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Best Acer Laptops for Business 2018

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Acer Aspire laptops / Credit: Acer

Acer may be better known for affordable consumer laptops than business-class systems, but the company does offer enticing options for workers. The lineup includes laptops that are slim and portable, laptops meant for serious multitasking, and flexible 2-in-1s. Even better, many of our top picks for work are quite affordable, but keep in mind that they are primarily consumer laptops, these weren't built to be used 9-plus hours a day for years at a time, and many of them have unnecessary bloatware.

That said, users with mixed business and personal needs and a modest budget would do well to consider an Acer. Under the hood Acer's offer quality processors and decent storage, Acer displays are generally high quality, and while the designs are a little on the safe and boring side they won't look out of place in a board room or at a conference.

Here are our top picks based on different needs and budgets.

Best Acer Laptop
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  • Price
    $749
  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-7500U
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    9:48
Best Budget Acer Laptop
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  • Price
    $349.99
  • CPU
    2.4 GHz Intel Core i3-7100U
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    8:16
Best 2-in-1
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  • Price
    $889.99
  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-8550U
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    7:15

The Acer Aspire S 13 offers tremendous value to business users. For a starting price of just $749, this laptop comes loaded with an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM. The 13.3-inch display has excellent resolution (1920 x 1080) and the impressive battery life (9:48) and light weight (2.9 inches) design makes this laptop ideal for frequent travelers. Business users are also sure to appreciate the Aspire S 13's two USB 3 ports, SD card slot, headphone/mic jack, HDMI port and USB Type-C port. Lots of built-in functionality and a great entry level price set this Acer a notch above other laptops this brand offers; the only real downside to this machine is the dated design and low-quality track pad.

Read a full review of the Acer Aspire S 13 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

Building a business-worthy machine for under $500 isn't an easy task, but Acer managed to do it with the Acer Aspire E 15. This laptop isn't for users who need intense processing power, but it's perfectly fine for users whose primary tasks include using standard business software and accessing email. 

The Acer Aspire E 15's colorful HD display (15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels) and long battery life (8:16) is impressive for a machine this well priced. Add to that the variety of ports, comfortable full-sized keyboard (with a separate numeric keypad), and conservative business design, and this budget friendly laptop starts to look pretty good. The main downsides to this machine are common across all laptops in this price range, like the heavy weight (5.06 pounds) and mediocre processing power (Intel Core i3) and storage (4GB RAM).

Read a full review of the Acer Aspire E 15 on our sister site, Laptop Mag. 

 

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The Acer Spin 5 is a tidy machine worthy of lightweight business use. This relatively affordable ($889.99) 2-in-1 won't blow your mind, but it offers reliability and versatility in a slim metal package. The glossy screen isn't ideal for all day business use (glare issues may occur), but you can always buy an anti-glare filter, and the organs of this laptop are pure value. The configuration we reviewed came loaded with an 8th generation Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, and lasted a respectable 7 hours and 15 minutes during the Laptop Mag Battery Test.  The keyboard on this portable device is surprisingly comfortable and the display is good enough for binge watching shows during travel or downtime.

Read a full review of the Acer Spin 5 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

Every laptop on this list was reviewed on our sister site, Laptop Mag. We use precise, repeatable testing procedures to evaluate products and help our readers make informed buying decisions. Our methods include industry-standard synthetic benchmark tests, including the Geekbench 3 performance test, the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test and the Laptop Mag Battery Test.

Then, we use a variety of in-house tests to assess each laptop's file transfer speed, display brightness and accuracy, and more. We interpret those results from a business and IT professional's point of view to determine which machines make the most sense for your company.

Looking for other brands? Check out all of our best laptop picks.

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.

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