Getting a cheap laptop is always thrilling. You’re buying a computer with little money, but there’s always the nagging thought if you should’ve got something else. What if this laptop isn’t enough for me? What if I really needed a faster one? To help you getting free of those nasty thoughts, in this review we tell you if Acer Aspire E 14 ES1-411-C1P2 is budget laptop well worth your money or something to steer away from!
The low price of this Acer is naturally reflected in the components it has. Intel Celeron N2840 is a low-end dual-core processor of 2.16GHz clock speed. It’s not promised great performance in professional tests, however any modern processor is good pick for uses which don’t require huge performance from the computer. The main limitations of this Celeron are in gaming: it integrates a weak Intel HD graphics chip which can run only lightweight games fluently.
However, none of the above should be a big concern to you if you’re just after computer for everyday use. The other specs aren’t bad at all starting with 4GB RAM. Even some power users go with four gigabytes these days and only install more if the programs they run are lagging. It’s indeed possible to add more memory to the laptop because it supports up to 8GB RAM.
Acer Aspire E 14 ES1-411-C1P2 has 500GB storage space on 5400RPM drive. Typical for a budget desktop, half a terabyte is nothing to worry if you’re home user, the drive can still host around one hundred DVD grade movies. Any extra points however can’t be given for the 5400RPM speed as it’s significantly slower than modern solid-state drives. That said, if you’ve only used these regular hard drives in your earlier computers you’ll see no difference to better or worse with this Acer either.
One of the defining factors of this laptop is the display. It’s 14″ big, has no touchscreen and comes with 1366×768 maximum resolution. There’s nothing spectacular about it, a typical laptop screen, which will allow you to effortlessly use this budget machine.
Being a small laptop, the Acer Aspire features limited ports. It has just two USBs available. One of those is USB 3.0. HDMI (but no VGA) is also featured, so if you have HDTV in your household you can use it with the laptop.
Network connectivity is good for such a budget rig. There are both Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n WiFi, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 support.
As usually, also webcam and microphone are installed.
Something else to keep in mind?
Operating system is Windows 8.1 (64-bit edition), friends of Windows 7 beware. Just kidding, they are not so different systems. If you’re doubtful, my advice is to make the switch to Windows 8 sooner than later.
These smaller notebooks tend to come with keyboard without 10-key numeric pad. There’s simply no place for the pad, and thus it’s left out. I don’t mind that solution at all because the numeric pad is on my way, but your mileage may vary depending if you type lots of numbers or not. The keyboard is also non-backlit one which is not surprise for cheap model.
Acer Aspire E 14 ES1-411-C1P2 has no optical drive. For your CD and DVD needs, consider using an external drive which you can connect to USB 3.0 port on the laptop.
Weight of this computer is comfortable 4.6 pounds. I’d dub it easy to carry and operate. The smaller 14″ display also contributes to good portability, and I could see user reports saying the battery lasts up to 6 hours for them. Manufacturer promises little less, so you can realistically expect the battery to last something between 5 and 6 hours.
Acers don’t have too great a reputation among the laptop community, perhaps rightly so, but for the price Acer Aspire E 14 ES1-411-C1P2 is solid. There’s basically nothing it couldn’t do for home or small office user. Points must be given for good portability and network connectivity (fast LAN, WiFi and Bluetooth). The missing optical drive is disadvantage for some, but remedy is to use an external drive. All in all, the laptop won’t work as your gaming rig, but for everyday computing there is no need to go for anything fancier than this Acer can offer!