There aren’t many brands out there that are held in such high esteem as HP. As the oldest company within the laptop industry, HP have some of the bestselling laptop ranges out there.
But HP aren’t the only brand that you should consider when you’re looking to buy a new laptop. For those looking for something more cost effective, then a laptop from Acer might actually prove to be the better choice. They have a good selection of budget range laptops which still pack a lot of power.
Deciding between these two brands isn’t easy, but that’s what we’re going to try and do. Let’s look at both Acer and HP and see which of these brands would be the better choice for you.
Acer vs HP
The difference between Acer and HP often comes down to your budget. If you want a cheap laptop, then opt for an Acer laptop. If you want a laptop made of better quality material, but more expensive, then a HP laptop is the better choice.
Of course, there’s a lot more to it than just the Acer being low cost and HP being a better quality brand. Really, we want to look at each laptop individually. But, we’d be here all day if we wanted to run through that.
So, let’s start by looking at both brands in a little closer detail, as well as some of their most popular series.
The Taiwanese brand has become one of the most popular laptop brands in the last few years, but it still trails the bigger sellers out there like Dell and fellow Asian company, Lenovo.
For the most part, Acer sell budget laptops and well priced alternatives to the premium laptops out there. It’s easy to see their customer base – those who want all the power of a Macbook, at the price of a.. well, an Acer Aspire.
Their laptops are often as powerful as the best laptops out there, but they’re just made with cheaper parts and sold for half the price. Whilst they’re not considered to be high end, they do offer some of the best value on the market.
Acer laptops are unlikely to be the first port of call when someone is looking for a new laptop. Whilst they do have some high quality models, most of the time they’re intended to be cheap and shorter term options, especially when compared to Apple laptops, which have a longer shelf life.
HP are the oldest brand in the game, and they have one of the widest range of products in the industry too. They have a laptop to suffice pretty much every need you could have.
One area where I do think that HP laptops are severely underrated is in the gaming industry. It’s dominated by the big brands like Dell’s Alienware, but not everyone wants to spend thousands and thousands on a laptop. So for keeping the costs down, check out the Omen series, as well as the Pavilion which also has some gaming laptops in its range.
As well as Windows laptops, HP also have a selection of Chromebooks that you can choose to. This can be a good idea for those who want the best performing laptop possible, and aren’t fussed with everything that Windows offers (certain programs etc).
The brand overall have a pretty high build quality, with their premium laptops on par with the top brands at the moment (Dell, Lenovo and Apple). So overall, if you can find a good deal on a HP laptop, then there’s no reason why you should opt to go for it (here are some of the best HP laptops).
In conclusion, both of these brands have released some pretty impressive laptops over the years, and also some pretty bad ones too. Usually, you have to look a bit more in depth than just the brand when considering a laptop.
However as a whole, usually the HP laptop is going to be made to a better standard than an Acer laptop. This isn’t always the case, and for the most part, both HP and Acer have good models to choose from.