The Acer Aspin 5 is a sturdily built 13-inch convertible laptop that handles daily chores smoothly, lasts for a long time on a charge and sells for less than the competition.
PROS: Solid performance. Excellent trackpad. Well-built and premium looks
CONS: Lots of bloatware. Dim screen. Undersized cooling system that is noisy
Acer continues to produce affordable notebooks while keeping the quality high and it is no guest to the 2-in-1 type of laptops. Their latest release, the Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) convertible comes into the competition with a fully loaded machine boasting of top-of-the-range specifications and features that will set you back some hundreds of dollars.
The laptop is powered by a 6th generation Intel dual-core i3-6100U processor clocked at 2.3GHz combined with 8GB DDR4 Memory and a 128 GB solid state drive.
The 13.3-inch machine comes with a resolution of 1920×1080 that is a multi-touch widescreen LED-backlit IPS display and features an integrated Intel HD Graphics 520. The laptop is capable of running most demanding applications, handling daily tasks and can offer enjoyable entertainment on 1080p resolution smoothly.
The Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) is mostly built out of plastic with an obsidian black color. The laptop measures 12.94 x 9 x 0.78 inches and weighs 3.5 pounds which makes it ideal for portability and working while on the go.
It features a 360° dual-torque hinge that gives you the chance to choose the perfect view for work and play. The battery life on this device is also decent as it features a 4 cell 3220 mAh battery that promises to offer up to 10 hours of usage. As such, the portability and battery life makes it an ideal companion for road warriors who need a machine to work all day long while on the go.
The laptop sports the 6th generation dual-core 2.3 GHz Intel core i3-6100 processor with no turbo boost technology. The CPU supported by 3MB of system cache and ultra-fast 8GB DDR4 RAM which is expandable to 16 GB that enables the system to handle daily computing tasks, browse the internet, run applications and offer 1080p video playback.
However, the system cannot handle power demanding tasks but Acer offers you more power for those into heavy day to day usage with its twin sister the Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-55ZR) that comes with a 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz that can run up to 2.8GHz.
Storage for the operating system, files and software is available on the 128GB solid state drive that the machine comes with. This is a high-performing drive that lets the system to access start and boot in seconds.
The storage is not however enough for those with large HD media and software but the 256 GB SSD on the Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-55ZR) might be sufficient to offer the much needed storage space. For those interested on storage space without considering the operating speeds may decide to revert to a machine with a mechanical hard drive such as the Newest Asus 13.3-inch touchscreen Laptop with 500GB of hard drive in the same price range.
The connectivity on the Acer Spin is standard as it features two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port for connecting to other device and faster transfer speeds. There is also an HDMI output port that makes it possible to extend the display to larger screens such as a PC monitor or an HDTV. The laptop does not include a DVD burner but you will find an SD card reader slot. If it is a must you use your CDs and DVDs, then it is advisable to purchase an external optical drive and you will have yourself sorted.
It is however important to remember that a DVD burner is slowly becoming obsolete. The computer also doesn’t have an RJ-45 port for networking, but internet connectivity is possible by the inclusion of the wireless adapter 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The 13.3-inch display laptop comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with IPS technology. The FHD IPS LED-backlit touchscreen display is very bright, produces vivid colors and sharp images from every angle. It is easy to watch a movie with friends or collaborate with coworkers easily thanks to IPS and its ultra-wide viewing angle benefit.
The screen will look just as good from any angle up to 178 degrees. The laptop includes Acer BlueLight Shield technology that ensures you don’t get eye fatigue for staring at the screen for a long time thus making it possible for you to enjoy your movies on the 1080p display.
The Full HD resolution also makes it enjoyable to edit pictures with the sharp and brilliant images that it offers. Games will prove difficult to play on this laptop as it comes with the Integrated Intel HD 520 graphics with shared memory.
The graphics are good for streaming and editing video but lacks the oomph needed to deal with the resource-intensive AAA games. The laptop includes an HD webcam on top of the display thus making it possible to chat with friends and family via skype.
The laptop comes with a chiclet styled backlit keyboard that features a good key travel distance hence making it an enjoyable experience to type on the laptop. The laptop offers stiff keys with a good amount of resistance which is better than the shallow keyboards on most laptops.
As such, you will find it more fats, accurate and fairly accurate when typing. The trackpad is made of plastic thus making its texture a little rougher and a less glidier compared to the glass options.
The trackpad offers brilliant performance with tap, swipes and gestures. It also supports two finger lateral swipes for back and forward in the browser something that is rare to find on windows 10 machines. Overall, the trackpad is surprisingly good and if it is a must to nitpick, then we will point on the click buttons being rather clunky but that is not enough reason to avoid the Acer.
The laptop features two built-in stereo speakers that delivers a quality audio experience thanks to the Acer TrueHarmony Technology.
The 13.3-inch Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-30EU is a lightweight convertible notebook that offers amazing battery life, impressive fast performance and crisp visuals, and great other features at a fair price. The laptop combines a set of specs that make it possible for it to tackle all sorts of tasks with ease.
The laptop handles stuff like editing of documents and spreadsheets, editing of home videos, browsing the internet with much ease. It can also handle power demanding tasks such as streaming Full HD movies, launching of virtual machines and can run a couple of IDE’s on the background thus Acer got you covered in every aspect. An impressive battery life compliments the processor to give you enough juice to run your applications before you plug it.
However, those into gaming should consider revising their budget upwards and consider systems like the latest Asus FX502VM-AH51 with a 6th generation Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor and the latest Pascal based Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB discrete graphics. All said, the Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-30EU is an amazing and compact convertible laptop best suited for travelers, students, businessmen and almost everyone for handling everyday tasks.