3. Acer Aspire 5 - High Processing Power
What We Like Most:
- Optimal processing and storage
- Great keyboard
- Low price compared to the specs
- Sturdy build
Screen size: 14 inches
At $479, the Acer Aspire 5 is reasonably priced, but its advanced hardware punches far above its price bracket. This laptop is sturdy and has a great keyboard. It also has plenty of ports for users who need to plug in a lot of peripherals and a solid-state drive (SSD) for storage, which is quieter and more efficient than hard-disk drives. For the price, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD make this a bargain.
Unfortunately, the laptop is heavy, at 3.75 pounds, and even though the keyboard is easy to use, we found the touchpad a little awkward. The webcam is also not the greatest quality, so video calls may not be as crisp as on a tablet. The keyboard isn’t backlit, which could be an issue if you like to see the keys in the dark.
Despite these flaws, we recommend this laptop for affordable high performance, especially if you plan on using it sitting at a desk with a mouse hooked up. This gives you the best of all worlds: good performance, great keyboard, and sturdy build, without the awkward weight and imprecise built-in touchpad.
Keep in mind that the specs on a laptop like this are not standardized. Different prices could indicate different storage and processing power, so make sure to compare the specs of the actual units you look at before making a decision.
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
- Tactile, accurate keyboard
- Durable chassis
- Imprecise touchpad controls
- Relatively heavy