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Acer Aspire 1: 15.6" Laptop Intel Celeron N4500 1.1GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB Flash, W11H S (Electric Blue, Refurbished) $149.59 + Free Shipping

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Acer via eBay [ebay.com] has Acer Aspire 1: 15.6" Laptop Intel Celeron N4500 1.1GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB Flash, W11H S (Electric Blue, Refurbished) for $169.99 - 12% in cart = $149.59. Shipping is Free

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BraveString9284 asked this question on 10-04-2022 at 03:03 PM
10-09-2022 at 03:55 AM
It will say IPS but in this case only said comfy view meaning not IPS panel.

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I think there is a serious message you can take away when the manufacturer bothers to sell the item direct but chooses to warranty the item through a third party rather than offering a proper manufacturer warranty. Obviously one factor driving that choice is ebay promotional considerations: the warranty likely cost them little to nothing to package with the product but then gets them promotional marketing from ebay which they might not otherwise receive. However, no one should be fooled into equating an third-party warranty with the service/support associated with warranties from reputable manufacturers/retailers.

As a PC this could be a good deal for the right user with the right application. Most likely Acer was stuck with a bunch of functional returns on a product like this not because of manufacturing defects, but rather because of poor user experience driving returns/warranty claims. This minimally-specified machine would have been great for a chromebook but just barely checks all the boxes for what is needed to boot Windows 11. Now simply because a CPU can run Windows doesn't mean that CPU should be used to run Windows. I don't mean to suggest this computer is broken, but I would suggest that anyone shopping for a general-purpose daily driver PC could be making better investments despite the tempting price points manufacturers have achieved with CPUs like the one in this device.

Many of these ultra-low power CPUs were originally intended for embedded applications and not as general purpose computers. However, since these CPUs are also fully compatible x86 CPUs - and cheap ones at that! - manufacturers could pump out PCs at new amazing price points. Too bad that for the buyer the experience was never going to be particularly good when using a CPU better suited to digital signage than rendering video in Windows using Adobe Premiere (or Minecraft, or video conferencing with grandma, etc.).

Additionally, Windows doesn't really perform well anymore at 4GB. More than half of the RAM space can be consumed at idle after booting up(!) - and in a 4GB PC this is incomplete as Windows is forced to limit how much of the operating system is loaded into RAM to conserve space. Paired with a weak CPU this just creates a negative feedback loop wherein your first application loaded after booting up starts demanding loads of page file/virtual memory/SSD-storage-as-RAM and the CPU to service those requests was already being overtasked with the basics of running Windows. Windows PCs limited to 4GB, especially those not equipped with 4-core i-series CPUs, are better suited to power users who can make the appropriate optimizations (possibly including removing Windows for a Linux operating system).

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Not sure about the upgradability of this laptop. May worth a try if it was $130 less for a brand-new...

However, it's worthy of spending just $44 extra for much more powerful quad-core Ryzen 3 3350U (passmark 5897 vs 1961) + PCIe SSD + WiFi 6 + Fingerprint reader + Backlit keyboard + USB-C port (for data)
https://slickdeals.net/f/16054036-acer-aspire-5-15-6-laptop-refurb-1080p-ryzen-3-3350u-4gb-ddr4-128gb-ssd-193-60-free-shipping

UNLESS u strictly prefer a lower-powered Celeron for longer battery life (& fan-less design?)
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Not sure about the upgradability of this laptop. May worth a try if it was $130 less for a brand-new...

However, it's worthy of spending just $44 extra for much more powerful quad-core Ryzen 3 3350U (passmark 5897 vs 1961) + PCIe SSD + WiFi 6 + Fingerprint reader + Backlit keyboard + USB-C port (for data)
https://slickdeals.net/f/16054036-acer-aspire-5-15-6-laptop-refurb-1080p-ryzen-3-3350u-4gb-ddr4-128gb-ssd-193-60-free-shipping

UNLESS u strictly prefer a lower-powered Celeron for longer battery life (& fan-less design?)
Quite shocked to write that an online video review suggests that both the RAM and storage are upgradeable: https://youtu.be/ZOW6LSmt0Kg

Good luck!
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Quite shocked to write that an online video review suggests that both the RAM and storage are upgradeable: https://youtu.be/ZOW6LSmt0Kg

Good luck!
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That guy on the youtube review is funny, had me chuckling...
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This would be good with Linux or ChromeOS
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From acer site support with user questions, Ram and the emmc should be able to upgrade.
https://www.acer.com/us-en/suppor...ch=A115-32
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Quote from Peerless_Warrior :
This would be good with Linux or ChromeOS
Linux Mint 21 the touch pad works.
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Linux Mint 21 the touch pad works.
Thank you! I wish Linux laptops were mainstream so we wouldn't have to go thru the whole process.
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Thank you! I wish Linux laptops were mainstream so we wouldn't have to go thru the whole process.
Agree, compare to years ago Linux has been way better and better supported on devices.

Linux has several types like, Debian, Arch, Fedora Redhat...etc. Ubuntu based on Debian been the most popular. Even so, there are so many different distributions based on Ubuntu with different DE(desktop environment). Linux Mint mentioned is based on Ubuntu.

The ONLY universal interface among all those different Linux types and DE is the Terminal, command line. That's why when something needs to be fixed or solved, the solution is usually going through command lines. Average people wouldn't like that, and that could be the problem preventing Linux from being mainstream.

I do think people should try Linux OS like Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Zorin, In my opinion it is way better than Windows more logical. FYI apple Mac OSX is a distant relative of Linux.

General computers, Laptops from Lenovo, HP, Dell ...etc. works very closely with Linux community may be Lenovo been the closest. Unless it is new model otherwise usually already been compatible. Even new models should be fine within 6 months. Acer and Asus focused more on Windows, small things like cam or touch pad may take longer to be supported.
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