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 $749. Plus, you'll get more than 9 hours of battery life. We especially like the textured lid and booming sound.
Acer's Aspire One Cloudbook is a lot of computer for not a lot of money. For $249, 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.
With over 8 hours of battery life and the ability to change into four different modes, the Aspire Switch 10 offers a lot of flexibility for the money. Its light, detachable 10.1-inch display shows a lot of detail and gets brighter than most comparable notebooks. Since Microsoft's operating system has become even more touch-oriented in Windows 10, the Aspire Switch 10 offers a great way to, ahem, switch between tablet and desktop modes.
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.
From the wide viewing angles on its 15.6-inch, 4K display to the blazing-fast discrete graphics and the powerful speakers that can blast the volume, this laptop will turn any space into your new gaming den. Acer has also made this laptop powerful enough to dominate in productivity, with an Intel Core i7 processor and a speedy SSD that lives up to the Nitro branding.