Acer Spin 5 SP514-51N-70LZ
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Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Spin 5 SP514-51N-70LZ
The Acer Spin 5 is a lightweight, all-aluminum, two-in-one laptop with a high-resolution, 14-inch display powered by speedy 12th-gen Intel silicon. Its plain looks, however, are closer to that of the midrange Lenovo Yoga 7i than premium laptop-tablet hybrids like the Lenovo Yoga 9i, Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 or HP Spectre x360 14. These competing models look sleeker with design flourishes like rounded edges and corners for added comfort and style. With a price that's on par with these premium competitors, the Spin 5 begins to lose its appeal. And it has less to do with its staid design and more with a missing feature. While the Spin 5's 14-inch, 16:10 display is crisp and bright, it's an ordinary IPS panel rather than an OLED panel that would offer greater contrast and color accuracy. In 2023, it's difficult to recommend a $1,350 laptop that lacks an OLED display when OLED models cost only a smidgen more. It's otherwise a solid commute-friendly two-in-one that even comes with an active pen that stores and charges in the body. You might want to wait for a sale, though.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/05/2023
Rating: Total score: 78%
Source: Tom's Guide
At $1,379.99, Acer’s Spin 5 wades into a crowded space but manages to hold its own. This laptop nails the fundamentals, delivering performance that’s in line with its pricetag, a bright, vibrant display, and strong battery life (with a bit of care). And while I’m not personally a fan of folding laptops or the ergonomics of this particular stylus, I’ll happily take them, and save $150, rather than have the Acer Swift 5’s superior aesthetics but otherwise identical hardware. You can get more power, battery life, and a nicer looking machine by spending a little more on the best Windows laptops on the market, but with the Spin 5, Acer has delivered a productive workhorse at a fair price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/27/2023
Rating: Total score: 80%
If potential buyers can get past the high cost of entry, the Acer Spin 5 (2022) may be the most logically designed 2-in-1 laptop available between its respectable performance, beautiful touch display, and quality speakers. What’s more, the built-in stylus featuring Wacom AES 2.0 and pen storage lends itself some creative leaning credibility.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/27/2022
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: PC Mag
The in-between price we mentioned up top keeps the new Acer Spin 5 from replacing the Lenovo Yoga 7i Gen 7 or HP Spectre x360 13.5 as our Editors' Choice pick among either affordable mainstream or premium consumer convertibles, respectively. But as Goldilocks can tell you, sometimes in between is a fine place to be. The Acer threads the needle to deliver a trim, winning 2-in-1.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/17/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Acer Spin 5 (2022) is an excellent follow-up to one of our favorite 2-in-1s ever, and the new Intel Alder Lake processor defintiely improves the performance over its predecessor. While we miss its predecessor's 3:2 screen ratio, the 16:10 1,600p display is a fair enough compromise that we'll allow it.
Hands-On, online available, Medium, Date: 06/10/2022
Source: Trusted Reviews
I think out of the three laptops I spent time with – including the Chromebook Spin 514 and Spin 714 – the Acer Spin 5 came out on top. The screen was crisp and clear and the aspect ratio made it really easy to work on, plus the 360-degree hinge was great for watching media. It would have been nice to spend more time with this laptop and see what is it really capable of, but I’m very happy to see an Alder Lake processor and an Intel Evo certification. This should ensure a speedy and smooth performance, especially during day-to-day use, which is why I think this is a great contender as a productivity laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/19/2022
Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs: Integrated graphics card in Intel Tiger Lake G4 SoCs based on the new Gen. 12 architecture with 96 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model. The Tiger Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm+ process at Intel.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i7-1260P: An upper mid-range Alder Lake family CPU featuring 4 performance cores and 8 efficient cores. This 28 W SoC is designed for use in ultra-light (yet actively cooled) laptops. Core i7-1260P's performance cores are Hyper-Threading-enabled for a total of 16 threads. This 12th Gen CPU runs at 1.5 GHz to 4.7 GHz and supports "Essentials" tier vPro features. Last but not the least, Core i7-1260P has a built-in 96 EU Iris Xe GPU, not unlike certain 11th Gen Tiger Lake-UP3 processors.» 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.
83.6%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
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