Acer isn’t a newcomer in this field of convertibles. Some of their relatively newer series such as the Spin series and the Aspire series has got a firm position in the market. Since then, they have gone through some important upgrades. It is Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-85DC this time around. Now’s the time to check all the nitty-gritty details out as no stones will be left unturned.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.8 GHz
- GPU – Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Memory – 8 GB DDR4, extendable up to 16 GB
- Screen – 13.3-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) with 10 point multi-touch screen
- Storage – 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Screen – Acer Spin 5 comes with a pretty decent Full HD 13.3-inch screen with touchscreen feature. The average dE (delta E) value lies around 1.5 and 0.7 and covers more than 95% of the sRGB colour space. So the screen is quite colour accurate and vibrant. But somehow it felt like it was a bit dim at times. The laptop comes with the support for Acer’s Active Stylus Pen. May not be the best among the class, to be honest, it still works quite satisfactorily for a higher mid-range laptop.
- Battery – The 4670 mAh battery gives a pretty good performance under normal circumstances. It turns out that the Core i7 processor can adjust its operating frequency depending on the situation and consumes little amount of battery when not using the internet. It lasts around 7 to 8 hours when not using the internet and around 4 hours when using it under standard conditions with 50% screen brightness. One can get critical at the fact that it only lasts 2 hours when gaming; but again, it’s not even a proper gaming laptop if one wanna see it that way.
- Handling – It’s fairly heavy than some of its competitors like Lenovo Yoga 13 and Asus Zenbook MX360. It weighs around 3.53 pounds (1.6 kg) which may not seem very high apparently, but sure is bothersome for an ultraportable notebook. Now, that weight (and some bad design issues) can make it very painful and bothersome for you to use it in the tablet mode.
- Cooling – The Spin 5 has only got one single fan. The ventilation system does its work moderately under normal situations and the bottom temperature barely exceeds 35°C ever. But under heavy workload (like playing games for some period even though it’s not a gaming laptop in the first place!!), the top of the keyboard deck can heat up to 42°C with the bottom temperature rising up to an irritating 50°C.
If you are in the search for a mid-range laptop (or notebook, to be more specific) in the $900 ballpark then Acer Spin 5 should be in your shortlist. So, even with all the drawbacks, it still claims to at least be considered.