Acer Aspire 1 14” HD Thin & Light Pentium 4GB Memory 64GB Storage Laptop @ Tesco Direct
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Acer Aspire 1 14” HD Thin & Light Pentium 4GB Memory 64GB Storage Laptop @ Tesco Direct

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Found 21st Jun
An economical laptop designed for your everyday computing needs. The Acer Acer Aspire 1 Intel® Pentium laptop comes with a 14-inch screen, and enough RAM and hard-drive storage to run your favourite applications. The lightweight laptop weighs 1.65kg, and comes with a 9-hour battery life for hassle-free portability.
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Bought one of these a week ago.

The N4200 is quite capable and definitely zippier than the 14" N3350 Acer model.

Despite the internal storage being eMMC it's quite nippy and never suffers from lag.

Despite the BIOS indicating a SATA slot, I opened it up but could find no SATA header of any kind.

The screen is half way between matte and glossy, which to some extent gives you the best of both worlds by reducing glare but never being too dim.

Having said that, you have to have the brightness set to maximum all of the time.

Sound is reasonable quality. Not too tinny and even at high volume not distorted.

Wireless 5Ghz AC is very good and Gigabit Ethernet works as you would expect.

Bluetooh works perfectly. connecting quickly and maintaining a solid connection.

Keyboard is a little spongy and with a little flex but nothing to be concerned about when typing documents.

Trackpad works well enough.

It is thin and light, so very portable.

Has lay flat 190 degree screen, although the hinges do flex more than I would like when adjusting the screen.

Video playback is superb, supporting almost all formats in hardware decoding.

HDMI port for connection to TV or monitor works well.

It is fanless and doesn't seem to overheat.

USB ports are a little tight and the single USB 3.0 is on the left, which for me is inconvenient.

There is only one major drawback.

The stated battery life is up to 9 hours but you will be lucky to get 4 for even general use.

The Intel PTT EK Certification service also often runs using at least half of the CPU, so you will find yourself having to kill it to get the usage down.

Were it not for the poor battery life, I would give it a 9 out of 10 for what it is and the use that you will realistically get out of it.

The natural competitor to this would be the Lenovo Ideapad 120S.

As an aside, I have also been using it with retroarch running under launchbox and Wii, Gamecube and Playstation games run brilliantly with the onboard Intel HD505 GPU easily able to provide 50-60-fps gameplay.
Edited by: "reddit" 21st Jun
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Bought one of these a week ago.

The N4200 is quite capable and definitely zippier than the 14" N3350 Acer model.

Despite the internal storage being eMMC it's quite nippy and never suffers from lag.

Despite the BIOS indicating a SATA slot, I opened it up but could find no SATA header of any kind.

The screen is half way between matte and glossy, which to some extent gives you the best of both worlds by reducing glare but never being too dim.

Having said that, you have to have the brightness set to maximum all of the time.

Sound is reasonable quality. Not too tinny and even at high volume not distorted.

Wireless 5Ghz AC is very good and Gigabit Ethernet works as you would expect.

Bluetooh works perfectly. connecting quickly and maintaining a solid connection.

Keyboard is a little spongy and with a little flex but nothing to be concerned about when typing documents.

Trackpad works well enough.

It is thin and light, so very portable.

Has lay flat 190 degree screen, although the hinges do flex more than I would like when adjusting the screen.

Video playback is superb, supporting almost all formats in hardware decoding.

HDMI port for connection to TV or monitor works well.

It is fanless and doesn't seem to overheat.

USB ports are a little tight and the single USB 3.0 is on the left, which for me is inconvenient.

There is only one major drawback.

The stated battery life is up to 9 hours but you will be lucky to get 4 for even general use.

The Intel PTT EK Certification service also often runs using at least half of the CPU, so you will find yourself having to kill it to get the usage down.

Were it not for the poor battery life, I would give it a 9 out of 10 for what it is and the use that you will realistically get out of it.

The natural competitor to this would be the Lenovo Ideapad 120S.

As an aside, I have also been using it with retroarch running under launchbox and Wii, Gamecube and Playstation games run brilliantly with the onboard Intel HD505 GPU easily able to provide 50-60-fps gameplay.
Edited by: "reddit" 21st Jun
reddit6 m ago

Bought one of these a week ago.The N4200 is quite capable and definitely …Bought one of these a week ago.The N4200 is quite capable and definitely zippier than the 14" N3350 Acer model.Despite the internal storage being eMMC it's quite nippy and never suffers from lag.Despite the BIOS indicating a SATA slot, I opened it up but could find no SATA header of any kind.The screen is half way between matte and glossy, which to some extent gives you the best of both worlds by reducing glare but never being too dim.Having said that, you have to have the brightness set to maximum all of the time.Sound is reasonable quality. Not too tinny and even at high volume not distorted.Wireless 5Ghz AC is very good and Gigabit Ethernet works as you would expect.Bluetooh works perfectly. connecting quickly and maintaining a solid connection.Keyboard is a little spongy and with a little flex but nothing to be concerned about when typing documents.Trackpad works well enough.It is thin and light, so very portable.Has lay flat 190 degree screen, although the hinges do flex more than I would like when adjusting the screen.Video playback is superb, supporting almost all formats in hardware decoding.HDMI port for connection to TV or monitor works well.It is fanless and doesn't seem to overheat.USB ports are a little tight and the single USB 3.0 is on the left, which for me is inconvenient.There is only one major drawback.The stated battery life is up to 9 hours but you will be lucky to get 4 for even general use.The Intel PTT EK Certification service also often runs using at least half of the CPU, so you will find yourself having to kill it to get the usage down.Were it not for the poor battery life, I would give it a 9 out of 10 for what it is and the use that you will realistically get out of it.The natural competitor to this would be the Lenovo Ideapad 120S.


Thanks for the review- would this be a good choice or a tablet for someone who is of the older audience. Looking to get this as a gift for someone not hugely tech savvy.
Balling3 m ago

Thanks for the review- would this be a good choice or a tablet for someone …Thanks for the review- would this be a good choice or a tablet for someone who is of the older audience. Looking to get this as a gift for someone not hugely tech savvy.


At the price point and for a 14" screen, yes I would happily recommend it as a general use machine.

But if they use it for long periods then they will find themselves having to plug it into the mains.
reddit3 m ago

At the price point and for a 14" screen, yes I would happily recommend it …At the price point and for a 14" screen, yes I would happily recommend it as a general use machine.But if they use it for long periods then they will find themselves having to plug it into the mains.


Any gaming laptops floating about that's not a price of a car? Runs decent games
chicodudi852 m ago

Any gaming laptops floating about that's not a price of a car? Runs decent …Any gaming laptops floating about that's not a price of a car? Runs decent games


For retro gaming, it's excellent.
chicodudi854 m ago

Any gaming laptops floating about that's not a price of a car? Runs decent …Any gaming laptops floating about that's not a price of a car? Runs decent games


What do reckon the price of a car is?
reddit2 m ago

For retro gaming, it's excellent.


Well I'm hunting for a reasonable priced gaming laptop that's not to expensive though
qbs1 m ago

What do reckon the price of a car is?


Like the price of these gaming laptops
chicodudi8552 s ago

Like the price of these gaming laptops


That would be a very cheap car then.
qbs39 s ago

That would be a very cheap car then.


I'm going to give Linux a whirl at the weekend to see if all the necessary drivers and stuff are there.
Ermmm 32Gb but same model
Edited by: "nougat" 21st Jun
nougat16 m ago

Ermmm 32Gb but same model


Different processor isn't it? N3350 rather than N4200 (see reddit's first post)
Yes it's a different model.

I also have the Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-P3GK, which is the same as the A114-31-C8M3 (Acer seem to give different model numbers based on colour).

It's a decent enough machine that does have a fan but also has an HD/SSD bay, although you need a special Acer cable and have to file away an unfortunately placed mounting (on some models only) to get the HD/SSD to fit.
Edited by: "reddit" 22nd Jun
For those who can stomach buying from the likes of Gearbest, the new gemini lake laptops aren't far off £200, should drop a bit lower over time:

qbs9 h, 57 m ago

Different processor isn't it? N3350 rather than N4200 (see reddit's first …Different processor isn't it? N3350 rather than N4200 (see reddit's first post)


The reviews are grouped together for all the models but most are for this model on the deal.
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