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||Best Budget||4 out of 5|
|Acer Swift 7||Best Ultraportable||4 out of 5|
|Acer Predator Helios 500||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 Predator Triton 900||New and Notable||N/A|
The Acer Aspire E 15 continues to be one of the best laptop values out there, packing a speedy Intel Core i3 processor and close to 9 hours of battery life into an affordable $379 package. It's also the rare laptop that sports an optical drive, packs in tons of useful ports, and offers an impressively sharp 1080p display for the price.
Say hello to the world's thinnest laptop. The Acer Swift 7 stuffs a vibrant 1080p display, a Core i7 processor and 9 hours of battery life into an impossibly thin design. Factor in a cozy keyboard and 4G LTE capability, and you've got a gorgeous road warrior that performs as well as it looks.
The Helios 500 packs a beastly 8th Gen Core i9 processor and GTX 1070 GPU that tears through benchmarks. And when you're letting the speakers rip while burning through games on those especially clicky keys, this machine will remain cold and calculated, just as the name suggests. Pound for pound, the Helios 500 is a winner.
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.
The Predator Triton 900 looks to uphold Acer's reputation for going all-out with gaming laptops. This mobile beast sports a convertible 4K G-Sync display, allowing you to switch between various viewing modes and find that perfect angle for scoring Call of Duty kills. The Triton 900 doesn't have a price or release date yet, but expect this powerhouse to fetch a premium.