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
Acer 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
Coming 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.
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.
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.