This is a continuation of a previous article: Ubuntu 18.04 on Aspire 1 -- read it for information on this line of computer.

With the Acer Aspire 1 (A114-31-C4HH and A114-31-C5GM) being discontinued, the obvious successor is the A114-32-C1YA with almost identical specs. As far as I know, it should be identical also to the Acer Aspire 1 A114-32-P0K1

Differences from A114-31

Big differences:

  • Intel N4000 processor - Instead of slightly lower clock speed N3560 quadcore, they "upgraded" to a faster dual core N4000 chip.
  • 64GB of eMMC space - double the space of the previous generation

Minor differences:

  • Keyboard - F1-12 keys require use of the Fn key
  • The plastic back has "rough" texture
  • The trackpad is hardware is slightly different, and the physical texture of it is different

Installation differences

Fortunately, installation is similarly smooth, with one exception:

  • After enabling the F12 Boot Menu, switch the touchpad to "Basic" mode: do <down> <down> <enter> <down> <enter>

Verdict

To be honest, I prefer the previous line. While the extra storage is nice, I did not really find the CPU much of an improvement at all (in fact, for my usage, it felt like the fewer physical cores were a downgrade), and I didn't like how the Fn key arrangement had been changed. A very minor thing, but I liked the previous trackpad also, despite this one being "an upgrade" on paper.

While almost identical, if given the choice, I would generally recommend picking up a used / refurbished A114-31-C4HH and A114-31-C5GM -- however, I could imagine for other people's preferences, the other one might be preferred!