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 2018|
|Acer Aspire S 13||Best Acer Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM)||Best Budget||4 out of 5|
|Acer Predator Helios 300 (15-inch)||Best Gaming||4 out of 5|
|Acer Spin 5||Best 2-in-1||3.5 out of 5|
|Acer Spin 1||Best Budget 2-in-1||4 out of 5|
|Acer Chromebook R 13||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition||Best Multimedia Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Acer Swift 5||New and Notable||N/A|
You'll be surprised by how much you can fit into a $349 notebook. The Acer Aspire E 15 not only features a colorful 15-inch 1080p display and more than 8 hours of battery life, but it also packs a DVD drive, nearly every port you could ask for and a comfortable keyboard. If your budget is slightly less stringent, the E5-576G-5762 configuration offers 9 and a half hours of battery life and more power.
You don't have to pay as much as you think to be VR ready. The Acer Predator Helios 300 comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and Core i7 CPU, enough for some serious, intense gaming for a low price of $1,050. The battery life is far longer than the competition, and we loved the upgrade doors that let you swap our the RAM and storage drive. This machine is one heck of a deal. Prefer something biggeR? There's also a 17-inch model with an intensely bright display.
The Acer Spin 5 has a great display, a comforatble keyboard, and, perhaps most importantly, is relatively affordable. It has Intel's 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPu, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, so the performance is solid, and the chassis is real metal as opposed to plastic with a coat of paint on it. Those who need a bit more power can get it with a Core i7 CPU.
The 1080p display in the Spin 1 (which starts at $329) proves that budget 2-in-1 notebooks don't need to pack the low-res 1366 x 768-pixel panels they're burdened with all-too-often. The all-metal convertible's also both thin and light, weighing 2.76 pounds and measuring 0.55 inches thick. Its internal specs don't surprise, though, as it packs Pentium or Celeron CPUs and 4GB of RAM.
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.
With an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU and Intel Core i7 CPU, Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition can power through games and handle VR experiences, but it doesn't look like a gaming PC. The V17's black, plastic lid and aluminum body are classy and conversative enough to take to work or school. The laptop's 17.3-inch display is a little dim, but the awesome speakers and a comfortable keyboard make this a wonderful multimedia and gaming machine.
Acer's new Swift 5 is a 15-inch notebook that weights just 2.2 pounds. It comes with a 1080p display with 8th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 1TB of SSD storage and up to 16GB of RAM. You also get a full set of ports, including USB 3.1, USB Type-C, HDMI and an SD card reader.