If you're in the market for an ultraportable but don't want to spend a lot, pick up the Acer Aspire S 13. This striking system measures just over 0.5 inches thick yet crams in a fast Core i5 processor, a 256GB SSD and a colorful full HD display for just $679. Plus, you'll get more than 9 hours of battery life. We especially like the textured lid and booming sound.
|Best Acer Laptops 2017|
|Acer Aspire S 13||Best Acer Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Acer Predator 17 X||Best for Gaming||4 out of 5|
|Acer Aspire One Cloudbook||Best Budget||3.5 out of 5|
|Switch Alpha 12||Best 2-in-1||4 out of 5|
|Acer Chromebook 14 for Work||Best for Business||4 out of 5|
|Acer Aspire R13||Best Ultraportable||3.5 out of 5|
|Acer Aspire R 15||Best 15-inch Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Acer Chromebook R 13||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Acer Predator 21 X||New and Notable||N/A|
|Acer Aspire VX 15||New and Notable||N/A|
Acer's Predator 17 X is a beastly VR-ready gaming laptop that offers top-notch performance for hundreds less than its competitors. For $2,695, you get a desktop-class Nvidia 980 GPU, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and an unlocked Intel Core i7 CPU with one-click overclocking. The 17 X also comes with a pretty potent 4.1 speaker setup complete with a bottom-mounted subwoofer, a dazzling multicolor backlit keyboard and a sharp anti-glare full HD screen.
Acer's Aspire One Cloudbook is a lot of computer for not a lot of money. For $199, you get a 14-inch screen, a full version of Windows 10 and an eye-popping 14.5 hours of battery life. This laptop's comfy keyboard will make it even easier to enjoy the included one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. For people who prefer the greater flexibility of Windows over Chrome OS and want an ultra-affordable notebook, the Cloudbook is an excellent choice.
This detachable offers a bright, vibrant 12-inch display that makes it easy to view no matter where you bring the tablet panel. Its liquid cooling means the slate won't get too hot to hold. Also, make sure to get the Core i5 configuration, which offers enough speed to make it a fine productivity machine.
The first Chromebook with a 6th generation Core i5 CPU impressed us with its snappy performance and its solid 8 hours and 33 minutes of battery life. The chassis is not only super sexy, but it's also so rugged that it can survive being dropped from four feet. Plus, it comes with some helpful tools for IT administrators such as TPM, SAML support, and remote configuration through the web-based Chrome Device Management panel.
By putting the R13's display on a swiveling hinge, Acer made a thin (0.71 inches) and light (3.3 pounds) notebook that can be put in more positions than can most laptops. The R13 is also brawny enough for getting a lot of work done, with its speedy SSD drives and strong overall performance. Acer's ultraportable is also great for taking notes or doodling with the company's Active Stylus, thanks to the pen's 255 degrees of pressure sensitivity and accurate palm-detection.
This big-screen notebook offers the best of both worlds, with a bend-back display that enables tablet, tent and stand modes. The panel is impressive on its own in laptop mode, though, with vibrant color output that makes images and videos pop. You'll also get a ton of work done on the R 15, thanks to the solid performance of its Core i5 processor and its comfortable backlit keyboard.
The Acer Chromebook R 13 is our favorite Chrome OS notebook for a number of reasons, starting with its long-lasting battery that lets you leave the power cable at home when you're taking it out for a day. Google Docs users will appreciate the bend-back notebook's comfortable keyboard, which enables tons of typing. It's also one of first Chromebooks to emulate Android apps via the Google Play Store, though that feature is currently in beta.
Acer's upcoming Predator 21 X gaming laptop costs $9,000. Yes, you read that right. It gets you the world's first curved screen on a laptop (21 inches), two GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI, 64GBs of RAM, an overclockable Intel Core i7-&820HK CPU and a custom set of nine heatpipes and five fans to keep it cool. It even has a mecahnical keyboard, four speakers, two subwoofers and Tobii eye-tracking built-in. Acer has thrown everything but the kitchen sink into this laptop, and while it's out of most people's price range, we can't wait to see what it can do.
If you don't think a VR-ready gaming notebook should cost an arm, a leg and your first-born, you're not wrong. The Aspire VX 15 packs both speedy 7th-Gen Kaby Lake CPUs and a Pascal GPU, and does so for $1,050. It pulls this financial feat off by using a sturdy-feeling plastic design, rather than an aluminum chassis that you'll find in Acer's Nitro line.