Review: Acer Spin 5


Recently you would’ve seen that we had a run through with Acer’s latest version of their Swift 7, which has been claimed as the ‘world’s thinnest laptop’ and I can assure you that this Swift 5 packs quite a powerful punch too! If you’re a laptop enthusiast or just looking for a multi-mode convertible notebook in the mid-range category, chances are that you will not see many options other than the Lenovo Yoga. However, here comes the Acer’s Spin 5! The latest entrant in the category of multi-mode notebooks and goes one step ahead of the Yoga offering with amazingly faster SSD storage.

Acer Spin 5 is one of the first multimode notebooks in the mid-range which boasts SSD storage over a normal hard drive. You get a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD 620 GPU and 8GB RAM -combined with the SSD, these hardware specs delivered excellent day to day performance. One of the most impressive things here had to be the battery life. With brightness levels set to a relatively high percentage, constant WiFi connectivity and a mix use of web surfing, multimedia and document editing, the notebook managed to deliver over 6 hours of backup on a single charge regularly – impressive for its size. 

Design of the Acer Spin 5 is a mixed bag in our opinion. While the brushed metal finish looks and feels great, the fact that the Spin 5 has a plastic body is a disappointment with only the top lid being metal. 

Another amazing aspect to look forward to with the Acer Spin 5 is its multi-mode placement feature. Featuring two rotating hinges joining the top and bottom lid to switch between the various usage modes: Laptop, Tablet, Tent and stand mode.

Weighing at just 1.6kg, the Spin 5 is easy to carry around and thankfully Acer has included a compact charger instead of the usual brick we see on most laptops. 

The 13.3-inch full HD display is quite impressive as well with its slim bezels, rich colours, good contrast and great touch response. The keyboard works great with good tactile feedback and comfortable travel between the keys. The Spin 5 also has a backlit keyboard. 

All in all, if you’re looking for a compact yet powerful notebook with multi-mode function, the Acer Spin 5 is a brilliant option.

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