Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) vs Acer Aspire 5 (A514-54)

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Review

Evaluation of Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) and Acer Aspire 5 (A514-54) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021)
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 120 versus 60 Hz
  • Around 4.7x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 3 versus 1
  • Can run popular games at about 46-63% higher FPS
  • Features a much bigger (~46%) battery – 70 against 48 watt-hours
  • Thinner bezels and 15% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Better webcam recording quality
  • Provides 67% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 300 nits
  • 62% sharper screen – 254 versus 157 pixels per inch (PPI)
Advantages of the Acer Aspire 5 (A514-54)
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Slightly easier to carry: weighs 150 grams less (around 0.33 lbs)
  • Display has support for touch input
  • User-upgradable RAM (up to 16GB) and an SSD
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 1.6 kg (3.53 lbs) 1.45 kg (3.2 lbs)
Dimensions 312.6 x 221.2 x 15.5 mm
12.31 x 8.71 x 0.61 inches
328 x 223 x 17.9 mm
12.91 x 8.78 x 0.7 inches
Area 691 cm2 (107.2 inches2) 731 cm2 (113.3 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~84.6% ~73.8%
Side bezels 3.4 mm 9.1 mm
Colors Silver, Gray Silver, Gray, Blue, Pink
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° -
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 2 1
Max. fan speed (RPM) 6241 RPM -
Noise level 49.5 dB 39 dB

Display

Size 14.2 inches 14 inches
Type Mini LED IPS LCD
Refresh rate 120 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 254 ppi 157 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:9
Resolution 3024 x 1964 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision No
Touchscreen No Yes
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Glossy
Display tests
Contrast 48900:1 1060:1
sRGB color space 99.3% 57.1%
Adobe RGB profile - 39.6%
DCI-P3 color gamut - 40.7%
Response time 49 ms -
Max. brightness
500 nits

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time 2:30 hr 2:00 hr
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes No
Charging port position Left, Right Left
Charge power 67 / 96 W 45 W
Weigh of AC adapter 274 gramm -

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 2.0 GHz 1.7-3.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.2 GHz 4.1 GHz
Cores 10 2
Threads 10 4
L3 Cache - 6 MB
Integrated GPU Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core) Intel Iris Xe Graphics G4
Fabrication process 5 nm 10 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 30 W -
Type Integrated Dedicated
Fabrication process 5 nm 12 nm
GPU base clock 450 MHz -
GPU boost clock 1296 MHz -
FLOPS 5.2 TFLOPS 2.822 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared 2 GB
Memory type LPDDR5 GDDR6
Memory bus 256 bit 64 bit
Memory speed 6.4 Gbps ~8-10 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2048 896
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 128 56
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 64 32
GPU performance
5.2 TFLOPS
2.822 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 4x4 GB 2x4 GB
Clock 6400 MHz 3200 MHz
Type LPDDR5 DDR4
Upgradable No Yes
Total slots - 1
Max. ram size - 16 GB

Storage

Storage size
Bus Custom PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x512 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable No Yes
Total slots - 1
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Speakers 4.2 2.0
Dolby Atmos Yes No
Loudness 84.9 dB -
Microphones 3 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5 v5
Fingerprint Yes No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A No 2x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 3x USB 4.0 1x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 No
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0 1x HDMI 1.4
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No Yes
SD card reader Yes No
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1 mm -
Touchpad
Size 13.2 x 8.1 cm -
Surface Glass Plastic
Windows Precision No Yes
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