Is Acer a good brand?

There are many different brands out there for you to choose when you’re looking for a new laptop. The expensive brands like Dell and Apple are often peoples first option, but they aren’t the only options out there.

When you look through the market, you’ll see the premium laptops that I’ve mentioned. Then, you might come across an Acer laptop. It has the same specs as the Macbook – 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage etc – but it’s often 30 or 40% lower in the cost than the Macbook. But why?

Well, this leads us to ask the question; is Acer a good brand? And how can they afford to make a laptop with similar specs for half the price?

Is Acer a good brand?

The correct answer is that Acer is not the best brand out there, but it’s not particularly bad either. It isn’t as good as more premium brands like Apple or Dell, but there are still some great Acer laptop models being released over the past few years.

Whilst Acer’s do come under some criticism due to their lower cost materials, that doesn’t mean to say that you should overlook them completely. No, in fact, the brand itself is actually okay, as long as you order a good model of laptop an you don’t expect too much from it. Have a look here at the best Acer laptops available.

If you’re only spending a few hundred on a new laptop, then it’s never going to take your breath away with it’s amazing features. But if you do your due diligence, then you can easily find a decent Acer laptop. But as I mentioned, you do need to do your research.

Pros

The one area where Acer excel is their price. They often have the lowest costing laptops on the market, and you can find a bargain amongst them.
Although there’s nothing amazing about them, the Acer laptops aren’t badly designed. In fact, many of them have good quality displays and the keyboards and trackpads are typically quite responsive.
As mentioned, the cheap hardware allows you to get some better internal parts for your laptop, in turn giving you a more powerful experience.

Cons

I’d love to see Acer come out with a new product line to rival the Macbook and other top laptops – imagine what kind of Acer you could get for £1000+?
Like most of the laptop and computing brands out there, the customer service of Acer could definitely be a little better than it is.
Although there are a few different Acer series that I like, they don’t have the widest range of products.

Price

It’s probably not news to you that Acer make the cheapest laptops on the market out of the top 6 brands. Whilst other brands seem to focus on the premium end of the market, Acer have settled nicely into making low costing yet still acceptable quality laptops.

Sometimes, you’ll see an Acer laptop with the same specs as a more expensive brand, for a much lower price. So, price is an area where they excel.

Design

Although I’ve never been blown away by an Acer laptop, they are made to be pretty sturdy products. They’re not the most beautiful out there, but some people prefer simplicity as opposed to ergonomics.

You’ll be able to find different variations of Acer laptop depending on what you’re looking for. They make everything from business laptops all the way to casual notebooks. So, they aren’t badly designed laptops.

Range

There isn’t a wide variety of different Acer laptops out there. They have the Aspire range, the Swift range, and then some gaming laptops like the Predator and the Gemstone series. If you compare this to the other Asian brands, this is very little selection.

They also have a pretty good selection of Chromebooks for you to choose from as well. They can be the best choice if you’re looking for something well made and easy to use.

Hardware

The good thing about Acer is that they’ll source some of the cheaper parts in comparison to other brands and use though, so you don’t have to pay the maximum price. So whilst the new Macbook Air still uses an i3 processor, with an Aspire you can get an i5 processor or even an i7 processor for a cheaper price.

This is typically the case with brands like Acer, as you’ll be able to get similar specs for an overall cheaper price.

Customer Service

I’m the biggest critic of companies customer service/support out there, and Acer are pretty poor. However, this is the case for the majority of laptop brands out there, so it’s not only them that have bad customer service. But, just make sure that you get a decent warranty with your laptop, because they’re not the most helpful bunch.

If you need to get in touch with their customer service, then you can still do this online pretty easily. However, most laptop brands aren’t inclined to help you if you don’t have a warranty in place.

Innovative

Another area where I’d like to see a little more from Acer is in their creation process. Outside of the Aspire and Swift series, which in themselves are pretty standard and boring, there isn’t much out there from Acer (excluding gaming laptops). So, a new line, maybe targeted at a more premium audience, wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Acer might have listened to me in this regard, as they’re actually making collaboration laptops with premium car brand Porsche. They seem to be very well designed, but time will tell whether they’re a success with the current market.

Conclusion

All in all, I don’t think it’s really fair to say that Acer are a good brand, but I also don’t think it’s fair to say that they’re a bad brand either. If you know what you’re looking for, then you can find some good deals amongst the selection of Acer laptops that are out there, especially in the Aspire series.

About Jon

Hey, I'm Jon. I'm an engineer by trade, so it makes sense that I'm obsessed with anything technology related! On the weekends, you can find me playing around with my computers or fixing something around the house. Feel free to leave a comment if you want to get in touch.

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