Laptop mode for business, tablet mode for fun -- with the Aspire Switch 10, you get both forms in a single package, for less than $350. The Switch 10 packs a bright 10-inch display into a lightweight body, so you don't have to choose between productivity and portability. Windows 8.1 was made for touch-based machines, and with the Aspire Switch 10, it's a joy to, ahem, switch between modes -- both on the hardware and between the Windows desktop and Modern UI.
Clad in white with a sleek, minimalist design, the Acer Chromebook 13 has almost everything you could want from a wallet-friendly, cloud-based machine. This 13-incher steals the show with its 1920 x 1080-pixel glare-resistant HD display, which is brighter than competing Chromebooks from HP, Samsung and Toshiba. Featuring strong performance from its Tegra K1 processor and above-average battery life, the Chromebook 13's only weakness is that its snow-white visage can be easily marred by stray fingerprints.
Sometimes, all you want from a laptop is solid performance for a decent price. The $470 Acer Aspire E14 delivers just that, and if you want a little extra spice, it's available in a luscious raspberry red to complement its standard black variation. Equipped with an Intel Core i5 CPU (or an i3 for $50 less), the Aspire E14 is perfect for everyday computing with a side of video editing and some casual gaming for dessert. Thanks to the E14's 8-hour battery life, you won't feel anxious when you're away from a socket.
Acer is swinging for the fences with the new Aspire S7-392-6411 Ultrabook. The second generation of the company's S7 series sports some welcome updates, such as improved battery life, a better keyboard and a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor. But the Aspire hasn't ditched the aspects of the S7 we loved, namely the super-slim, all-white chassis and the 1080p touch-screen that continues to turn heads. The end result is a home run for Ultrabook shoppers. It's our Editors' Choice.
With a speedy Core i7 processor, discrete graphics and impressive 9:46 of battery life, the Acer TravelMate P645 ($1,299 as reviewed, $949 starting) is an excellent choice for business folks. The laptop's thin design looks good in the boardroom, and the host of ProShield security options keep files and information safe.
Acer's Aspire One Cloudbook is a lot of computer for not a lot of money. Starting at $199, you get a 14-inch screen, a full version of Windows 10 and a shocking 14.5 hours of battery life. Also included in the system is a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and 1TB of storage on OneDrive, which makes working in the cloud is just as easy as on a Chromebook. For people who prefer the greater flexibility of Windows over Chrome OS, the Cloudbook is your gateway to a useful everyday notebook.