Acer and Asus are two of the biggest brands in the computing industry. And whilst you’d be mistaken in thinking they’re very similar, there are some differences between them that you should be aware of before you settle on either brand.
In general, Asus is considered to be the more expensive, better quality of the two brands. In the past, Acer have had a better reputation with their customer service, but this still hasn’t stopped them becoming one of the bestsellers of Chromebooks. So, there has to be something about Acer that keeps their happy customers returning.
But which of these is the better brand for someone looking for a laptop? Well, let’s compare the two brands and see which one is better.
Acer vs Asus – Which Models Are Best?
It’s difficult to really break down each of these brands without looking at their best models. Like you would expect, both brands have really good models that you can opt for, but they also have models that you’ll probably want to avoid to. Here are a few models that you’ll definitely want to consider if you’re looking at each of these two brands.
The Acer Aspire is Acer’s biggest seller, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. As a standard day to day laptop for the average person, it’s one of the best options on the market.
The main reason that the Aspire series has become so popular is likely just because of it’s sheer value for money. You can typically pick up an Acer Aspire for between $3-500 dollars, often making them a much more preferable option than a Mac or something that’s typically going to cost double or treble this price. It’s difficult to talk about the specs of an entire range, but typically the Aspire range is targeted at budget consumers.
The best example of this is the Acer Aspire E15, which has turned out to be one of the best cheap purchases of 2019. The E15 has good performance, is super cheap and the battery life is awesome. On the downside however, as with most cheap laptops, the laptop itself is heavy and poorly designed, making it a bit of a burden to carry around with you. However for the price, it’s difficult to argue with the E15 as being one of the best options for those on a small budget.
After the Aspire series, there are not that many different models worth considering within the Acer family in my opinion. However, one that I’d undoubtedly recommend checking out is the Acer Swift 3, which is one of the lightest laptops on the current market.
Although the Swift 3 doesn’t look like anything special – in fact, that’s probably my biggest criticism of it, that it doesn’t give us anything new and the design is well, just basic and standard. However, it does pretty much everything else really well. The first thing to mention is the battery life, which surpasses many other laptops within the same price range. You’re likely going to get 6-8 hours battery life out of the Swift if you’re just watching movies or surfing the net.
As well as this, the Swift 3 is also the thinnest laptop on the market currently, making it an excellent choice for students. Although the thin design might make you think that it doesn’t have the power to compete with others out there, it’s definitely not a good idea to overlook the Swift 3.
Moving onto some of the best Asus models, you’re unlikely to find a better value for money laptop than the Asus Chromebook series, especially the C434 which was released in 2019. In comparison to other brands and competitors, you end up getting a much better laptop at the same price.
If we take a look at the C434, then it’s pretty easy to see why it’s become so popular. It’s also referred to as the Flip because it’s a 2-in-1 laptop – this means you can easily use it as a tablet too, or you can ‘flip’ it around into what’s known as tent mode. This makes it a great choice for anyone who watches a ton of movies, as you can set the Flip up on your desk and watch it at a decent angle.
It’s not only the shapeshifting abilities that are impressive about the Flip – the design of the machine itself is also excellent. It’s within the low to mid budget range for a laptop, though it looks and feels like something much more expensive. Although Asus do make some good gaming laptops as well, they are better known for their good value – with the Chromebook being a perfect example of that.
It’s only fair if we’re looking at lightweight laptops like the Acer Swift to mention another slim favorite amongst travellers, commuters and anyone who’s going to be carrying their laptop around with them a lot. Of course, I’m talking about the aptly name Zenbook.
The Zenbook is generally the level above budget range, so you’re going to be looking at investing a little more than you would with a typical cheap Acer or Asus laptop. However, you are getting more for your money. For example, the Zenbook 14 comes with a screenpad, so essentially you can use the screen as a touchpad too (like a tablet).
And whilst it’s light like many other laptops out there, you have enough computing power to play HD games on it too, which anyone who’s used a cheap laptop can tell you, that’s not usually possible. So overall, the Zenbook provides another awesome Asus option to choose from.
Acer E15 or ASUS Vivobook F510UA – Who wins?
Now, let’s take a look at two models from each brand that can be considered direct competitors to each other. Whilst both of these laptops are very similar prices, there are some differences between them that might make one of them more suitable for you than the other one. They both use good Intel i5 core processors, which makes them an even match up for each other.
The specs themselves are almost identical, and everything from the GPU to the screen, they go pretty much blow for blow in terms of how equal they are. The Asus come with a 1TB hard drive, which is something you’ll need for most laptops. It’s hard to find many differences between these two models in terms of performance, as they are pretty equal.
One of the main differences between the two if that the Asus is 30% lighter than the Acer – they manage to pack the same amount of power into a much smaller package, which is typical of Asus (or perhaps more typical of big, bulky Acer’s!). All in all, from a perfromance perspective, there isn’t a great deal of difference between these two. But from an appearance perspective, the Asus has the upper hand, which is standard for their laptops.
So, we’ll take a look at the pros of each brand to see where each one edges the other. Then we’ll take a look at some of the most popular laptops from each brand and compare them against each other.
Pros Of Each Brand
All in all, we can break both brands down and look at the pros of each to determine which areas they are strong in, which can help determine your decision. Of course, it’s difficult to generalise across an entire brand,
Pros of Asus Laptops
- Customer service – In all honesty, neither of these brands ave amazing customer service and they’re pretty comparable in terms of this. However, I’d definitely say that out of the two, Asus have the better customer service. Acer are pretty much known for having bad customer service, which some people don’t mind because their products are so cheap.
- Longevity – If you’re after a laptop that’s going to be with you for a while, then Asus is the better choice. Their laptops are more long lasting in general, so if you don’t want to have to get a new laptop any time soon, then they’ll likely make a better choice than Acer laptops.
- Design – The difference in design is often subjective, but generally people tend to agree than Asus laptops are better made than Acer laptops. This is mainly because Acer aren’t really focussed on appearance, and they’re more focussed on usability. But, you’re unlikely to find many attractive Acer’s around. Although Asus aren’t quite as attractive as HP laptops, they are still a step up on Acer.
- Range – Asus have a wider range of selection than Acer laptops, as they’re one of the biggest brands in the world, especially when you look at the notebook market, in which they’re dominant.
Pros of Acer Laptops
- Price – Generally, Acer laptops tend to be available at a cheaper price than Asus. Though there isn’t too much in it, they do tend to be a little bit cheaper, which is good if you’re on a tight budget.
- Specs – To be honest, Acer get a really bad rap for their pretty poor customer service and the poor design of their laptops. But the specifications of the laptops themselves are actually decent, and if you’re looking for good value-to-specs, then Acer can be a good way to get a lot of laptop for a cheap price.
- Models – Although Asus and other brands may have more of a range than Acer, there are specific models which can hold their own with any. Although I’ll touch on them later in the article, their main lines like the Aspire are some of the best budget laptops around.
One of the main problems with both of these brands actually is the lack of customer service. They’re both known for having pretty poor after sales support, which is one reason why you might want to look at another brand. If you want the best customer support possible, then it’s better to look at brands like Dell and Lenovo.
Overall, Asus is the clear winner if you’re looking for the better laptop brand. Their customer service is better, and the quality of the laptop is typically better in most of the models. This being said, Acer still has it’s place as the king of cheap laptops, so for people on a budget, then Acer is always going to be the better choice. So quite simply; if you want the better laptop go Asus, and if you want the better laptop on a budget, go Acer.