Acer and ASUS are known for being two of the better options if you’re looking for a budget laptop. However, budget doesn’t necessarily mean they’re low quality, as sometimes they use similar parts as other more expensive laptops.
For those trying to decide which brand they should opt for out of the two, it can be quite difficult to decide. Fortunately, both brands have been around for a while and most people have used either one or both of these brands in the past few decades when they’ve become increasingly popular.
So, I’m going to take a look at both brands and give you my impartial opinion on which is the best of the two.
Acer vs ASUS? – Brand Comparison
ASUS is a better choice than Acer. The only area where Acer is better than ASUS is price – everything else like customer support, design and usability, ASUS is the better option of the two. Plus, for those looking for a gaming laptop, ASUS has a lot more options to choose from.
Let me be clear that there’s not a great deal of different between the two, and they’re more similar than they are different. They’re both Taiwanese companies with headquarters in Taipei, and ASUS was actually started by former Acer employees.
These two brands are often compared to each other as they’re typically within the same price point, but also that they’re quite easily upgradeable. With a Macbook, you won’t be able to upgrade your RAM or storage later down the line. But, with the majority of Acer and ASUS models, you can.
Let’s take a quick look at both brands individually and see which of them would be a better choice for you.
ASUS – Brand Overview
Taiwanese ASUS have historically known for being one of the cheaper options out there, and people tend to think that this means lower quality. However in recent years, their laptops have definitely improved in terms of both build and reliability.
They have a pretty good range for you to choose from, including their gaming laptops selection, which is one of the better options to go for if you’re looking for something low cost. Let’s look at ASUS in more detail.
Best ASUS Model – The ASUS VivoBook E402YA
For those looking for the cheapest option out there, the Vivobook series is going to be one that interests you. There aren’t many laptops out there that cost only a few hundred quid, and to be honest, many of the low cost ones are barely usable. However, this isn’t true for the VivoBook E402YA. It made it into my list of the best laptops under £200.
Whilst it’s incredibly cheap, this Vivobook actually has 4GB of RAM. This is about the power that I recommend to be enough for most people, especially if you’re only using your laptop to stream videos and scroll the internet. However, this won’t be enough for those that work on their laptops – video editors and designers will find this laptop extremely slow.
So although this laptop only has 4GB of RAM and a 64GB eMMC, it should be more than enough for casual users who want a cheap laptop.
Although many people like the design of their ASUS laptops, this isn’t really an area where they excel in my opinion. Pretty much all ASUS laptops are designed to be quite basic, with aesthetics being something that isn’t particularly important in most models.
In terms of power for cost, then ASUS offer a really good option for those that want the best value for their money. You can get a good priced 8GB RAM ASUS for a decent price, with the majority using Intel Processors too. ASUS laptops are known for being the best gaming laptop option for those on a tight budget. So if you’re looking for a lot of RAM and power, then it can make sense to opt for an ASUS laptop.
For those looking for a laptops that is going to last a good while, then you’ll want to look at a more premium brand. Lenovo, Apple and Dell tend to offer a much better solution for those looking for a laptop that’s going to last.
That being said, if it’s between Acer and ASUS then I’d choose ASUS as the brand which will be more durable and last longer.
If you’re looking for a particularly long battery life, then you can look at the ASUS Zenbook Series. Many of these models can reach in excess of 10 hours of battery life. However for most ASUS laptops, you’re probably going to get around 7 hours of battery life. This is pretty much the industry average across all brands.
Customer Service & Warranty
Whilst I wouldn’t go as far to say that ASUS customer service is good, it’s better than that of Acer. Plus, the warranty that you get with an ASUS laptop is pretty comprehensive, and should cover any issues you have with it within a decent enough timeframe.
Although on average an ASUS laptop is more expensive than an Acer laptop, this doesn’t mean they’re expensive. They still offer some of the cheapest laptops available on the market right now, and they can offer a good balance of cost to power.
Acer – Brand Overview
Another one of the cheaper brand, Acer are another Taiwanese company that specialise in lower cost laptops and computers. In fact, they have some of the most reasonably priced options in the market; great if you’re trying to save some cash.
Their most popular laptop model is the Aspire, but they also have the Swift and their gaming range, the Acer Predator series too. They’ve been around for 45 years, and in recent years, have released some awesome budget laptops.
Best Acer Model – The Acer Aspire 5
Whilst I also like the Acer Chromebook series, the Aspire series is what they are best known for. One model worth checking out is the Acer Aspire 5, which is a great choice for everyday use.
The good thing about Acer laptops is that you’re going to get a more powerful laptop for a cheaper price. A good example of that is the Aspire 5. For example, this model has 8GB of RAM and an i7 processor. However if you wanted this kind of RAM and processor in a Dell or Lenovo laptop, you’d have to pay a lot more than you would with the Aspire model.
So for those looking for the maximum possible power for their money, the Acer Aspire range is definitely going to be one that you’ll want to look at.
I can’t really fault the design of Acer laptops. Although some of the cheapest models are pretty ugly, this is only because they’ve put no effort into this aspect to try and save some money. All you need to do is take a look at the newer Acer Swift models to see that Acer can make a beautiful laptop if they want to.
An Acer laptop will perform fine depending on the specifications it has. However, they are pretty notorious for breaking and running slow after less than a year of use, so make sure that you get a warranty with your Acer model.
If you take care of your laptop, then there’s no reason why it won’t last a good few laptops. The likelihood of an Acer laptop lasting as long as a Lenovo Thinkpad or a Macbook is honestly pretty slim, unless you go for a more premium Acer option.
It’s difficult to compare battery life across all models of a brand, but for the most part, I actually think Acer laptops have a relatively decent battery life. For example, the Acer Chromebooks that have been released have great battery life where you’ll get in excess of 10 hours of use out of them.
Customer Service & Warranty
To put it bluntly, the Acer customer service is pretty awful. You can spend a long time on the phone to them trying to resolve your problem and end up getting nowhere. Plus, in the past when I’ve had an issue with an old Acer Aspire laptop, they actually made me pay to send them the laptop to fix it – this is one of the reasons why Apple is so popular nowadays!
Obviously, the main selling point of an Acer laptop is it’s low price point – they are pretty much the cheapest laptops you can purchase on the market. There’s an array of Acer notebooks and Chromebooks which cost just a couple hundred pounds, so for those looking for a bargain, it makes sense to look at Acer.
However in my opinion, you can typically find something a lot better for the same price with ASUS. Or, if you want to up your budget a little bit, you can look at brands like Lenovo, Dell or HP.
Overall, although the two brands are quite similar, there’s a clear distinctive line between Acer and ASUS which splits them and makes ASUS the better choice. Aside from the much better customer service, ASUS have a wider range of products to choose from.
As well as this, I’ve never had any issues with an ASUS packing in and stopping working on me. It’s worth noting though that neither of these two brands are any better than average quality, so don’t expect them to last forever.
They can be a good choice if you’re just looking for a cheap laptop to use for a few years, but for most people who don’t want to upgrade their own laptop, you’re better off choosing a more premium brand.