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Acer Swift 7 review: Thinness above all else demands many compromises

Enlarge Valentina Palladino The tech industry is obsessed with making things thin, and Acer is no exception. The company bills the new Swift 7 as the world’s thinnest laptop, measuring 8.98mm thick at its widest point. Designed for professionals and frequent travelers, this year’s Swift 7 tries to beat its competition by being ultra-thin and […]

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Acer Chromebook Spin 15 vs. Acer Aspire E 15

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends With the growing popularity and improving functionality of Chrome OS, choosing a budget notebook has become more difficult than ever. The choice isn’t made any easier by a general improvement in Windows budget notebooks, which get better with each generation. One of our favorite budget Windows 10 notebooks is the Acer Aspire […]

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Acer Nitro 50

Expensive gaming desktops draw most of the attention, with features and components as flashy as their case lighting. But the reality? Most shoppers are looking for something a bit more reasonably priced. The Acer Nitro 50 (starts at $ 846.99; $ 1,199.99 as tested) is one of those more modest options, a small tower that […]

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Acer Aspire 5 (A515-51-58HD)

It’s an eye-catching claim on the box and palm-rest sticker of the Acer Aspire 5 (A515-51-58HD): “20GB Memory.” Can a $ 499.99 laptop really come with that much RAM? A second glance reveals the catch: There’s only 4GB of system memory. The other 16GB is Intel Optane Memory, which serves as an intelligent cache to […]

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Lenovo IdeaPad 530s vs. Acer Aspire E 15

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends There was a time when budget notebooks were mostly indistinguishable. That is, they were usually equally bad. That’s no longer the case — today, you can spend well under $ 1,000 and get a notebook with excellent performance, a solid build, and good battery life. We’re not talking bargain-basement pricing here, but […]

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Acer Predator Helios 500 review

Research Center: Acer Predator Helios 500 Many of today’s popular gaming laptops, like the Razer Blade, seem almost ashamed of their heritage. Yea, they can game, but they seek to blend in with a sleek, elegant exterior and thin profile. Acer’s Predator Helios 500, though, lets its freak flag fly. It’s unapologetic as a gaming […]

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Acer Unveils Monstrous Convertible Gaming Laptop

BERLIN—Acer today showed off a prototype gaming laptop with a hinge that lets it transform into a tablet. The Predator Orion 900 is a rare fusion of the popular gaming laptop and 2-in-1 convertible laptop categories. However, by no means is it light or thin, and its hinge doesn’t rotate 360 degrees the way a […]

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Acer Predator Orion 5000

Acer’s Predator line is expanding in a big way this year with several new gaming desktops. The Predator Orion 5000 (starts at $ 1,499.99; $ 2,099.99 as tested) is the middle sibling, and the second we’re testing following its gargantuan brother, the Predator Orion 9000. It’s much downsized in build, power, and price, a midrange […]

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Acer Predator Helios 500

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Acer’s Predator Helios 500 squeezes full-fat overclockable GeForce GTX 1070 performance into a 17-inch gaming laptop, but we’d like to see a bit more battery life and chassis polish. PCMag.com Latest Articles

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Acer Swift 7 (2018)

Acer’s Swift 7 ultraportable is back, and with a profile just over a third of an inch thick, it’s holding on to its bragging rights as the world’s thinnest laptop. It’s no humble-brag, either: It’s going to be tough for any laptop maker to top this machine on thinness, seeing as the profile is barely […]

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Acer Aspire E 15 review

Research Center: Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576G-5762) The average person doesn’t spend $ 1,000 on a laptop. Unfortunately, those looking for something cheaper are often left to scour Amazon product pages and reviews, all in hopes of finding an inexpensive laptop that doesn’t completely suck. But don’t despair, there’s good news: Not all of them […]

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Acer Chromebook 11 (2018)

A few premium-price chromebooks let you do serious work within Chrome OS—and make you look sharp while doing it—but most chromebooks are plain, low-cost churners for simple tasks. The new Acer Chromebook 11 ($ 269.99) runs with the latter chromebook crowd, given its bargain price, modest feature set, and low power ceiling. It doesn’t offer […]

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Acer Spin 5 vs. Lenovo Yoga 730

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends There was a time when you needed to spend $ 1,000 or more to guarantee a good notebook experience. Budget and midrange machines tended to be poorly built, underpowered, and to offer terrible battery life. It’s safe to say that the pendulum has swung in the other direction, and today some great […]

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Acer Nitro 5 (2018)

True budget gaming laptops—models well under a grand—aren’t as plentiful as some budget-conscious shoppers may like, so it’s always nice to see when new contenders hit the market. The refreshed Acer Nitro 5 ($ 749.99 as tested) is one such system, keeping its price hundreds below the bar while offering modest power for grinding through […]