Best Budget Business Laptop - Acer Timeline Series
While Acer's new Timeline series of laptops is not marketed as a business product, it is easy to see why the Acer Timeline would fit in among the standard business laptop fair. Clad in a gunmetal finish and super-slim, the Acer Timeline AS3810T is interesting but understated, attracting perhaps a second glance but never looking scandalous. The AS3810T looks as rugged from a distance as a Lenovo product to boot, although it doesn't compare on closer inspection.
The main reason to recommend the Acer Timeline is that it soundly thrashes any similar product offered from the business-oriented branches of Lenovo, HP, and other common business laptop manufacturers. Its 13" screen is bright and has decent viewing angles, and while the island-style keyboard feels mushy, it seems durable enough. The large trackpad is better than average, as well.
Where the Acer Timeline AS3810T really impresses, however, is its combination of size, battery life, and price. With a 13.3" screen and eight hours of battery life from a standard six-cell battery, this laptop is nearly as portable as the Lenovo X200. Yet it costs only $599.99, making it an amazing value. Those looking for the same great battery life but who desire a larger screen can look into the 14" and 15.6" models, which offer a cheaper alternative to the Lenovo T series.