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For the past 2 weeks I’ve been working on the Acer Spin 5 latop, and it has been pretty interesting to say the least. It’s the first time that I’ve actually reviewed a non-gaming laptop, so I had to change my approach from gaming on the machine to actually just working on it. That was something odd for me since I already have my dedicated work laptop, but it didn’t stop me, and here is the review for the Acer Spin 5 laptop.

Specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) 8250U / 1.6 GHz.
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM.
  • DISPLAY: 13.3″ LED backlight, 25 ms response rate, anti-glare with Touchscreen, Full HD.
  • VIDEO: Graphics Processor Intel UHD Graphics 620.
  • AUDIO: Sound two microphones.
  • HARD DRIVE: 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive.
  • CARD READER: Type card reader, Supported Flash Memory SD Memory Card.
  • BATTERY: Capacity 4670 mAh, Cells 3-cell, Technology lithium polymer, Up 13 hours of battery life.
  • PORTS: 4 USB Ports (1x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB Type-C), 35mm headphone/mic jack, HDMI Port.
  • WEIGHT: 1.5KG, battery pack 600grams.

acer-spin-5-an-in-depth-review-pic1What does that all translate to? Well with the 256gb M.2 drive, boot up is incredibly fast, in a few seconds from hitting that “On” button, you are good to go and ready to start working. The only downside is that you are limited to the 256gb, and you will probably need to carry around an external drive if your work takes up a lot of space.

The Audio is just enough and I did not notice any distortion even when cranking the volume to it’s max. The graphics are the standard Intel on board CPU graphics, but for working, and watching the odd series this is ideal. I did, however, have to try play a game on the laptop (because, why not?). I tested out PUBG and played a map or 2, unfortunately it was HORRIBLE and even on the lowest graphics I was getting approximately 10FPS (Yes, 10FPS).

The screen is touch enabled, and can rotate almost 180 Degrees. I personally didn’t really see the need for this function, but maybe someone in their work would find this useful, maybe during business meetings or the like. I did however, find the touchscreen to be very responsive, and the rotate function works well with Windows 10, switching it to Tablet Mode once you pass a certain rotation.

There are sufficient ports, and an SD memory card reader, in case you would like to add aditional memory or you work off SD Cards. The trackpad works very well as far as trackpads go, I prefer using a mouse, but that’s just me. There is also a fingerprint reader (which I’ve never expored using with a laptop) but it works very well and is accurate (in my mind at least). The keboard is also responds very well, but I find that the lack of a Numpad puts me off. OTher than that, it works very well and quietly too.

Design and Feel:

acer-spin-5-an-in-depth-review-pic4The Acer Spin 5 looks beautiful. I don’t think I can explain it much more than that. The metal grey finnish looks awesome, and also looks proffessional in my mind. The outlay of the ports is also ideal with everything being in the right spot.

The laptop doesn’t weigh more than 1.5KG, so it’s not too heavy and it is as thin as 16mm in some places (I measured using a vernea). I found this to conflict with larger cables like the HDMI cable which did not fit into its port as well as it should have due to the cable being thicker than the laptop. The USB cables had about a 1mm of space to play with, which is amazing!

Working on the Laptop:

Working on the Acer Spin 5 went well. acer-spin-5-an-in-depth-review-pic11I had no real issues with the laptop itself other than when I tried to plug in the HDMI cable. The keyboard responds very well. I wrote this review using the Acer Spin 5, and I really enjoyed how the laptop itself worked.

I ran a couple of benchmarks using Cinebench, and the results tell a story that this would not be the ideal laptop to using for video coding. The CPU just cannot perform, and since there is no GPU, there is nothing to fall back on. Having said that, above I mentioned that this would be ideal for meetings, for using Microsoft Word and Excel, and if those are the programs you are going to use, this laptop would be more than adequate, it would actually handle those tasks quite well. During the benchmarks and when I was playing PUBG, I noticed that the latop ran a little warmer than I would have liked to have seen. The heat was most noticable under the “WASD” keys, and you could hear the fans crank up trying to compensate for the additional heat.

Pros:

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  • 360-degree hinge
  • Long lasting battery
  • Well-constructed keyboard

Cons:

  • Too Thin (some cables don’t fit in the ports properly)
  • No dedicated Graphics
  • Runs a little warm under load

Verdict:

The Acer Spin 5 has been enjoyable to work on, it works well for a machine that you will be using for Emails, Spreadsheets and working on Word. Anything more than that and you will probably be unhappy with the quality. The speakers do work well, and the video quality is decent. However, persoanlly I have not really seen the need for a touch screen, but having that feature is cool to show off, and probably will come in handy when using the Spin 5 in a business meeting. In all, for the price of approximately R15000-00, it’s a decent work laptop and get’s a 7/10, if you are going to use this for work.

I would like to send a huge thank you to Acer South Africa for affording me the opportunity to review the Acer Spin 5. I also look forward to hearing your thoughts on the review and if you have used the laptop, how it worked for you?