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Truthfully, I’ve by no means been too impressed with Acer’s Spin two-in-one laptops. They have been OK, however towards Lenovo’s Yoga, HP’s Envy or Spectre x360 and Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 they only could not compete. Then, the brand new Spin 5 arrived earlier this 12 months and it was arduous to not take discover as a result of it actually stood above the competitors. 

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Wonderful small, ultralight physique with a tall 3:2-ratio displayBuilt-in Wacom lively penLots of connectivity choices

Do not Like

No mic or digital camera privateness featuresHinges can get misaligned

Co-engineered with Intel as a part of its Mission Athena program, Acer up to date the design and options to enhance its mobility, but additionally added a vivid 2,256×1,504-pixel decision, 13.5-inch touchscreen. The three:2 display screen ratio offers you way more vertical area and, since its roughly the scale of a sheet of paper, it is extra snug to make use of for notetaking and sketching with the included lively pen. 

The Spin 5’s skinny physique is constructed from light-weight magnesium alloy. 

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The Spin 5 was initially priced beginning at $899 (about £685 or AU$1,295), however that was earlier than the pandemic. You may get one direct from Acer for $999 with a Tenth-gen Intel Core i5 or go as much as a Core i7 for $1,099. Within the UK, it sells for £1,099 and AU$2,162 in Australia. All in all, whereas the deal is not pretty much as good, the Spin 5 continues to be moderately priced for the whole lot you are getting. 

Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-74V2

Worth as reviewed

$1,099

Show dimension/decision

13.5-inch 2256×1504-pixel contact show

Processor

1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7

Reminiscence

16GB LPDDR3 3,200MHz dual-channel

Graphics

Built-in Intel Iris Plus Graphics

Storage

512GB NVMe PCIe SSD

Ports

2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), 2x USB-A, HDMI out, audio/mic jack, MicroSD card slot

Networking

802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) , Bluetooth 5.0

Working system

Home windows 10 Dwelling (64 bit)

Weight

2.7 kilos (1.2 kilograms)

The 13.3-inch Asus ZenBook 13 vs. the 13.5-inch Acer Spin 5 (proper). 

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Much less scrolling, extra working

The marginally taller show won’t seem to be a lot nevertheless it does offer you extra room to work with out considerably rising its dimension in comparison with the everyday 13.3-inch 16:9 laptop computer. For instance, the Spin 5 is about the identical width because the super-small Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA nevertheless it has roughly the identical display screen top as a 15.6-inch laptop computer. So with out considerably rising the scale of the laptop computer, you possibly can maintain extra of what you are engaged on, on the display screen. And at solely 2.7 kilos (1.2 kilograms) the bigger show undoubtedly did not affect its weight.

It is like a digital sheet of paper

The additional vertical area is sweet to have for engaged on the two-in-one in its laptop computer place, nevertheless it’s additionally good in pill mode. The three:2 ratio and 13.5-inch dimension makes the show roughly the scale of A4-size paper. Add within the mild weight and you’ll comfortably use the Spin 5 in your arm as you write on the display screen — one thing that is a little bit awkward with a bigger 14-inch mannequin just like the Yoga C940. Just like the Yoga, although, Acer features a small lively pen that shops and costs in a storage on the correct facet. 

The slim pen works properly for fast sketches and taking notes. 

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The pen’s tip feels good on the Gorilla Glass show. Form of like a wax pencil writing on glass. There’s sufficient friction that you do not really feel such as you’re writing on glass however the motion continues to be fluid. I used it so much with Microsoft’s OneNote and Whiteboard apps and it labored completely, even when it is a little bit skinny for me to make use of for an prolonged time. 

Generally, the hinge design is much like what you’d discover on most different two-in-ones. Acer did design them to barely raise the rear whenever you’re utilizing it as a laptop computer, which is sweet. Nonetheless, I did discover that the hinges would often turn into misaligned when opening it, requiring me to shut and open it once more to get them in line. 

All of your charging choices are on the left facet. 

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A connection assortment price mentioning

The Spin 5 has two USB-A and two USB-C ports. The latter are Thunderbolt 3 and so they can be used for charging. Nonetheless, it additionally has a barrel-connector charger so you should use each USB-C ports for different issues. Sadly, all three are on the left facet, so you possibly can solely cost it from that facet. Nonetheless, together with a full-size HDMI out and a MicroSD card slot, this laptop computer has extra connections than most. 

The remainder of the Spin 5 is what you’d anticipate finding on a premium two-in-one. There is a snug backlit keyboard paired with a easy precision touchpad with a responsive fingerprint reader embedded in it. The audio system are on the rear of the laptop computer and will be heard whatever the mode the Spin 5 is in. They’re nothing particular and to my ear sound higher whenever you shut off the included DTS audio processing. 

No mic or webcam kill switches for privateness. 

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The webcam and mics are good, although in low mild the video is certainly heavy with noise discount to the purpose the place I appeared like a portray. Nearly no Chromebooks, Home windows laptops or MacBooks have respectable full-HD-or-better webcams, which is a disgrace now that everybody’s utilizing them nonstop. Additionally, there isn’t any webcam privateness shutter or mic kill swap on the keyboard, which the competitors has at this value. 

Efficiency is on par with the leaders

Regardless of the skinny physique, the Acer Spin 5 has all of the efficiency of its rivals (although it does get a little bit heat at occasions in your lap). It will have you ever coated for workplace duties, faculty work and fundamental photograph and video enhancing, so some mild content material creation is not out of the query with the Intel Iris Plus built-in graphics. It stored up or surpassed equally configured fashions just like the Yoga C940 and Spectre x360 13. 

As for battery life, it hit a stable 8 hours, 51 minutes on our streaming video check with the show brightness and quantity set to 50%. That is a little bit shy of what Acer expects you to get, so it needs to be doable to get higher battery life with some extra energy administration. I can say I had no drawback writing, net searching and streaming music for a complete 8-hour workday and nonetheless had an estimated 30% (1 hour, 50 minutes) remaining on the battery. 

Case closed.

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The Acer Spin 5 is lastly one thing particular. With its taller display screen, compact light-weight steel physique, glorious efficiency and total wonderful function set, it has nearly the whole lot you will discover on competing premium two-in-ones. There’s nonetheless some room for enchancment, however no actual deal breakers. 

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