CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.
Convertible modes can be hyperbolic, but the new hinge on the Acer Aspire R 13 gives more credibility than usual to its claim of six modes of use.
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 becomes the big brother to the Switch 10, with a Core-powered option for more serious applications in this budget convertible notebook.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a budget hybrid that skips the more-common fold-back or button-clasp hinges and instead attaches its screen via a magnetic connection. It shares the same hardware limitations as other small hybrids, but can be easier to use.
Despite the low-rent exterior, the Acer Aspire V7 packs a lot of what we want into a reasonably priced 14-inch ultrabook, including a high-res touch screen, mainstream graphics, and plenty of ports.
As budget-friendly laptops go, the Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 is a good value with sufficient power for basic tasks, and it doesn't look bad, either.
Acer's variation on the budget E1-472G Aspire laptop has good guts but an underwhelming exterior and design, and also lacks a touch screen. Nvidia graphics add a boost.
A detachable 2-in-1 hybrid with a clever magnetic hinge.
Starting at $299, the E series covers a wide range of styles and features.
One of the nicer-looking and better-performing Chrome OS systems, the 13-inch Acer Chromebook adds some zip by ditching Intel for an Nvidia processor, but also hits a few issues with popular Chrome apps.
Acer deserves credit for trying new things in the ambitious Aspire R7. If you can get used to the odd touch pad, it's good for sharing your screen with a group, but it may be just too far outside the mainstream for wide appeal.