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Acer Aspire 1 A115-32-C96U Review And Specification

Acer Aspire 1 A115-32-C96U Review And Specification

Affordable Performance: The Acer Aspire 1 A115-32-C96U proves to be a super-affordable laptop, excelling at non-intensive tasks like email, word processing, streaming, and web browsing. How does it compare to other budget laptops in the sub-$300 category that's becoming increasingly crowded?

Given the modest expectations at this price point, the Aspire 1 A115-32-C96U performs admirably. However, in this competitive landscape, alternatives like the Asus Vivobook Go 15, just $20 more, or the impressive Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-32DK, for an additional $50, pose stiff competition.

The latest addition to the Acer Aspire 1 series, the A115-32-C96U, may not match the specs of its predecessor, the A115-31-C2Y3, but it boasts a fairly capable Intel Celeron N4500 processor.

 Acer Aspire 1 A115-32-C96U Specification

  • Processor : Intel Celeron N4500 2 x 1.1 - 2.8 GHz, Jasper Lake
  • Graphics adapter : Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
  • Memory : 4 GB , DDR4
  • Display : 15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, 60 Hz
  • Storage : 128GB
  • Connections : 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5mm
  • Networking : 10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit/s), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 363.4 x 238.4 ( = 0.78 x 14.31 x 9.39 in)
  • Battery : 36.7 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2-cell
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 11 Home
  • Additional features : Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet
  • Weight : 1.8 kg ( = 63.49 oz / 3.97 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
  • Price : 330 Euro

Design: A Stylish Budget Option

In the realm of budget laptops, the Acer Aspire 1 A115-32-C96U aims to stand out with a sleek design. While value devices typically lack sleekness, Acer attempts to break the mold with the Aspire 1. Sporting a stylish profile and a slim, lightweight chassis, this laptop distinguishes itself from its budget peers. The silver color and construction resemble the Acer Aspire 5 series, elevating it beyond typical budget aesthetics.

Acer Aspire 1 A115-32-C96U Design

Measuring 14.31 x 0.78 x 9.39 inches, the Aspire 1 is slim, comparable to the HP Stream 14 and more compact than the 15-inch Dell Inspiron 15. Weighing 3.64 pounds, it's notably lighter than the Inspiron 15 but slightly heavier than the Stream 14.

While the build quality is a mixed bag, the Aspire 1 shares aesthetics with the sturdier Acer Aspire 5. The smooth plastic lid is susceptible to flexing under slight pressure, but the laptop features sturdy hinges holding the display firmly. Notably, the Aspire 1's ports include two USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, a headphone/mic combo jack, and one USB 2.0 – lacking the latest USB Type-C connection, a reasonable omission at this price.

Display: Unexpected Full HD Quality

Most sub-$400 laptops offer 1366-by-768 resolution displays, but the Acer Aspire 1 surprises with a Full HD (1920-by-1080) display, a rare find in this price range. Although not the brightest, the 1080p resolution enhances the laptop's suitability for activities like Netflix, web surfing, and YouTube videos. The 640-by-480 webcam above the screen suffices for video chats but may not excel in business teleconferencing.

Keyboard and Touchpad: Respectable Inputs

Acer Aspire 1 A115-32-C96U Keyboard

The full-size keyboard on the Acer Aspire 1 is surprisingly usable, offering a plastic feel with minimal noise and no flex. While lacking key backlighting, it provides a comfortable typing experience with 1.2mm key travel and 78 grams of actuation force. The touchpad, slightly offset from the center, is nicely sized and functional, although its physical clicks are somewhat loud for a budget laptop.

Battery Life: Solid Performance

The Acer A115-32-C96U impresses with strong battery life, claiming up to 9 hours on a single charge – a claim supported by battery life tests. In real-world scenarios involving multiple Chrome tabs and video streaming, the battery demonstrated resilience, dropping to 55% over four hours with the screen at two-thirds brightness. Recharging is relatively quick, with 30 minutes bringing the battery from empty to 42%, a commendable feature for a budget laptop.

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