In 2018, a thousand bucks will get you a wonderful laptop computer. Reduce that finances in half and you may have to make some compromises. And but there are many very stable choices within the $500 vary (roughly £380 or AU$700) — together with a number of from Acer — that ship a greater general worth than the unexceptional Spin Three.  

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Like each mannequin in Acer’s collection of Spin laptops, our $500 check unit has a 360-degree hinge that permits you to tuck the keyboard behind the show, making the transformation from laptop computer to pill. The Spin household is available in a large (and complicated) array of measurement choices and configurations that features Chromebooks, Home windows machines and even entry-level gaming fashions. Earlier this yr, we reviewed the higher-end, all-metal 13.Three-inch Acer Spin 5, which begins at $700 and located it to be an excellent worth.

The cheaper Acer Spin Three additionally appears to be like good — however feels low cost. From a distance, it seems to be manufactured from the identical textured, brushed aluminum because the Spin 5, however a more in-depth inspection reveals a plastic design. It is just below 1 inch thick and weighs about Three.eight kilos — about common for a 14-inch laptop computer on this value vary. The keyboard is not nice — I discovered myself making extra typos than regular — and the touchpad felt notably flimsy, responding constantly solely once I clicked the lower-right nook.

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The Acer Spin Three’s 14-inch HD show is a spotlight. It is not the brightest display, however the 1,900×1,080 decision is crisp and the 16:9 facet ratio is well-suited to watching movies and studying in portrait mode. And after working totally on Macs for therefore a few years, I’m at all times impressed by the flexibility of convertibles; it is a pleasure to poke on the touchscreen in laptop computer and pill mode. 

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