, bigger hard disk etc.
#31
mattyr30
rather get a chromebook for that money.

Depends if you want to use office or even install xbmc as I don't think you can do either on a chromebook ? This islow end eitherway though so will be as basic as it gets...
#32
Ordered thanks OP. Got it for £127
#33
i dont know whether to get this one or the £179 one :/
#34
Is 2gb really enough even at this price?
#35
Taking the plunge, be good for browsing in bed and playing Football Manager via the Steam streaming service from my main PC.
#37
It can be upgraded to a 2.5" SSD and take 8gb ram
1 Like #38
as64A
It can be upgraded to a 2.5" SSD and take 8gb ram

Not unless you're very tech capable. It's all soldered together and doesn't have the bit you need for SSD upgrade and
the ram isn't a simple click in option either. That info is all here in this thread!

Very misleading post when people are contemplating laying out over a hundred quid.
#39
Is this suitable for watching films via streaming? e.g. lag etc?
#40
Good price.

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