Acer, once known mostly for its value-priced notebooks and netbooks, has become a risk taker, a company that takes chances and produces beautiful hardware. The Acer Aspire S7, for instance, squeezes a WQHD display into a very seductive frame. We adore some of the company’s sleek designs, fast performance and innovative features. Here are the best Acer laptops available now.
1. Acer Travelmate P645
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.
2. Acer Aspire S7-392
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.
3. Acer C720 Chromebook
Most Chromebooks are meant to serve as cheap alternatives to traditional laptops, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice performance. The Acer Chromebook C720 is powered by an Intel Celeron processor based on Haswell microarchitecture, resulting in a thinner machine that can juggle multiple Chrome tabs along with apps. It’s a solid Chromebook for a very affordable price.
4. Acer Aspire E1-470p
Although anyone looking to purchase a laptop for less than $400 should be prepared to make some compromises, the Acer Aspire E1-470P will leave most shoppers feeling like they got their money’s worth. For just $399 (through Best Buy), the notebook offers an excellent keyboard, surprisingly rich audio and solid everyday performance thanks to the Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3 CPU with 4GB of RAM. The notebook’s touch screen is also a major plus.
5. Acer Aspire M5-583P-6428
Aiming for the value-conscious crowd, the Acer Aspire M5-583P-6428 features an Intel fourth-generation Core i5 processor, improved Intel integrated graphics and a 15.6-inch high-definition touch screen for an added layer of interactivity. Throw in more than 8 hours of battery life and a slim, 1-inch aluminum chassis and you’ve a got a portable notebook that can handle both work and play. The Aspire M5 is a great value for mainstream users and students alike looking for a touch-optimized Windows 8 laptop.