REVIEW | Acer Spin 5

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A reliable laptop with the ability to become a tablet is high on the list of most buyers these days.

Acer has a well-priced solution in their new Spin 5. The Acer Spin 5 is a well-built 13″ convertible laptop with all the latest in technology for those who want the best of both worlds. The most recent Acer Spin 5 is a robust design with a full-size keyboard and long battery life.

Hardware

The Acer Spin 5 is a solidly built slim laptop with a 360-degree hinge that allows the screen to fold back and offers all the benefits of a tablet with full stylus support.

The Acer Spin 5 features Intel’s latest 8th gen processors which make for extended battery life, more on that shortly, and good graphics performance. There is a built-in HD webcam and fingerprint sensor as well as a sensitive microphone.

The design is reasonably plain and generic, but the Spin 5 looks good and should last well even with heavy use. The backlit keyboard was surprisingly comfortable to type on and offered good travel for a thin laptop,  and the keyboard has a decent feel. The computer is slightly on the heavy side. The included touchpad was also good offering decent accuracy and lots of options to customise the swipes and clicks.

The included fingerprint reader is integrated into the touchpad. It was small but worked well with Windows Hello.

Conveniently all the required ports are present from the 3.5mm headphone jack to three USB slots, one USB 2, and two USB 3, along with an SD card slot and HDMI port for video. The Spin 5 also offers the latest in Wi-Fi Connectivity with 802.1 ac.

In use, the Spin 5 was quick to boot up and rapid for all office tasks including large excel files and complex graphics. Running games worked fine if high-resolution graphics are not expected. The 256GB SSD has sufficient storage with around 200 GB after installing office and the operating system and should be sufficient for most users. Cloud services should be used for storing most files and or videos, or an external drive can be used.

The 13.3-inch screen offers full HD resolution and offers decent colour and brightness. The touch response was excellent especially when used in Tablet mode and the stylus accuracy  was also very good for more delicate work. The viewing angles were wide, and off-angle colours did not shift much.

The Spin 5 can get quite warm when pushed hard using games or when transcoding video. It was never a big issue, and the fans were relatively silent even at full speed. The speakers played relatively loudly and the Spin 5 offers Dolby Audio.

The battery life was decent overall, using the Spin 5 for general web browsing, catching up on email, and even watching a movie was decent, I managed around 7 hours of regular use. Push the laptop with video at full brightness and or using a processor-intensive game and the battery life would drop to approximately 4 hours. The included 45W power supply charges the Spin 5 to full in around 2 hours; there is no fast charge option.

Software

The Acer Spin 5 comes with Windows 10 as standard with all the touchscreen, and stylus options included.

Standard Acer software is included, mostly for device maintenance and productivity, overall this is a clean install with minimal bloatware. All the usual Windows programmes run flawlessly.

Conclusion

The Acer Spin 5 follows a fairly standard formula. It has an excellent build quality, a good set of specifications for a laptop of this price. The looks are refined with nice touches and the ability to either use the laptop as a tablet or tented as a display is a bonus.

As a Tablet, the Acer Spin 5 is a little heavy and it would be tiring to use for extended periods on the couch. As a laptop, the Spin 5 is well-made and easy to use.

The Acer Spin 5 is an excellent choice for a laptop that will get most tasks done smoothly and efficiently. The build quality and refined understated looks will make the Spin 5 comfortable on the boardroom table and the home.

There are many configurations available from Acer at varying prices; the unit supplied for review was a Core i5 with 8 GB memory and a 256 GB SSD.

These specifications are perfect for most users and come at an attractive price of around R12,999.00.

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