Acer Aspire E3 Vs. ThinkPad Edge E145

Newage is all about war of technology. Every day a new technology story comes up, a more advance gadget replaces the older one. Well, this is the same what is happening in the laptop industry. If you are planning to buy cheap laptop or notebook within the budget of £260 and unsure of which laptop, we are going to make things easier for you. Here is the battle of 2 machines, Acer Aspire E3 and Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145. Both of these 11.6-inch notebooks comes under the budget of £260, these two are inexpensive netbooks which you can opt for working at home or for professional use. Let’s see which is a more suitable buy for your needs.

Acer Aspire E3 Vs. Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145:

Design and Display

E3-111_silver_nontouch_nonglare_zoom_bigAcer Aspire E3-111, is one of the larger affordable netbooks you will find around. Coming with basic specifications, it isn’t has something really pretty to shout about but it does manage to grab our attention by its robust design with attractive price and performance. It is well-equipped to cater students, home users and can be taken as a secondary PC to work with.

You wouldn’t find Acer Aspire the slimmest netbook but weighing just weighing just 1.3kg it does win the tag of being slim and well-updated. It has been designed intelligently that even though not being full sized, it has all the useful ports. The plastic chassis are designed elegantly with smooth curves, the lid showcases a thin layer of aluminum giving it a classy look. 1366×768

lenovo-laptop-thinkpad-e145-blue-back-view-8Coming onto its rival, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 is ideal for students, home and office user. With the same size as Acer Aspire E3, this 11.6 –inch machine gives a tough time to both subnotebooks and netbooks providing excellent battery time. Coming with a matte surface and same display resolution as of Acer Aspire E3 (1366×768) pixels, you can easily work on it even in outdoors. However, it weighs 1.5kg which makes it slightly heavier than the Acer Aspire.

Operating Systems

The Acer Aspire E3 supports only Windows 8.1 whereas Lenovo ThinkPad Edge comes with 2 versions of operating systems, it either runs on Windows 7 or uses the FreeDos operating system. However, it can be updated to windows 8 as well.

Battle of specifications

Until now, we discovered that both of the devices comes with same size and display resolution. This makes our decision harder. When comparing both, judging both the machines on grounds of specifications. The Acer Aspire is powered with Intel Celeron N2830 Dual-Core Processor 2.16GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.41GHz making it to work at much higher clock speed enabling it to perform better than what AMD processor of ThinkPad Edge offer you. Talking about the power of Graphics, Acer is integrated with Intel HD Graphics while Lenovo ThinkPad Edge comes with AMD Radeon graphics.

Acer Aspire coming with 64MB of dedicated system memory, 2048MB DDR3L Memory, 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) while Lenovo ThinkPad Edge comes with RAM size of 4GB.

Both the netbooks come with wide range of connectivity options. Acer Aspire packs the latest 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN, has two 2.0 USB ports and a 3.0 port. It also lets you connect to bigger screens as it comes with a HDMI port as well. However, The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge comes with connectivity options that are better suitable for business activities as it packs a VGA port, HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports.

If we analyze the specifications of both overall, the main differences are found in their processors, graphics and memory making Acer Aspire more Adaptable for the home and student use and Lenovo ThinkPad Edge better suitable for professional life.

Battery Life 

Well, when it comes to battery life, we do get really concerned. Let’s see which of these has a better stamina to keep on going. The ThinkPad Edge was made to undergo few battery tests which revealed some superb results in comparison to its rivals around. In the idle mode, battery kept the device alive for 19 whole hours leaving behind its predecessors which only made 6 hours. The Easter Reader’s test exposed that ThinkPad Edge works for total 4 hours when display was set to the lowest brightness with wireless modules turned off. The overall battery tests revealed that ThinkPad edge is ideal for those who demand for longer battery life. Whereas, Aspire couldn’t catch up to this level in terms battery life. It remained alive for 7 hours and 16 minutes in the idle mode. In Easter Reader’s test, again it couldn’t beat the superb battery life of ThinkPad edge. It was found shut down after 1 hours and 48 minutes.

Which One Should I Go For?

Well if you ask us to choose one out of both, our vote is for Lenovo ThinkPad Edge. But this is not the end. Acer’s Aspire locks a really decent keyboard and matte screen with a powerful Intel Celeron processor. But despite being so slim and light weight, we cannot really call it portable because of the battery issues. So, if you plan to have it for the use at university and or professional life where you are most likely to carry you netbook everywhere, it would be a bad choice. It is relatively suitable for working at home where you can easily get an access to charge the device. Undoubtedly, Lenovo’s ThinkPad is a better option if you want to have a netbook which possesses a better keyboard and lasts longer to carry out your professional business tasks efficiently or making university assignments. As both the netbooks come in the same size and with a little price difference but with varying battery lives, you can definitely make a choice easily. However, if you ask about the computing power, then Acer Aspire plays a stronger role performing better but dies soon.

With the Kabibi update success which offers a substantially higher GPU and a decent application performance, ThinkPad Edge manages to earn more points over Aspire especially in battery terms.

Ace of the ACER

Recently, in a press conference held at New York’s City New Trade Center, Acer’s CEO claimed that he will be the last man standing for the PC industry. The company grew its business PC market share by 80 percent, he added. Jason Chen also promised of being the first one on delivering tech geeks with the devices showcasing the best of the newest technology & products.

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Acer unveiled dozens of its products including tablets, PCs, gaming products and smartphones. Talking about the finest picks, Aspire Switch 11 V laptop-tablet hybrid catches the limelight. It comes up with unique hinge design enabling it to position in 4 distinct modes. Its key features include 11 inch full HD screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3 providing protection against damage, can be detached from the key board base to become a tablet, excellent battery life up to 8 hours with high quality keyboard. However, its poor touchpad, clunky, unimaginative built are its drawbacks.

Furthermore, Acer announced about its Z series line up. Recently launched, Acer Aspire Z Series is the talk of the town. The two new AiOs — the Aspire Z3-710 and the Aspire ZC-700 — with Windows 8.1, will be getting the windows 10 update when such time rolls around. The Z3 is the larger & superior of the two, sporting a 23.8-inch touchscreen display with 10-point multi-touch, while the ZC model has a more modest 19.5-inch display. However, both the models entail Full HD resolution and LED backlight.

The Z 3 model with its slim body, measuring in at 36 mm, comes up with various processor options to its users. Buyers can choose among the Intel Core, Pentium, or Celeron processor. Talking about the storage, Z3 has 2TB of hard drive storage and up to 8 GB of RAM. Further enhancing, there is also an optional DVD super Multi optical drive for those needing it.

Acer has also introduced 2 new models of Chrome box CXI2, featuring a 4th generation of Intel core i3 processor making chrome box powerful & a better performer. Talking about the design, the Acer Chrome Box has been adorned in such an attractive way that it provides with a refreshing user experience. The exterior of the unit is adorned with a diamond-like engraved texture that’s an energizing change to the usual slab of matte plastic on most Chrome OS devices. The chrome box CXI2 is shipped along with the mouse and keyboard. This is a bonus to its users considering the price of the overall package.

Well, this was a brief drive of the newly introduced Acer products. After all the reviews loaded up, checking out the latest Acer batch is a sure thing. Considering the technology used, features & design, Acer has certainly put in efforts to provide their buyers with best of the user experience. However, Acer comes no more different than its rivals such as AUS, Dell & MSI but Acer has the edge on being the biggest vendor of chrome devices.