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Acer Spin 3 SP314: Stylish convertible convinces in review

Quick-change artist. The Acer Spin 3 convertible is half laptop, half tablet. Is the device a lazy compromise in both categories, or is the compact 14-inch device a cheap deal with its Intel Core i5-1035G4 and Iris Plus Graphics G4 paired with 8 GB of RAM at around 800 Euros (~$954)?
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After the even cheaper and smaller Spin 1, the Spin 3 represents the entry into the convertible series of the Acer manufacturer. The device is available with processors from Intel and AMD in the current SP314 series. Our test unit with the mode number SP314-54N-56S5 is equipped with an Intel Core i5-1035G4 with Iris Plus Graphics G4 and 8 GB of RAM.

Is this configuration enough to make the 799-Euro (~$953) (MSRP) convertible an inexpensive but still good all-rounder? And how does the device perform compared to the convertible competition from other manufacturers like the slightly more expensive Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA with an AMD R7 4700U and Vega 7 graphics?

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Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5 (Spin 3 SP314 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-1035G4 4 x 1.1 GHz, 25 W PL2 / Short Burst, 12 W PL1 / Sustained, Ice Lake U
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU) - 1024 MB, Core: 1050 MHz, Memory: 1800 MHz, GDDR4
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4 dual-channel mode, on-board, no memory slots
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, yes, native pen support, BOE081D, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0, 256 GB 
, 160 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 325 x 230 ( = 0.63 x 12.8 x 9.06 in)
Battery
48 Wh, 3.22 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 12 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1
Primary Camera: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Active Pen integrated into the case with charging function, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.527 kg ( = 53.86 oz / 3.37 pounds), Power Supply: 288 g ( = 10.16 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
799.00 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84 %
03/2021
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
i5-1035G4, Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
1.5 kg16 mm14.00"1920x1080
88 %
01/2021
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.5 kg16.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
87 %
12/2020
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
i5-10310U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg19.7 mm13.30"1920x1080
81 %
08/2020
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
R7 4700U, Vega 7
1.6 kg18.2 mm14.00"1920x1080
84 %
03/2020
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg16.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
89 %
12/2020
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.3 kg17.2 mm13.50"1920x1280

Case

Acer can't be criticized in terms of quality and craftsmanship. Like the recently reviewed Acer Aspire 5 A517, the device comes in a stylish case made of silver-colored aluminum with a lightly brushed surface that effectively eliminates fingerprints. The design is kept very simple and looks high-quality. There's also nothing to complain about in terms of build quality in our test device.

The hinges that hold the display provide the device with high stability. The same is true for the case, so that the device can also be carried around grabbed by a corner when it's opened. However, the hinges are so stiff that the device can only be opened with one hand with a bit of skill.

As is usual for a convertible, the top part can be folded by 360 degrees towards the bottom of the device. It can be used in four different positions: In laptop and tablet mode as well as in tent and display mode. Windows immediately detects the orientation change and switches to the corresponding laptop or tablet mode (the system might show a confirmation prompt).

If we compare the Acer Spin 3 SP314 with the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA 14-inch competitor, the devices are almost identical in terms of dimensions. Some other comparison candidates are much more compact, but they also have displays that are 0.7 to 0.5 inches smaller. Overall, there's not much that Acer has done wrong with the device's size. The unit is sufficiently thin for transportation at 16 mm, and it doesn't show excessive width or depth thanks to the thin display edges, especially at the left and right sides.

The device weighs 1.4 kg. This places it pretty much in the midfield of the comparison models; it's even 0.1 kg lighter than the similarly priced Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA. This is a perfectly acceptable weight for a laptop, even though there are definitely even lighter 14-inch devices. Since the top and bottom parts are attached together, the device weighs the same in tablet mode too. This quickly makes it quite heavy in tablet mode, and it definitely can't keep up with actual tablets. Convertibles are and remain a compromise. It's best to place the device on a table or on the lap when in tablet mode.

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Size comparison

324 mm / 12.8 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 18.2 mm / 0.717 inch 1.6 kg3.44 lbs325 mm / 12.8 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.5 kg3.37 lbs321.8 mm / 12.7 inch 214.6 mm / 8.45 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.4 kg3 lbs320 mm / 12.6 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs305.7 mm / 12 inch 207.5 mm / 8.17 inch 19.7 mm / 0.776 inch 1.3 kg2.91 lbs298.5 mm / 11.8 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 17.2 mm / 0.677 inch 1.3 kg2.97 lbs

Connectivity

The two USB-A ports are distributed on both sides of the device; a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port with Power Delivery is only available on the left. The power adapter, HDMI connectors, and memory cards also have their corresponding slots there. On the right side, there's the power button, which is easy to reach even in tablet mode, and a combined audio jack for headsets and the like.

The Acer Active Stylus is also located on the right side. The stylus sits inside the case, but it can't be removed with one hand when the device is placed on a table. It's held quite tightly in its place, which makes it harder to lose. Otherwise, there's little to criticize about the accessibility and usability of the ports.

Connections on the left side.
Connections on the left side.
Connections on the right side.
Connections on the right side.

SD card reader

A positive aspect is that the device has a slot for microSD memory cards integrated into the case. That's the only pro, however, because the reader disappoints in the test with below-average performance, ranking worst among the comparison models. Users who want to use the SD card reader frequently, e.g. to transfer photos from a camera, should either be prepared for longer transfer times or use a different device.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 32GB)
162.54 MB/s ∼100% +478%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
159 MB/s ∼98% +466%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
84.3 MB/s ∼52% +200%
Average of class Convertible
  (10 - 177, n=62, last 2 years)
82 MB/s ∼50% +192%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
36.3 MB/s ∼22% +29%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
28.1 MB/s ∼17%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 32GB)
201.25 MB/s ∼100% +521%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
181 MB/s ∼90% +459%
Average of class Convertible
  (25 - 224, n=57, last 2 years)
98.8 MB/s ∼49% +205%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
89.4 MB/s ∼44% +176%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
37.2 MB/s ∼18% +15%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
32.4 MB/s ∼16%

Communication

Unfortunately, the Spin 3 doesn't have a wireless module for mobile networks. However, thanks to Intel's AX201, at least Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax/ac/a/b/g/n) is available. However, the module is unfortunately unable to reach its full potential in our review sample and lags slightly behind the average instead. Nevertheless, the Acer Spin 3 SP314 manages to beat the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA by a respectable margin; the latter is slower and has poorer Wi-Fi connectivity. Bluetooth 5.0 is also available for wireless connections.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1307 (1119min - 1370max) MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=214)
1230 MBit/s ∼94% +7%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1149 (780min - 1282max) MBit/s ∼88%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1096 (1062min - 1130max) MBit/s ∼84% -5%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
921 (856min - 949max) MBit/s ∼70% -20%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
920 (825min - 951max) MBit/s ∼70% -20%
Average of class Convertible
  (976 - 1498, n=83, last 2 years)
884 MBit/s ∼68% -23%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
588 (456min - 634max) MBit/s ∼45% -49%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1406 (1323min - 1649max) MBit/s ∼100% +31%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1405 (1381min - 1448max) MBit/s ∼100% +31%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1203 (1102min - 1276max) MBit/s ∼86% +12%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1163 (846min - 1445max) MBit/s ∼83% +8%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=214)
1139 MBit/s ∼81% +6%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1072 (613min - 1668max) MBit/s ∼76%
Average of class Convertible
  (291 - 1690, n=81, last 2 years)
870 MBit/s ∼62% -19%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
430 (364min - 477max) MBit/s ∼31% -60%
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Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1149 (780-1282)
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø921 (856-949)
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø919 (825-951)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø588 (456-634)
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1095 (1062-1130)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1307 (1119-1370)
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1072 (613-1668)
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1406 (1323-1649)
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1405 (1381-1448)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø430 (364-477)
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1203 (1102-1276)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1163 (846-1445)

Webcam

Acer has installed a 720p camera that makes a solid impression in the test in daylight considering its capabilities. It's absolutely sufficient for video calls.

Security

The security features of the Acer Spin 3 A314 are limited to a Kensington slot on the right side and a fingerprint scanner that is integrated into the touchpad.

Accessories

Besides the mandatory power adapter, Acer includes the aforementioned Acer Active Stylus that supports Wacom's AES 1.0 with the Spin 3. The small stylus fits quite well in the hand despite its thin build and features a button that enables right-clicking. It's charged in the case, and within 15 seconds, it's ready to do its job again for 90 minutes. Acer doesn't include any other accessories in the box, but it does offer optional accessories in its online store.

Maintenance

The bottom of the device can be detached with a bit of skill by removing 11 screws. However, the upgrade options aren't particularly great. The battery can't be replaced.

View of the bottom side of the Acer Spin 3 SP314 convertible.
View of the bottom side of the Acer Spin 3 SP314 convertible.

Warranty

Acer grants buyers a 24-month warranty out of the box. Warranty extensions can be purchased as an option. 

Input devices

Keyboard

Due to the relatively narrow edges on the left and right, Acer packs a sufficiently large keyboard into the compact case. However, the keys could certainly be a bit bigger to allow for a more relaxed hand position, but this isn't feasible in a 14-inch device. Besides the classic layout and the usual functions of the F keys, such as volume and display brightness control, there are no special keys.

Nevertheless, the typing experience is good, and inputs are implemented quite smoothly. The keyboard is pleasantly quiet and hardly rattles. The backlighting ensures that the individual keys are easy to recognize even in less ideal lighting conditions.

Touchpad

The touchpad is sufficiently large at about 10 x 6.5 cm and is slightly offset to the left below the space bar. The surface provides fingers with a pleasant sensation when they glide on it. Using the area for swiping gestures works flawlessly so far, including scrolling with two fingers.

Unfortunately, there's no palpable border between the left and right click areas. If you click relatively in the center, you can easily hit the wrong button side. We noticed another negative aspect during the use of our test device: The left button doesn't respond to input all the way into the lower, outward-facing corner. Users who have the habit of pressing the touchpad's "mouse buttons" far in the corners will regularly be let down. This problem doesn't happen with the right button. Unfortunately, we can't know for sure if this is a defect in our test device or a problem in the series. However, anyone who has the same problem with the device is welcome to leave a note below in the comments.

The compact but easy to use keyboard
The compact but easy to use keyboard
The touchpad with an integrated fingerprint scanner
The touchpad with an integrated fingerprint scanner

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid
Screen bleeding (with extended exposure)
Screen bleeding (with extended exposure)

As befits a convertible, the Acer Spin 3 SP314 is also equipped with a touchpad display. It's a 14-inch panel with a Full HD resolution, i.e. 1920x1080 pixels. We would definitely recommend using the included stylus for touch input. When you use your fingers, the display quickly gets ugly smudges on it, which is a negative feature of almost any touchscreen, though.

Even though Acer has installed a glossy and not a matte screen in the device, reflections are kept within limits. Indoors, they are only bothersome to a limited extent; as long as there is no window or other direct light source facing the screen, reflections are in control. However, they are more of a problem outdoors.

The display's brightness distribution is quite even, but it could be a bit brighter at an average of 270 cd/m². In the dark, minor backlight bleeding occurs at the upper edge of the screen; this can be seen very clearly in the photo taken with an extended exposure time.

277
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE081D
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 278 cd/m² Average: 271.9 cd/m² Minimum: 18 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 271 cd/m²
Contrast: 1426:1 (Black: 0.19 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.24 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 2.51 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
58% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 37% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.25
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
BOE081D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Innolux N140HCG-EQ1, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Chi Mei CMN1382, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
BOE NV140FHM-N49, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
CMN N140HCE-ET2, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
LG Philips LGD0663, IPS, 1920x1280, 13.50
Response Times
-96%
25%
-58%
817%
-131%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
29 (5, 24)
50 (22, 28)
-72%
36 (18, 18)
-24%
36.4 (18.8, 17.6)
-26%
35.6 (19.2, 16.4)
-23%
62 (32, 30)
-114%
Response Time Black / White *
16 (4, 12)
35 (18, 17)
-119%
24 (14, 10)
-50%
30.4 (18.8, 11.6)
-90%
36.8 (17.2, 9.6)
-130%
39.6 (21.6, 18)
-148%
PWM Frequency
1000 (90)
2500 (80)
150%
27030 (67)
2603%
Screen
28%
19%
-44%
-7%
36%
Brightness middle
271
304
12%
383
41%
272.5
1%
329.9
22%
443.5
64%
Brightness
272
289
6%
364
34%
260
-4%
315
16%
394
45%
Brightness Distribution
92
90
-2%
84
-9%
88
-4%
90
-2%
78
-15%
Black Level *
0.19
0.1
47%
0.34
-79%
0.42
-121%
0.29
-53%
0.17
11%
Contrast
1426
3040
113%
1126
-21%
649
-54%
1138
-20%
2609
83%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.24
2.97
30%
2.24
47%
4.65
-10%
3.68
13%
2.7
36%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.38
5.69
11%
3.32
48%
17.78
-179%
8.64
-35%
4.36
32%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.51
3.58
-43%
2.42
4%
4.4
-75%
6.4
-155%
3.4
-35%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.17 101%
2.65 83%
2.2 100%
2.17 101%
2.09 105%
CCT
6812 95%
6346 102%
6776 96%
6984 93%
6195 105%
6144 106%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37
56
51%
56
51%
38.4
4%
63.6
72%
62.1
68%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
58
89
53%
99
71%
59.8
3%
98.4
70%
98.5
70%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.59
0.72
4.34
1.03
2.61
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-34% / 7%
22% / 20%
-51% / -46%
405% / 183%
-48% / 8%

* ... smaller is better

The built-in IPS panel covers just 58% of the sRGB color space. In this respect, the device clearly lags behind most comparison candidates - except for the VivoBook Flip 14 that is positioned in the same price range. However, this is still sufficient for normal users. On the other hand, the device scores much better in terms of contrast ratio, black level, and response times.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
sRGB
sRGB
AdobeRGB
AdobeRGB
 

Thanks to its solid brightness, the Spin 3 SP314 can also be used outdoors in the absence of direct sunlight and when placed at a favorable angle despite its glossy display. However, it can't compete with devices that have a matte display, which is why it's definitely more suitable for the living room or home office and less for the garden.

If you use the device outdoors, you'll have to deal with reflections, especially in sunshine.
If you use the device outdoors, you'll have to deal with reflections, especially in sunshine.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
16 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
29 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 24 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 1000 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9644 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

As is familiar with IPS panels and even properly expected from a convertible, the displayed image can still be viewed well even at very sharp viewing angles. As a result, the display can be positioned at any angle that suits the respective use and situation.

The screen can be viewed perfectly from almost any angle. This is especially important when using the device as a tablet.
The screen can be viewed perfectly from almost any angle. This is especially important when using the device as a tablet.

Performance

Inside the Acer Spin 3 with the model number SP314-54N-56S5, the manufacturer has installed the 10th generation (Ice Lake) Intel Core i5-1035G4 quad-core CPU. Acer does without a separate graphics solution and relies on the Iris Plus Graphics G4 graphics unit instead. In addition, there's a modest 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM in dual-channel mode.

Alternatively, Acer also offers the Spin 3 with the same CPU and graphics configuration but with 16 GB of RAM. There are also other configurations, e.g. with the Intel i5-1035G1 and UHD Graphics or the AMD Ryzen 3 3250U. Models with a Tiger Lake CPU are also available now.

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Processor

The Intel Core i5-1035G4 runs at a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz. It can boost its clock speed up to 3.7 GHz on one core, 3.6 GHz on two cores, and 3.3 GHz on all four cores as needed.

During the stress test, the CPU's speed remains mostly constant after a slight drop at the beginning. The device can partly stand out quite noticeably from the average of the devices equipped with the Intel Core i5-1035G4 in the executed benchmarks. This shows that Acer knows how to get the best possible out of the CPU. However, the Acer Spin 3 SP314's performance in this configuration is nowhere near that of the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U. As expected, the comparison models equipped with the Intel Core i7-1165G7 also leave it slightly behind. 

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Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5 Intel Core i5-1035G4: Ø568 (547.77-632.01)
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø675 (658.2-790.7)
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6 Intel Core i5-10310U: Ø495 (485.97-504.35)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: Ø996 (803.97-1049.04)
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø550 (517.87-676.69)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø800 (705.49-917.98)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
569 Points ∼100% +31%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
542 Points ∼95% +25%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
461 Points ∼81% +6%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
435 Points ∼76%
Average of class Convertible
  (106 - 604, n=74, last 2 years)
423 Points ∼74% -3%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼74% -3%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
416 Points ∼73% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (357 - 441, n=6)
407 Points ∼72% -6%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2829 Points ∼100% +102%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1987 Points ∼70% +42%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1715 Points ∼61% +23%
Average of class Convertible
  (200 - 4953, n=74, last 2 years)
1553 Points ∼55% +11%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1399 Points ∼49%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
1292 Points ∼46% -8%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (892 - 1648, n=6)
1242 Points ∼44% -11%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
1192 Points ∼42% -15%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
211.82 Points ∼100% +25%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
199 Points ∼94% +17%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
182 Points ∼86% +7%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
170 Points ∼80%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
169 Points ∼80% -1%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
166 Points ∼78% -2%
Average of class Convertible
  (47.6 - 243, n=83, last 2 years)
166 Points ∼78% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (146 - 172, n=5)
164 Points ∼77% -4%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1049 (803.97min - 1049.04max) Points ∼100% +66%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
917.98 (705.49min - 917.98max) Points ∼88% +45%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
791 Points ∼75% +25%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
677 Points ∼65% +7%
Average of class Convertible
  (90 - 2083, n=88, last 2 years)
674 Points ∼64% +7%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
632 (547.77min - 632.01max) Points ∼60%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (490 - 676, n=6)
592 Points ∼56% -6%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
504 (441.25min - 504.35max) Points ∼48% -20%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Convertible
  (246 - 5811, n=63, last 2 years)
1020 Seconds * ∼100% -27%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (703 - 1075, n=6)
919 Seconds * ∼90% -15%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
896 Seconds * ∼88% -12%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
802 Seconds * ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
681 Seconds * ∼67% +15%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
591 Seconds * ∼58% +26%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
447 Seconds * ∼44% +44%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5350 MIPS ∼100% +28%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4984 MIPS ∼93% +20%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4422 MIPS ∼83% +6%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
4335 MIPS ∼81% +4%
Average of class Convertible
  (1307 - 5623, n=64, last 2 years)
4215 MIPS ∼79% +1%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
4169 MIPS ∼78%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (1307 - 4190, n=6)
3648 MIPS ∼68% -12%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
31114 MIPS ∼100% +84%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
22118 MIPS ∼71% +31%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
21320 MIPS ∼69% +26%
Average of class Convertible
  (3541 - 57319, n=66, last 2 years)
18934 MIPS ∼61% +12%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
16883 MIPS ∼54%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
16475 MIPS ∼53% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (11030 - 19548, n=6)
14407 MIPS ∼46% -15%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1525 Points ∼100% +23%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1515 Points ∼99% +23%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1235 Points ∼81%
Average of class Convertible
  (263 - 1566, n=58, last 2 years)
1185 Points ∼78% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (1081 - 1277, n=5)
1183 Points ∼78% -4%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1157 Points ∼76% -6%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
1124 Points ∼74% -9%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
5443 Points ∼100% +37%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5374 Points ∼99% +35%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4946 Points ∼91% +24%
Average of class Convertible
  (858 - 8620, n=58, last 2 years)
4246 Points ∼78% +7%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
3986 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (3261 - 4315, n=5)
3815 Points ∼70% -4%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
3686 Points ∼68% -8%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
8.81 fps ∼100% +95%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.24 fps ∼71% +38%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.55 fps ∼63% +23%
Average of class Convertible
  (0.7 - 15.2, n=63, last 2 years)
4.98 fps ∼57% +10%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
4.52 fps ∼51%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (3.37 - 5.61, n=6)
4.23 fps ∼48% -6%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
4.09 fps ∼46% -10%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (58.4 - 78.3, n=5)
66.6 s * ∼100% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (40.7 - 172, n=48, last 2 years)
66.1 s * ∼99% -13%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
64.4 s * ∼97% -10%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
58.4 s * ∼88%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
57 s * ∼86% +2%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
51.6 s * ∼77% +12%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
48.2 s * ∼72% +17%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4
  (0.701 - 0.825, n=5)
0.762 sec * ∼100% -9%
Average of class Convertible
  (0.504 - 1.759, n=49, last 2 years)
0.738 sec * ∼97% -5%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U
0.703 sec * ∼92% -0%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4
0.701 sec * ∼92%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
0.611 sec * ∼80% +13%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.608 sec * ∼80% +13%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.559 sec * ∼73% +20%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
632 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
58.5 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
170 Points
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System performance

System performance also shows a similar picture. Once again, our review sample usually surpasses the average performance of laptops equipped with the same CPU and graphics solution. It also considerably surpasses the convertible average. However, the comparison with the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA that belongs to the same price range once again shows that the Ice Lake generation i5 can't keep up with the current Ryzen 7 4700U and its Vega 7 graphics, but it's run into the ground instead.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
5161 Points ∼100% +50%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4867 Points ∼94% +41%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
4842 Points ∼94% +40%
Average of class Convertible
  (681 - 6844, n=78, last 2 years)
3490 Points ∼68% +1%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
3448 Points ∼67%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3284 Points ∼64% -5%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (3048 - 3448, n=3)
3270 Points ∼63% -5%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10310U, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
3021 Points ∼59% -12%
Productivity
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
7945 Points ∼100% +50%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10310U, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
6779 Points ∼85% +28%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6772 Points ∼85% +28%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
6683 Points ∼84% +26%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
6677 Points ∼84% +26%
Average of class Convertible
  (1881 - 8653, n=78, last 2 years)
6267 Points ∼79% +18%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (5302 - 6678, n=3)
6131 Points ∼77% +16%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
5302 Points ∼67%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
10700 Points ∼100% +23%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
10023 Points ∼94% +15%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
10000 Points ∼93% +15%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
9385 Points ∼88% +8%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
8709 Points ∼81%
Average of class Convertible
  (3258 - 11505, n=78, last 2 years)
8538 Points ∼80% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (7558 - 8847, n=3)
8371 Points ∼78% -4%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10310U, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
8366 Points ∼78% -4%
Score
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
5214 Points ∼100% +34%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
5034 Points ∼97% +30%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4955 Points ∼95% +28%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
4323 Points ∼83% +11%
Average of class Convertible
  (1154 - 5971, n=78, last 2 years)
4071 Points ∼78% +5%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10310U, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
3982 Points ∼76% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (3790 - 4163, n=3)
3946 Points ∼76% +2%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
3885 Points ∼75%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
5260 Points ∼100% +93%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5098 Points ∼97% +87%
Average of class Convertible
  (2435 - 5366, n=55, last 2 years)
4391 Points ∼83% +61%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (2729 - 4639, n=2)
3684 Points ∼70% +35%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3039 Points ∼58% +11%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
2729 Points ∼52%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4409 Points ∼100% +8%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
4208 Points ∼95% +3%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
4072 Points ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
4053 Points ∼92% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (3537 - 4072, n=2)
3805 Points ∼86% -7%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3695 Points ∼84% -9%
Average of class Convertible
  (1670 - 5041, n=58, last 2 years)
3616 Points ∼82% -11%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4072 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2729 points
PCMark 10 Score
3885 points
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DPC latencies

In terms of latencies, the device doesn't exhibit unusually high rates. Within its limited capabilities, the hardware can be utilized in practice without it tending to annoying lags. However, this test still remains only a momentary snapshot.

Latency Monitor
Latency Monitor
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DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1739.33 μs * ∼100% -102%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
860.7 μs * ∼49%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
641.9 μs * ∼37% +25%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
588.6 μs * ∼34% +32%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10310U, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
0 μs * ∼0% +100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The built-in mass storage device in the form of the SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0 NVMe SSD has a modest capacity of 256 GB. Acer can also equip the Spin 3 SP314 with up to 1 TB if desired. The storage drive delivers solid rates in the test, but it can't keep up with the higher-priced competition. Compared to all the devices with the same storage, the unit performs slightly above average.

Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Average SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
105%
-1%
12%
57%
70%
-8%
Write 4K
165.2
235.9
43%
119.1
-28%
121.2
-27%
125.6
-24%
82.21
-50%
112 (72 - 165, n=5)
-32%
Read 4K
54.96
70.28
28%
43.41
-21%
49.91
-9%
43.46
-21%
45.7
-17%
43.7 (34 - 60.4, n=5)
-20%
Write Seq
1015
2577
154%
1077
6%
1090
7%
2011
98%
2000
97%
852 (431 - 1015, n=4)
-16%
Read Seq
1125
2556
127%
1071
-5%
1533
36%
2046
82%
2206
96%
1104 (1019 - 1199, n=4)
-2%
Write 4K Q32T1
423.6
635
50%
348.5
-18%
393.3
-7%
375.8
-11%
451.2
7%
393 (354 - 424, n=5)
-7%
Read 4K Q32T1
483.8
700.6
45%
349.4
-28%
406
-16%
338.1
-30%
351
-27%
418 (348 - 484, n=5)
-14%
Write Seq Q32T1
648.3
2581
298%
1055
63%
1225
89%
2346
262%
2982
360%
743 (408 - 967, n=5)
15%
Read Seq Q32T1
1802
3557
97%
2292
27%
2277
26%
3562
98%
3529
96%
2047 (1802 - 2179, n=5)
14%
AS SSD
141%
29%
24%
48%
115%
-7%
Copy Game MB/s
283
1031.28
264%
828.68
193%
1246.03
340%
1724.84
509%
319 (229 - 454, n=5)
13%
Copy Program MB/s
459.8
529.85
15%
374.34
-19%
697.8
52%
919.95
100%
265 (72.6 - 470, n=5)
-42%
Copy ISO MB/s
1168.32
1984.83
70%
1211.69
4%
1636.09
40%
1644.15
41%
950 (634 - 1168, n=5)
-19%
Score Total
1792
5234
192%
2362
32%
2474
38%
2235
25%
3970
122%
1779 (1178 - 2118, n=6)
-1%
Score Write
557
2061
270%
952
71%
947
70%
1135
104%
2063
270%
610 (272 - 915, n=6)
10%
Score Read
847
2108
149%
959
13%
1022
21%
733
-13%
1282
51%
801 (639 - 877, n=6)
-5%
Access Time Write *
0.038
0.029
24%
0.031
18%
0.084
-121%
0.085
-124%
0.076
-100%
0.0502 (0.035 - 0.117, n=6)
-32%
Access Time Read *
0.084
0.039
54%
0.04
52%
0.081
4%
0.05
40%
0.055
35%
0.0846 (0.071 - 0.098, n=5)
-1%
4K-64 Write
367.11
1607.71
338%
754.18
105%
734.26
100%
882.96
141%
1807.55
392%
431 (141 - 713, n=6)
17%
4K-64 Read
614.06
1758.14
186%
731.28
19%
834.67
36%
507.5
-17%
1010.09
64%
585 (423 - 672, n=6)
-5%
4K Write
119.29
203.11
70%
123.27
3%
134.63
13%
131.35
10%
123.69
4%
109 (95.9 - 130, n=6)
-9%
4K Read
45.97
60.83
32%
48.33
5%
48.08
5%
53.08
15%
53.52
16%
41.2 (38.2 - 46, n=6)
-10%
Seq Write
703.04
2497.83
255%
741.42
5%
782.95
11%
1210.65
72%
1319.57
88%
692 (354 - 931, n=6)
-2%
Seq Read
1870.57
2893.29
55%
1795.95
-4%
1396.78
-25%
1719.2
-8%
2187.57
17%
1745 (1633 - 1871, n=6)
-7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
123% / 128%
14% / 17%
18% / 20%
53% / 51%
93% / 99%
-8% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1802 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 648.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 483.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 423.6 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1125 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1015 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 54.96 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 165.2 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5 Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0: Ø2170 (1638.5-2213.1)
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix BC711 HFM512GD3HX015N: Ø3548 (3131.05-3560.54)
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6 UHD Graphics 620, i5-10310U, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B: Ø2260 (1980.13-2287.78)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU: Ø2260 (2043.15-2268.62)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000 Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ: Ø3521 (3261.68-3536.79)

Graphics card

As already mentioned, Acer doesn't provide the Spin 3 SP314 with a dedicated graphics solution in this configuration. Therefore, the 11th generation Iris Plus Graphics G4 GPU, in which 48 of the 64 shader clusters run at 300 to 1,050 MHz, has to handle the task.

It's certainly sufficient for the everyday tasks of a convertible such as using office applications, browsing, and streaming. However, the device is definitely the wrong choice for complex tasks like more demanding games. This is also evident in the benchmarks with 3DMark, where the device can at least position itself above the average of all the devices with the Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 GPU. However, as expected, it lags far behind the newer Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6658 Points ∼100% +100%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
6046 Points ∼91% +81%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4927 Points ∼74% +48%
Average of class Convertible
  (429 - 17421, n=81, last 2 years)
3840 Points ∼58% +15%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G4
3334 Points ∼50%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (1941 - 3334, n=6)
2965 Points ∼45% -11%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1859 Points ∼28% -44%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
5384 Points ∼100% +144%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
3750 Points ∼70% +70%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
3036 Points ∼56% +38%
Average of class Convertible
  (311 - 13158, n=78, last 2 years)
2737 Points ∼51% +24%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G4
2207 Points ∼41%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (922 - 2230, n=6)
1934 Points ∼36% -12%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1257 Points ∼23% -43%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10310U
1189 Points ∼22% -46%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
29671 Points ∼100% +99%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
23633 Points ∼80% +59%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
21630 Points ∼73% +45%
Average of class Convertible
  (2714 - 38419, n=68, last 2 years)
16499 Points ∼56% +11%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (14903 - 14917, n=2)
14910 Points ∼50% 0%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G4
14903 Points ∼50%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
10233 Points ∼34% -31%
3DMark 11 Performance
3544 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
11999 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2054 points
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Gaming performance

Without a doubt, an inexpensive convertible like this one is not a gaming machine. The Acer Spin 3 SP314 clearly shows this in the test as well. 

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average of class Convertible
  (5.4 - 44.8, n=29, last 2 years)
14.2 fps ∼100% +93%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
13.6 (12min - 16max) fps ∼96% +84%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
13.2 (12min - 15max) fps ∼93% +79%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
11.7 fps ∼82% +59%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
7.375 (4min - 11max) fps ∼52%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (6.7 - 7.38, n=2)
7.04 fps ∼50% -5%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30.1 (27min - 34max) fps ∼100% +133%
Average of class Convertible
  (6.5 - 64.4, n=38, last 2 years)
23 fps ∼76% +78%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
20.9 fps ∼69% +62%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
20.2 (17min - 22max) fps ∼67% +56%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
12.915 (7min - 17max) fps ∼43%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (12.4 - 12.9, n=3)
12.6 fps ∼42% -2%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
50.9 (15min - 58max) fps ∼100% +117%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
42.2 fps ∼83% +80%
Average of class Convertible
  (10.6 - 111, n=37, last 2 years)
40.4 fps ∼79% +72%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
38.6 (37min - 43max) fps ∼76% +65%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
23.422 (16min - 27max) fps ∼46%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (21.2 - 24.5, n=3)
23 fps ∼45% -2%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.6 fps ∼21% -55%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
77.6 (65min - 91max) fps ∼100% +118%
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga ITL 20WE0023GE
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
64.7 fps ∼83% +81%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
61.4 (52min - 70max) fps ∼79% +72%
Average of class Convertible
  (4.69 - 168, n=52, last 2 years)
52.6 fps ∼68% +48%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5
Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
35.652 (28min - 40max) fps ∼46%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
  (9.1 - 39.4, n=4)
30.3 fps ∼39% -15%
Dell Latitude 5310-23VP6
Intel Core i5-10310U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
15.7 fps ∼20% -56%

The already somewhat older The Witcher 3 runs passably at the lowest level, at low resolution, and with few details. However, as soon as the graphics settings are set to the full display resolution of 1920x1080 pixels or a higher level of detail is chosen, the rather fast-paced experience in our test sequence quickly turns into an unplayable slow-motion nightmare. Thankfully, the graphics unit in our test device always achieves at least the average of all the test candidates with the Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU).

In short: It might be enough for a few games with low hardware requirements. More is not possible, but it shouldn't be demanded or expected either considering the device's configuration and focus.

low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 35.652 23.422 12.915 7.375 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 81.2 43.6 23.2 20.9 fps

Emissions

Noise emissions

In the configuration at hand, the Acer Spin 3 SP314 remains pleasantly quiet even under load. At just under 33 dB(A), it's audible but not truly bothersome. The device is no longer audible in idle mode and under low load. Other noise apart from the typical fan noise didn't occur in our test device.

Noise Level

Idle
24.9 / 24.9 / 26 dB(A)
Load
32.6 / 32.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 24.9 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2022.92324.425.622.92529.229.430.727.529.23125.427.427.22925.44020.720.725.823.220.75021.523.229.124.121.56321.821.222.920.421.8801515.130.117.21510014.815.421.11914.812514.717.518.915.714.716014.116.717.113.614.120012.71616.513.112.725012.715.615.312.412.731512.816.116.31212.840012.819.519.112.112.850012.317.818.212.112.363012.919.519.511.612.980013.118.818.71213.1100014.721.421.611.814.7125017.12323.812.317.1160013.521.121.411.813.5200013.922.723.111.913.9250013.924.324.512.313.9315013.321.321.513.113.3400013.218.117.913.213.2500013.417.316.813.413.463001417.516.413.414800013.716.215.713.613.71000013.617.517.21413.61250013.418.117.516.313.41600012.919.419.113.712.9SPL2632.732.924.926N0.71.61.60.60.7median 13.4median 18.1median 18.7median 13.1median 13.4Delta0.72.12.20.90.733.833.636.736.836.632.73231.932.73125.126.825.424.225.625.325.922.726.826.523.525.92526.325.924.432.831.732.826.323.32421.62226.923.723.522.222.124.322.428.928.428.922.62121.320.722.223.323.129.12929.822.924.321.620.519.62422.522.119.319.623.423.823.320.919.923.925.922.318.117.42626.222.215.714.826.528.923.313.513.128.729.924.313.213.630.231.225.713.713.83131.525.212.612.931.730.523.812.513.130.132.525.412.913.232.232.223.813.213.331.927.919.913.313.32826.317.513.313.626.121.715.113.513.721.517.314.213.513.61716.314.413.313.615.516.214.313.113.41515.314.112.612.713.341.334.92727.141.23.42.1113.4median 24.3median 22.3median 13.5median 13.6median 24.33.92.32.93.63.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA

Temperature

A convertible like this one doesn't always sit on a table or on the lap. Instead, devices like these are sometimes held in the hand for a short time, especially in tablet mode. Therefore, excessive heat development would not be very beneficial. Fortunately, this doesn't occur in the Spin 3. Even under load, it heats up to a maximum of 35 °C (~95 °F) and remains below body temperature as a result. The device can always be held without issues. When opened, the upper left area up to the device's midsection is the warmest, which is where the fan outlet is centrally located. The palm rest area is pleasantly cool even under load.

Idle (top)
Idle (top)
Idle (bottom)
Idle (bottom)
Stress (top)
Stress (top)
Stress (bottom)
Stress (bottom)
The Acer Spin 3 SP314 in the stress test.
The Acer Spin 3 SP314 in the stress test.

In our stress test, where Prime95 and FurMark push the device's CPU and GPU for at least an hour, Acer's convertible didn't show any major weaknesses. Even though the temperatures of the CPU cores rose up to 75 °C (~167 °F) in the course of time, the clock rate remained relatively constant. Only the operating speed of the graphics core dropped slightly over time. No throttling could be detected in the test, so that no restrictions are to be expected within the scope of the components' capabilities even when the hardware is subjected to prolonged load by more demanding tasks.

Max. Load
 33.9 °C
93 F
32.3 °C
90 F
27.6 °C
82 F
 
 33.1 °C
92 F
31.4 °C
89 F
30 °C
86 F
 
 26.3 °C
79 F
26.7 °C
80 F
27 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 33.9 °C = 93 F
Average: 29.8 °C = 86 F
30 °C
86 F
34.7 °C
94 F
34.7 °C
94 F
29.4 °C
85 F
30.5 °C
87 F
35.1 °C
95 F
28.1 °C
83 F
28.2 °C
83 F
28.9 °C
84 F
Maximum: 35.1 °C = 95 F
Average: 31.1 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.5 °C = 94 F | Room Temperature 21.3 °C = 70 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.8 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.1 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.3 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27 °C / 80.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (+1.6 °C / 2.9 F).

Speakers

A convertible is probably used more often for media consumption such as watching videos than a conventional laptop is. Consequently, the speakers play a more important role. Mids and trebles are solid. However, bass is almost completely lacking. The maximum possible volume is also only mediocre.

On the whole, the two stereo speakers are absolutely sufficient for video conferencing. Watching one or the other video or even a movie is also possible to a certain extent. However, external solutions like headphones are recommended for music, especially because of the lack of bass. Compared to the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA, which is in the same price range, the Flip 3 scores worse.

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