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The best Acer laptops in 2022

Acer Spin 5 2020
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The best Acer laptops hold true to the Taiwanese manufacturer’s reputation for delivering quality devices at affordable prices. This practice has earned the tech giant a great deal of favor with budget-conscious consumers the world over looking to make every cent count. And, while these lower prices would scare most into thinking they had the thermal output of a Harrier Jump Jet, Acer has proven themselves more than capable of producing competitively priced hardware that consumers can rely on.

Acer offers an impressive selection of laptops, from lightweight Chromebooks to beefy, creator-class laptops. There’s a real mixed bag to delve into here, which means there’s something in their catalog for everyone. However, if you’re tied to no particular brand, you can always check out our shortlist of the best laptops available. If you have a budget in mind, there’s also our selection of the best laptops under $1,000, and if your budget is really tight there’s always the best laptops under $500, too.

We’ve rounded up some of Laptop Mag’s best reviewed Acer laptops, so you can quickly sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to which machines are worth your hard-earned cash. As a note, in order to make the cut, these laptops had to score at least four stars in their individual reviews, and were preferably reviewed no more than two years ago. Without further ado, let's get into our picks for the best Acer laptops of 2022.

What are the best Acer laptops?

The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE is a genuine powerhouse that can tackle just about anything you throw at it. A tried-and-trusted pairing of an Intel Core i9 processor with an Nvidia RTX 30-series GPU made light work of our synthetic benchmark tests. It flew past premium gaming laptop averages and proved itself capable as a true do-it-all device. While it may be designed as a gaming laptop, there’s potential here for the Triton 500 SE to be so much more. Content creators, video editors, programmers and gamers should all take note.

Acer makes some impressive Chromebooks but one stands tall above all others. The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is a fantastic machine that could single handedly dispel a lot of the stigma attached to these web-based notebooks. It packs a real punch thanks to its 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, and has an impressively bright and vivid 13.5-inch display. It may come across as overkill, but it will suit power users and enthusiasts who are looking to run some of the heavier Android or Linux apps.

If you’re specifically looking for an Acer laptop, there’s a chance you might already be looking for a bargain. It may be a little dated in comparison to the other entrants on our list, but the Aspire 5 still has something to offer — especially with a price tag below $400. Powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM, the Aspire 5 ekes out some decent performance and admirable multitasking. It also has a bright 1080p display, a full-sized keyboard and a sleek aluminum chassis that looks far removed from its budget price bracket.

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1. Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (2021)

Best Acer laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-11900H, i7-11800H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, 3080
RAM: 16GB/32GB
Storage: 1TB/2x 1TB PCIe SSD
Display: 16-inch, 1440p @ 165Hz
Size: 14.1 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 5.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright, high-res 16-inch display
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Comfortable keyboard
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Solid performance
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Slim, understated design

Reasons to avoid

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Runs hot

Triton is the largest natural satellite of Neptune, and the first Neptunian moon to have been discovered. How fitting, then, that the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE is also first to appear on our list. If you need a laptop without limits, you’ve found it. In every synthetic benchmark we put the Triton 500 SE through, it performed above (if not well above) the premium gaming laptop standard. It showcased itself as a true do-it-all device, and could easily stretch itself across any number of computing tasks.

Taking a look under the Triton 500 SE’s hood explains a lot about its performance. Acer’s powerhouse has configurations that combine a powerful 11th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU with the might of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. That’s an impressive amount of power made available for anything from gaming and rendering to video editing or programming. You can also opt to have up to 32GB of RAM, making multitasking a breeze.

Throw in 1TB of super-fast SSD storage and a bright, 16-inch, 1440p display (with a refresh rate of 165Hz) and you cap off one of Acer’s best offerings to date. It’s our pick as one of the best gaming laptops you can currently own, but it’s easily versatile enough to double as an effective desktop replacement for content creators as well.

Read our full Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (2021) review.

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2. Acer Spin 5 (2020)

Best Acer 2-in-1 laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7
GPU: Intel Iris Plus
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 13.5-inch, 2K
Size: 11.81 x 9.5 x 0.59 inches
Weight: 2.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Competition-crushing performance
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Colorful display
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Thin and light
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Stylus included

Reasons to avoid

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So-so battery life

You can’t have everything, that much is universally true. However, that isn’t to say you can’t get really, really close to having everything. The Acer Spin 5 is a fantastic thin-and-light 2-in-1 that left its convertible contemporaries in the dust when it came to our benchmark testing. The Spin 5 has it all: A punchy panel, powerful performance, professional presentation, prominent portability, and plenty of ports. That isn’t even everything, I just ran out of words beginning with the letter “P”.

Acer’s versatile hybrid houses a 10th Gen Intel Core CPU, 16GB of RAM and integrated Iris Plus graphics, which isn’t super impressive when compared to traditional laptops. However, it gleefully outperforms when it comes to its 2-in-1 competition. Whether it was transcoding a 4K video, duplicating files, or under pressure in our overall performance testing, the Spin 5 crushed the category average every time. While its performance is notable, we were also left impressed by the Spin 5’s built-in stylus, lightweight build and its bright and colorful, 13.5-inch display. 

Our only gripe came from the battery life of the machine. While it lasted 9 hours and 6 minutes in our testing, that does fall almost 30 minutes short of the category average. However, that isn’t enough to sully an otherwise fantastic experience, leaving the Acer Spin 5 as one of the best 2-in-1 laptops Acer have released to date.

Read our full Acer Spin 5 (2020) review.

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3. Acer Chromebook C933T

Best budget Acer chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Intel Pentium Silver N5030
GPU: UHD Graphics 600
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 64GB
Display: 14-inch, 1080p
Size: 12.8 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Budget-friendly
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Bright 1080p display
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Rugged features
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Comfortable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Chunky design

Most of the time people don’t know what they want, and that’s because most of the time people don’t know what they need, either. If you’re looking for a notebook for school or business and you buy yourself something capable of running half of your Steam library, you now know you didn’t buy that laptop for school or business. Sometimes limitations are important, and they can be a fantastic way to keep you focused on the task at hand.

If you’re a student or needing a laptop for business and productivity, the Acer Chromebook C933T is one of the better Chromebooks out there — and it’s one that won’t see you overbuying or left feeling shortchanged. For a price as low as $390, Acer’s C933T comes reasonably well equipped with an Intel Pentium Silver processor with 8GB of RAM. That’s more than enough power to run most classroom or light office related apps. And with 64GB of storage available, you won’t be left hard pressed for document space any time soon. Add to this a comfortable keyboard, a 720p webcam and a bright, 14-inch FHD display and you have a fantastic companion for the classroom or the home office. 

Read our full Acer Chromebook C933T review.

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4. Acer Swift 3x

Best Acer laptop for content creators

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Max
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Display: 14-inch, 1080p
Size: 12.7 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Impressive performance
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Speedy video transcoding
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Graphics prowess
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Ultra-fast SSD

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life could be better

At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be much that makes the Acer Swift 3x truly stand out as an ideal pick for content creators. Sure, its 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU affords impressive performance. Yes, 16GB of RAM is a sizable amount for a great many computing tasks. And of course, an ultra-fast 1TBof SSD storage — alongside a color rich, 14-inch 1080p display — will no doubt sweeten the deal. But what is it that makes the Swift 3x really stand out as an option? Take a closer look at the Swift 3x’s GPU and you realize it isn’t the usual Iris Xe graphics offering found in most 11th Gen Intel based laptops. Instead, the Swift 3x offers up Intel’s first discrete graphics option in decades: the Intel Iris Xe Max.

It won’t make a noticeable difference when it comes to gaming, but it will make a considerable difference when it comes to content creation. Laptops with this pairing of processors can combine the two’s efforts under the label Deep Link, and improve the speed and efficiency of certain workloads — especially video encoding and photo editing. What’s the catch? Current drivers and software don’t yet fully support the use of Deep Link, meaning it’s more of a future investment.

That being said, the Swift 3x still did impressively well in our own benchmarking, transcoding 4K video almost five minutes faster than the competition. This makes it a more than capable device for content creators already, but with an impressive amount of potential for the future, too.

See our full Acer Swift 3x review.

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5. Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Best Acer Intel gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-11375H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 14-inch, 1080p @ 144Hz
Size: 12.7 x 9.0 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Strong performance and graphics
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Solid battery life
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Bright and colorful display
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Relatively affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Quiet audio

Acer’s Predator Triton 300 SE is an impressive gaming laptop by a lot of metrics. It combines an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU with a GeForce RTX 3060 GPU to offer considerable gaming and overall performance. When paired with 16GB of RAM, the Triton 300 SE notched up some competitive results in our overall performance testing. However, the Triton 300 SE really came to life when we let it take on a range of demanding titles at their highest settings, showcasing an impressive frame count across the board.

The 14-inch, 1080p display was another strong suit, outputting vibrant pictures at a speedy refresh rate of 144Hz. In testing, its color reproduction was well above the mainstream average, covering 80.6% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. The brightness of the Triton 300 SE’s screen also impressed, registering at 292 nits. That not only bested the category average, but is also brighter than a number of premium gaming laptops.

So, quality components? Check. Slim, sleek style? Check. Impressive display? Check. Affordably priced? Surprisingly, another check. You can pick up the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE for just $1,399, which is pretty reasonable pricing considering its level of performance and the components housed within. It’s a great gaming laptop for those working within a budget, and its price to performance ratio won’t leave you second guessing your purchase.

Read our full Acer Predator Triton 300 SE review.

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6. Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2021)

Best Acer Chromebook

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7
GPU: Iris Xe
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB SSD
Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504, 3:2
Size: 11.8 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great 13.5-inch screen
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Powerful performance
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Great battery life 
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Comfortable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Weak speakers

Seen by some as existing just a few rungs up the ladder from a VTech children’s toy, there’s a real stigma surrounding the Chromebook. For all the good they offer, they are to this day often dismissed as “baby’s first laptop” devices. However, after over a decade of refinement, modern Chromebooks are capable of some impressive computing — and few of them showcase that potential quite like the Acer Chromebook Spin 713.

Housing an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, integrated Iris Xe graphics and 8GB of RAM, the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is powerful enough to shatter even the sturdiest of preconceptions about Chromebooks. It’s a great fit for enthusiasts and power users looking to run heavier Android or Linux apps. Better still for developers looking for a powerful platform to test or develop their own apps on. A standout feature here is the bright and colorful 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504 touchscreen. More still, Acer’s Chromebook is a versatile 2-in-1, allowing it to be converted between laptop, tent and tablet modes.

The Spin 713 is also impressively durable with a MIL-STD-810G certification ensuring survival from drops of up to four feet. Factor in the Spin’s impressive 10 hour battery life and you’re left with a portable powerhouse that even the most fervent Chromebook skeptic will find hard to deny.

Read our full Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2021) review.

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7. Acer Swift 3

Best Acer laptop for all-day power

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 14-inch, 1080p
Size: 12.7 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Good performance
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All-day battery life
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Decent audio

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks webcam shutter

Two impressively stand-out features of the Acer Swift 3 have to be its lightweight 2.6 pound build and all-day battery life of 14 hours and 48 minutes. The last time I saw something this light run for this long, Eliud Kipchoge won gold at the 2020 Olympics. This alone makes the Swift 3 a very tempting choice for those among us who like to make the world their office — especially when considering its budget-friendly price tag.

The Acer Swift 3 is powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics and 16GB of RAM. Our synthetic benchmark tests saw the Acer Swift 3 outperform in the ultra-portable laptop category average across numerous tests, with the integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics even proving useful for some light gaming. The Swift 3 is a genuine all-day device with enough power behind it to suit most uses, but it will really excel for those with productivity needs while away from their desk.

Read our full Acer Swift 3 review.

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8. Acer Aspire 5 (Core i3, 2019)

Best Acer laptop for under $500

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3-8145U
GPU: Intel UHD 620
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 128GB SSD
Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p
Size: 14.3 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.76 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Strong performance
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Long battery life
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Bright, 1080p display

Reasons to avoid

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Middling graphics
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Questionable build quality

When buying on a tight budget, sacrifices have to be made. Discard any thoughts of 1080p panels, cast aside any notion of decent multitasking, dismiss any idea you might have had about premium aesthetics and, while you’re at it, you can forget about a decent battery life. Got all that down? Good. Now, forget everything I just said because the Acer Aspire 5 ticks every single one of those boxes.

It may only be outfitted with an 8th Gen Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB or RAM, but in our testing the Aspire 5 blitzed past the budget laptop average scores. We put it to the multitasking test and had it juggle 30 Chrome tabs and four 1080p YouTube videos, and it suffered only minimal slowdown. It didn’t fare well when we set it a task of transcoding 4K video, but the idea that Acer’s budget buy would be suitable for video editing wasn’t ever really in the picture. All in all, it performs pretty well for a machine that sells for less than $400.

There’s also the sizable 15.6-inch screen and bright 1080p panel, a fully sized backlit keyboard, an impressive aluminum shell, and a battery life that lasted just short of 9 hours in testing. It’s not setting the world on fire anytime soon, and no, it won’t run Crysis. However, as budget buys go, the Acer Aspire 5 isn’t to be overlooked.

See our full Acer Aspire 5 (Core i3, 2019) review.

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9. Acer Nitro 5

Best Acer AMD gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Display: 15.6-inch, 1440p @ 165Hz
Size: 14.3 x 10 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 5.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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165Hz, 1440p panel
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Incredible AMD performance
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Ultra-fast video transcoding

Reasons to avoid

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Atypical keyboard layout
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Quiet speakers

While product names are rarely accurate, Acer’s decision to name its gaming laptop the Nitro would surely have been to showcase its impressive bang-for-your-buck potential. That’s because the Nitro range of Acer laptops has typically catered to the budget-conscious gamer— until now, that is. The Nitro 5 takes a sharp right turn on things and instead offers up incredible internals for premium levels of performance.

The pairing of a mighty octa-core AMD Ryzen 9 processor with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU can hit harder than a punch from the Hulk, and generated some impressive results in our benchmark tests. When pitted against some of gaming's most demanding titles the Nitro 5 was more than capable of frame rates that met or surpassed the premium gaming laptop average. That performance also translates to VR, where it sailed past the category average scores by some margin.

There’s an  atypical keyboard on display as you look at the Nitro 5, and it’ll take some acclimation. On the plus side, it is fully sized, but the downside is that it’s a little uncanny valley at first. Looking a bit further up from the keys should distract you. The Nitro’s 15.6-inch, 1440p display is capable of some seriously sharp images; and has an impressive 165Hz refresh rate to boot. There’s a lot going on with the Nitro 5, much more than this line of laptops is used to. So, take a fresh look at Acer’s Nitro 5 and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Read our full Acer Nitro 5 review.

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10. Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel

Best Acer creator-class laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-10750H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, 2080 Super Max-Q
RAM: 16GB/32GB
Storage: 1TB/2x 1TB SSD
Display: 15.6-inch, 4K
Size: 14.1 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 5.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Strong overall/gaming performance
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Speedy SSD
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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Weak audio

Designed with creators in mind, the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel is capable of some serious graft, but a few interesting design choices make this laptop stand out from most. The 15.6-inch, 4K touchscreen is actually hinged, meaning once the laptop is opened it can be switched into either display or pad mode. Along with the included stylus, these modes make creator-focused tasks like photo editing, 3D sculpting and digital painting a cinch — moving the screen closer to the user and allowing much easier access to the panel. It’s a novel design that isn’t often seen, but it absolutely has its uses.

The Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel is by no means a one-trick pony. While the posable screen is an interesting gimmick, Acer didn’t come up short on delivering some impressive performance to go with it. The ConceptD 7 Ezel houses a 10th Gen Intel Core i7, up to 32GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 series GPU all the way up to the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. That’s an impressive amount of power, and it was confirmed as such in our benchmark tests as the ConceptD 7 Ezel outperformed every workstation average we put it up against.

The ConceptD 7 Ezel also makes for a decent gaming laptop, and was able to run some of the most taxing AAA titles, even with maximum settings and at 4K resolution. It’s safe to say that Acer’s ConceptD 7 Ezel is a very versatile machine, and can take on pretty much anything you send its way.

Read our full Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel review.