Acer was one of the first PC makers to launch budget laptops powered by AMD’s Mendocino chips, and also among the first to launch Intel Alder Lake-N laptops.

Now Acer is bringing those laptops together under a single name. The new Acer Aspire GO 14 is a budget laptop that comes with a choice of Intel or AMD processor options. Both are scheduled to go on sale in North America this March, with prices starting at $250 for Intel models or $380 for versions with AMD chips.

While it feels kind of unusual to see Intel models with lower price tags than their AMD counterparts, that’s because the entry-level Intel models will ship with an Intel Processor N100 chip, which is a low-cost, low-power, 4-core, 4-thread chip with a 6 watt TDP.

Models with AMD Mendocino chips, meanwhile, have Zen 2 CPU cores and RNDA 2 graphics, and should deliver substantially better performance while still keeping costs relatively low.

All models feature 14 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel displays, support for up to 16GB of LPDDR5 onboard memory and 1TB of PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe storage. And all models feature 50 Wh batteries and support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 or better.

Aspire Go 14 (AG14-31P)Aspire Go 14 (AG14-21P)
Displays14 inches
1920 x 1200 pixels
ProcessorIntel Processor N100
Intel Processor N200
Intel Core i3-N305
AMD Athlon 7000
AMD Ryzen 7000
RAMUp to 16GB
StorageUp to 1TB
PCIe Gen 3 x4
WirelessWiFi 6
BT 5.1 or above
Ports1 x HDMI
1 x USB Type-C
2 x USB 3 Type-A
1 x 3.5mm audio
Battery50 Wh
Charging65W USB-C
Dimensions320 x 226 x 19mm
12.6″ x 8.9″ x 0.7″
Weight1.49 kg
3.28 pounds
Starting price$250$380

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  1. What do starting prices really mean anymore? Apple loves to offer an almost unusable device with the lowest specs and then quote a starting price on all their advertisements. Car makers quote a starting price on their website, but the dealerships inflate the price with their own extras (bait and switch).

  2. Finally some Alder Lake-N Windows laptops. I hope other manufacturers follow suite. These machines will be nice improvements over the dual core celerons in this market segment as long as they have at least 8GB of RAM.

    1. 4 E core take roughly same space as 1 P core, so those Alderlake N are really cheap to make, N100 is cheaper to make than Celeron from core series with dual core. Amd could make same thing with zen 4C but they opt to recycle old zen 2.

    2. Any basis for that assumption or is it just because you can’t accept that AMD’s alternative is more expensive (while being more performant)? There are Alder Lake N mini PC made by no-name brands that sell for little more than $100, $250 for an Acer laptop based on the same chip seems reasonable enough.

      1. There is no doubt that the AMD version is more performant, however the CPU/APU makes up such a small proportion of the of BOM on a laptop this inexpensive so there shouldn’t be this large a delta. This seems like a subsidy is in place. Intel has done this before in the past for low end and even mid-tier laptops. Intel has been threatened by AMD’s popularity in this space. If they can’t compete on performance then they must complete via low cost.

  3. It would possibly be interesting if they sell it for less than $99 and without any shitty Windows operating system. Allow users to install any Os they want on their own. I don’t want to donate to the Microsoft charity.

    1. “I don’t want to donate to the Microsoft charity.”

      Wait until you discover the UEFI BIOS is LOCKED so you can ONLY install M$oft Windows. That’s what happened to me when I bought a cheap ASUS laptop. I could not get my money back. The ASUS laptop was never used as a result; now the non user-serviceable battery is totally dead.

      I will never buy another ASUS product again as long as I live! This is the crippled laptop:

      Model Name: ASUS VivoBook Flip 12
      P/N: TP202NA-OB04T
      S/N: J7N0GR01E971274
      MFD: 2018-07 CN: BY9S
      Made in China/15105-04971000
      Purchase Location: Office Depot, Pembroke Pines, FL USA
      Purchase Date: 21-Sep-2018, 20:01PM EDT
      Receipt No: 22VTP94P3556YB48F
      Price: $199.99 + 6% sales tax

  4. I consider Acer more bottom-of-the-barrel in terms of quality. Also, as I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of soldered memory.

    My VAIO that I got over a year ago for school was pricey for what you get, but at least everything is upgradeable, and there’s a physical shutter over the webcam which is appreciated.

    I hate my VAIO, but I think I’d be less happy with one of these Acers. But, if you’re a poor college student in dire need of a cheap laptop to get your through, than this might be an option I guess. But with Acer, you get what you pay for…

  5. Mendocino isn’t better than Alderlake N though N305 is faster than all Mendocino in Multicore and lose in single core, Also N305 has better GPU. Better buy older zen2 Cpu like 5500u with Vega graphics they are much better at this price point.