Acer Aspire 1 A114-61: Outstanding battery life thanks to a Snapdragon SoC
The Acer Aspire 1 is a simple 14-inch office notebook, which sells for under 300 Euros. The laptop is not made of premium materials: Its housing is made of white plastic. Windows 10 Home S serves as the operating system. The OS can be upgraded to the regular version of Windows 10 Home for free.
The laptop features the Snapdragon 7c, 4 GB of RAM (soldered-on, no RAM slots) and a 64 GB eMMM module, which is why it can only handle office and web-based applications. The amount of storage space is very small: Straight out of the box, only 34 GB is available. After the installation of the latest feature update, only 24 GB is available.
The system can be easily overwhelmed: Opening multiple tabs or running multiple apps in the background can make the system feel very slow. Positive: The laptop is passively cooled and is, therefore, silent. Moreover, thanks to a Qualcomm SoC, the Aspire 1 lasted 17 hours in our Wi-Fi test.
You should be careful when buying an ARM notebook because there are many compatibility issues with such devices. Currently, Windows on ARM only supports 32-bit x86 applications (via emulation) and applications which were specifically compiled for ARM. This means that before committing to purchase, you should check the relevant apps for compatibility. In the future, 64-bit x86 emulation will be supported (but only on Windows 11).
To learn more about the Acer Aspire 1 A114-61-S58J, check out our review.