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Best Acer Laptops for Business 2018

Acer Aspire laptops / Credit: Acer

Editor’s Note: At CES 2018 in January, Acer announced several updates to its business-ready laptop line. The Acer Swift 7, which Acer claims is the thinnest computer in the world (8.98 mm) will be available in March 2018 and have a starting retail price of $1,699. Acer’s $599 Spin 3 laptop is getting an updated 8th generation Intel Core processor and a new 14-inch HD display. It will be available for purchase in February 2018. The Acer Chromebook 11 is reported to have an extended 10 hours of battery life and a fanless design, and should be released in April 2018, starting at $249. As we get more hands-on time with these new laptops we may revise our recommendations for Best Acer Laptops for Business.

Acer may be known for its consumer laptops, but the company also makes some enticing notebooks for workers. Acer's lineup of business laptops includes thin-and-light systems, flexible 2-in-1s and powerful workstations. They're generally pretty affordable, too. Here are our top picks based on different needs and budgets.

Best Acer Laptop Overall
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  • CPU
    2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
  • RAM
    8 GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
Best Budget Acer Laptop
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  • Price
  • CPU
    2.4 GHz Intel Core i3-7100U
  • RAM
  • Display Size & Resolution
    15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
Best 2-in-1 Acer Laptop
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  • Price
  • CPU
    2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-6200U
  • RAM
  • Display Size & Resolution
    12 inches, 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested

Acer Aspire S 13


The Acer Aspire S 13 comes in many configurations, and while we chose the Core i7 for our pick as the best overall Acer machine, you can also purchase the S 13 with a Core i5 CPU for just $749.

Regardless of the configuration you choose, the Acer Aspire S 13 boasts a fantastic battery life of nearly 10 hours and all the ports a business-user could need, including two USB 3 ports, an SD card slot, a headphone/mic jack, an HDMI port and a USB Type-C port. The Acer Aspire S 13 also has super powerful stereo speakers, a solid display (1920 x 1080 pixels), a roomy keyboard and plenty of customization options, all in a tidy three-pound package. If you’re in the market for a travel-friendly Acer that allows for heavy multitasking, the Acer Aspire S 13 fits the bill.

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Acer Aspire E 15

If you’re looking for a reliable Windows machine at a great price the Acer Aspire E 15 will meet your needs. The Intel Core i3 processor is powerful enough for light multitasking, such as streaming video, browsing online and running basic applications, and the storage can easily be expanded to 32GB thanks to Acer’s inclusion of an easy-to-remove panel on the bottom of the machine.

The Acer Aspire E 15 also boasts an impressive display (1920 x 1080 pixels), considering the unbelievably low price, so you can watch movies during your down time. However, the processor in this budget Acer isn’t robust enough for most gaming purposes, video editing, graphic design or heavy-duty rendering. If you just need the basics, though, the Acer Aspire E 15 is a good choice.

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Acer Switch Alpha 12

The Switch Alpha 12 is our best pick for Acer 2-in-1 machines because it has a zippy Core i5 CPU, a bright high-quality screen (2160 x 1440 pixels) and an optional stylus ($49.99) for writing on the go. The Switch Alpha 12 is unique in that it has an all liquid cooling system (a first for 2-in-1 machines), which makes it super quiet since there’s no internal fan.

At just $649 this versatile hybrid packs a lot of functionality into a tiny package, but there is one major downside: the battery life. Acer’s 2-in-1 lasted just 4 hours and 49 minutes during our battery tests, which is well below average for hybrids (7:49, based on our tests). If you’re looking for something to watch movies, take notes and surf at home, it’s probably fine, but if you anticipate long days away from a power source, keep looking.

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Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.