Acer Spin 3 vs Spin 5 Review

We continue with more news of this CES 2020, fair in which Acer usually brings us news and in this edition they have not missed the opportunity. What they have presented among other products are new convertibles, specifically the new Acer Spin 3 and the Acer Spin 5.

A year ago the brand took advantage of the big event in Las Vegas to expand its Triton family, but in this case the manufacturer seems to want to focus all the attention that CES receives on its range of convertibles, renewing those we have seen previously. 

Thus, in April 2020 they launched a new batch of consumer laptops in which we already saw a Spin 3, and now we already know two of the proposals in this area for 2020.

Acer Spin 3 and Spin 5 Comparison

CPU10th Generation Intel Core i710th Generation Intel Core i7
GPUIntel Iris PlusIntel Iris Plus
RAMUp to 16 GBUp to 16 GB
DISPLAY14-inch with stylus support13.5 inches with stylus support
OTHERAcer Active PenAcer Active Pen (Wacom AES 2.0 support), fingerprint reader
Acer Spin 3

Acer Spin 3

The design is similar between both new convertibles and in this case we also see quite a few similar features with the Spin 5. It is a laptop with hinges capable of allowing a 360-degree rotation and thus having a laptop that doubles as a tablet, also featuring the Acer Active Stylus, a stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure designed to make it possible to both write and draw.

About this stylus, its dimensions are similar to those of a standard pen and it has a textured finish to provide a comfortable grip. It charges when placed in its dock and has an autonomy of 90 minutes for writing with only 15 seconds of charging, according to Acer.

In a tie condition between the Spin 3 and the 5 is this stylus and also the support of WiFi 6. They are devices designed to be versatile in several areas, from school to work through entertainment.

As for the Spin 3, it integrates a 14-inch FullHD screen framed by 7.82-millimeter edges, which, according to the brand, takes advantage of 78% of the front with the screen. Built in aluminum, it weighs 1.5 kilograms and is 16.9 millimeters thick.

Both this device and the other one are powered by 10th generation Intel i7 processors, with integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics. The Spin 3 has up to 16 GB of RAM and the possibility of dual SSD, with a total autonomy of 12 hours and four hours with only 30 minutes of charging, according to the manufacturer.

In terms of ports, the Spin 3 incorporates a USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 (one of them with offline charging), HDMI and a MicroSD card reader.

Acer Spin 5

Acer Spin 5

The smaller of these two laptops features a 13.5-inch display with 2K resolution. The panel is surrounded by 7.78 millimeter bezels, achieving a screen utilization of 80% according to the manufacturer.

Its construction and dimensions leave it with a thickness of 14.9 millimeters, achieving a weight of only 1.2 kilograms with its magnesium and aluminum chassis. The screen maintains a 3:2 ratio, which adds 18% of vertical space to the equivalent 16:9 format.

This laptop integrates a fingerprint reader to be able to unlock it using this system, in addition to support for Windows Hello. In addition, the stylus in the case of the Spin 5 supports Wacom AES 2.0 technology, which on paper gives a better experience with the Acer Active Stylus.

Intel 10th generation i7 processor also for the Spin 5, as well as Intel Iris Plus graphics, but there are differences in terms of autonomy. In the case of the Spin 5 the maximum charge time is up to 15 hours, although it maintains that autonomy of 4 hours with only 30 minutes of charging.

In terms of storage the Spin 5 offers an SSD of up to 1 TB and up to 16 GB of RAM. In terms of ports, the Spin 5 incorporates 2 USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 (one with offline charging), HDMI and a MicroSD card reader.

The brand incorporates in both cases** two speakers** Acer True Harmony as well as dual microphone. In addition, users can interact with Cortana, the Microsoft assistant, even in Modern Standby mode, designed to provide better access to the computer.

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