Best Acer laptops 2020 | Laptop Mag

Acer is known for its wide selection of laptops, ranging from sleek ultraportables or beefy gaming laptops. And don’t worry if you’re shopping on a budget, Acer has plenty of notebooks that offer big value for a small price. However, Acer doesn’t just go by budget, the company also offers up a rather expansive use case catalog. 

The company offers sleek ultraportables, beefy gaming laptops and plenty of Chromebooks. Acer’s also expanding into the creator space while bringing back it’s tried-and-true TravelMate series for the mobile professional. Taking pricing and use case into consideration, we’ve created a list of the best Acer laptops for 2020. 

Over the course of a year, we review over 150 laptops covering every price point and use case. Whether you’re looking for a Chromebook, a badass gaming system or a multimedia machine to kick back and watch a movie or two, we can help you find your ideal match. 

In order to make our best list, the system needs to score at least 4 out of 5 stars on our reviews and deliver on the things shoppers care about most. In our evaluations, we focus on design and comfort, display quality, the keyboard and touchpad, performance, battery life and especially value.

What are the best Acer laptops right now?

Our pick for best Acer laptop is the Acer Swift 3 with the AMD Ryzen 7 4700u CPU. If you’re looking for a high-performing laptop with more than 11 hours of battery life, but is less than $700, the Acer Swift 3 with the AMD Ryzen 7 processor would be the best option for you. However, the Swift 3’s display came up a little dim during our lab testing, so if you prefer a brilliant panel, there are other options you should consider. But if having a super-bright screen isn’t a necessity, the Acer Swift 3 is definitely one of the best Acer laptops you can buy.

Another laptop that earned best Acer laptop status is the Acer Swift 5. It’s got a bright, vivid display and passable battery life. And at the time we reviewed the laptop, it was touted as the lightest 15.6-inch laptop.

Acer’s also made an impression on the Chromebook front, combining powerful components with premium design like the Acer Chromebook Spin 713. And outfitted with an AMD processor, the Acer Nitro 5 is one of the longest-lasting cheap gaming  laptops on the market. 

Here are the best Acer laptops of 2020 you can buy today

The best Acer laptop is less than $1,000 and defeated some of our favorite premium laptops. (Image credit: Future)1. Acer Swift 3 (2020, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U)

Meet the world’s thinnest laptop

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U | GPU: AMD Radeon graphics | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 12.7 x. 8.6 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.7 pounds

Herculean performance

A beastly multitasker

Amazing internals for price

Dim display

Who would’ve thought that a sub-$1,000 Acer Swift 3 could outperform the likes of top-tier $2,000 laptops like the MacBook Pro and the Dell XPS 13? Well, somehow Acer did the impossible thanks to is Ryzen 7 4700U CPU. Not only did the Acer Swift 3 smoke its Intel counterpart on performance (check out our Acer Swift 3 Intel review), but the AMD-packed ultrabook overshadowed high-performing premium laptops, too.

The Swift 3 offers a vivacious 11-hour runtime of battery life. Another plus? The AMD-equipped power demon is designed for portability, so if you’re an on-the-go busy bee seeking a Herculean laptop that won’t break your back, look no further. The mind-blowing performance that you can get on the Swift 3 for its reasonable price tag is nothing short of jaw dropping.

See our full Acer Swift 3 (2020, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U) review.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 gets you zippy performance and a stunning display in a durable 2-in-1 design. (Image credit: Future)2. Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Powerful performance in a durable, convertible design

CPU: Intel Core i5-10210U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB SSD | Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504 | Size: 11.8 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3 pounds

Bright, colorful touch screen

Exceptional battery life

Speedy performance

Shallow keyboard isn’t for everyone

Lackluster webcam and speakers

For high school and college students who need an inexpensive, portable and durable laptop both on and off-campus, the Acer Chromebook 713 could be a downright godsend. If you’re looking for versatility in a Chromebook-flavored clamshell, look no further. The Chromebook Spin 713 offers a brilliant 2-in-1 form factor that feels much more high-end than its price tag would have you believe. 

It’s durable enough for daily use, and powerful enough to replace the functionality of many full-fledged laptops. Plus, the battery life is top-notch. Whether you’re a business user, student, or general consumer, there’s something for everyone with the Acer Chromebook Spin 713. Avid writers will love the keyboard and extra screen real estate, while multimedia mavens will love the streaming capabilities of Google OS. 

See our Acer Chromebook Spin 713 review.

The Predator Triton 500 is an Acer gaming laptop that can stand toe-to-toe with the competition.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)3. Acer Predator Triton 500

This gaming laptop packs a serious punch

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q | RAM: 32GB | Storage: dual 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 14.1 x 10 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.8 pounds

Slim, portable design

Good overall and graphics performance

Comfortable keyboard

Seriously-fast file transfer speeds

Dim display

Runs hot with loud fans

Weak audio

Acer may have the thin-and-light game on lock. With the Predator Triton 500, gamers get a seriously portable system that offers a great mix of graphics and overall power. And thanks to the Turbo option, you can squeeze even more power out of the GPU. In addition to that aggressive svelteness, you get a solid display and a comfortable keyboard. If you’ve been searching for the sleekest yet most powerful gaming laptop you can buy, let me introduce you to the perfect match: the Acer Predator Triton 500.

This absolute unit packs a powerful Intel Core i7-10875H processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU into a super slim chassis with a lightning-fast SSD, comfortable keyboard and a 15.6-inch, 300Hz display. But for a whopping $3,000, the Triton 500 should have longer battery life, a more colorful display and stronger speakers.

See our full Acer Predator Triton 500 review.

The Acer Nitro 5 serves up gaming performance on the cheap.  (Image credit: Future)4. Acer Nitro 5 (AMD, 2020)

Long battery life at an affordable price

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5-4600H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 14.3 x 10 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 5.3 pounds

Long battery life

Strong CPU performance

Ridiculously affordable 

Mediocre graphics

Dull display

Muddy audio

If you’re looking for a gaming laptop for a ridiculously cheap price, look no further than the Acer Nitro 5 (AMD, 2020). The laptop is hard to beat with its sub-$700 price point offering great performance, ridiculously long battery life which clocked in at 11 hours and 9 minutes and a comfortable keyboard. It’s powerful AMD Ryzen 5-4600H processor keeps pace with much more expensive systems. 

Plus, the Nitro 5 has improved on its design over the years, it has gone from gaudy to boring with a red flare. Its black plastic hood is surrounded by faux-aluminum accents that curve against indents in the hood. And while it’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU is the most powerful graphics chip, the notebook still getd some decent work done while gaming. 

See our full Acer Nitro 5 (AMD) review.

The Acer Spin 5 offer versatility and affordability in a handsome chassis.  (Image credit: Future)5. Acer Spin 5 2020

Stellar performance at an affordable price

CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7 | GPU: Intel Iris Plus graphics | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504 | Size: 11.8 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.6 pounds

Competition-crushing performance

Colorful display

Stylus included

So-so battery life

The Acer Spin 5 is undoubtedly a powerful hybrid machine — it blew its fellow 2-in-1 competitors out of the water when it comes to display quality, overall performance and graphics. And despite being a thin-and-light convertible, the Spin 5 manages to offer an abundance of ports to fulfill all your connection needs. The Acer laptop even has a microSD reader, a convenient feature for content creators that seems to be growing more obsolete among laptops.

The Acer convertible crushed competitors on our performance and graphics benchmarks. Plus, it has a colorful, high-definition display that’ll make watching Netflix and YouTube a treat. If you want a robust 2-in-1 that outputs competition-beating performance scores, proving that it can manage all of your workloads without breaking a sweat, the Spin 5 is the perfect convertible for you.

See our full Acer Spin 5 2020 review.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 combines the versatility and performance of a mainstream laptop with the simplicity of a Chromebook.  (Image credit: Future)6. Acer Chromebook 714

Fast performance paired with long endurance

CPU: Intel Core i3-8130U | GPU: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 64GB eMMC | Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 12.7 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.3 pounds

Unique fingerprint scanner

Great performance for multitaskers

Military-rated durability

So-so speakers

Dim display

The Acer Chromebook 714 is a premium-looking business laptop with a sleek, aluminum chassis that’ll enhance your urbane and professional aura as you carry this refined device from one office meeting to another. The laptop is MIL-SPEC tested, so if you’re the clumsy type, you’ll find comfort in knowing this Chromebook can withstand shock and other traumatic blows. 

The Acer Chromebook 714 also has a unique fingerprint reader that is rare on laptops with Chrome OS. Worker bees will experience speedy productivity on this machine — its clicky keyboard and multitasking-friendly system will have users whizzing through assignments and tasks. Overall, the Acer Chromebook 714 is a great productivity machine for work-heavy users who depend on Google apps to fulfill their daily tasks and assignments.

See our full Acer Chromebook 714 review.

The Acer Swift 5 packs a 15.6-inch display into one of the lightest chassis ever.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)7. Acer Swift 5 2020

Large display in an extremely lightweight, portable package

CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7 | GPU: Intel Iris Plus | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 12.5 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.2 pounds

Colorful 14-inch display

Featherweight design

Good battery life

Frustrating keyboard layout

Only 8GB of RAM (for now)

Weak speakers

Acer’s Swift 5 is a featherweight champion. At just 2.2 pounds, it is one of the lightest 14-inch notebooks ever made. Heck, it’s even lighter than the vast majority of 13-inch laptops on the market. Yet despite its size, the Swift 5 delivers long battery life to go along with a vivid 1080p display. Plus, there’s a version of the laptop on the way that will have discrete Nvidia Graphics. The Swift 5 is a fantastic laptop if portability is a priority.

The Swift 5’s staggeringly lightweight chassis required little effort to carry around and it has plenty of battery life to spare. It’s a serious contender to pricier machines, like the Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre x360 13

Read our full Acer Swift 5 review.

The Acer TravelMate P6 P614 signals the company’s return to the business arena. (Image credit: Laptop Mag)8. Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel

One of the best content creation laptops around

CPU: Intel Core i7-10750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 12.9 x 9.0 x 0.7~0.94 inches | Weight: 3.8 pounds

Powerful performance and graphics

Sleek 2-in-1 design

Wide variety of ports

Display could be more colorful

Meh speakers

Acer’s breaking into new categories. With the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel, the company is appealing to professionals as well as gamers. The laptop gives you get strong performance in an Intel Core i7-10750H CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU, a bright 14-inch display, a clicky keyboard and a wide variety of ports packed into a sleek convertible chassis. To top it off, the battery life is pretty solid. 

The Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel offers fantastic features, from its powerful performance and bright display to its clicky keyboard and neat 2-in-1 design. This laptop is a great choice for those with a unique set of needs.

Read our full Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel review.

How we test for the best Acer laptops

To evaluate whether a laptop is worth your hard-earned money, we run industry-standard benchmarks such as Geekbench for overall performance and 3DMark for graphics. We also run a variety of real-world tests that we’ve developed in our in-house labs. This includes the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which surfs the web at 150 nits of brightness until a laptop runs out of juice, as well as a custom spreadsheet test that measures a laptop’s processing power. For more on our process, see this page on how we test laptops.

How to find the best Acer laptop

There’s several things you should consider when shopping for the best Acer laptop: here’s a good breakdown so that you can be armed with the best information before taking the plunge in buying a laptop.

What’s your budget?

Typically, the more money you spend, the more powerful your laptop will be. The build quality will be better, and the display, battery life and performance will likely be more impressive. However, there are some diamonds in the rough. You don’t always need to aim for a $1,000 to get the best Acer laptop. We suggest aiming for the $700 to $900 range to purchase a laptop that will provide you with buyer’s satisfaction. For example, the Acer Swift 3 listed here is less than $700 and provides better performance than many premium laptops.

Do you want a 2-in-1 or a clamshell?

With a 2-in-1, you get to enjoy the luxuries of having both a laptop and a tablet. You can enjoy the display’s touchscreen features, and in some cases, you can use a stylus to add a new layer of fun. However, if you want a lower price and stronger-performing internals, you’ll be better off with a traditional laptop.

How much battery life do you need?

Let’s face it — long battery life is awesome! Nothing is worse than your laptop dying on you too quickly. Now if you’re a homebody or you’re tied to a desk all day, maybe battery life is something you can sacrifice. But if you’re an on-the-go traveler, definitely consider laptops with long battery lives. Check out our longest-lasting laptops list.

What specs do you need? 

Don’t aim for anything less than a Core i5 CPU if you want quality performance. As for storage and memory, aim for 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. As far as screen quality, get a 1080p screen or higher.

If you’re a gamer or content creator, look for a laptop with discreet graphics.

To evaluate whether a laptop is worth your hard-earned money, we run industry-standard performance benchmarks such as Geekbench and 3DMark as well as a variety of real-world tests that we’ve developed in our labs. This includes the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which surfs the web at 150 nits of brightness until a laptop runs out of juice, as well as a custom spreadsheet test that measures a laptop’s processing power. For more on our process, see this page on how we test laptops.

To evaluate whether a laptop is worth your hard-earned money, we run industry-standard performance benchmarks such as Geekbench and 3DMark as well as a variety of real-world tests that we’ve developed in our labs. This includes the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which surfs the web at 150 nits of brightness until a laptop runs out of juice, as well as a custom spreadsheet test that measures a laptop’s processing power. For more on our process, see this page on how we test laptops.

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