Acer Spin 5: An Affordable Laptop
Good practical hybrid design, modern and robust, good keyboard and stylus, varied connectivity, astonishing loud speakers, solid autonomy.
The Acer Spin 5 is an excellent hybrid laptop with a very attractive price / quality ratio.
With this Spin 5, Acer delivers us an excellent laptop for an affordable price. This 2 in 1 gives you a lot for your money with a modern design, a stylus, a full HD touch screen, a large battery life and generous connectivity. It is a very good choice for anyone who wants a mid-range notebook.
Available in 13- and 15-inch versions, the Spin 5 has been revamped with an all-metal enclosure, 8th-generation Intel processors, a better display, improved stylus support, and a better keyboard.
The Spin 5 is available in three configurations:
- With 13.3-inch display, Intel Core i5-8250U at 1.6 GHz, 8 GB SDRAM and 256 GB SSD;
- With 15.6-inch display, Intel Core i5-8250U at 1.6GHz, 8GB SDRAM, 1TB hard drive HDD and 256GB SSD;
- With 15.6-inch screen, Intel Core i7-8550U at 1.80GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 card (4GB dedicated memory), 8GB SDRAM, HDD 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD.
A Well Thought Out Hybrid
The Spin 5 is pleasing to the eye thanks to its modern design. Its metal finish is elegant and inspires robustness. By cons, it is quite heavy: 1.6 kg for the 13-inch model and 2.2 kg for the 15-inch. In comparison, the latest hybrids HP and Samsung are around 1.1 kg, which is a significant difference.
The Spin 5 comes with a stylus that works great for note-taking and a bit of drawing. Too bad qu’Acer did not provide a sheath or a support to tidy up.
Although it is not planned at the base to consume videos, it surprised us by its performances. Its clear, bright screen displays bright colors and offers wide viewing angles. The speakers above the keyboard are also very powerful. The audio quality is degraded if you push the volume all the way in, but you only need to moderate it a bit to correct the distortion.
The position of the screen in tent mode is very convenient for watching videos in a cramped space. The hinges are firm and hold the position well. However, the speakers are found in the opposite direction to the screen and the sound is deported. A minor detail, but embarrassing.
The only aesthetic criticism we make Spin 5 is the thickness of the screen borders that give it a bit low end. But otherwise, nothing to complain about the rest.
However, although it can turn into a tablet, it is quite bulky and not very practical. This happens if you put it on a support to write with the stylus, but it is too heavy to hold like a book to read. This is the case with most of the hybrids we see happening that are designed primarily for use as laptops and (very) occasionally as tablets.
On the performance side, we are generally on the velvet. The Microsoft Edge browser crashed a few times, but we did not have a problem when we switched to Chrome. The Intel 8th generation processors have already proved their effectiveness on several occasions during our tests.
The Spin5 starts very quickly, even when the battery has just been emptied. Autonomy is very good either for a day of work or watch hours of streaming video. During our endurance test, he held 8h30mn.
Connectivity is complete, which is rather rare on ultraportable PCs:
- – HDMI output
- -2 USB 3.0
- -1 USB 2.0
- -1 USB-C
- -SD card reader
The standard size backlit keyboard and touchpad are comfortable. The latter integrates a fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello.
The Spin 5 is reasonably priced for everything it has to offer. There are all the features that most users need. The stylus is not its main selling point, but it is useful and brings real added value. In short, if it fits with your budget, you should seriously consider it.