The way we work has changed a lot and nowadays people have started working from literally anywhere they desire simply with the help of a quality laptop. This 2-in-1 convertible from Acer is one of the best convertibles in the market. The main highlights of Spin 3, as stated by the company, are its creative feature list, functional design, sheer performance, great sound, and an awesome wireless performance. If you are in the market looking for an affordable convertible laptop, then there is no better option than the Spin-3 SP314-53N-77AJ as of now. This particular model from Acer is positioned in the mid-range laptop category, and in this review, we shall discuss more on some of its key features.
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Acer Spin 3 Review (It’s a kind of Big Deal)
Acer Spin 3 SP314-53N-77AJ is a 14-inch model that lets you use it both as a laptop and tablet. This convertible weighs just 3.75 pounds, and in terms of dimensions, it is 0.78×12.95×9.41 inches. Compared to other models in the convertible category, it weighs a fair bit heavier, which is a slight drawback, because it creates discomfort, especially when using it as a tablet. In terms of construction, it uses brushed black plastic, which gives it a luxury look compared to some other models that come in an aluminum finish.
The two flexible and sturdy hinges allow you to switch between laptop, tablet, tent and stand modes. As the name indicates, Spin 3 revolves 360º, making it one of the best 2-in-1s. The plastic design gives it the looks that most of us like in a convertible. The speaker is positioned above the keyboard and its raised grille design resonates cost-cuts. The compact dimensions and design characteristics make it one of the portable convertibles in the market.
The Spin 3 uses a full HD 1920×1080 widescreen IPS multi-touch LED-backlit display, which looks brighter especially in its tent mode. This IPS panel is surrounded by a black bezel, which is not the norm considering the fact that several modern devices use thin bezels. The integrated webcam is capable of delivering 720p HD picture quality. Another interesting artist’s specific feature that you get with the Spin 3 is its interactive Active Stylus pen which is rechargeable. Artists who love to draw, make illustrations, or for any other creative purposes, this pen should be a treat. The 45-degree viewing angle is also quite commendable.
The Spin 3 from Acer, model SP314-53N-77AJ, in its latest updated version, uses an Intel i7 8th generation processor i7-8565U CPU. The other hardware components that are responsible for the device delivering superior performance are the 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, 1.8GHz and turbo 4.6GHz. The graphics card used in this device is the Intel 620 HD Graphics which delivers good gaming performance. The laptop is capable of handling several google chrome tabs (more than 25) without any problem.
The improved storage in the form of 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD than what the previous version had irons out all the performance lags that were experienced by some customers in the previous iteration of Spin 3. The hardware might not sound awesome but the device should be more than enough for watching your favorite videos and browsing in general.
In terms of gaming performance, this might not be the choice for you. The Intel HD Graphics 620 doesn’t do justice to the gaming performance as it is quite hard to even handle a 30FPS range. Sheer gaming quality cannot be achieved at this rate, so if gaming is of prime importance in your mind, then check out other models.
Spin 3 SP314-53N-77AJ comes with a USB 2.0 port, power button, stylus charging slot, SD card reader and charging input, on the left. On the right side, you get a single USB 3.0 port, 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI port, and Kensington lock. Two LED indicators displaying the battery status are also positioned on the right side.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard is backlit and the keys are 1.2mm thick, which is a bit shallow compared to other convertible models that have a thickness of 1.5mm and above. Anything above 1.5mm key should feel tactile and comfortable. Since the keyboard faces outward in tablet mode, the company has made sure that it is durable and can withstand even rough use. Keyboard quality compared to other models is not up to the mark.
On the contrary, the touchpad of Spin 3 is one of the best performers of all the convertible 2-in-1 models. The touchpad is 4×1.5 inches in surface area and is super responsive. All the Windows 10 gestures, finger swipes, and taps can be made without facing any lag whatsoever. The fingerprint reader that comes in the touchpad is an added security feature. The touchpad gets a big thumbs up.
Spin 3 uses a strong pair of speakers that deliver a decent sound performance for their size and price. TrueHarmony sound technology of Acer is used by this model; hence, you are sure to receive excellent sound quality. Even when you place the speaker sound at maximum, you won’t experience any distortion in the sound performance.
The battery life of the latest Spin 3 model has actually dipped from that of its predecessor. This particular model has a run time of around 10hrs and 30 minutes on a full charge. Acer claims that the battery should last about 12 hours, which can be achieved only if you are handling minor tasks. But, this battery juice of 10hrs and 30 minutes is pretty good, considering the average battery life of other convertibles in this price range.
Acer Spin 3 SP314-53N-77AJ is one of the affordable mid-range 2-in-1 convertibles that comes loaded with some great features, such as a solid battery pack, good design, excellent touchpad, and decent sound performance. A convertible model that is well-built and has all the features necessary to give an optimum performance without causing a hole in your pocket is a winner for sure. The plastic build quality, poor display, and outdated panel bezels might be a cause of concern for some of you. If you are in the market for an affordable 2-in-1 convertible, then this should be on your shortlist.