Acer Spin 5 Review: A Heavy But Handy Computer
Acer is no stranger to making reliable laptops, and their latest creation, the Acer Spin 5, is no exception, even if it is a bit weighty.
Acer’s Spin 5 computers come in two sizes, 13.3 inches and 15.6 inches. The larger variant currently retails on Amazon for $990, which offers an eighth generation Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Three different iterations of the 13.3-inch machine with different Intel Cores are on sale for $649.99 (seventh generation Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD), $749.99 (eighth generation Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD), and $899.99 (eighth generation Intel Core i7-8550U, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD).
All of them are stated to offer up to ten hours of battery life and are composed with a sturdy metal frame. However, because of their metallic builds, they’re discernibly heavier than competing models. For example, the $749.99 Spin 5 weighs 3.31 pounds, whereas HP’s new EliteBook weighs 2.5 pounds. The cheapest model carries two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, with the other three iterations offering one USB 2.0 port and three USB 3.0 ports. All four units also harbor an SD card reader.
Owing to the name, a Spin 5 can be adjusted from a laptop to a tablet, and a stylus is included to allow you to draw on its touch screen. (However, there isn’t a place on the machine itself to keep the stylus situated in when it’s not in use.) Two other modes, tent and display, offer further options to best suit working in your environment. All four Spin 5 laptops house a backlit keyboard to ensure you can work efficiently even in low lighting conditions.