Acer

Acer has been making laptops for a long time, and it is a brand that virtually anyone looking for a new one will have heard of. And, like many other manufacturers, Acer covers a wide range of prices and needs with its notebook PCs.

So, to try and help you make your decision on what to buy, here we round up the very best of the bunch. Let's take a look!

Acer Swift 7

Acer Swift 7

Insanely thin and yet still promising up to nine hours of battery life, the Acer Swift 7 almost defies belief. Despite the super-slim and light form factor, it's still packing a full Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. You're also not left to fend for yourself with just a solitary USB-C port, you get two. Hey, two is better than one!

Acer isn't the only company making crazy thin laptops, and it won't be the last, but the Swift 7 is a handsome devil with a gorgeous 1080p 13.3-inch display. And the black-and-gold color scheme oozes style.

And at around $1,000 it's not the most expensive premium ultrabook around, either.

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Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition

Aspire V Nitro Black Edition

If you want a laptop that can handle pretty much everything you throw at it, that looks great and doesn't have to cost the earth, the V Nitro Black Edition is for you. It's not specifically a gaming notebook in so much as it's not targeted just at gamers, but it's got enough under the hood to play the latest titles should you wish.

As of 2017 the refreshed models are available with the 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors, up to 32GB of RAM and a GTX 1050 or 1060 GPU.

There's also an option for a 4K display on this 15-incher, a 17-inch version, and the V Nitro rounds out its spec sheet with an Intel Realsense camera array, perfect for Windows Hello. All wrapped up in a sleek, black-on-black package that starts presently at around $1,000.

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Acer Predator 15

Predator 15

Acer's newly spun-off brand for all things gaming is Predator, and this is one of the first notebooks to bear the mark. The Predator 15 is, as you might guess, a 15-inch laptop, and the styling is every bit as aggressive as you might hope for. The otherwise black body is broken up by lashings of red.

The Predator 15 gets the nod over its 17-inch sibling by virtue of being mildly more portable. Specs-wise you can have an Intel Skylake Core i7 processor, Full HD display, NVIDIA GTX 1060 or 1070 graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and storage options including 1TB HDD and 512GB SSD.

Its party piece, however, is its innovative cooling system. If you don't want an optical drive but want some more air flow, you can simply pop out the drive and replace it with a cooling module. Pretty neat, eh?

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Acer Aspire VX 15

Aspire VX 15

The Aspire VX 15 comes equipped with the latest 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake processors, up to a GTX 1050 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM from the factory (user-upgradeable to 32GB), and an SSD up to a 512GB, paired with a 1TB HDD. That doesn't make for the most powerful gaming laptop ever, but it's capable enough — especially when it only has to drive the 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display.

If a more gamer-styled, but less powerful (and thus less expensive) Acer laptop suits your needs, you'll be able to pick up an Acer Aspire VX 15 by the end of January 2017 for the starting price of $799 in the United States or €899 in Europe. But around $1,000 gets you a Core i7-7700HQ and a GTX 1050 Ti GPU. Very good value.

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Acer Spin 5

Convertible laptops are both common and popular and Acer's best is the Spin 5. A refreshed model is on the way with a refined design and 8th-generation Core i processors from Intel, but at the time of writing isn't yet available.

The existing model is no slouch, though. With 7th-generation Core i3 or i5 processors, up to 8 GB of RAM and a bunch of SSD storage, you've got a very capable machine that also doubles up as a killer media consumption device thanks to that folding display.

The display is 'only' 1080p, but with that you also get around 10 hours of battery life. If you act fast you can get the higher-spec models for under $600 before the imminent refresh.

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Updated October 5, 2017: We've added the Acer Spin 5 to our top picks for all you convertible lovers out there!