Acer Spin 3 Laptop Full Review

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If you are looking for an affordable flexible laptop that looks good, has great display quality and sounds great, then the Acer Spin 3 might just be the laptop for you. With an awesome touchscreen display which flips 360 degrees to give you unmatched flexibility for its price, the Acer Spin 3 impresses without breaking the bank.

Overview

Here is an overview of the basic specs of the Acer Spin 3:

CPU: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i3-8139U
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 4GB DDR4
Screen: 14-inch 1920×1080 Full HD multitouch screen
Storage: 1TB HDD

Design

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The Acer Spin 3 has a simple minimalist design. It is light and thin, with an emphasis on portability and compactness. However, there are thinner and lighter laptops out there if you are willing to spend a little more cash.

What makes its design stand out, however, is the fact that its dark silver chassis with subtly brushed crosshatches looks very classy and sophisticated. It also has a pleasant finish that is soft to the touch, especially on the bottom. The lid of the Acer Spin 3 has “Acer” sprawled across it in bold letters. “Spin” is a little more subtly etched on the base below the speakers.

The Acer Spin 3 has a flexible 2 in 1 design. You can flip its display all the way around through 360 degrees and use it as a tablet or a laptop, depending on the functions you require it for. You can also set it up to tent mode, which allows you to view and flip through photos or watch videos without distractions.

At only 3.8 pounds and 15×9.9×0.9 inches overall size, the Acer Spin 3 is light and small enough to carry along with you wherever you go. It can comfortably fit in a backpack or any side bag.

Display

It has a satisfyingly bright 14-Inch 1920×1080 full HD display with multitouch capabilities that is comfortably sharp and has just enough saturation to make for an enjoyable viewing experience. Acer did not also cheap out when it came to viewing angles, you can view your content clearly from up to a 45-degree angle.

Its multitouch capabilities are also just as impressive. The display is 10 finger touch sensitive and very reactive to all input gestures.

Hardware

1. Ports and Slots

It has a good selection of ports and slots for its price range. To the left, there are two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and the power port. To the right, there is a 3.5mm headphone hack, an SD card slot, a USB 2.0 slot, the power button and the Kensington lock. The right side also hosts the two LED light indicators that show the charging and the battery status.

2. Webcam

It has a 720px webcam that shows vivid colour and captures quite solid exposure. However, it fails in capturing much detail, just as you would expect from a low budget laptop webcam. The images can also be a little grainy. Consider buying a decent webcam if you use Skype or video conference a lot.

3. Keyboard and Touchpad

It has an island keyboard without a number pad. The keys are of an average size but very responsive. However, it has a travel of 1mm, a little short of the recommended 2mm.

The touchpad is a nice large enough size, but it can be a little loud when pressed. It is however responsive, registering all swipes, clicks and taps as you would expect.

Software

As you would expect from a laptop of this price range, it comes preloaded with several unnecessary software. A few examples are Ebates, Firefox, Norton and Netflix, which you have to uninstall if you do not have any use for them.

This is in addition to a few of Acer’s default software, such as Acer Care Centre, which compiles Acer software updates, and Acer Collection. If you get the Acer Spin 3, just like any other budget laptop, the first thing you need to do immediately after booting up is to take your time and uninstall the software that you do not need.

Performance

The Acer Spin 3 comes with an 8th gen Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB of memory. It also has a 1TB HDD at 5400 rpm. Its performance is, however, a little disappointing. You will have to wait for a few seconds for the system to start responding after the lid is opened. Even then, when you open an app, it will take a noticeable amount of time to launch. Furthermore, when you rotate the display, the system takes a few seconds before registering that the display has been changed and therefore switching modes.

The Spin 3, however, performs impressively once basic tasks have been launched. Browsing on multiple tabs or streaming music and watching movies is a breeze. You will enjoy a lag-free experience for all your tasks, including checking your mail and playing a few light games. Plus, the fan will only kick in when you start performing heavy tasks.

Audio and video

The Acer Spin 3 comes with a set of strong speakers that can easily fill a large room with sound. They use Acer’s TrueHarmony, giving them solid performance capabilities. Even at maximum volume, it does not distort the sound.

Battery Life

The manufacturer’s claim about the Acer Spin 3’s battery life is that it can last for up to 12 hours. However, if you use it for normal tasks such as watching movies or working on a few simple projects, expect up to 6 hours of battery life on continuous use. This should be enough to get you through a little more than half a normal workday or an intercontinental flight.

In summary, here is a list of the main pros and cons that you can expect from the Acer Spin 3:

Pros

1. Its battery life is decent enough at 6hours of continuous use
2. Its performance is decent. You will be able to carry out all the tasks that you would expect with this laptop
3. It has a good set of speakers
4. It does not easily heat up and stays cool even after prolonged use
5. It has a bright, clear and well-saturated display with vibrant colours

Cons
1. It comes loaded with bloatware that you will have to take your time and uninstall
2. The build could be better, it looks a little plastic and cheap

Final Thoughts

The modestly priced Acer Spin 3 is an awesome mid-range laptop packed full of interesting features. If you are on a tight budget and you need a laptop that looks good and works decently, this is it.

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