Acer Aspire 1410: Introduction

We’ve already looked at a number of systems with Intel’s CULV platform, but interestingly, all of them have been of the dual-core variety. We frequently champion the CULV platform as offering massive battery life and decent performance at a very reasonable price, and usually present the lower end, single-core CULV machines as an alternative to netbooks. So it’s only fair to the netbook class that we test an ultraportable based around the single-core CULV platform.

The notebook we have here is the one I personally feel is the best reason not to buy a netbook—the Acer Aspire 1410. The AS1410 is similar to the Acer Timeline 1810T we looked at as part of our CULV roundup. Compared to the AS1410, the 1810T has a dual-core processor, Bluetooth, more RAM and a larger battery, but does cost significantly more. The two notebooks share the same 3.10lb chassis, 11.6” screen, and chiclet keyboard, so the AS1410 is essentially just a stripped down 1810T.

Acer Aspire 1410 Specifications
Processor Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500
(1.40GHz, 45nm, 2MB L2, 800FSB, 5.5W)
Chipset Intel GS40
Memory 1x2048MB DDR2-667 @ 4-4-4-12 Timings
Graphics Integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD
Display 11.6" LED Glossy 16:9 WXGA (1366x768)
Hard Drive 2.5" 250GB 5400RPM 8MB (Hitachi HTS543225L9A300)
Networking Atheros AR8131 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet
Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/g/n WiFi
Audio Realtek AL269 2-Channel HD Audio
(2.0 Speakers with headphone/microphone jacks)
Battery 6-Cell, 10.8V, 4400mAh, 48Wh
Front Side None
Left Side 1 x USB 2.0
AC Power Connection
Right Side SD/MMC reader
Microphone/Headphone Jacks
2 x USB 2.0
Kensington Lock
Gigabit Ethernet
Back Side None
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Dimensions 11.22" x 8.03" x 1.03" (WxDxH)
Weight 3.10 lbs (with 6-cell battery)
Extras 1.3MP Webcam
Available in Black, Blue, and Red
Warranty 1-year standard Acer warranty (USA)
Price Black AS1410-8804 starting at $399

Our test unit has a Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor, which has a clock speed of 1.4GHz, 3MB of L2 cache, an 800MHz FSB, and a 5.5W TDP. Paired to that is the usual GMA 4500MHD graphics chip, 2GB of DDR2-667 memory, 250GB 5400RPM hard drive, 11.6” WXGA LED-backlit screen, a 6-cell, 4400 mAh battery (48Wh), and Windows 7 Home Premium for a retail price of $449. It must be noted that this is an older SKU that has since been discontinued in favor of a lower priced model with the Celeron M 743 ULV processor, though this model is still available from Staples at $399 and from other online retailers for around MSRP.

At $399, this is an insane buy. Literally just $50-60 more than the higher end SKUs of mainstream netbooks (I’m talking Eee 1001P, Aspire One 532h, and MSI Wind U135 here mainly), it offers a lot more performance and value for the money. We'll show just how much you get for the moderate price increase in just a moment, but let's recap the design for those who may have missed it the first time around.

In and Around the Acer Aspire 1410
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  • barich - Thursday, May 6, 2010 - link

    I have the 1410 with the dual-core Celeron SU2300. At $450, it's only $50 more than the reviewed single-core unit, and it's clocked at the same speed as the SU7300 in the 1810T. The only differentiating factor in the CPU is that it has less cache. I suspect that it performs much closer to the 1810T than the 1410 in this review. I don't think it can be beat for performance for the money considering the size.
  • Roland00 - Thursday, May 6, 2010 - link

    Unfortunately the 1410 with the su2300 seem to have disapeared from the market. A quick google search shows only 5 places carry them new, 2 of them have it on backorder and the other 3 are small online stores I have never seen before and don't have much google ratings and thus I wouldn't trust.

    Now the 1410 with the su2300 is an awesome laptop. I have the blue version with 160gb hard drive. Got it for $349+8.25% sales tax a couple of months ago.
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, May 6, 2010 - link

    Don't forget that the Gateway EC14 is pretty much the same thing as the Acer 1410:

    SU2300 is a 1.2GHz chip, so SU4100/SU7300 as 100MHz faster and have 2x to 3x the L2 cache, but overall the SU2300 is an interesting option. When you could find those laptops for under $400, it was even more interesting.
  • xeopherith - Friday, May 7, 2010 - link

    I just bought a nice little Asus 1201T because of this article. I was waiting for a netbook with a decent resolution and affordable price before buying. Newegg has them for 369 today.
  • AkumaX - Saturday, May 8, 2010 - link

    its too bad AT didn't have this article when the AS1410 came out in oct/nov 09 with the SU2300 (celeron) part for around $400 (forget about the celeron 743...). the differences between the SU2300 and SU3500:

    SU2300 vs SU3500
    1.2ghz ---- 1.4ghz
    1MB L2 --- 3MB L2
    10w -------- 5.5w
    2 CPUs --- 1 CPU

    they're still both based on the Penryn arch.

    which one do you think's better ;)
  • Probedude - Sunday, October 3, 2010 - link

    I have the SU2300 version of this laptop. Since day one it will discharge the battery 5% per day when turned completely off. Tried everything, even sent it in for repair only to be told 'it's normal.'

    I see Acer just came out with a bios in the last couple of weeks that may fix the problem. 2 users have already said it has worked for them. I'm waiting until tomorrow to check mine.

    Anyways, if you too have battery drain problems with this laptop when off, update the bios and see if it fixes the problem for you.

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