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The brand Acer is one of the most recognizable and recognized in the electronics and notebook market in particular. And although the products of the Taiwanese manufacturer are best known for their inexpensive models for the mass user, the company's range includes many premium solutions, powerful gaming laptops and other models. Today's rating review is dedicated exclusively to laptops of this brand, and we will look at the best models of the entire range of configurations – from inexpensive 'mainstream' laptops to super powerful gaming laptops.
- Ranking of the best laptops Acer
- Best Low-Cost Laptops Acer
- Acer TravelMate P2 (P259-MG)
- Acer Extensa EX2540
- Best laptops Acer in terms of price-performance ratio
- Acer SWIFT 3 (SF314-54)
- Acer ASPIRE 7 (A715-71G)
- Acer ASPIRE E 15 (E5-576G)
- Acer ASPIRE 5 (A515-51G)
- Best Gaming Laptops Acer
- Acer Predator Helios 500
- Acer Predator 17X (GX-792)
- Acer Predator Triton 700 (PT715-51)
- Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-51)
- Acer Predator 17 (G9-793)
- Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-51)
- Best Ultrabooks Acer
- Acer SWIFT 7
- Acer SWIFT 5 (SF514-52T)
- Best Convertible Laptop Acer
- Acer SPIN 7
Ranking of the best laptops Acer
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Best Low-Cost Laptops Acer||1||Acer TravelMate P2 (P259-MG)||RUB 25,580|
|2||Acer Extensa EX2540||RUB 21,708|
|Best laptops Acer in terms of price-performance ratio||1||Acer SWIFT 3 (SF314-54)||RUB 37,090|
|2||Acer ASPIRE 7 (A715-71G)||RUB 46,240|
|3||Acer ASPIRE E 15 (E5-576G)||RUB 32,447|
|4||Acer ASPIRE 5 (A515-51G)||RUB 28,990|
|Best Gaming Laptops Acer||1||Acer Predator Helios 500||RUB 111,500|
|2||Acer Predator 17X (GX-792)||RUB 212,000|
|3||Acer Predator Triton 700 (PT715-51)||RUB 149,990|
|4||Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-51)||RUB 73 800|
|5||Acer Predator 17 (G9-793)||RUB 131,900|
|6||Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-51)||RUB 55,500|
|Best Ultrabooks Acer||1||Acer SWIFT 7||75 180 RUB|
|2||Acer SWIFT 5 (SF514-52T)||RUB 84 190|
|Best Convertible Laptop Acer||1||Acer SPIN 7||RUB 81,990|
Best Low-Cost Laptops Acer
First of all, let's take a look at two laptop models Acer, which our experts considered the best in the category of the most affordable. Let's list the characteristics that these two laptops have completely the same:
- plastic case with a classic design;
- matrix type TN;
- 15.6-inch widescreen display with matte surface;
- wireless communication – Wi-Fi 802.11a and Bluetooth 4.0;
- slot for SD memory cards;
- interfaces – a network card with an RJ-45 connector, an HDMI video output, a combined microphone / headphone input / output;
- Kensington lock slot.
Acer TravelMate P2 (P259-MG)
Opens the review of the inexpensive and generally decent TravelMate P2 laptop. To be precise, this is not even one model, but a whole series, which implies a wide range of modifications and trim levels. Let's go through the key parameters of the laptop in more detail.
Laptop dimensions – 381.6x259x30.2 mm, net weight – 2.4 kg. These dimensions contain a widescreen 15.6 diagonal. The detailing of the screen matrix is offered in two versions – minimum 1366×768 and FullHD 1920×1080.
It is possible to choose from two processors – Intel Core i3 or i5 on two Skylake cores with a frequency of 2 or 2.3 GHz. The same applies to the video module – in the minimum configuration, the built-in standard Intel HD Graphics 520 will serve as the graphics subsystem, in the extended one – discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940M (MX). The 940MX chipset supports GDDR5 memory, providing many times greater performance when watching streaming video, computer games with complex graphics, etc. Dedicated video memory – from 2 to 8 GB.
Standard equipment with RAM – from 4 to 8 GB, the volume can be independently expanded up to 32 GB – there are two DDR4 slots with a bus frequency of 2133 MHz for the memory strips. The options for completing hard drives are numerous – it can be a solid state SSD, a mechanical HDD, or a pair of SSD + HDD with a capacity of up to 2 TB. The presence or absence of a DVD-RW drive is optional.
Let's make a remark here. It should be understood that the maximum configuration significantly affects the final cost, and a nominally budget, but 'stuffed' laptop with options may not be so budget. This remark is universal and applies to all models in the review, which imply a multivariate configuration.
To connect peripherals, in addition to those specified in the description of the group of interfaces, there are also two USB 3.0 Type A jacks, one USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 Type-C each, VGA (D-Sub) video output.
The 4-cell lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 2800 mAh. According to user reviews, in the mode of Internet surfing with a backlit screen of medium intensity, the charge holds up to 5 hours.
- a wide range of modifications and equipment options;
- high limit of additional equipment with RAM;
- high upgradeability;
- build quality;
- fast video memory GDDR5;
- quiet cooling.
- negative feedback on the factory Toshiba mechanical HDD.
Acer Extensa EX2540
The rating is continued by another inexpensive Extensa series. As for the individual selection of the configuration, there are also quite a few possibilities here, and the cost of equivalent configurations is, on average, lower.
Laptop dimensions – 381.8x258x24.6 mm, weight – 2.4 kg. TN-matrix resolution options – 1366×768 or 1920×1080, depending on the modification. You can also choose the body color – black or red.
Modifications include build options based on Intel Core i3 or i5 processors on two Skylake cores with a frequency of 2, 2.5 or 4 GHz. Factory equipped with RAM-memory – 4, 6 or 8 GB, type – DDR3, frequency – 1600 MHz. Subsequently, you can upgrade to a maximum of 16 GB. Video subsystem – built-in Intel HD Graphics 520/620 or Intel GMA HD. Hard disk – only mechanical HDD with a capacity of 500 GB and a spindle rotation per minute of 5400 rpm.
Peripheral capabilities of the laptop, in addition to the general characteristics indicated in the description: two USB 2.0 sockets; one USB 3.0 Type A interface.
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery consists of four cells and has a capacity of 3220 mAh. For this model, this corresponds to 6.5 hours of operation with an average load (according to the manufacturer).
- ultra-affordable price with a competent selection of equipment;
- build quality;
- ample opportunities for an upgrade.
- claims to the speed and durability of a regular HDD.
Best laptops Acer in terms of price-performance ratio
The second selection of devices in today's rating is laptops that have been selected by industry analysts, guided not only and not so much by an affordable price, but by an optimal ratio of functionality, quality, other important characteristics and cost. In total, four models were identified – three different variants of the legendary Aspire series and one – Swift, with which we will begin the analysis.
All listed models contain HDMI video output, combo microphone / headphone in / out, Kensington lock slot
Acer SWIFT 3 (SF314-54)
This laptop stands out from the next three with a number of important features. Not all of them are unambiguous advantages, but one of the characteristics is an undoubted and big plus. This is an IPS-type matrix, which is a cut above TN in terms of richness of colors, realism of color reproduction in general, and viewing angles. The resolution is offered in a single version – 1920×1080. The diagonal dimension of the screen is 14 inches, the surface is matte.
The available variations with the bundle start from the processor – you can choose from Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 on two or four Kaby Lake cores with a frequency of 1.6, 1.8 or 2.2 GHz. The factory default RAM memory is 4 or 8 GB, type – DDR4, frequency – 1600 MHz. Expansion upper limit is 12 GB. Variants with a graphics module are also possible – in the minimum assembly it will be integrated Intel HD / UHD Graphics 620, in the maximum – discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 with memory up to 8 GB.
Another important feature of this laptop is that all modifications imply the factory installation of only solid-state SSD-media up to 256 GB. This, as you might guess, is not enough for many users, and an almost immediate upgrade is required.
The following interfaces are provided for connecting wired peripherals: one USB 2.0 slot, two USB 3.0 Type A sockets, one USB 3.1 Type-C.
Laptop dimensions – 323x228x18.7 mm, net weight – 1.45 kg. There are four color options for the case: red, silver, blue, pink. The body is metal, the keyboard is pleasantly backlit. There is a fingerprint scanner.
A lithium-ion battery for 4 cells with a total capacity of 3320 mAh is responsible for autonomy. With a sparing load and reduced screen brightness, this is enough for 12 hours of surfing the Internet.
- very lightweight;
- metal case;
- IPS matrix;
- good autonomy;
- keyboard backlight;
- optimal performance.
- small volume of standard SSD.
Acer ASPIRE 7 (A715-71G)
Further in this rating group we will consider the three models of the ASPIRE series, and the first number is the ASPIRE 7 laptop.
The laptop has case dimensions (metal) 381.6×262.8×24 mm, weight without packaging – 2.4 kg, two variants of the main theme in colors – black and gray. There is only one TN-matrix resolution – 1920×1080. The screen measures 15.6 inches diagonally, the surface is matte.
This model initially raised the “bar” in terms of equipping the processor – you can choose a modification of at least i5 or i7 on 4 Kaby Lake cores with a frequency of 2.5 or 2.8 GHz. With the RAM, things are a little better than the previous model – the bus frequency is 2133 MHz, two slots are allocated, the upper limit of the upgrade is 32 GB, and the factory equipment is 6, 8 or 12 GB.
In addition to the integrated video chip, you can also choose a package with a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (Ti) with GDDR5 memory up to 8 GB.
The maximum configuration with hard drives is a pair of SSD + HDD with a capacity of 128 and 1024 GB, but any other combinations are also available with a decrease in volume or even using only one media. There is no optical drive in any configuration. SD flash cards are supported.
Peripheral connections include 802.11ac wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Wired connections: Gigabit network card, two USB 2.0 ports; one USB 3.0 Type A and one USB 3.1 Type-C; HDMI; combined input / output for microphone / headphones. There is also a fingerprint scanner and key illumination.
The battery capacity of the laptop is almost the same as that of the previous solution, but it lasts for less time: according to very average estimates – for 7 hours of Internet use.
- powerful default processor;
- metal case;
- backlit keyboard;
- cooling with rear blowing;
- opens with one finger like a MacBook 180 degrees;
- strong discrete graphics card.
- heavy in weight.
Acer ASPIRE E 15 (E5-576G)
The rating is continued by the interesting ASPIRE E 15. The range of various configuration combinations is comparable to the previous one, even somewhat wider.
The dimensions of the laptop are 381.6x259x30.2 mm, the net weight is 2.23 kg. The choice of body colors – white, red, gray, black. The screen size is 15.6 ”. Matrix – TN type, two resolution options are offered – 1366×768 or full HD 1920×1080. The surface of the screen is matte.
This series allows you to choose from an even wider range of processors: Intel Core i3, i5 in two specifications – 7200U or 8250U, and i7. Processor core clock speeds range from 1.6 to 2.5 GHz, depending on the specific model. RAM – DDR 1600 MHz in a volume of up to 16 GB (physical maximum). Two slots are allocated for the memory strips.
The video subsystem in the ASPIRE E 15 laptop can be a standard built-in HD Graphics 520/620 card Intel, or a discrete GeForce 940MX / MX150 from NVIDIA to choose from, or both cards in parallel. The amount of memory is nominally 2 GB, but you can find a modification with 8 GB.
In terms of hard drives, the most common and affordable configuration contains one 1 TB mechanical HDD at a speed of 5400 rpm. But there are other modifications that contain an additional small solid-state SSD for the operating system. In any case, an additional SSD can be installed later as part of an upgrade. The DVD drive is not provided, but there is a special place for it, and by removing the cap, the drive can be installed if necessary. External SD cards are supported.
Connection to networks and peripherals is carried out as follows: 'over the air' – Wi-Fi 802.11a and Bluetooth 4.0 .; by wire – one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 Type A, one USB 3.1 Type-C; video outputs VGA (D-Sub) and HDMI. Built-in Kensington lock slot.
The autonomy of the laptop is provided by a 4-cell lithium-ion battery with a resource of 2800 mAh.
- multivariate modifications;
- easy access to internal modules for upgrading;
- thallic body;
- quiet cooling;
- pleasant key travel.
- no significant disadvantages were found.
Acer ASPIRE 5 (A515-51G)
The ASPIRE 5 laptop concludes the group of rating of optimal laptops Acer. It is in many ways similar to the previous one, but there are important differences, which we will focus on.
The dimensions of the laptop case are 381.6x259x30.2 mm, the net weight is 2.23 kg. The suggested color themes are red, gray, black. Aluminum body. Built-in Kensington lock connector.
Choice of processor – Intel Core i3 or i5 in 7200U or 8250U specifications on Kaby Lake cores with a frequency of 1.6 to 3.1 GHz. With RAM, the choice is not so wide – a complete set of 4 or 6 GB of 1600 MHz memory is offered. For hard drives, the most affordable configuration is with one mechanical HDD with a capacity of 500 GB to 2 TB. Physics and electronics make it possible to ship solid state SSDs as well, so you can find just such a modification if desired. DVD drive is not provided initially. There is support for external SD memory.
Networks and peripherals are connected: 'over the air' – via Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0; by wire – via a high-speed gigabit network card, two USB 2.0 connectors, one USB 3.0 Type A connector, one USB 3.1 Type-C; video output only one – HDMI.
The battery of this laptop is slightly stronger than that of the previous one – 3220 mAh in capacity, but the computer's electronics as a whole are a little more voracious, and a full charge is enough at par for 7 hours of not too intensive work.
- well-optimized interaction of functional parts for maximum productivity;
- easy upgrade;
- practically silent when not playing games;
- choice of colors;
- build quality.
- The touchpad 'rattles' when pressed and gestured.
Best Gaming Laptops Acer
We will devote the most voluminous and informative part of the ranking of the best laptops Acer according to the version to powerful gaming laptops, which 'both adults and children' dream about in the truest sense. These are expectedly powerful, high-performance machines with outstanding performance in processors, graphics cards, displays, sound, and more. Of the six models our industry analysts reviewed, five belong to the legendary Predator line. Separately, we will consider the equally interesting Nitro 5 laptop.
Acer Predator Helios 500
The Helios 500 series from the Predator line has a number of modifications, which we will briefly go through, dwelling in more detail on the characteristics that exactly make this laptop a gaming laptop.
Laptop dimensions – 428x298x38.7 mm, net weight – 4 kg. It is offered in two main body colors – black and red. There are practically no sharp contrasting artifacts in the case, and only massiveness, emphasized enhanced illumination of the “game” key groups (for example, arrows and WASD keys) and the Predator proprietary attributes on the outer side of the lid indicate its playfulness.
The diagonal size of the widescreen display is 17.3 inches. It houses an IPS-type matrix with all the known advantages of this technology. Two resolution options are offered – FullHD 1920×1080 or 4K – 3840×2160. The surface of the screen is matte.
As for the processor, the creators of the model, as expected, do not waste time on trifles – the minimum configuration option is Intel Core i5 8300H, the maximum is i9 8950HK. With the RAM, the situation is similar – the choice is from 16 or 32 GB DDR4. There are 4 slots in total, the volume can be expanded up to 64 GB. Standard dedicated video module – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB GDDR5 memory, up to 16 GB allowed.
Almost any combination of SSD and HDD is allowed with hard drives. The maximum volume of the first is 512 GB, the second is 2 TB. Optical drive is not provided even in terms of a potential upgrade.
For wireless communication, Wi-Fi radio modules of the 802.11ac standard and Bluetooth generation 5.0 are installed. For wired connection of networks and peripherals, there are: a high-speed gigabit network card, three USB 3.0 Type A, HDMI, DisplayPort, two Thunderbolt 3 interfaces, separate microphone input and headphone output.
The laptop keyboard is equipped with a 'mystical' blue backlighting of varying intensities. There is a slot for a Kensington lock. The built-in speakers are complemented by a subwoofer.
Lithium-polymer battery of four cells with a capacity of 4810 mAh provides an autonomous operation of conditional 3.5 hours.
- pleasant to the touch, not easily soiled body;
- large screen;
- high resolution (up to 4K);
- well-optimized hardware;
- one of the coolest and quietest in the Predator series and in general on the market.
- the subwoofer is faintly felt.
Acer Predator 17X (GX-792)
The second number in the Predator gaming laptop rating group Acer is the 17X series (GX-792). It includes various configuration options, which we will consider as necessary.
The dimensions of the laptop case are 423×321.5×45 mm, the net weight is 4.55 kg. Initially, as soon as the series was released, it was easy to choose from two color options: black with red artifacts and vice versa – red with black elements. Now the black version is much more affordable. The parameters of the screen and the matrix completely coincide with the previous model, see above.
Only one processor option is offered – a Core i7 on four Kaby Lake cores with a frequency of 2.9 GHz. Similarly, with the Helios 500, there are two options for equipping with RAM – 16 or 32 GB DDR4 with a frequency of 2.4 GHz bus. Physically, four slots are allocated for memory and, if desired, its volume can be expanded up to 64 GB.
For hard drives, modifications are also multivariate: at a minimum, it can be a single 1 TB mechanical HDD with a spindle speed of 5400 rpm, at a maximum – a pair of SSD and HDD with a total capacity of 3 TB. No DVD drive provided. Support for external SD memory is available.
The communications in this model are as follows: wireless communication via Wi-Fi standard 802.11a and module Bluetooth; wired connections – high-speed gigabit network card, four USB 3.0 Type A, HDMI, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3, separate microphone input and headphone output. There is a nest for a Kensigton lock.
The battery of this laptop is significantly larger than that of the previous model – 6000 mAh, but the technology is lithium-ion. Consists of eight cells. The manufacturer's estimated battery life is about 3 hours.
- powerful and capacious video card;
- pleasant keyboard backlighting;
- discreet but 'mesmerizing' design;
- 4K resolution as an option;
- build quality.
- 'prehistoric' B IOS.
Acer Predator Triton 700 (PT715-51)
The third number in our rating is the Triton 700 laptop. The model is interesting first of all because the developers did not initially consider equipping the laptop with a mechanical HDD, but only with a high-speed solid-state SSD. But first things first.
Laptop dimensions – 393x266x18.9 mm, net weight – 2.4 kg. Externally, in terms of design and various artifacts like keyboard backlighting, the laptop is strikingly similar to the above-described Helios 500, but still it is a completely different model, and a very limited number of modifications is expected.
Unlike the two previous models, only one version of the IPS matrix is offered here – FullHD 1920×1080. The screen size is also closer to conventional 'mainstream' laptops – 15.6 inches, although there is a significant percentage of buyers who are even more suited to this due to the impact on the compactness of the device as a whole.
There is no choice of processors either – only Core i7 on 4 Kaby Lake-H cores with a frequency of 2800 MHz. Light variations are permissible with RAM – there are modifications with 16 or 32 GB DDR4 2400 MHz on board. You can expand it up to 64 GB as an upgrade, but remember that there are only two slots for memory strips. Get really cool graphics with a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1080 with fast 6GB or 8GB GDDR5 memory to choose from.
Now about what we mentioned at the very beginning of the description of the model. The standard configuration of the Triton 700 implies the installation of only a 512 or 1024 GB solid-state SSD, in the maximum configuration – two SSDs of the required volume. No optical drive is provided.
In terms of communication, the Triton 700 has the following capabilities: over-the-air communication – Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth; wired connections – Hi-Speed Gigabit NIC, one USB 2.0, three USB 3.0 Type A, HDMI, DisplayPort, one Thunderbolt 3, separate microphone in and headphone out.
The capacity of the 3-cell lithium polymer battery is 4670 mAh. This, according to the manufacturer, should be enough for 5 hours of play.
- powerful processor;
- only high-speed SSDs included;
- powerful battery;
- compact, like for gaming.
- autonomy, according to user reviews, is significantly lower than stated.
Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-51)
The penultimate example of a large Predator gaming laptop in our ranking is the Helios 300. This suggests that this is a 'stripped down' version of the aforementioned Helios 500, and in many ways this is true.
Differences in the direction of weakening the characteristics begin already from the screen. Its size is 15.6 inches versus 17-inch Helios 500. Plus, 4K-matrix is not even considered as an option – only IPS FullHD 1920×1080. On the other hand, this, as expected, influenced the dimensions of the laptop – 390x266x26.8 mm and quite dramatically on its weight – Helios 300 is almost twice as light – 2.7 kg.
The choice of processor is offered in two versions – Intel Core i5 or i7 on four Coffee Lake cores with frequencies of 2.2 or 2.3 GHz with a huge cache – the second level is 1.5 MB and the third is 9 MB. The standard equipment is 8 or 16 GB DDR 2133 MHz, you can expand up to 32 GB in two slots. Graphics card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti or 1060 with up to 16 GB GDDR5 memory.
With hard drives, the situation is the most flexible – you can choose the “minimum” from a mechanical disk up to 2 TB in volume or a pair of HDD and non-mechanical, which is much preferable for gaming tasks. DVD not installed. External memory SD cards are supported.
The communication capabilities of the Helios 300 are as follows: 'air' – Wi-Fi 802.11a and Bluetooth generation 4.1; wired connections – high-speed gigabit network card, two slots for USB 2.0, under one slot for USB 3.0 Type A and USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, combined input / output for microphone / headphones. There is a lock slot.
The laptop battery is made using lithium-ion technology, consists of 4 cells with a total resource of 3320 mAh.
- powerful processor with large cache;
- cooling quality;
- very lightweight for gaming.
- no distinct flaws were found.
Acer Predator 17 (G9-793)
The last laptop in the Predator line from Acer in our ranking is the Predator 17. It may seem that this is almost an analogue of the above described Predator 17X, and these suspicions are not unfounded. The models are indeed very similar even in appearance, but there are important differences.
Unlike the previous two models, this series again brings us back to the big screens. The diagonal is 17.3 inches, and the dimensions, respectively, are larger – 423×321.5×39.7 mm, net weight – 4.2 kg. The body is made of an extremely pleasant to the touch plastic with a soft-touch top layer. The keyboard features zoned RGB lighting.
Compared to the Predator 17X, there is a significant limitation here – the matrix is provided only in one version – IPS with a resolution of 1920×1080, that is, 4K is not even considered an option.
With processors, the situation is already more interesting – you can choose from Core i5 or i7 from Intel. The RAM in the standard factory configuration is expectedly offered in 16 or 32 GB DDR 2133 MHz variants. Expansion in the future is possible up to 64 GB, and it is quite convenient due to the presence of four slots. For high-quality graphics, there is a choice of GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070 from NVIDIA with 6 or 8 GB.
The laptop can be equipped with hard drives almost arbitrarily, including a pair of SSD and mechanical media with a total capacity of 4 TB. An unexpected move by the manufacturer is the presence of a DVD-RW drive in this model. But this is a modular device, so if there is no need for it, it can be easily replaced, say, with an additional fan.
The following communications are provided: wireless Wi-Fi 802.11a and Bluetooth 4.1; wired – a network gigabit card, USB 3.0 Type A in the amount of 4 pieces, HDMI, DisplayPort, one Thunderbolt 3, separate input and output for microphone and headphones.
Predator 17 is notable, according to user reviews, with very good sound, built on the Realtek ALC255 platform – four speakers and a subwoofer are built-in.
The rechargeable battery is a lithium-ion type with a capacity of 6000 mAh, nominally (according to the manufacturer's data) should provide a three-hour autonomy.
- large screen with high quality matrix;
- high upgradeability in terms of RAM;
- RGB backlit keyboard with four color zones;
- large keys with a distinct stroke;
- high quality sound;
- decent autonomy;
- expressive appearance in general.
- no pronounced shortcomings were noted.
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-51)
And the Nitro 5 model completes the rating of gaming laptops from Acer. Against the background of relatively modest technical characteristics, this machine has one important advantage – being a full-fledged gaming laptop, the price of the model is dramatically lower than absolutely everyone in the group and is comparable to conventional mass solutions.
Due to the budget, the 'exterior' of the laptop did not suffer in any way – the case design is quite expressive, and the keyboard backlight sparkles with a predatory reddish tint no worse than the older models.
Laptop dimensions – 390x266x26.75 mm, net weight – 2.7 kg. The diagonal of the screen is 15.6 inches with an IPS FullHD 1920×1080 matrix. You can choose a modification with a processor Intel Core i5 or i7 on 4 Kaby Lake-H cores with a frequency of 2.5 or 2.8 GHz. DDR4 is offered in factory variants of 4, 6 or 12 GB, and the technology upgrade limit is 32 GB. An NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti card can be used to provide graphics.
The most common configuration is equipped with a single mechanical HDD with a capacity of 1 or 2 TB, but there are modifications with an additional 128 GB SSD. Experts strongly recommend the tandem option, since the standard HDD is slow, with a spindle rotation of 5400 rpm, and many users complain about this. There is no optical drive. External SD memory cards are supported.
In terms of communications, the situation with Nitro 5 is as follows: the 'air' connection is quite predictable – Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth version 4.0; wired connections – two USB 2.0 sockets, one USB 3.0 Type A and one USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, combined input / output for microphone / headphones.
- good optimization of electronics in terms of performance;
- high quality sound;
- picture quality;
- the most affordable price in the group.
- slow factory HDD.
Best Ultrabooks Acer
In a separate category, we have allocated two models, which in their form factor fall under the definition of an 'ultrabook'. These are considered to be super-light and ultra-thin laptops. Our experts ranked two models SWIFT 7 and SWIFT 5.
Acer SWIFT 7
Unlike almost all laptops described above, this model saves the potential buyer from a heavy burden – the problem of choice. The manufacturer offers only a single unified modification of the laptop.
The dimensions of the laptop case are 324.6×229.6×10 mm, the net weight is 1.13 kg. The only choice is the color of the case – black or gold. The 13.3-inch screen houses an IPS matrix with 1920×1080 (FullHD) detail. The surface of the screen is glossy.
The 'data center' of the device is a dual-core Core i5 processor manufactured Intel. The cores are Kaby Lake, the frequency is 1.2 GHz. A special type of RAM – LPDDR3 in the amount of 8 GB. Graphics card onboard only Intel HD Graphics 615. Hard drive – only 256 GB SSD. There is no optical drive, of course. However, there is not even an external memory card reader, which many users no longer like.
Due to the limited dimensions of communication, this model is also quite limited: from wireless – standard 802.11ac Wi-Fi module and Bluetooth, for wired connection there is only USB 3.1 Type-C, except for the combined input / output to the headset.
The battery here is a four-cell lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 2770 mAh. The manufacturer claims that a full charge is enough for 9 hours of operation with an average load.
- super thin;
- super lightweight;
- high-quality matrix;
- sufficiently productive;
- good autonomy.
- there are cases of overheating and throttling.
Acer SWIFT 5 (SF514-52T)
And the second model in the short ranking of the best ultrabooks Acer is SWIFT 5. A wider range for variations with components is already allowed here.
Ultrabook dimensions – 329x228x14.9 mm, net weight – only 0.97 kg. Available in two color options – gold and blue. The screen is slightly larger than the previous model – 14 “, but the resolution of the IPS matrix is the same – 1920×1080. The surface is glossy.
The only processor is equipped with a Core i7 on 4 Kaby Lake-R cores with a frequency of 1800 MHz. 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM can be installed. Video card – only integrated Intel HD Graphics 620. Hard drive – only solid-state with a capacity of 256 or 512 GB. As expected, no optical drive.
From communications in this model there are wireless communication modules Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac and Bluetooth generation 4.0, as well as two USB 3.0 Type A interfaces, one USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI video interface, combined input / output for headset.
The battery in this model gives a serious head start to the previous one in terms of capacity – 4670 mAh. Consists of two cells. The technology is lithium polymer.
- ultralight, less than a kilogram;
- elegant design;
- relatively large screen, as for a super-thin ultrabook;
- high-quality color rendering;
- powerful battery.
- does not read memory cards.
Best Convertible Laptop Acer
And finally, the finale of our review, in which we will consider another rather popular form factor of portable computers – a convertible laptop. This is a kind of technological solution that allows you to 'unfasten' the laptop screen from the keyboard at any time, thereby turning the laptop into a tablet. From the entire offer of the company Acer, our specialists have identified the SPIN 7 laptop.
Acer SPIN 7
A noticeable advantage of this model is a relatively large glossy screen of 14 inches, and this is precisely in the context of the form factor. Because when you disconnect the parts, you get a huge tablet, which is almost unrealistic to buy 'in pure form'.
The screen itself contains a high-quality IPS-type matrix with FullHD 1920×1080 detail. The surface is glossy, the screen is touch. The overall dimensions of the folded laptop are 324.6×229.6×11 mm, the net weight is 1.6 kg.
The existing modifications imply the ability to choose from two processor options – Intel Core i5 or i7 with a special specification – 7Y54 for i5 and 7Y75 for i7. The frequency of the Kaby Lake cores is 1.2 or 1.3 GHz. LPDDR3 RAM – 8 GB in volume. Graphics Card – Built-in Intel HD Graphics 615. Hard Drive – 256GB or 512GB solid state SSD. There is no optical drive.
Of the wireless modules in SPIN 7, there is only 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Of the wired connections, only USB 3.1 Type-C and headset in / out. The battery is a four-cell lithium-polymer battery with a total capacity of 2770 mAh.
- relatively large screen;
- quiet work;
- strong, shockproof;
- very few interfaces.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.