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Acer Aspire laptops and desktops run the gamut of computers from budget to high end, including a full line of thin-and-light laptops, and detachables. Acer also produces Chromebooks. Its gaming line is known as Predator.
Apple computers usually cost more than similarly configured Windows-based systems. Apple computers use macOS (formerly known as OS X). Macs can also run Windows using specialized software. The company offers several consumer lines: MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air laptops; iMac all-in-one desktops; and the Mac mini, a small, budget desktop. The Mac Pro desktop is its professional line. Apple’s free telephone tech support is limited to three months, but you can get unlimited free support at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores.
Asus offers a full lineup of both desktop and laptop computers, including thin-and-light and 2-in-1 laptop models under its ZenBook line. The company also produces Chromebooks as well as higher-end PCs aimed at gamers that are sold under ROG (Republic of Gamers) branding.
Inspiron is Dell’s mass-market line of laptops, desktops, and all-in-ones. For higher performance and gaming systems, Dell offers the XPS line, which includes convertibles. For gamers, Dell offers Alienware systems. All-in-ones include the Inspiron 3000, 5000, and 7000 series, as well as the higher-end XPS series. Dell also offers a small line of Chromebooks.
Google currently makes only one Chromebook of its own, the PixelBook. It also has a handful of tablets, including the new (as of late 2018) Pixel Slate and older Pixel C.
HP is the top seller of desktops and laptops in the U.S. For laptop users it offers the budget HP line, the mainstream Pavilion line, the higher-performance Envy line, and the premium Spectre line, some of which are convertible and detachable. Desktops and all-in-ones include the Pavilion and Envy lines. Gaming models are the Omen line. HP also offers a line of Chromebooks.
IdeaPad, Yoga, and ThinkPad Yoga are Lenovo’s consumer laptop line that encompasses mainstream and premium models. Lenovo also offers gaming, budget, and thin-and-light models; detachable convertibles; and Chromebooks. Lenovo ThinkPads are its business notebooks; ThinkCentre models are business desktops. Consumer desktops and all-in-ones include Yoga Home, 300, 500, 700, and 900 series. It has a gaming line called Legion.
Microsoft offers the Surface and Surface Pro detachable laptops/tablets. The Surface Book is a larger detachable laptop. The company also produces an all-in-one PC known as the Surface Studio that’s primarily intended for artists, designers, and other creative users.
Samsung offers a variety of laptops in different sizes under the Notebook 5, 7, and 9 brands, and an all-in-one PC known as the All-In-One. Samsung also produces Chromebooks.