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Best Acer laptop 2022

Acer has one of the most varied selections of laptops out of all of the major manufacturers. But what are the best Acer laptop options in 2022?

To answer that question, we’ve sifted through all of the reviews that our team of experts have published in recent years. As a result, we’ve included all of the highest rated Acer laptops below.

Every laptop has been thoroughly tested, with the likes of design, performance and battery life all factored in. We’ve used professional equipment and benchmark software to collect data for comparison with other laptops, while also spending at least a week with each device to ensure it offers a great day-to-day experience.

Can’t find an Acer laptop that tickles your fancy? Then make sure to keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll be updating it as soon as more Acer laptop reviews are published.

And if you’re flexible enough to look beyond the Acer brand, we suggesting checking out other Best lists articles such as Best LaptopBest UltrabookBest Student Laptop and Best Budget Laptop.

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Every laptop we review goes through a series of uniform checks designed to gauge key things including build quality, performance, screen quality and battery life. 

These include formal synthetic benchmarks and scripted tests, plus a series of real world checks, such as how well it runs the most frequently used apps. 

We also make sure to use every laptop we review as our primary device for at least a week to ensure our review is as accurate as possible.

Acer Swift 3 (2021)

Best overall Acer laptop
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Pros

  • Well-built design
  • Beefy performance
  • Generous SSD capacity

Cons

  • Arguably uninspiring design
  • Patchy keyboard backlight

The Acer Swift 3 (2021) is not only our favourite Acer laptop right now, but it’s also one of the best mid-range laptops money can buy.

At just 1.14kg, we found this 14-inch laptop to be incredibly portable. While its silver shell may appear a little plain to some, the metal and plastics used in its build also make this feel like a well-built laptop. We found the keys to be responsive with a good level of tactility. The fact it’s backlit is an added bonus, although the backlight itself did look a little patchy, with some keys seeming to be more lit up than others.

Inside, the Swift 3 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor that, during testing, powered through basic productivity tasks and shined during our benchmark tests, beating off the likes of the Surface Laptop Go in more intense tasks. Its integrated Vega 7 graphics allowed us to engage in some casual gaming, and handled lighter workloads well. We also found the 1TB SSD to be reasonably speedy, and the capacity for a laptop this price is also generous, with a lot of the competition opting for 256GB or 512GB drives.

For its display, Acer hasn’t gone with anything too fancy for the Swift 3, opting for the tried-and-tested formula of a 14-inch FHD (1920×1080) IPS panel. The colours on offer looked good, and 300 nits of quoted brightness also made sure images look vibrant. As an IPS display, we also found the viewing angles here to be superb.

The Swift 3’s battery life also proved to be great during testing. In running our PC Mark 10 Modern Office benchmark, we found the Swift 3 to last for just shy of 11 hours. This means you’ll be able to get through a working day comfortably and have a fair bit of juice to spare.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Acer Swift 3 (2021) review

Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Best Acer Chromebook
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Pros

  • Incredible display
  • Snappy performance for a Chromebook
  • Handy port selection
  • Backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Pricey
  • ChromeOS can be limiting

Acer also makes some of the best Chromebooks money can buy today, and the Chromebook Spin 713 is the very best one we’ve tested in recent years.

A lot of this comes from the fact its display is excellent. The Spin 713 sports a 13-inch Quad HD panel which, during testing, offered lovely detailed images and vibrant colours. In addition, the panel here features an unusual 3:2 aspect ratio, which offers more vertical space than a standard 16:9 aspect ratio – Acer says you get up to 18% more space.

Our review sample was packed with a 10th generation Intel Core i3 processor that offered a speedy performance for basic tasks during testing. However, the capacity of the 128GB SSD is a little stingy compared to Windows laptops in the same price bracket.

The Spin 713 looks the part with a darker, almost space grey-style metal shell that felt excellent, being both smooth to the touch and durable. At 1.5kg, this is a little bulkier than some other more compact laptops we’ve tested, but the sublime build quality is definitely worth the extra weight. The port selection is also decent, with a blend of legacy and current offerings including USB-A, USB-C and HDMI all represented in fine form.

Similar things can also be expressed for the Spin 713’s battery life. During testing, we found it to last for 12 hours when looping a 1080p test. This means you’ll be able to comfortably get through a working day without any hitches, and even if you do forget to bring your charger into the office, you won’t have to worry about your laptop battery going flat with the Spin 713.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Acer Nitro 5 (2022)

Best Acer gaming laptop
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Pros

  • Fast, well-balanced spec
  • Excellent 165Hz 1080p screen
  • Full set of features

Cons

  • Chunky style
  • Can run hot and noisy
  • Poor battery life

The Acer Nitro 5 (2022) is a mid-range gaming laptop that excels at 1080p gaming. It may lack flashy features such as a QHD/4K resolution, but it offers fantastic value for the basics.

Packed with an Intel Core 12th Gen chip and a selection of Nvidia GPUs, it’s got all the specs needed to play absolutely any PC game with a smooth performance. Our review unit features an RTX 3070 Ti GPU and was able to play Horizon Zero Dawn at 82fps, and Rainbow Six Siege at 263fps. That latter result shows the Nitro is able to make the most out of the 165Hz refresh rate if you want buttery smooth motion.

But while the performance is excellent, there are some drawbacks to the Nitro. It’s extremely heavy at 2.5Kg, and isn’t the best looking laptop in the world with chunky styling. Our tests showed battery life to be poor too, hammering home the point that this isn’t a good option for on-the-go use.

But it’s easy to forgive this laptop’s shortcomings when the performance is so good, and significantly cheaper than other options such as the Razer Blade 14. If you want a gaming laptop made my Acer, this is a superb option.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Acer Nitro 5 Review

Acer ConceptD Ezel 7

Best Acer laptop for content creation
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Pros

  • Superb colour depth
  • Well-designed, versatile display hinge
  • High-end Wacom EMR digitiser
  • Textured glass screen is a great stylus surface

Cons

  • Noticeable fan noise
  • Uses last-gen CPU/GPU
  • Expensive
  • Weak speakers

If it’s a powerhouse laptop you’re after to edit the likes of photos and videos, the Acer Concept D Ezel 7 is one that should be on your radar.

It features a clever hinged display that you can tilt forwards and position for up-close working. The screen itself is one of the best LCD panels we’ve seen in a laptop with OLED-levels of contrast, as well as some immense colour accuracy. With a colorimeter in hand, we measured it to be nearly 100% coverage of sRGB, DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB. Intriguingly, the display also works with a stylus and features the same digitizer tech that’s present in some of Wacom’s high-end drawing tablets. This means the Ezel 7 is a fantastic choice for illustrators too, given the stylus support and the responsive nature of such a light stylus.

At 2.5kg, this is a heavy laptop, but that results in terrific build quality with sturdy metal outer frame. The port selection of the Ezel 7 is also brilliant, with support for HDMI out as well as Thunderbolt 4, Ethernet, and DisplayPort. The only iffy thing here is that the keyboard on the Ezel 7 is a little shallow compared to the Ezel 3 Pro and it also has a garish and dim orange backlight.

Under the hood, the Ezel 7 packs an awful lot of power with both a Intel Core i7-10875H processor and an Nvidia RTX 2070 Max Q GPU that we found to offer an incredible performance for professional workflows. Some may complain that its hardware is now a generation or so old, but it should still be perfectly fine for content creation workloads. The Ezel 7’s SSD also proved to be speedy in our tests, and we also found this laptop’s thermal performance to be decent enough, even if the fans can spin up at times.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full reviewAcer ConceptD Ezel 7 review

Acer Aspire Vero

Best eco-friendly Acer laptop
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Pros

  • Eye-catching speckled design
  • Brilliant port selection
  • Respectable levels of power

Cons

  • Sub-par battery life
  • Display is a little dim
  • Thick chassis

If having an environmentally friendly laptop is of paramount importance, the Acer Aspire Vero should be on your shortlist.

It’s comprised partially of PCR (post-consumer-recycled) plastics. This means the Vero offers quite the eye-catching grey frame with flecks of different shades of green dotted around the chassis. There’s no doubt it’s a fantastic looking laptop, as well as one we found to be pleasingly sturdy too. A weight of 1.8kg also means it carries plenty of heft, but remained just light enough for us to sling into a bag with no trouble. This isn’t the thinnest of laptops either, but it does mean the Vero has a generous port selection that includes everything from USB-C to HDMI and Ethernet. The keyboard on offer here is responsive and tactile, while featuring great backlighting, too.

Inside, the Vero packs a great set of components for a mid-range laptop, including Intel Core i7-1195G7 CPU, alongside Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. All of these components resulted in a snappy performance, as we found the Vero to perform well in the benchmark tests, as well as during day-to-day use, too. The SSD’s read and write speeds also proved to be quick during testing and made for one of the snappier mid-range laptops we’ve tested; its 512GB capacity is pretty big, although looks to be the largest storage option you can opt for with the Vero, which may not be enough for some.

Acer hasn’t sprung any surprises with the Vero’s display – it’s a plain and simple 15.6 inch FHD display that we found to offer great colours and also to be of a good size for day-to-day tasks. The brightness did fall short of our 300-nit target, which meant this laptop is ideally best for indoor working only.

The battery life with the Vero was a little underwhelming by comparison to the rest of the package. In testing, it lasted just shy of 7 and a half hours, which falls short of the 10-hour target you can usually expect to get from mid-range machine like this one. You’ll be able to get through a working day just about with the Vero, but for anything longer, you may want to keep it plugged into the mains.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Acer Aspire Vero review

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FAQs

Which series of Acer laptop is best?

There isn’t really a ‘best’ Acer series, as each laptop brand appeals to different audiences. The Swift includes productivity laptops with ultra-portable designs; the Spin laptops have 2-in-1 form factors and so can be flipped into a tablet; the ConceptD range target professional content creators; and lastly, the Predator and Nitro ranges are designed with gamers in mind.

Is 8GB of RAM enough?

It really just depends on your intended workloads. 8GB of RAM should be perfectly fine for general productivity tasks, but gamers and content creators may want to try out 16GB or beyond.

Is Acer a good laptop brand?

Yes, Acer is has a great reputation and is one of the leading laptop brands. It offers a wide variety of options, and arguably produces more budget-friendly laptops than most other manufacturers. However, it rarely launches a laptop with enough quality to rival the likes of the Dell XPS 13 or MacBook Air.

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