Inside Acer Aspire 3 (A317-33) – disassembly and upgrade options

As budget laptops are getting more and more stripped-down, the Aspire 3 (A317-33) offers quite the upgradability options. On the downside, it still offers a small battery pack.

Check out all Acer Aspire 3 (A317-33) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

1. Remove the bottom plate

Getting inside of this notebook is not difficult at all. You just need to undo 14 Phillips-head screws and pry the bottom panel away from the chassis.

2. Battery

Perhaps expectedly, the battery pack is a bit small, having a capacity of 37Wh.

3. Мemory and storage

According to Acer, this laptop can hold up to 16GB of DDR4 memory in dual-channel mode, thanks to its two RAM SODIMM slots. However, we think that it won’t have an issue with 32GB as well. Additionally, there is a single M.2 NVMe slot for storage, and the huge empty space to the left of the cooling fan can be taken by a 2.5-inch SATA device. Unfortunately, our unit lacked the needed accessories, like holding brackets and cables.

4. Cooling system

Surprisingly, we see an active cooling solution. There is a single heat pipe, as well as a fan with a decent size.

Check out all Acer Aspire 3 (A317-33) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

Acer Aspire 3 (A317-33) in-depth review

Today, we have a notebook that falls in a very appetizing spot in the market. It is incredibly low-budget, but it may actually surprise you. As you know, this segment of the market is full of cheap laptops that have poor built quality, terrible TN displays, and hardware that can't offer much more than Web browsing, and media consumption.Thankfully, Acer paired the Aspire 3 (A317-33) with Intel CPUs, part of the Jasper Lake family. Currently, the top-tier device we could find (and the one we got) has the Pentium Silver N6000, which consumes only 6W of power, but is built on a 10nm architec[...]


  • Adequate pricing
  • 1x M.2 NVMe + 2x RAM SODIMM
  • Budget processor with a decent amount of performance
  • Doesn't use PWM for brightness adjustment (LG LP173WF5-SPZ1)


  • Battery life is only average
  • No MicroSD card slot and USB Type-C port
  • Covers only 52% of the sRGB gamut (LG LP173WF5-SPZ1)
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