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 Predator 17 X is a beastly VR-ready gaming laptop that offers top-notch performance for hundreds less than its competitors. For $2,800, you get a desktop-class Nvidia 980 GPU, 32GB of RAM, dual SSDs 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 $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 a vibrant 15.6-inch display that shows over 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut and a sleek aluminum lid that bends back 360-degrees to switch modes, the Aspire R 15 is a premium 2-in-1 at a budget price. offers a handful of options at a decent price. Not only does this convertible thrive in tablet and display modes, but its responsive keyboard also makes typing a breeze, fixing a problem found in many 2-in-1s. The Aspire R 15's Core i5 processor provides solid performance while rich speakers make it great for entertainment.
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.