Acer Aspire 1410 Review

I like to play with different laptops and am on a perpetual quest to find a laptop that fits my needs for carrying around campus and using in my studies.  I’ve used a lot of laptops and the Acer Aspire 1410 I recently purchased from has left me more impressed than just about any other laptop I’ve purchased in recent memory.

Acer Aspire 1410


The Acer 1410 lies somewhere between being a netbook and ultraportable.  It’s not a netbook since it runs Windows Vista (netbooks run Windows XP), uses an Intel Core Solo processor (a netbook uses Intel Atom processors) and the 11.6-inch screen size is slightly bigger than the average 10-inch netbook size.  The Acer Aspire 1410 also deserves better than to be called a netbook because it doesn’t have all the disadvantages most netbooks have — the keyboard is comfortable, the 1366 x 768 screen is awesome and higher resolution than any other $400 netbook, there’s an HDMI out port, the processor is more powerful than a netbooks and the overall fit and finish is better than the average netbook.  But here’s the cherry on top of it all, the Aspire 1410 has a 6-hour battery life and 3lb weight to match the portability of a netbook.  Indeed, the Aspire 1410 has all the characteristics of a netbook you actually want but does away with those characteristics that are undesirable.

Aspire 1410 system specs:

  • 1.4GHz Intel Core2 Solo ULV SU3500 Processor
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • 2GB DDR2 667MHz Memory
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Acer Crystal Eye Webcam
  • Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (SP 1)
  • 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh), 6-hour battery life
  • 11.6″ HD WXGA Acer CrystalBrite LED-backlit Display
  • Ports:  3 x USB 2.0, Headphone/Speaker/Line-Out, Microphone-in, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45 (LAN), SD card slot
  • Dimensions: 11.22″ (W) x 8.03″ (D) x 0.87-1.18″ (H)
  • Weight: 3.1 Pounds



The Aspire 1410t is a 11.6-inch screen thin-and-light laptop and in terms of footprint it’s just a bit smaller than a standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper notebook spiral.  The exact dimensions are 8-inches deep x 11.2-inches wide x 1.2 inches thick (at its thickest point, it’s about an inch thin at the front where it is thinnest).  The laptop weighs 3.1 lbs by itself, and with the travel cord it weighs 3.7 lbs.  This weight means it’s very easy to carry around in a backpack, and light enough that you can clutch it with one hand and carry it around.

Weigh in for the Aspire 1410

Aspire 1410 weight

Acer 1410 weight with cord

Apple MacBook 13” and Acer Aspire 1410 comparison pictures

Acer 1410 on top of macbook 13

Acer 1410 and Apple MacBook 13.3

Aspire 1410 and MacBook 13

The Aspire 1410 comes in three different colors: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue or Black.  I have the Sapphire Blue color and it is certainly attractive in the light due to the glossy bright finish, the downside to the glossy finish is keeping the lid clean is next to impossible, it picks up fingerprints like a magnet.

Size comparison to an 8.5 x 11-inch textbook

Acer 1410 compared to textbook


Since this machine costs $449 you shouldn’t expect any fancy aluminum metallic casing or even a rigid and durable plastic case like you get on more expensive $1,000 – $2,000 ultraportables.  Instead you get a thinner plastic case on the Aspire 1410, but it’s still got decent rigidity and on par or better than most netbooks.  I wouldn’t want to drop this on concrete from any height, but so long as you treat the Acer 1410 with care it should last you a good long time.  Finding a sleeve to put it in while on the go will afford extra protection when it’s in your backpack smashed between books.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Acer 1410 keyboard is full sized and far better than most netbook keyboard I’ve used, many of which are torturous.  The keys are fairly flat, I prefer a more rounded key, but the feel and travel of the keys is by no means bad.  There is no cheap feeling flex in the keyboard.  The most annoying thing I can find is that there’s no dedicated Home and End keys.

Acer Aspire 1410 keyboard

The touchpad has a few advanced features such as zooming using a “pinch” motion with your forefinger and thumb (a la Apple iPhone).  Frankly I think it’s nice they offer this, but have no use and simply use a touchpad to navigate the cursor and do vertical/horizontal scrolling.  I actually found the advanced features a nuisance as they would trigger when I didn’t intend them to, so I turned them off.  My major complaint with the touchpad however is that it’s hard to distinguish where it starts and ends as Acer made the poor design decision to blend it into the body with nary a color shade or texture difference to know what your borders are.  It’s annoying at first, eventually you get used to knowing where your touchpad edges are, it’s definitely a learning curve though.


The Acer 1410 has a 1366 x 768 resolution screen, a higher resolution than most netbooks. In order to be able to use multiple tabs in a browser and fit enough text and images on a small screen it’s really quite essential to have this high resolution.  I can read much more easily on the Aspire 1410 than any previous netbook I’ve used because I simply have to do less scrolling, and that means I’m more productive.  The screen brightness is very good, not amazing, and the viewing angles are so-so but I can overlook this typical shortcoming simply because I wouldn’t trade any other factor of the screen for the higher resolution you get.  Simply put, it makes using the Aspire 1410 far more pleasurable and productive than a netbook.

Aspire 1410 screen





Processor and Graphics

Just about all netbooks have the Intel Atom processor and they all perform pretty much the same.  The Aspire 1410 ditches the Atom for an Intel Core2 Solo ULV SU3500 processor and the extra performance boost you get from this 1.4GHz processor over an Atom is not only measurable using benchmarks but also noticeable in everyday use.  Now, I do have to say that you must remove all of the trialware crap from the laptop that Acer installs (took me almost an hour) and then make a few tweaks in Windows Vista to get things great, but even out of the box the Aspire 1410 was faster than the Asus 1000HE I used.  Coupled with the Intel GMA 4500 graphics I found that playing HD movies in full screen from YouTube was quite doable, the processor did spike at 100% during these times though so you really need to make sure you don’t have a bunch of processes running in the background in order to keep HD video viewing performance up.  That said, if your main goal is to use business applications on the Aspire 1410 you’ll have no trouble whatsoever.


Acer ships the 1410 with 2GB 667MHz memory.  Since the Aspire 1410 is running Vista you will need all of this memory, Vista is a memory hog.  The good news is that the Acer ships with one stick of 2GB memory and it’s easy to upgrade to 4GB of total memory if you choose to..

Hard Drive

I got a Toshiba 250GB 5400RPM hard drive in my Aspire 1410, that’s enough storage for my needs and the performance is good with bootup occurring in under a minute (bootup speed depends a lot on the hard drive).  If you’re into ripping videos and storing tons of media, 250GB will not be enough for you.  For 95% of people this will be fine though, especially since it’s designed as a portable laptop and not a multimedia powerhouse.


Windows experience index for Aspire 1410: 3.1

PC Wizard 2008 Scores:

Acer Aspire 1410 (1.4GHz Core Solo ULV, 2GB RAM) 972.12
Asus 1000he (1.6GHz Intel Atom, 1GB RAM) 500.88
Acer Aspire One (1.6GHz Intel Atom, 1GB RAM) 401.73
HP dv6t (Intel 2.0GHz T6400 Core 2 Duo, 3GB RAM) 2,588.27

Port Selection

The Aspire 1410 really shines in terms of port selection compared to netbooks.  You get an HDMI port so you have the latest in video output to monitor technology and can even connect to your LCD TV if you wish to play videos from the web in your family room.  Let’s take a tour of the ports on each side:

Acer Aspire 1410 left side

On the left is a standard monitor output port to connect to legacy monitors, then the power jack, an HDMI port and USB port.


On the right side is an SD slot, headphone and microphone jack, two USB ports and an Ethernet port for wired LAN connections.

I think it’s great an SD card reader is included as that makes it so much easier to transfer photos from a camera or simply to put in an extra card for storage.  It’s worth noting that the SD card doesn’t quite go in all the way but sticks out ever so slightly.


Battery Life

One of the most important features of a portable notebook to me is its battery life.  The Acer website indicates the Aspire 1410 offers six hours of battery life with the 4400 mAh battery that’s included.  To test a “best case” battery scenario I left wireless on, screen brightness at the second level and put the laptop in Vista power saver mode and then let the screen saver run until the battery died.  Doing this the battery finally ran down to 4% remaining after 8 hours and ten minutes!!  That’s amazing, but also not very realistic.  In reality while actually using the laptop for typing this review , doing some coding and school work with the screen brightness at half I got right about six hours of battery, just as Acer quotes.   To me that’s still fantastic and yet another tribute to this little laptop.


The speaker for the Aspire 1410 is located on the under side of the laptop.  As you would imagine, speaker quality is poor in a notebook of this size and the location of the speaker on the bottom of the laptop doesn’t help things.  The speaker is fine for system sounds, but you should use headphones if you want better audio.


The Acer comes with an Intel 5100 a/b/g/n wireless card so you can connect to just about any wireless router.  Performance in my usage was great and I never had a problem connecting to or holding a wireless access.

Unfortunately there is no Bluetooth built-in.  This is disappointing as I like to be able to pair with my phone and use it as a wireless modem when on the road.  I also have a Bluetooth travel mouse that would have worked perfectly with this Acer.  Oh well, you can’t have it all for $449.

Operating System

I don’t usually talk about the OS in a review, but it’s worth mentioning that the Acer 1410 comes with Windows Vista Premium instead of the typical Windows XP you get on netbooks.  To some this might be a bad thing considering the hate that Windows Vista garners, but the good news is that Acer offers a free upgrade to Windows 7 and they will ship you the disk as soon as Microsoft releases the new OS.  Windows 7 is faster and less bloated than Vista and so far has been receiving rave reviews – there will even be a mode in Windows 7 that has backward compatibility with Windows XP if you’re still stuck on that OS.


I can wholeheartedly recommend the Aspire 1410 to anyone looking for a portable laptop that’s a bit more useful than a netbook yet not quite as expensive or feature rich as a $1,000 – $2,000 ultraportable. Since the Aspire 1410 only only costs about $50 more than a typical netbook, I would certainly encourage netbook buyers to consider what that extra $50 gets you:

  • Faster Intel Core Solo processor and better Intel graphics that provides better overall system performance than any netbook out there
  • Higher resolution 1366 x 768 screen that allows you to see more and be more productive
  • HDMI and monitor out port so you can connect to any monitor or even your LCD TV
  • Same 3lb weight as most netbooks
  • Stunning 6 hour battery life that is as good as a netbook
  • Free upgrade to Windows 7 when it is released
  • Larger and more usable keyboard than most netbooks

Acer really hit the nail on the head with this Aspire 1410.  However, as with anything it is not perfect and will not fit everyone’s needs.  The touchpad is poorly designed as it is hard to tell the edges.  Acer support does not have the best reputation, if something goes wrong it could be a real hassle dealing with support.  And of course, while the Acer 1410 performs better than any netbook it’s still vastly under powered relative to more full sized laptops with 15-inch plus sized screens such as the HP Pavilion dv6t or Dell Inspiron 15.

At the end of the day the Aspire 1410 is the first laptop I’ve used in a while that not only met my expectations for the price I paid, but actually exceeded them.

Score Rating: 9/10

Price and Availability:

Available from for $449

Filed Under: Feature Articles, Student Laptop Reviews

About AJ

I'm a big believer in the importance of technology usage in education, but not just having blind faith in technology gadgets and using them in a school setting for the sake of it. I review and write about technology devices such as laptops and tablets that have a clear purpose and provide a learning advantage for students.

22 Responses to Acer Aspire 1410 Review

  1. Tyler! September 5, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    Great review. I’ve been looking for someone to do a “real world” review of this little notebook. I’ll be buying one next week.

  2. Phillip September 8, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    Excellent review! More straightforward than many similar on ZDNet, etc.

  3. Roberto September 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Great review!
    I recently bought a 1410 myself, and I noticed that even though it has no bluetooth, it has the bluetooth usage light and the on/off switch. Does this mean that blue tooth can be installed internaly? I would reather do that instead of using up a usb port.

    Again thanks for the review

  4. A-Adam September 8, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Thanks for the good rreview.
    Question- when it’s upgrade to Windows 7, the brightness control (Fn+left/right arrow)can’t work. How to solve this problem? Thank a lot.

  5. Sandra September 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    GOOD JOB!!! Excellent review… I am looking for something portable and this one looks good. About the update to windows 7… does it matter where you buy it? Could you tell me a little bit more about that.
    Thank you very much.

  6. AJ September 25, 2009 at 7:01 am #

    It doesn’t matter where you buy it, so long as it’s purchased after June 22nd you get the free upgrade to Windows 7. Since this was released after June 22nd, that means that anywhere you buy it you’ll get the upgrade.

  7. Salman Aziz September 28, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Thanks for an excellent review.
    The first time we charged the acer the battery lasted about 3 hours. Do you have to charge and discharge a couple of times before getting six hours?


  8. roneil4 October 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    I noticed that your netbook’s keyboard is slightly different than the one pictured on Does anyone know why that is?

  9. Norris October 7, 2009 at 3:05 am #

    Thanks AJ for this review. You help me to make a wise desicion. Can you go the extra mile and send to my email.

  10. sillyfox October 13, 2009 at 5:25 am #

    I would love to order one ACER aspire 1410 Battery for my old laptop, and i search the goolge and find the following website:
    any good idea?
    Thanks a lot

  11. Tim Curry October 13, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    AJ, great review and many thanks. I’ve tried a number of netbooks in a university environment (I’m staff but even us old gits take classes now and then) and they just didn’t have quite enough keyboard space for note-taking or performance for multi-tab web browsing. Really looking forward to putting this one through its paces.

    You’re a terrific reviewer and helped my purchase decision a lot. Thanks again.

  12. Bill Sivula October 14, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    Dear Student Buying Guide,

    Nice, helpful review.

    Is there specifically a RAM compartment, with easily-removeable cover,
    where another RAM stick would be added?
    Is there easy access to replace the Hard Drive with a bigger one? (E.g., a compartment with cover, perhaps near to RAM compartment ?)

    Thanks, from Bill.

  13. Cori October 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    I’ve looked and looked and looked, but I can’t find out. I’m probably going to have to do it myself.

    No reviewers will test video on this system with rendered softsubs enabled. I can see, from various other reviews, that it will play 1080p h.264 fairly smoothly, but the processor butts up against 100% usage.

    I’d really like to know, if this computer can play back h.264 encodes in 720p and 1080p with softsubs, using ffdshow and VSFilter.

    I suspect that it will probably work with CoreAVC, but I don’t want to buy it, and find out that it doesn’t work. I have still been unable to find a satisfactory answer to this question after weeks of research.

  14. Sebastien October 30, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    Thank Aj.

    I am currently using a lenovo S-10 with 2 6 cell battery to get me through the day (lots of onenote, some Internet … school stuff!).

    I am looking into changing for a bigger screen and hesitate between this one (ACer 1410 with SU3500 now at 399) and the Toshiba T115-S1105 (with SU2700 at 470).

    Toshiba ships with a 5600mah battery instead of the 4400 from acer, and quotes up to 9 hours of batt. life.

    My main worries is that I did not see any battery on the acer website (to be purchased) not any ref number for it.

    Both cpu are similar – main difference is the cache size, speed and the voltage.

    With the Toshiba, it seems there is no need for an ext battery. With teh acer i will grab another one.

    Any input on those two ? (I saw the Toshiba in store and i like the keyboard – I did not see the acer, but I do not really like flat keys ..)
    Which one will be best ?



  15. AJ October 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    hey Sebastien, if battery life is most important you should check out the Aspire Timeline 1810 that has the same 5600mah as the Toshiba T115. The keyboard keys for the 1410/1810 are pretty flat, so I’m not sure if you’d like that aspect, it didn’t bother me too much and I got used to it. I have not had a chance to checkout the Toshiba T115 so I can’t really comment how it compares to the 1410 keyboard. Good luck with your decision!

  16. Sebastien October 30, 2009 at 12:50 pm #

    Thanks Aj.

    The 1810 seems nice (c2d, just like the new 1410 with the su2300), but we are going above the 500 price range …

    As of now, I am debating between the 1410 (the model you reviewed) and the t115. There is a difference of $80 – and I try to decide if the battery life is worth the price difference (i may not buy another battery with the t115).

    What really worries me, is that I really can not find any info on the acer batteries (except for the old 1410 model)- not even as a pre-order.

    I saw the celeron 743 model in store yesterday. Keys are flat compared to my lenovo, but seems to be less flat than the acer.

    Erf, i think i will got for toshiba! I also like that the battery raise the laptop a bit (I know most do not like that) but I find it easier to type.

  17. Alexa November 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Where do I get the free upgrade to Windows 7?

  18. Sephi November 15, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    I purchased the Acer 1410AS at BJ’s warehouse for $399.99 in October, includes Win7 upgrade. I have read in other places about this model not having Bluetooth and Home keys. I do have Home & End buttons, the are on the arrow keys using Fn key. I also have Bluetooth, its another switch next to the wireless switch, and it does work. I was sceptical when I bought this but as I use it I am even happier with it! The touch pad is flush with the case so hard to feel, but if you take the plastic cling sticker showing the finger swipes and turn it sideways on the right of the pad your fine. And I can I watch movies on hulu with no wait for buffering. The only drawback is paying for an external dvd writer. I owned an Averatec and loved it but they are hard to find – I paid 750.- for it and it was 12.1, 1GB ram, 160GB HD, 1.8 GHz processor, DVD writer. For $400.- this is alot better! The size and weight are perfect and battery life is great. A Notebook in a Netbook jacket! Very happy with this choice!

  19. Fabian November 25, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    BEWARE – my 1410 broke after 3 weeks and 2 months later ACER still refuse to fix it:

    I believe that i have been the victim of a minor fraud and would
    appreciate some advice. I have already called the police, and they suggested i contact trading standards.

    I recently bought an ACER computer overseas (in Taiwan) 2 days before i came back to the UK, which sbsequently broke within 2 weeks. I contacted ACER UK and they said to send the computer to their repair service which I did. After sending it using their DHL account which they did not inform me that i would have to pay for whether or not I had the computer repaired. The computer was completely dead, and would not boot up when turned on.

    They were aware that the computer was bought in Taiwan (both by the serial number and because I had informed them) when they sent me a letter asking for 108:65 to repair the computer. It should be noted that it was a laptop which is also available in the UK, ans ACER Aspire 1410.

    So, I payed them the money to have it fixed, and it was returned to me today in the same condition as when i sent it to them. They claimed to have changed a part, but the computer is still dead and won’t boot up when turned on. The excuse that they sent me was that it was a “Chinese model” and therefore was somehow different, and couldn’t be fixed.

    The reason that i believe that i have been the victim of a minor fraud is that:

    1. They were aware that the computer was bought in Taiwan before they sent me the bill to have it fixed.

    2. They know that all ACER laptops are made in China.

    3. They know that the model is available through their own UK website at:

    4. They agreed to fix the computer (which i assume means to return it in working condition)


    1. The computer was returned in non-working condidtion with no proof that any work had been done on it.

    2. They excuse given was that it is a “Chinese Model”

    3. When i called, they refused any kind of a refund, and their technical specialist recommended that i begin the whole process again and send it in for repair through their DHL courier service.

    I really feel that i have been robbed. As you will appreciate, that as a PhD student i am not earning money, and a computer is essential to my studies.

    ACER are bastards, and it seems as if there is nothing i can do, and there is no protection for people like me.

  20. Britt Jones December 29, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    When I look at the model numbers for the acers… they are always followed by another number like AS1410-2497. or a 2954. Does the end number have any significance. And does anone know what the 1810TZ-4013 costs and of its availability, I cant find one of these

    Great review…thanks Britt

  21. Dave E January 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Some info on configurations at

    I just bought my wife one of these, $399 from BJs (and elsewhere). She loves it. Battery life was a major consideration and this one is well up there compared to many, even netbooks, that we looked at. I am impressed to with the specs, performance and usability of it when compared to netbooks for not a lot less. The larger screen helps a lot since my middle aged eyes are not as good as they used to be! I might even buy myself one too.


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