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Acer Spin 3 SP314 in review: Stylish looks paired with solid performance at an affordable price

We have thoroughly reviewed the Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5. (Image source: Acer)
We have thoroughly reviewed the Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5. (Image source: Acer)
How much can you expect from a fairly inexpensive convertible that comes with an Intel Ice Lake i5 processor, on-board graphics, and 8 GB of RAM at 800 Euros? Quite a bit, as our review of the Aspire Spin 3 SP314 shows.
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Convertibles are usually more expensive than comparable conventional laptops; therefore, they tend to lead a niche existence. The Acer Spin 3 in the SP314-54N-56S5 model is fairly affordable at an MSRP of around 800 Euros (~$953). It definitely doesn't offer high-performance hardware for its price. But with its Intel Core i5-1035G4, Iris Plus Graphics G4, and 8 GB of RAM, it's sufficient for the everyday and usual tasks of a 2-in-1 device such as office and Internet usage. This is especially true, since the device gets the best possible performance out from the built-in hardware in many areas in the test as our benchmarks show.

The performance shown in the test is only sufficient for gaming in exceptional cases and with low requirements. The Acer Spin 3 SP314 has its strengths in other areas. Among other things, the high-quality build and the stylish design of the silver-colored device with its aluminum case are appealing. In addition, it runs pleasantly quiet even under load; it hardly heats up and is equipped with Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6.

And as a tablet? Even though the Spin 3 SP314 is not particularly heavy at 1.4 kg, it definitely can't compete with a proper tablet. Consequently, it's more likely to be placed on the lap or on the table instead of being held by hand. Nevertheless, it's pleasantly compact for a device of its class. Moreover, the touchscreen works well in the test.

Overall, the Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5 is convincing in many aspects considering its price. We would have wished for slightly longer battery life. More impressions, pictures, and benchmark results can be found in our review of the Acer Spin 3 SP314-54N-56S5.

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Marcus Schwarten
Editor of the original article: Marcus Schwarten - Senior Tech Writer - 478 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I have been fascinated by technology for around 25 years – especially technology that makes life easier rather than more complicated. Mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches are particularly close to my heart as is the booming subject of smart homes. I have been working in these areas for several years now as a news and reviews editor. I have been active with various websites, including the smart home blogs homee, Nuki, and siio, as well as tech portals such as Giga and TechRadar. I have been writing news and laptop reviews for Notebookcheck since 2020.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 297 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Marcus Schwarten, 2021-03-21 (Update: 2021-03-19)