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.