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Acer Spin 5 SP513 Laptop Review: Sensibly Optimized and Balanced 13-Inch Convertible

Almost optimal. With the new Acer Spin 5 SP513, the manufacturer optimizes the 13.5-inch model of the versatile convertible. With Intel Ice Lake, the hardware has improved considerably and there are additional improvements. So has Acer created a convincing overall package here, or are there still some old or even new weaknesses? In addition, the Intel convertible also has to compete with a new AMD heavyweight.
Christian Hintze (translated by Mark Riege),

The last time we tested the Acer Spin 5 was at the end of 2017, and at that time it still used the Kaby Lake Refresh CPU for 899 Euros (~$1,061). While now the price has increased to about 1,200 Euros (~$1,416; available in various configurations in the US starting at $999), it offers a modern Intel Core i7-1065G7 including the powerful integrated Iris Plus Graphics G7 and its weight has decreased some more. In addition, the active input pen is now included.

The competitors have already been offering similar hardware in the form of the Dell XPS 13 7390 or the HP Spectre x360 13. In addition, the new Intel Spin 5 has to prove itself against the powerful AMD HP Envy x360 13 that is available for only $800, and we are also comparing it with the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3 that uses the nominally slightly weaker Core i5-1035G4.

By the way, the Spin 5 is not configurable, and Acer only presents a single model on its website. At this point, the Spin 5 is listed in several shops for 1,209 Euros (~$1,427).

Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY (Spin 5 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-1065G7 4 x 1.3 - 3.9 GHz, Ice Lake U
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Memory: 1576 MHz, 26.20.100.7985
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR4X
Display
13.5 inch 3:2, 2256 x 1504 pixel 201 PPI, yes, native pen support, BOE08BC, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Storage
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB, 1024 GB 
, 1 TB storage, 860 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo port for headphones/microphone, 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 Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.9 x 300 x 235 ( = 0.59 x 11.81 x 9.25 in)
Battery
55 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4 cells, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 15 h
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam 720p
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, active pen, 24 Months Warranty, 2 years send-in service (1st year ITW)
Weight
1.184 kg ( = 41.76 oz / 2.61 pounds), Power Supply: 286 g ( = 10.09 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88 %
09/2020
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.2 kg14.9 mm13.5"2256x1504
84 %
11/2017
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620
1.5 kg15.9 mm13.3"1920x1080
88 %
12/2019
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.2 kg16.9 mm13.3"1920x1080
86 %
10/2019
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.3 kg13 mm13.4"1920x1200
86 %
06/2020
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
R5 4500U, Vega 6 R4000
1.3 kg16.4 mm13.3"1920x1080
84 %
07/2020
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
i5-1035G4, Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
1.2 kg13 mm13.3"1920x1080

Case - Acer convertible with a deep case

Despite some visual similarities, there is a lot that has changed in the case. This concerns the dimensions as well as the connections. What remained the same is the anthracite grey aluminum that the case of the Spin 5 is made of. This offers a good stability to the base, and there is nothing that bends when typing. Naturally, the display frame is less resistant to warping. The two hinges allow opening the display lid to 360°, so that the device can be used in various ways, such as in tablet, laptop, or tent mode. We would have liked the hinges to be even tighter, since the display also tends to move when moving the device. The battery is built-in, and while there is no maintenance flap, you can still get access to the hardware - more on this later.

The workmanship appears to be on a good level, the gaps are small, and the material transitions are even. The vents are in the back and on the bottom.

The new Spin 5 is now 24 mm (~0.9 in) less wide but is 10 mm (~0.4 in) deeper instead. The height is also 1 mm (~0.04 in) less. Yet the competitors are mostly even smaller, because the Spin 5 is simply very deep for a 13.x-inch laptop. This is not necessarily due to the price, as the HP Envy x360 13 shows, which costs only $800. Although the HP is 6.5 mm (~0.26 in) wider, it is also less deep with the difference being more than 40 mm (~1.6 in). The rest of the competitors score with similarly low depth dimensions. 

On the other hand, there is no reason for complaint about the weight, since the convertible loses a full 300 grams (~0.7 lb), sharing first place with the HP Spectre and the Galaxy Book.

Size Comparison

324.4 mm / 12.8 inch 226 mm / 8.9 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs306 mm / 12 inch 194.5 mm / 7.66 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.2 kg2.74 lbs306.5 mm / 12.1 inch 194.6 mm / 7.66 inch 16.4 mm / 0.646 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs303 mm / 11.9 inch 203 mm / 7.99 inch 13 mm / 0.512 inch 1.2 kg2.56 lbs300 mm / 11.8 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.2 kg2.61 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 207 mm / 8.15 inch 13 mm / 0.512 inch 1.3 kg2.93 lbs

Equipment - Spin 5 with two Thunderbolt ports

The input pen
The input pen

A small blemish at the start: The new Spin 5 only supports microSD cards, whereas earlier models had a full SD card reader installed. There is no LAN port. However, the competing convertibles have even more spartan equipment, and it is positive, for example, that two of the four USB ports (Type-C) support Thunderbolt 3.

Particularly on the left side, the ports are lined up quite close together. However, this could only become a problem between the HDMI and the USB-A port with especially fat plugs. Right-handed users will have an advantage with the Spin 5, since there are only two ports plus the input pen on the right side.

Left: power, 2x USB-C, HDMI, USB-A, microSD
Left: power, 2x USB-C, HDMI, USB-A, microSD
Back: stereo speakers, air vent
Back: stereo speakers, air vent
Right: input pen, power button, USB-A, audio, Kensington lock
Right: input pen, power button, USB-A, audio, Kensington lock

SD Card Reader

Unfortunately, the performance of the microSD reader is significantly below average, and our competitors as well as the average of all the convertibles are able to transfer data using our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference storage card at least three times as fast!

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
155.2 MB/s ∼100% +1452%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
144.6 MB/s ∼93% +1346%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
78.4 MB/s ∼51% +684%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
77.8 MB/s ∼50% +678%
Average of class Convertible
  (7.5 - 197, n=156)
64.4 MB/s ∼41% +544%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23 MB/s ∼15% +130%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
10 MB/s ∼6%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
187.5 MB/s ∼100% +490%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
185.7 MB/s ∼99% +484%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
88.3 MB/s ∼47% +178%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
86 MB/s ∼46% +170%
Average of class Convertible
  (19.2 - 246, n=151)
79.8 MB/s ∼43% +151%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
31.8 MB/s ∼17%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25.2 MB/s ∼13% -21%

Communication

As typical for this device class, the Spin 5 does not offer a LAN connection. The WLAN performance is decent. While we get top values particularly when sending, the receiving performance drops slightly, but it is still 50% better than the average of the class. However, the overall performance of the HP Envy is better, since both the receiving and the data transfer performances range at a high level.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1333 (1206min - 1383max) MBit/s ∼100% +57%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=86)
1190 MBit/s ∼89% +40%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
857 (782min - 887max) MBit/s ∼64% +1%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
850 (729min - 1030max) MBit/s ∼64%
Average of class Convertible
  (28.7 - 1470, n=177)
551 MBit/s ∼41% -35%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
308 MBit/s ∼23% -64%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1384 (1306min - 1419max) MBit/s ∼100%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1246 (1148min - 1320max) MBit/s ∼90% -10%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=86)
1063 MBit/s ∼77% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
625 (543min - 707max) MBit/s ∼45% -55%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
580 MBit/s ∼42% -58%
Average of class Convertible
  (36.4 - 1411, n=177)
547 MBit/s ∼40% -60%
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Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø850 (729-1030)
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1332 (1206-1383)
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1384 (1306-1419)
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1246 (1148-1320)

Webcam

The 720p webcam shows a visible blue tint, causing the images to appear quite cool. Unfortunately there is no webcam cover.

ColorChecker
39.4 ∆E
28 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
36.7 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
29.2 ∆E
36.7 ∆E
46.6 ∆E
39 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
28.6 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
44.5 ∆E
28.5 ∆E
37.5 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
34.4 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3: 31.67 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 46.58 ∆E
ColorChecker
23.8 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
25.4 ∆E
18.6 ∆E
22 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY: 15.3 ∆E min: 5.85 - max: 25.37 ∆E
ColorChecker
7.8 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
5 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
ColorChecker HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr: 6.52 ∆E min: 3.23 - max: 11.17 ∆E

Security

Those who like to secure their laptop with a lock will be pleased about the slot for a Kensington lock. Because of the Intel CPU, TPM 2.0 is also on board, and in addition, a small fingerprint sensor is integrated into the ClickPad.

Accessories

The slot for the pen
The slot for the pen

We appreciate that the input pen, which earlier had to be purchased separately, is now included in the equipment of the Spin 5. It even possesses its own slot and is integrated into the notebook directly. Otherwise, the box only includes the power supply and the usual paperwork.

Maintenance

For a convertible, access to the hardware is fairly unproblematic. After removing the 10 Torx screws that are easily recognizable, the bottom of the case can be removed easily. Below, the fan and the M.2 connection for the SSD become accessible. However, there is no access to the RAM.

Without the case bottom
Without the case bottom
M.2 SSD slot and fan
M.2 SSD slot and fan

Warranty

The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty, including shipment and return service for this time period.

One-year warranty
One-year warranty

Input Devices - Acer messed up the ClickPad

Keyboard

The keyboard
The keyboard

Typing tasks succeed smoothly with the Spin 5. While the keys offer a short stroke, they still don't feel too hard and give a clear feedback. The distance between the keys is also good. Unfortunately, all the arrow keys are only half-sized. Up/down share a common key space, and left/right have to share their space with Image up/down. The function keys also turned out quite small. The lettering is also not very large, but it can still be read easily. The typing noise is comfortably quiet. For typing in bad light conditions, the Spin 5 offers a single-step keyboard illumination, which will turn off by itself if you don't type for a while. You cannot activate it constantly. 

Touchpad


The touchpad with the fingerprint sensor
The touchpad with the fingerprint sensor

The touchpad failed to convince us. The reason is not the small fingerprint sensor that is integrated in the left top corner. We also found no reason for complaint in the size (~10.6 x 7.8 cm, 4.2 x 3.1 in) and the good gliding characteristics. However, the problem is that the clicks don't appear to be reliable. The reason is that the bottom of the ClickPad already triggers some sort of click upon only slight pressure. While it produces a clicking feedback, the click is not recognized. You have to ignore this "pre-click" feedback and press down fully in order to trigger and register a "real" click. In our case, this led to a frustrating amount of clicks that weren't registered, since we did not press down hard enough, while the pad still produced a feedback.

Touchscreen

Tablet mode
Tablet mode

Inputs using the touchscreen work flawlessly. However, the small display combined with its high resolution makes a scaling adjustment necessary, since with the default 100%, operation via the touchscreen becomes difficult due to the buttons being very small.

Display - A balanced Acer convertible

Clear subpixels
Clear subpixels
No screen bleeding
No screen bleeding

A reflective 3:2-format IPS panel from BOE with a 2K resolution of 2256x1504 pixels is used as the display. The brightness is now 426 nits on average, which is a significant improvement over the old Spin 5. However, with this value the new model is still "only" at the same level as the similarly good competitors, and the XPS 13 surpasses all others with 520 nits. At 91%, the brightness distribution is very good.

Another positive is that we weren't really able to detect any screen bleeding.

432
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
430
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
454
cd/m²
421
cd/m²
423
cd/m²
416
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE08BC
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 454 cd/m² Average: 426.3 cd/m² Minimum: 21 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 442 cd/m²
Contrast: 1376:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.27 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 0.78
ΔE Greyscale 1.07 | 0.64-98 Ø6
100% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 65% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.39
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
BOE08BC, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.5
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
LC133LF102, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
BOE087A, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Sharp LQ134N1, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.4
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
AU Optronics AUO5E2D, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
128%
3969%
7%
367%
-28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
49 (22, 27)
49 (30, 19)
-0%
47.6 (24.8, 22.8)
3%
44 (19, 15)
10%
47.6 (23.2, 24.4)
3%
60.8 (26, 34.8)
-24%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
27 (15, 12)
4%
32.4 (16.4, 16)
-16%
27 (15, 12)
4%
29.2 (16, 13.2)
-4%
36.8 (15.6, 21.2)
-31%
PWM Frequency
208 (90)
1000 (20)
381%
25000 (45)
11919%
2500 (25)
1102%
Screen
-55%
-30%
-151%
-29%
-96%
Brightness middle
454
295
-35%
452.6
0%
473
4%
549.8
21%
447.4
-1%
Brightness
426
276
-35%
438
3%
434
2%
520
22%
420
-1%
Brightness Distribution
91
88
-3%
93
2%
86
-5%
86
-5%
85
-7%
Black Level *
0.33
0.27
18%
0.29
12%
0.39
-18%
0.39
-18%
0.31
6%
Contrast
1376
1093
-21%
1561
13%
1213
-12%
1410
2%
1443
5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.27
2.97
-134%
2.67
-110%
5.18
-308%
2.12
-67%
4.23
-233%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.42
5.67
-134%
4.11
-70%
10.01
-314%
3.66
-51%
9.34
-286%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.78
1.36
-74%
1.37
-76%
1.32
-69%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.07
3.12
-192%
2.1
-96%
7.04
-558%
2.6
-143%
6.1
-470%
Gamma
2.39 92%
2.45 90%
2.01 109%
2.35 94%
2.3 96%
2.11 104%
CCT
6530 100%
6676 97%
6505 100%
6753 96%
6884 94%
6136 106%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65
62
-5%
62.2
-4%
65.4
1%
64.8
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
94
-6%
97.6
-2%
99.7
0%
98.9
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
37% / -12%
1970% / 827%
-72% / -120%
169% / 56%
-62% / -86%

* ... smaller is better

The black value and contrast are better than just decent. The sRGB color space is completely covered and AdobeRGB still to 65%. In all, the panel of the Spin 5 "varies" much less across the board than the competitors. It shows hardly any weakness and makes the most balanced impression overall. 

sRGB: 100%
sRGB: 100%
AdobeRGB: 65%
AdobeRGB: 65%

The display already shows a quite decent adjustment by default, but it can also be further calibrated.

However, it does have one weakness after all: The panel uses PWM to control brightness. Unfortunately the low frequency of only 208 Hz can lead to some noticeable flickering or even eye problems in sensitive persons. The PWM technology is already used at a brightness of 90% and lower, so it is used often, which makes it significant.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation
Saturation
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Grayscale - calibrated
Grayscale - calibrated
Saturation - calibrated
Saturation - calibrated
Colors - calibrated
Colors - calibrated

Outdoors, it is mainly the reflective surface that creates some problems, since the brightness is really more than sufficient and the good contrast also has a positive effect on the readability in bright light. Due to the strong reflections, using it outdoors becomes difficult. 

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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 12 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
49 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 27 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 80 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.8 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 208 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 208 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 208 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17699 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

As typical for IPS displays, the viewing-angle stability is also very high. There are hardly any distortions in color or brightness even when looking at the display from very steep angles.

Performance - The Intel CPU performs as expected. Or doesn't it?

The equipment looks respectable on paper: A modern Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake CPU with integrated Iris Plus Graphics G7, which is currently the most powerful Intel graphics, combined with an ample 16 GB of RAM and a 1-TB SSD are impressive. For a pure office laptop, the convertible is almost too powerful, so you should also be able to do some rare image-processing, video-cutting, and with some compromises, even some gaming at times. Theoretically it should be a very mobile all-rounder.

Processor

The processor used is the efficient Intel Core i7-1065G7 quad-core CPU, which has a low clock speed of 1.3 GHz guaranteed but is able to increase the speed up to 3.9 GHz on a single core.

In the Cinebench loop, nothing can reach the HP Envy with the AMD CPU. While the Dell XPS 13 initially offers the same performance, it then drops by 21%. This is also exactly where the initial performance of the Spin 5 starts, but of course this also begins to drop further after the initial runs, leveling out at 25% below the constant performance of the Dell XPS. However, the Dell is extraordinarily fast with the same CPU, since compared to the rest of the competitors, the G7 processor in the Spin brings exactly the performance expected, and the Dell is about 22% faster than the average.

In battery mode, the Spin only reaches a value in a single run that is at the same level as the constant performance values.

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Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø522 (466.8-660.43)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7 Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø672 (632.81-836.68)
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø550 (504.6-640.68)
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø814 (768.42-834.85)
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 5.1 / 5.2: 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) - CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
465 Points ∼100% +3%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
450 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (358 - 474, n=25)
438 Points ∼94% -3%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
424 Points ∼91% -6%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
417 Points ∼90% -7%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7
377 Points ∼81% -16%
Average of class Convertible
  (78 - 496, n=52)
367 Points ∼79% -18%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2095 Points ∼100% +34%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2024 Points ∼97% +29%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1655 Points ∼79% +6%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1568 Points ∼75%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (1081 - 2024, n=25)
1504 Points ∼72% -4%
Average of class Convertible
  (200 - 2829, n=52)
1258 Points ∼60% -20%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1210 Points ∼58% -23%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
178.12 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7
178 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (141 - 190, n=28)
176 Points ∼99% -1%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
174 Points ∼98% -2%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
173 Points ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
164.58 Points ∼92% -8%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Convertible
  (19 - 197, n=340)
111 Points ∼62% -38%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
835 (768.42min - 834.85max) Points ∼100% +26%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
830 Points ∼99% +25%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
662 (649.58min - 662max) Points ∼79%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (288 - 836, n=29)
655 Points ∼78% -1%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7
643 Points ∼77% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
573 (415.92min - 573.64max) Points ∼69% -13%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
Intel Core i5-8250U
534 Points ∼64% -19%
Average of class Convertible
  (33 - 1049, n=349)
338 Points ∼40% -49%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Convertible
  (447 - 5811, n=43)
1395 Seconds * ∼100% -93%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1074.5 Seconds * ∼77% -49%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (679 - 1650, n=17)
920 Seconds * ∼66% -27%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
721.7 Seconds * ∼52%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
679 Seconds * ∼49% +6%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
605 Seconds * ∼43% +16%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4434 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4415 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (3948 - 4589, n=18)
4318 MIPS ∼97% -2%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4281 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
4125 MIPS ∼93% -7%
Average of class Convertible
  (1307 - 5167, n=42)
3951 MIPS ∼89% -11%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
23237 MIPS ∼100% +23%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
22898 MIPS ∼99% +22%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
18831 MIPS ∼81%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (10406 - 22898, n=18)
16695 MIPS ∼72% -11%
Average of class Convertible
  (3541 - 31114, n=43)
15678 MIPS ∼67% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
12865 MIPS ∼55% -32%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1277 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (948 - 1334, n=13)
1276 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1274 Points ∼100%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1096 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (233 - 1334, n=28)
991 Points ∼78% -22%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4469 Points ∼100% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
4250 Points ∼95% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2464 - 4855, n=13)
4240 Points ∼95% +7%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
3979 Points ∼89%
Average of class Convertible
  (770 - 5443, n=28)
3420 Points ∼77% -14%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
6.7 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
6.38 fps ∼95%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2.2 - 6.38, n=16)
4.4 fps ∼66%
Average of class Convertible
  (0.58 - 8.81, n=43)
3.91 fps ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
3.41 fps ∼51%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Convertible
  (46.9 - 238, n=23)
88.6 s ∼100% +62%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
61.8 s ∼70% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (46.9 - 85.3, n=13)
61.1 s ∼69% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
59.79 s ∼67% +10%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7
54.57 s ∼62%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Average of class Convertible
  (0.611 - 2.74, n=24)
1.02 sec * ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4
0.745 sec * ∼73%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (0.661 - 0.899, n=13)
0.726 sec * ∼71%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.629 sec * ∼62%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
178.12 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
662 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
69.74 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.81 %
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System Performance

In the system performance, the measurements from our test unit vary. While it also performs at the expected level in most tests, it drops by 15% in the PCMark 10 Productivity Score, for example. The outlier is even more drastic in the PCMark 8 Work Score, where it looks to be even 38% weaker than the G7 average. Then it places again at the top in the Home Score. Because of the very flexible clock speeds of the CPU and the thin case of the convertible, the results are not very unusual overall, but they vary more than those of the direct competitors.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6 R4000, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4472 Points ∼100% +22%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
3998 Points ∼89% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (3260 - 3998, n=16)
3695 Points ∼83% +1%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
3684 Points ∼82% 0%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
3667 Points ∼82%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
2778 Points ∼62% -24%
Average of class Convertible
  (605 - 5161, n=133)
2637 Points ∼59% -28%
Productivity
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6 R4000, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
7752 Points ∼100% +35%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
7179 Points ∼93% +25%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
7051 Points ∼91% +22%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (5518 - 7379, n=16)
6764 Points ∼87% +17%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
6265 Points ∼81% +9%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
5763 Points ∼74%
Average of class Convertible
  (1121 - 7945, n=135)
5492 Points ∼71% -5%
Essentials
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
9678 Points ∼100% +5%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
9664 Points ∼100% +5%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
9233 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (8302 - 9902, n=16)
9184 Points ∼95% -1%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6 R4000, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
9124 Points ∼94% -1%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
7675 Points ∼79% -17%
Average of class Convertible
  (2489 - 10546, n=135)
7286 Points ∼75% -21%
Score
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6 R4000, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4884 Points ∼100% +17%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
4677 Points ∼96% +12%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
4522 Points ∼93% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (3878 - 4679, n=16)
4385 Points ∼90% +5%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4158 Points ∼85%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3664 Points ∼75% -12%
Average of class Convertible
  (872 - 5214, n=136)
3344 Points ∼68% -20%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6 R4000, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
5249 Points ∼100% +93%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
5227 Points ∼100% +92%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
5086 Points ∼97% +87%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
4563 Points ∼87% +68%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (2723 - 5291, n=16)
4425 Points ∼84% +63%
Average of class Convertible
  (1007 - 5366, n=258)
3830 Points ∼73% +41%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
2723 Points ∼52%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4275 Points ∼100%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6 R4000, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4127 Points ∼97% -3%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
3982 Points ∼93% -7%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
3911 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (3305 - 4275, n=16)
3751 Points ∼88% -12%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3197 Points ∼75% -25%
Average of class Convertible
  (741 - 4741, n=308)
2865 Points ∼67% -33%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4275 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2723 points
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DPC Latencies

Fortunately, we did not notice any significant latencies, and there were no frame drops in the YouTube 4k content reproduction either.

LatencyMon
LatencyMon
YouTube statistics
YouTube statistics
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6 R4000, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
1171.6 μs * ∼100% -73%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
937.7 μs * ∼80% -39%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
676.4 μs * ∼58%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution

Acer uses a 1-TB SSD, the Samsung PM991, as the storage solution. In our list of best SSD/HDDs, it places at number 100, so there are definitely some faster models. However, with its measurements, it is able to score very well against the competitors, since they are significantly slower in terms of their storage.

Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
Average Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
4%
-15%
-36%
15%
-6%
Write 4K
168.39
112.6
-33%
106.7
-37%
94.8
-44%
157.9
-6%
134 (98.9 - 168, n=2)
-20%
Read 4K
55
131
138%
49.94
-9%
45.5
-17%
48.37
-12%
43.7 (32.4 - 55, n=2)
-21%
Write Seq
458.9
1223
731.5
2196
1582
Read Seq
1355
1801
958.7
2064
1471
Write 4K Q32T1
476.09
341.3
-28%
325.3
-32%
224.6
-53%
457
-4%
426 (375 - 476, n=2)
-11%
Read 4K Q32T1
505.84
320.6
-37%
550.5
9%
365.2
-28%
513.5
2%
499 (492 - 506, n=2)
-1%
Write Seq Q32T1
1491.5
1219
-18%
1224
-18%
863.8
-42%
2354
58%
1533 (1492 - 1574, n=2)
3%
Read Seq Q32T1
2356.6
2462
4%
2350
0%
1580
-33%
3557
51%
2343 (2329 - 2357, n=2)
-1%
Write 4K Q8T8
930.25
930
0%
Read 4K Q8T8
963.21
963
0%
AS SSD
-70%
-57%
-166%
-188%
7%
-15%
Copy Game MB/s
993.1
246.59
-75%
764.49
-23%
926.53
-7%
726.79
-27%
807 (621 - 993, n=2)
-19%
Copy Program MB/s
552.95
157.25
-72%
465.81
-16%
560.31
1%
367.85
-33%
455 (357 - 553, n=2)
-18%
Copy ISO MB/s
1573.57
327.5
-79%
764.36
-51%
1292.6
-18%
842.76
-46%
1274 (974 - 1574, n=2)
-19%
Score Total
2700
813
-70%
1448
-46%
2583
-4%
1567
-42%
2653
-2%
2126 (1552 - 2700, n=2)
-21%
Score Write
1016
340
-67%
618
-39%
388
-62%
416
-59%
1214
19%
775 (533 - 1016, n=2)
-24%
Score Read
1126
310
-72%
552
-51%
1472
31%
770
-32%
963
-14%
904 (682 - 1126, n=2)
-20%
Access Time Write *
0.028
0.055
-96%
0.138
-393%
0.625
-2132%
0.592
-2014%
0.026
7%
0.031 (0.028 - 0.034, n=2)
-11%
Access Time Read *
0.069
0.11
-59%
0.067
3%
0.069
-0%
0.162
-135%
0.072
-4%
0.069
-0%
4K-64 Write
729.12
216.53
-70%
469.49
-36%
208.96
-71%
256.4
-65%
865.08
19%
496 (262 - 729, n=2)
-32%
4K-64 Read
869.14
235.46
-73%
371.77
-57%
1252.59
44%
613.88
-29%
646.62
-26%
662 (455 - 869, n=2)
-24%
4K Write
140.72
80.84
-43%
117.97
-16%
67.02
-52%
96.94
-31%
148.43
5%
129 (117 - 141, n=2)
-8%
4K Read
49.82
25.48
-49%
76.03
53%
39.7
-20%
42.49
-15%
52.7
6%
40.7 (31.6 - 49.8, n=2)
-18%
Seq Write
1462
421.35
-71%
310.11
-79%
1125.2
-23%
628.39
-57%
2000.34
37%
1505 (1462 - 1547, n=2)
3%
Seq Read
2071
486.3
-77%
1039.06
-50%
1801.35
-13%
1134.51
-45%
2637.35
27%
2016 (1960 - 2071, n=2)
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-70% / -70%
-27% / -39%
-91% / -121%
-112% / -142%
11% / 10%
-11% / -12%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Sequential Read: 1716 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1527 MB/s
512K Read: 1215 MB/s
512K Write: 1448 MB/s
4K Read: 54.95 MB/s
4K Write: 145.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 505.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 390.6 MB/s

Constant Performance Reads: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics Card

In terms of the graphics, the integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 GPU is supposed to provide well-rounded multimedia capabilities. Theoretically, some light gaming should also be possible with this.

In the 3DMark 11, our Acer Spin 5, the Dell, and the two HPs show almost similar speeds. Only the Galaxy Book is slightly left behind. With this, all the comparison laptops perform about 10 to 15% above the average of an Iris Plus Graphics G7. In the 3DMark 2013 test, the performance of the Acer laptop corresponds to our expectations again, which makes it slightly slower than the direct competitors except for the Galaxy Book.

Away from the outlet, the Spin 5 loses about 32% of its performance in the 3DMark 11 benchmark.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4594 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4560 Points ∼99%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4512 Points ∼98% -1%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4419 Points ∼96% -3%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (2112 - 4630, n=24)
4006 Points ∼87% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G4
3258 Points ∼71% -29%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1607 Points ∼35% -65%
Average of class Convertible
  (173 - 17421, n=363)
1491 Points ∼32% -67%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
833 Points ∼100% +5%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
821 Points ∼99% +4%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
791 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (526 - 847, n=19)
734 Points ∼88% -7%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
685 Points ∼82% -13%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G4
652 Points ∼78% -18%
Average of class Convertible
  (85 - 5126, n=61)
623 Points ∼75% -21%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
3144 Points ∼100% +26%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
2874 Points ∼91% +15%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2854 Points ∼91% +14%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (1418 - 3156, n=22)
2589 Points ∼82% +3%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
2504 Points ∼80%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G4
2041 Points ∼65% -18%
Average of class Convertible
  (132 - 13158, n=271)
1191 Points ∼38% -52%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1049 Points ∼33% -58%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
22109 Points ∼100% +45%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
18881 Points ∼85% +24%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
17712 Points ∼80% +16%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
15287 Points ∼69%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (7024 - 18881, n=21)
15250 Points ∼69% 0%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
8654 Points ∼39% -43%
Average of class Convertible
  (1023 - 38419, n=318)
7498 Points ∼34% -51%
3DMark 11 Performance
4748 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
11239 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2383 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
892 points
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Gaming Performance

Even with the most powerful Iris Plus GPU, you can hardly play any of the graphically demanding games. Far Cry 5 and Battlefield 5 don't run smoothly even in low settings, but at least you can play The Witcher 3 in 1024x600, although that won't be a visual feast either. On the other hand, you can play less-demanding or older games such as Dota 2 in medium settings. 

The performance is as expected, but the Dell XPS and particularly also the HP Envy are up to 30% faster in parts. In addition, the performance suddenly drops in high resolutions and details (The Witcher 3 High) and is then not at all at the expected level anymore. This indicates that the GPU performance is throttled under high loads.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
17 fps ∼100% +33%
Average of class Convertible
  (4.2 - 64.4, n=33)
17 fps ∼100% +33%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (10.9 - 20.1, n=14)
16.8 fps ∼99% +31%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
16.6 (15min - 18max) fps ∼98% +30%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
13.8 fps ∼81% +8%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
12.8 fps ∼75%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
12.4 fps ∼73% -3%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
34.4 fps ∼100% +6%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
32.4 fps ∼94%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (20.8 - 36.8, n=14)
32 fps ∼93% -1%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
28.9 fps ∼84% -11%
Average of class Convertible
  (3.7 - 111, n=33)
27.8 fps ∼81% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
21.2 fps ∼62% -35%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000)
56.4 (52min - 60max) fps ∼100% +19%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
54.9 fps ∼97% +16%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
47.5 fps ∼84%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (28.2 - 58, n=16)
47.3 fps ∼84% 0%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
43.9 fps ∼78% -8%
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Intel Core i5-1035G4, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
37.2 fps ∼66% -22%
Average of class Convertible
  (4.69 - 145, n=58)
31.8 fps ∼56% -33%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 47.5 32.4 12.8 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 93.9 59.9 34.3 31.8 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 30 15 fps
Battlefield V (2018) 26.7 15.4 14 fps

Emissions - A calm Acer Spin 5

Noise Emissions

The Acer Spin 5 is the quietest convertible in our comparison field, and only the HP Spectre remains similarly quiet. During idle operation, the single fan often remains turned off, but even when it activates under load, it hardly becomes annoying, whirring along quietly instead.

Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6 R4000, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3
Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i5-1035G4, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
Noise
-11%
-9%
-4%
-14%
-12%
off / environment *
26.9
30.4
-13%
28.1
-4%
28.5
-6%
28
-4%
30.7
-14%
Idle Minimum *
26.9
30.4
-13%
28.1
-4%
28.5
-6%
28
-4%
30.7
-14%
Idle Average *
26.9
30.4
-13%
28.1
-4%
28.5
-6%
28
-4%
30.7
-14%
Idle Maximum *
27.8
30.9
-11%
28.1
-1%
28.5
-3%
28.5
-3%
30.7
-10%
Load Average *
30.5
34
-11%
31.7
-4%
28.5
7%
41.1
-35%
34.8
-14%
Load Maximum *
32.4
33.5
-3%
43.4
-34%
35.3
-9%
43.5
-34%
34.5
-6%
Witcher 3 ultra *
43.4
35.3
34.5

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
26.9 / 26.9 / 27.8 dB(A)
Load
30.5 / 32.4 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: 26.9 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.434.532.230.831.42539.139.834.640.539.13140.538.433.537.940.54028.838.833.126.428.85028.528.127.131.128.56325.732.825.727.125.78020.82127.62720.810019.119.518.719.319.112518.72118.922.418.716020.320.719.22020.320018.418.618.218.318.425016.51816.115.116.531515.817.314.914.215.840018.217.914.613.218.250017.517.714.113.817.563018.217.814.413.618.280018.61814.413.718.6100021.719.714.514.221.7125022.720.814.614.522.7160022.120.214.414.622.120002320.614.614.523250023.420.414.714.523.4315020.418.314.614.420.4400018.417.21514.518.4500017.517.31514.917.5630016.316.415.21516.3800015.816.115.114.715.81000015.71615.214.715.71250015.615.91514.815.61600015.917.714.514.115.9SPL32.430.826.926.732.4N1.51.40.90.81.5median 18.4median 18median 14.9median 14.5median 18.4Delta2.61.50.40.62.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY

Temperatures

When it remained so quiet while running, the tester worriedly wanted to take a peek at the temperature values, but the Spin 5 also remained comfortably calm in that regard. Under full load, the maximum temperature we measured was 40 °C (104 °F), and in office operation all the values remained significantly below 30 °C (86 °F). The palm rests remained quite cool even under full load, and the place where it mainly heated up was near the display on the left side.

Apparently Acer has never heard of a "guaranteed" basic clock speed (Intel) of 1.3 GHz, since it already drops below that after only a few seconds. After about an hour, the clock speeds level out at about 1 GHz, but they can also drop down to 500 MHz for short time periods. This keeps the core temperatures constant at a maximum of 90 °C (194°F), but under heavy loads, the Spin 5 loses a massive amount of performance due to the heat development.

However, the convertible also seems to recover quickly. In the repeated run of 3DMark 11 right after the stress test, we only measured a performance drop of 4%, which falls within the range of measurement inaccuracy. 

Stress test start
Stress test start
Stress test after 13 minutes
Stress test after 13 minutes
Stress test after 60 minutes
Stress test after 60 minutes
Max. Load
 36.5 °C
98 F
38.7 °C
102 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
 37.1 °C
99 F
36.6 °C
98 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
 29.1 °C
84 F
29.6 °C
85 F
26.6 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 38.7 °C = 102 F
Average: 33 °C = 91 F
29.9 °C
86 F
38.9 °C
102 F
40.2 °C
104 F
27.9 °C
82 F
32.4 °C
90 F
33.9 °C
93 F
26.6 °C
80 F
28.6 °C
83 F
28.7 °C
84 F
Maximum: 40.2 °C = 104 F
Average: 31.9 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.6 °C = 94 F | Room Temperature 24 °C = 75 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33 °C / 91 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 38.7 °C / 102 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 40.2 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.7 °C / 80 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 29.6 °C / 85.3 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-0.8 °C / -1.5 F).
Temperatures during idle - top
Temperatures during idle - top
Temperatures during idle - bottom
Temperatures during idle - bottom
Temperatures under load - top
Temperatures under load - top
Temperatures under load - bottom
Temperatures under load - bottom

Speakers

Let's not beat around the bush: At this point not even ordinary laptops produce a really good sound, much less slim convertibles. The speakers are too quiet, and those who think they can really perceive some bass should either be praised for their good hearing or be sent to the doctor. You are better off using headphones or other external solutions from the get go. For the former, there is a combined audio port.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs202930.8292532.940.532.93138.137.938.14029.126.429.15029.831.129.86328.627.128.68021.52721.510019.919.319.91252222.42216028202820033.518.333.525038.815.138.831551.414.251.440062.813.262.850067.913.867.96307313.67380072.813.772.8100067.514.267.5125069.214.569.2160063.414.663.4200065.114.565.125006514.565315061.814.461.8400059.314.559.3500060.414.960.4630064.31564.3800067.214.767.21000070.114.770.11250066.214.866.21600056.914.156.9SPL7926.779N44.40.844.4median 63.4median 14.5median 63.4Delta10.20.610.235.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EYApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.03 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 31% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power Management - An efficient Acer laptop

Power Consumption

Particularly in idle operation, the consumption is very good, but under load the Spin 5 is also relatively efficient. Due to the throttling under heavy load, the consumption values are hardly any different under average or heavy load. The power supply is rated at 65 watts, which is a value it doesn't even come near approaching in practice, so the power supply almost seems like overkill. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.35 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.8 / 5.4 / 7.6 Watt
Load midlight 36.6 / 37 Watt