Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) 2-in-1 Laptop Review

Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) is a 2-in-1 laptop belonging to Acer Spin 5 series laptops. Acer Spin laptop are compact and lightweight convertible laptops with powerful specifications. Another model, Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-55ZR) is similar to this laptop model but with higher processor and more storage capacity. There is a price difference of about $150 or so between these two models.

Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) is portable convertible laptop with enough processor, high RAM and other best specifications found in a good and budget-friendly 2-in-1 laptop. Lets see the review of Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU).

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Design:

Design is simple mostly looks like a normal laptop. Full black color body enclosing with unique design on edges. Back-lit keyboard with well spaced keys, which is good for writing documents and large trackpad for better navigation. The main thing to notice about this laptop's design is its 'Hinge'. This laptop features a 360 degrees dual-torque hinge which lets you to place this laptop in many modes. Do your work in Normal laptop mode, watch movies or videos in Display mode and Tent mode and use as a tablet PC in Tablet mode.

Basically, it is a lightweight laptop but you feel some weight in Tablet mode. This 2-in-1 laptop weighs around 3.53 lbs and is about 0.8 inch thin.

Overall, it has a normal laptop design with amazing hinge. This laptop is best suited for travelers and businessman.

Display:

This laptop comes with a 13.3 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Active Matrix TFT Color LED-Backlit LCD IPS display. You can enjoy Full HD movies or videos with perfect brightness, contrast and color distribution. With that amazing display, this laptop's touchscreen supports 10 finger touch.

Acer Color Intelligence technology gives more rich and vivid colors with balanced color distribution throughout the display. Acer BlueLight Shield reduces the blue light emission from the LED panel to protect your eyes.

Overall, you are getting the best display resolution with Acer display technologies to give even more brighter and sharper display for the price.

Performance:

Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) is powered by 6th Generation 2.3 GHz Intel Core i3-6100U processor, mostly used in everyday laptops and ultra-books at the time of writing this review. This processor can handle everyday tasks easily and can run demanding applications without any issues. You can browse with many opened tabs, it supports games and less multi-tasking.

A similar model, Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-55ZR) is powered by Intel Core i5-6200U processor which gives slightly higher performance than Intel Core i3-6100U processor. Overall, this processor is enough for the daily tasks. Even few of the best everyday-laptops like Acer Aspire ES 15 (ES1-572-31KW) and ASUS F556UA-AB32 are powered by this Intel Core i3-6100U processor.

This processor supports DDR4 and DDR3L RAM standards. This laptop comes with a DDR4 RAM standard and that 8 GB of it. Basically, DDR4 RAM is not found in most of the 2-in-1 laptops at the time of writing this review. 8 GB DDR4 RAM is far more-than-enough for this processor.

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As this is a portable and lightweight convertible laptop, having an SSD type storage is perfect. This laptop comes with 128 GB SSD storage. 128 GB may not be enough for most of the people but for the price, 128 GB SSD is acceptable. SSD storage is costlier and faster than HDD. If you want more storage, use an external hard drive.

High-end model, Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-55ZR) features a 256 GB SSD storage. But it will cost you a little more money.

With an integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 chip, you can play games but with few limitations. You can play low and medium graphic games without any issues. You can also play few modern games (till 2015) in low settings. This graphic chip gives best support to display and few demanding applications.

Overall, this is an ultimate convertible laptop with best specifications needed for everyday tasks.

Webcam and Audio:

Webcam is an important feature to consider in a laptop. So, Acer integrated a 720p resolution webcam to have HD video calls with your loved ones. Acer Spin 5 series laptops got 'Skype for Business Certification', means you will have best video calls experience while using Skype.

Two built-in speakers of this laptop deliver clear audio with bass. With Acer TrueHarmony equalizer, you can set different audio modes suitable for different situations.

Overall, amazing webcam and good speakers for listening songs indoor.

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Connectivity:

Connectivity options are important in any laptop and if it is convertible everyday laptop, connectivity options have to be well balanced. Even-though, this laptop features most of the connectivity ports, it lacks a LAN port.

At left side of the laptop, you will find one HDMI port with HDCP support, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and headphone in/out jack. At right side, you will find micro SD card slot, volume rockers, power button, power socket and lock set.

For wireless connectivity, this convertible laptop has 802.11 ac WiFi adapter featuring MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth V4.1 adapter.

Overall, connectivity options given in this laptop are accepted. You can have fast data transfers via USB 3.0 port, you can connect to other display's, use micro SD cards, have fast WiFi even in low signal straight etc. Not having an Ethernet port is a con for this laptop.

Battery:

This gives the best battery life, up to 10 hours in normal usage. It comes with a removable 4-cell Lithium Ion (3220 mAh) battery. Battery life depends on your usage.

Operating System:

This amazing portable convertible laptop runs on Windows 10 Home operating system.

Pros:
  • Amazing hinge keeps the laptop in perfect position in any angle.
  • Full HD (1080p) display with Acer Display technologies.
  • Performance is more-than-average. This is suitable for everyday tasks, playing few of the modern games, doing multi-tasking and even for running few demanding applications.
  • DDR4 RAM and SSD storage. Even though storage is low, SSD is good and faster than HDD. You can upgrade 128 GB SSD up to 512 SSD.
  • HD webcam for having clear and best quality video calls.
  • Having a 802.11 ac WiFi is a major pro for modern users.
  • Amazing battery life.

Cons:
  • Its a backlit-keyboard, but it would be nicer if the light comes from inside of the keys rather from LED lights placed at the edges. Its not a con for most of the people, but it may be to few of the people.
  • No LAN port. Its an optional con, because it totally depends on the user.
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Specifications:

Technical Specification of Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU)
Display 13.3 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Active Matrix TFT Color LED-Backlit LCD IPS display
Processor 6th Generation Intel Core i3-6100U Processor
RAM 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM
Storage 128 GB SSD
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 520
Webcam 720p Webcam
Audio Two Stereo Speaker
Headphone Jack
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Wireless Connectivity 802.11 ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology
Built-in Bluetooth V4.1
Interface One COMBO audio jack
One USB 3.0 port
Two USB 2.0 ports
One HDMI port with Support to HDCP
One Micro SD Card Reader
Battery 4-cell Li-Ion (3220 mAh) battery (Up to 10 hours of battery Life)
Dimensions 12.9 x 9 x 0.8 inches
Weight Approx. 3.53 lbs

Conclusion:

Overall, it is an amazing budget-friendly laptop for people who want a fast performing and compact convertible laptop. This laptop is best suited for travelers, students, businessman and many others who want a portable convertible laptop for everyday tasks. This is one of the best convertible laptop under $500 at the time of writing this review.


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