The best laptop 2019: Acer Swift 3

Our picks of the latest models from the top brands to help you find the best laptop for your needs

 

In this guide to the best laptops 2019 has to offer, we here at TechRadar have gathered up a smorgasbord of fantastic notebooks and laptops that will appeal to a broad range of people, no matter what sort of laptop you’re looking for. 

So, we found the best Ultrabooks and premium laptops, alongside the best Macs, Chromebooks and budget Windows tablets. On this page, you’ll also find the best gaming laptops and 2-in-1 laptops. 

We've made sure to pack our best laptops guide with brilliant devices that cover a wide range of price points, so every budget is catered for in this list. Remember: you don't need to spend a fortune to get one of the best laptops of 2019.

All of the laptops on this list have been tested and reviewed right here at TechRadar, so you can be sure they’re worth your time. Only the best laptops will be found here, so you won’t find any lemons here. Plus, we included our exclusive price comparison tool, so you can make sure you’re getting the best laptop deal at all times. 

We're constantly updating this guide as well, so as soon as the newest laptops are released, we'll add them to this best laptops guide – as long as they are worthy, of course.

Our built-in price comparison tool will also automatically highlight the top deals from  online retailers, so you can be sure you're getting the best laptops for the best price.
 

Acer Swift 3

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) ComfyView IPS | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD

Pros

Powerful for the price

Stellar battery life

Cons

Boring looks

Down-firing speakers

 

While you may have been convinced that ‘budget Ultrabook’ was an oxymoron up until this point, the Acer has turned this common misconception on its head with the Swift 3. That’s because the company has taken the all-aluminum chassis of the Acer Swift 7 and stuffed some more affordable components inside for everyone to enjoy. It doesn’t run macOS, but the Acer Swift 3 does put the age-old MacBook Air to shame in about every other regard, including the nigh-unbeatable price tag. Of course, in the process of demolishing the competition, Acer did have to cut a few corners in order to keep the price so impressively low. So although you can’t expect much in the way of an Ultra HD display or quality onboard sound, the performance benchmarks alone give even the Surface Laptop a run for its money.

 

Which type of laptop is best for you?
General laptops
: Where the best cheap laptops are found, devices that focus more on practicality than style, portability or power. That’s not to say they can’t be fast, but you’ll typically find a non-Ultrabook clamshell laptop with an HD screen and spinning drive-based storage for less than $600 or £400.

Ultrabooks: Where you’ll find thin-and-light notebooks sporting SSD storage and display resolutions that exceed 1080p. Paired with powerful, albeit mobile-centric components and especially long battery life, the best Ultrabooks will cost a pretty penny – $700 or £500 to $2,000 or £1,800.

2-in-1 laptops: Where notebooks that double as tablets are located. The Surface Book 2 might be a ways off, but many of the best 2-in-1 laptops are available right now. Outfitted with both detachable and 360-degree rotating hinges, these hybrids are the most versatile way to experience Windows 10 (or Chrome OS) on a touchscreen.

Chromebooks: Where you’ll find the best Chromebooks running Chrome OS. These do much of what Windows and macOS can in the browser, focused on cloud storage over local, while recently getting Android app support for touchscreen models. They generally cost less than $300 or £200 and some can even withstand a slight tussle.

Gaming laptops: Need a laptop to play games (almost) just like a shiny desktop PC can? Then you’ll want one of the best gaming laptops. These machines generally cost from $800 or £600 to upwards of $3,000 or £2,800 and they’ll likely be the ones to take advantage of AMD’s laptop-grade Ryzen processors first.

Laptop-tablet hybrids: Designed from the tablet-first approach to laptop-tablet hybrids, the best Windows tablets pack beyond-HD touchscreens, sometimes with kickstands in their frames or provided via keyboard covers. These generally shine with a stylus, and range from the budget to the premium price ranges.

 

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