Faster, thinner, and powerful enough to replace your aging desktop, these laptops deserve your attention. Want more battery life? Done. On the road most of the year and need tech that can travel? No problem. Here, five solid options fit for any need.

Acer Chromebook 14-Inch CB3-431-C5FM

Acer Chromebook 14-Inch CB3-431-C5FM

If you’re game for using only Google’s Chrome-suite productivity apps, along with YouTube, Play, and other Google-owned alterna­tives, then the low-cost Chromebook isn’t a compromise. Its quad-core Intel Celeron processor performed wonderfully in our tests. [$300; acer.com]

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360