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CES 2020 | Acer Spin 3 and Spin 5 are now slimmer and get a much needed upgrade to Intel Ice Lake

The Acer Spin 5 is now available with a 2K display and Intel Ice Lake CPU options. (Source: Acer)
The Acer Spin 5 is now available with a 2K display and Intel Ice Lake CPU options. (Source: Acer)
Acer has announced upgrades to the Spin 3 and Spin 5 convertibles at CES 2020. The new Spin series are now slimmer than their predecessors and are powered by 10th gen Intel Ice Lake processor options with Iris Plus Graphics. The Spin 5 comes with a 2K display in a 3:2 aspect ratio for enhanced productivity. Both the Spin 3 and Spin 5 come bundled with the Acer Active Wacom AES stylus and offer a range of connectivity options including Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3.

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Acer's Spin series of convertibles were badly in need of upgrades and the company has delivered them this year. The new Spin 3 and Spin 5 feature Intel Ice Lake processors, FHD and 2K display options, Thunderbolt 3, and a fast-charging Wacon AES Acer Active stylus for note-taking and productivity on the go.

Acer Spin 3: Entry-level Ice Lake

The Acer Spin 3 is a 14-inch convertible with an FHD 16:9 touch display and weights 1.5 kg. The Spin 3 offers a choice of 10th gen Intel Ice Lake processors including the Core i3-1005G1, Core i5-1035G1, and the Core i5-1035G4 with Intel Iris Plus graphics. The laptop can be configured with up to 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4X memory and comes with a 48 Wh 3-cell battery with fast-charging that Acer says can last up to 12 hours. Storage options range from 128 GB to 1 TB PCIe Gen3 NVMe SSDs.

Acer Spin 5: A powerful convertible that doesn't break the bank

The Spin 5's display is slightly smaller at 13.5-inches but sports a 2K resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio for added vertical viewing space. It is lighter than the Spin 3 at just 1.2 kg and comes with added features such as a built-in Windows Hello-compliant fingerprint reader. The Spin 5 offers a choice between the Core i5-1035G4 and the Core i7-1065G7 with Iris Plus Graphics. Like the Spin 3, the Spin 5 also offers LPDDR4X RAM up to 16 GB and PCIe storage options from 256 GB up to 1 TB. The 4-cell 56 Wh battery supports fast-charging and is touted to last up to 15 hours. 

Common to both models are Wi-Fi 6, Acer TrueHarmony audio, optional backlit keyboard, Acer Active Wacom AES pen with fast-charge and 4,096 pressure levels, and a firmware TPM solution. Port selection is largely the same across both models with the Spin 5 getting an additional Thunderbolt 3 port and an HDMI 2.0 port with HDCP support. 

The Acer Spin 3 will be available in EMEA in February starting from €649 and in North America in April starting from US$699. The Spin 5 is expected to be available in EMEA in March starting from €999 and in North America in June starting from US$899.

Acer Spin 3. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 3. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 3. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 3. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 5. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 5. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 5. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 5. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 3 Specs. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 3 Specs. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 3 Specs - Contd. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 3 Specs - Contd. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 5 Specs. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 5 Specs. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 5 Specs - Contd. (Source: Acer)
Acer Spin 5 Specs - Contd. (Source: Acer)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-01- 6 (Update: 2020-01- 6)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.