Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-57J
Reviews for the Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-57J
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Positive: High mobility; impressive design; decent hardware; excellent display. Negative: Mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/06/2017
Acer’s latest ultrabook i.e. the Spin 5 is a full HD convertible laptop. It features Acer’s patented dual-torque 360° hinge that lets users transform it into 4 useful modes by 'spinning' it into position. This affords users the flexibility to switch between different working modes be it tablet or laptop. This ultrabook sports a slim profile with metal cover and a fashionable cross-hairline brush finish. Apart from its metal lid, its body is largely made of plastic. This convertible’s dimensions measure at 9 x 12.94 x 0.78 in with a weight of 3.53lbs. It is generally lightweight; yet, it may not be comfortable for prolonged usage while standing up. Display-wise, the Spin 5 is 13.3 inch touch display with Full HD resolution and Acer Color Intelligence technology. Visuals and images appear rich and vivid. With the IPS technology, brilliant color and full viewing experience remain consistent from any perspective. The 10-point touch screen is fast and responsive. In terms of performance, the Spin 5 is powered by the 6th gen Intel Core i3 processor 2.3GHz with 8GB DDR4 single channel memory. Working performance on this device stays fast and applications launch without issues. However, running heavier tasks on that i3 processor will affect its performance.
Storage available is 128GB SSD and it is expandable via a SD card. Equipped with the latest 802.11ac and MU-MIMO, users are assured of wireless connectivity at blazing speed. Sound quality is equally impressive as it is boosted with Acer TrueHarmony. The keyboard bundled together is backlit for use under dim environments - something that many manufacturers fail to include. Typing on it is also a surprising thing. You'd expect a detachable keyboard to be sort of hard to type on but it is not. It is far better than some laptops with a permanent keyboard. The precision touchpad with multi-touch control is wide and supports the new Windows 10 features: Cortana, Multitasking and Action Center. The webcam mounted on board boasts full HD quality which makes Skype-ing on this laptop a pleasurable experience. Connectivity on this device includes one USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 HDMI port with HDCP support. It will be nice to have a fingerprint sensor included as well. The Spin 5 may be thin yet its battery life is capable of up to 10 hours. This assures users of longer productivity without any worries of being unplugged. It also comes pre-installed with Windows 10. Early reviews indicate a favourable response from users on the Spin 5 and it also achieves high ratings. Overall, its strong performance coupled with its low price factor will appeal those looking for a laptop of good value and quality.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 520: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on some Skylake CPU models (15 W ULV series).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
6500U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Acer: In 1976, the company was founded in Taiwan under the name Multitech and was renamed Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals. Since 2007, the group has merged with Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell, which also market their own laptop product lines.
Acer computers are designed for a variety of purposes, including ultrabooks for mobile use, gaming laptops for gamers, affordable options for everyday tasks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops for versatility. Acer's product portfolio also includes tablets that offer portable computing and multimedia capabilities.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.