Acer Aspire 1, 14″ Full HD, Intel Celeron N3450, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage, Windows 10 Home, A114-31-C4HH Review

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Acer Aspire 1, 14″ Full HD, Intel Celeron N3450, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage, Windows 10 Home, A114-31-C4HH Review

The Acer Aspire 1 is an entry level machine designed for basic, everyday computing tasks. Email, surfing the web, updating social status, HD video playback and word processing should all be within its capabilities, but it will probably struggle with heavyweight applications and games. It isn’t going to compete with more powerful models, but if you’re looking for a small, lightweight machine to get you online or work on routine tasks on the move, this could well be the laptop for you.

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At the heart of this machine lies an Intel Celeron N3450 processor. This is a quad-core component based on Intel’s Apollo Lake architecture. Each core is capable of adjusting its speed from 1.1 GHz up to a maximum of 2.2 GHz, depending on the needs of the current software application. Unlike more powerful (and expensive!) processors, the N3450 doesn’t support HyperThreading technology, meaning that the speed of each core only capable of handling one thread at once.

The processor is supported by 4GB of memory. Although more memory is always better, the 4GB installed in this laptop is in line with other machines in its class, and should be enough to allow the Aspire 1 A114-31-C4HH to run the supplied copy of Windows 10 Home without difficulty.

For permanent storage of your documents, music, pictures, videos and, of course, software applications, the machine is fitted with a 32Gb of flash memory. This is not a great deal of storage capacity by today’s standards, particularly when you consider that the installed copy of Windows 10 Home will occupy a significant part of that space. On the other hand, flash memory is somewhat faster than a conventional Hard Disk Drive (although not as fast as a Solid State Drive), which should lead to an improvement in performance. And, if you need more storage, it’s a simple matter to attach an external Hard Disk or memory stick to one of the machine’s USB ports. In general, if you intend to use the machine to work on documents and use online services, rather than store thousands of pictures or music tracks, the supplied 32GB should be adequate.

Features :

  • Intel Celeron N3450 CPU
  • 4GB Memory
  • 32GB Storage
  • 14″ Full HD 1920 x 1080 Widescreen Display
  • Intel HD Graphics 500
  • 802.11ac WiFi (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • 1 – USB 3.0 Port & 2 – USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 – HDMI port
  • Windows 10 Home

As you would expect for a machine of this size and price, there is no internal optical drive. CD / DVD drives are arguably less important than they once were, and, given the uses for which this machine was designed, together with the rise in online storage services, most people probably won’t miss it. However, if you feel that you may need an optical drive, you will need to purchase an external USB DVD drive.

The machine’s 14 inch, Full HD, Widescreen, LED-backlit, 1920 x 1080 pixel display is driven by an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 Graphics Processing Unit. Integrated graphics processors have improved substantially of late, and while they are still no match for dedicated GPUs when it comes to demanding game-play, the DirectX 12 capable HD Graphics 500 should easily handle the kinds of routine tasks that this laptop is intended for.

Eventually, most people want or need to connect the laptop to an external display, perhaps to watch a movie in comfort or to make a presentation for work. Fortunately, the Aspire 1 A114-31-C4HH is equipped with an HDMI port, making it easy to hook it up to an HDTV or monitor.

Naturally, the machine features both wired and wireless networking capabilities. An Ethernet port is provided for when you want or need to connect to a wired network, while 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz) enables you to connect to wireless networks. The Aspire 1 also offers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, allowing you to attach Bluetooth headsets, mice, and other peripherals, or exchange files wirelessly with cellphones and cameras.

For connecting to wired devices, such as printers, external hard drives and memory sticks, this laptop is equipped with three USB ports; one high speed USB 3.0 port and one legacy USB 2.0 port. The ports are interchangeable, although, obviously, you will only gain the performance benefits of USB 3.0 if you connect a USB 3.0 device to a USB 3.0 port. Consequently, it makes sense to attach devices such as external hard disk, where speed is important, to the USB 3.0 port, and use the slower USB 2.0 ports for less critical devices such as printers.

Other connectivity options include an SD card reader and a Mic / Headphone combo jack. There is also a built-in HD Webcam Webcam (640 x 480), making the machine video-chat ready right out of the box.

The machine measures 13.5 x 9.65 x 0.71 inches, and weighs 3.6 pounds, making it small and light enough to take anywhere. And, with a reported battery life of up to 9 hours, you can be sure that you’ll have enough power to get the job done, no matter where you take it!

Overall, the Aspire 1 A114-31-C4HH is a great choice if you’re looking for a small, lightweight, inexpensive laptop to handle everyday tasks such as email, word processing, surfing the web or watching HD video. It may struggle with more demanding applications, and it definitely isn’t a games machine, but those are not the kinds of task it’s designed for.

Similarly, the relatively small amount of internal storage (just 32GB) may not be enough for some users, and there are other laptops available to meet that need. But it should be adequate to store the kinds of work you’d expect to use this machine for, especially if you use online services such as Google Drive or Microsoft’s OneDrive. Broadly, this machine is in the same league as Chromebooks, with the advantage that it is capable of running standard Windows applications. If all you need is the ability to get online and carry out routine tasks on the move, this could well be the machine for you.

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