Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-5210
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Reviews for the Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-5210
Source: Tweakers NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
Model: In my opinion, if I am tight on budget my go to brand for laptops would be Acer. The reason is, when you don't have the money, all you care about is functionality and not looks or weight. Acer almost always delivers this. I mean it almost feels like you get the hardware yourself, tied up together and put in a case made of cheap plastic by a professional. But with this model surprisingly Acer provided a full metal case. But metal does not always mean a solid design.
Anyways, Acer Spin 5 series are convertibles. With 16 mm thickness, it is thin compared to other brands such as Asus or HP. It comes with DDR4 RAM whereas most of Asus laptops still come with DDR3. What it lacks is not the performance, but the connections so to speak of. It does unfortunately not have any Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1. The screen is reflective. With around 1.6 kg, it is not light. For a convertible, in order to be able to use it in tablet mode, you should be able to hold in for a long periods, right? I am not going to be too criticizing about it, because most convertibles have this issue. Then I beg the question of why convertibles? Asus Flipbook S series have some models that only weighs around 1 kg. If I had the money, I would go for them for example.
But today, I am playing the scenario where I am tight on budget and I want a convertible. Pretty clear instructions. Would I buy the Acer Spin 5? Well, with its price tag, it competes with the Asus Vivobook Flip, HP Pavilion 14 x360, Lenovo Yoga 520. All are entry models in this segment. Their prices are close to each other. Even their specs are almost alike. Now it is left to decide which one tastes better.
You would be surprised to read this, but Acer beats the competition in this entry level convertible segment my friends. It has better battery life, better calibrated screen and more. In terms of connectivity it may stay behind the line, but overall performance is what matters.
The entry segment is where Acer shines most of the time. This is what happened in this showdown as well. This model is above 800 Euros which could be considered as a fair price for a usable convertible. I would have liked to have a pen, but beggars cannot be choosers.
If you are tight on budget go for the Acer Spin 5 SKU which suits your needs. But if you have the chance to save up more, just know this, you will have more and better options.
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