The Acer Spin 5 is one of the best-buy convertibles available in stores, as an overall good product with an affordable price tag. There’s
more about it in our review.
As of the Fall of 2017 Acer updated it with a new generation, the Spin 5 SP513-52N, which improves on many of the predecessors traits: gets a full metal construction, a better screen with pen support, a larger battery, a nicer keyboard and Intel’s KabyLake-R processors inside.
All these come with a bump in price as well, but overall the newer Spin 5 is a step-up from the previous generation.
We’ve already spent time with the Spin 5 SP513-52N in a configuration with an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, which I believe makes the most sense on it. The impressions and thoguhts are gathered below, so read on to find out if this convertible is the one for you or not.
Specs as reviewed
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N
Screen 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, 60 Hz, IPS, touch
Processor Intel KabyLake-R Core i5-8250U
Video Intel HD 620
Memory 8 GB DDR4 (soldered)
Storage 256 GB SSD (M.2 80 mm SATA)
Connectivity Wireless AC (Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174), Bluetooth 4.1
Ports 2x USB-A 3.1, 1x USB-A 2.0, 1x USB-C 3.1 gen 1, HDMI, mic/headphone, SD card reader
Battery 54 Wh, 45 W power brick
OS Windows 10
Size 324 mm or 12.75” (w) x 226 mm or 8.89” (d) x 15.9 mm or 0.63” (h)
Weight 1.54 kg / 3.39 lbs and .25 kg/ .55 lbs power brick
Extras backlit keyboard, HD camera, upwards facing stereo speakers
Acer offers the new Spin 5 in multiple other configuration, including some with standard dual-core Kabylake processors. There’s also a 15-inch model available, with similar quad-core platforms and Nvidia 1050 graphics, starting at around $1000.
More details via this link.
Design and first look
On the outside the new Spin 5 is nothing like the previous model. It’s thinner, a little lighter and entirely made out of metal, with a nice looking dark-silver brushed finishing for the lid cover and smooth metal on the interior and underside. There’s limited branding (Acer logo on the lid, Spin logo on top of the keyboard) and even the status LEDs are out of sight, but the hinges are chromed and don’t fit that well with the otherwise subtle design. They do match the machined milled edges around the interior. Overall, I feel this laptop aces the aesthetics and it’s a bit different than anything else available out there.
It gets however a pretty large footprint for a 13-incher, as you can tell by the hefty bezels around the screen. I would have appreciated if Acer would have at least put a 14-inch panel on this chassis, there’s plenty of room for one.
This notebooks is also fairly heavy compared to some of the competitors in its niche and price-range (
Lenovo Yoga 13, Asus Zenbook UX360). This kind of build allowed Acer to put the speakers on top of the keyboard and a slightly larger battery inside, although when you’ll look at the internal design you’ll see that the space wasn’t thoroughly optimized. More about that later.
The Spin 5 is fairly well built and finished. There’s some flex in the hood and little to none in the main chassis, despite having a plastic inner frame beneath. The finishing quality is good, yet the bottom panel doesn’t attach flushly to the main-body and leaves some gaps and sharp edges you’ll feel when grabbing the laptop.
On the practical side, the first thing you’ll notice is that the screen is a little difficult to grab, since there’s no crease on the front lip and the top is the same length as the bottom, not a bit longer like on some other laptops, so you’ll probably have to use your nails to grab it. Then, once you do manage to pick it up you’ll have to use both hands to completely open the screen, as the hinges stiffen past 45 degrees. Since this laptop is a convertible, the hinges allow the display to flip to 360 degrees on the back and the Spin 5 can be used as a laptop, tablet or anything in between.
There’s little to complain about it in notebook mode. The grippy feet on the bottom keep it well anchored on a flat surface, the hot air exhaust is on the back edge and fires away from the user, the stiff hinges keep the screen in place as set-up and while the edges are a little sharp, the laptop’s low profile ensures your writs don’t come in contact with them.
The footprint, weight and large bezels on the other hand make this Spin 5 a little uncomfortable to hold and use as a tablet. I appreciate that there’s a rubbery edge below the screen that makes for a good grip, but unfortunately that means your hand will be placed on top of the exhaust, which can get unpleasant.
I’ll also add that due to the larger bezels this computer is actually fairly nice to use in Tent mode, to watch movies and Youtube clips. So the design in a mixed bag, with pros and cons, but even so I feel that there’s just too much body for a 13-inch screen on this computer.
The IO is lined on the edges, with most connectors on the left side. There’s pretty much everything you’ll need here, except for Thunderbolt 3, which again some of the 13-inch convertibles are starting to offer these days.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard is pretty standard for an Acer ultraportable, with full-size keys and cramped arrows flanked by PgUp and PgDn dedicated keys. Aside from this peculiarity , which some might actually appreciate, the layout is one of the better in the niche.
This keyboard types well too, with springy response and good feedback. I couldn’t quite get my speed to where it usually is, but I was able to type accurately and didn’t need a lot of time to get used to its feedback. Keep in mind this is a short-stroke keyboard, so those of you coming from older laptops might struggle with it at first, but that’s just common for ultra-thin laptops.
The keys are also quiet and backlit, with white-blueish LEDs a single level of brightness available.
For mouse Acer went with a fairly large clickpad indented into the middle of the palm-rest and flanked by a beveled edge. It’s an Elan plastic surface with very few tweaking options, but it works well out of the box and provides a consistent experience with everyday use.
The surface rattles when tapped firmly on the lower half though, and the physical clicks are a bit loud and stiff, but overall I’d say most of you will find this good enough.
There’s also a fingerprint sensor integrated with the clickpad, a bit small, but one that works fine with Windows Hello.
The previous Spin 5 came with a dim panel and Acer partially addressed that with the new model by going with a different screen. It’s still nothing to brag about, but it’s a good option as long as you don’t plan to take the laptop outdoors or use it in very bright environments, where the 260 nits max brightness corroborated with the glossy glass coating will bend the knee.
That aside though, the IPS panel Acer went with offers good viewing angles, contrast and color reproduction, as you can see below (taken with a Spyder 4). I’ll also add that I didn’t notice any obvious light bleeding with this panel.
Panel HardwareID: ?? LM133LF1L02;
Coverage: 99% sRGB, 75% NTSC, 78% AdobeRGB;
Measured gamma: 2.3;
Max brightness in the middle of the screen: 257 cd/m2 on power;
Contrast at max brightness: 690:1;
White point: 7200 K;
Black on max brightness: 0.38 cd/m2;
Average DeltaE: 1.32 uncalibrated, 0.72 calibrated.
You can use our
calibrated profile to correct the gamma, colors and gray-levels skews.
The screen supports touch of course and also Acer’s Active Stylus Pen, bundled with the laptop. It gets 1024 levels of pressure from what I could find online, as well as palm-rejection. It provides a decent writing/sketching experience with this computer, but I did run into some glitches and jerkiness here and there, so I’d advise to further look into the matter if you’re planning to extensively use this feature.
Hardware, performance and upgrade options
Hardware wise, our unit came with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB M.2 80 mm SATA SSD (PCIe SSDs are also compatible).
The CPU is the big selling point here, as it’s one of the quad-core ULV 8th generation KabyLake-R processors which offers improved multi-core performance in the same 15 W TDP as the previously available dual-core ULVs. Out test unit is an early pre-production sample, so take out findings with a grain of salt.
But before we get to that, I’ll add that the CPU and RAM are soldered on the motherboard, but the storage, wireless chip and battery are accessible inside. For that you’ll need to get past the back panel, which is hold in place by a handful of screws. Inside you’ll notice that there’s a fair amount of unused space, around the battery and to the left of the fan, where the BIOS battery, SSD and Wi-Fi chip are placed, which suggests Acer could have made this laptop smaller if they wanted, but instead went for a simple internal layout in order to cut R&D costs and get the laptop cheaper in stores.
With that out of the way, let’s focus on the CPU. It gets four cores and eight treads, with a base speed of 1.8 GHz and Turbo speeds of up to 3.4 GHz, as well as the ability to clock down to 800 MHz when needed. As a result, our sample performed very well with everyday activities. You’ll find details on speeds and temperatures in the pics below.
When it comes to continuous demanding loads, things are a bit different. The Core i5-8250U is a 15 W TDP, but it can spike above that for limited periods of time. That’s noticeable in Cinebench for instance, where the CPU runs at 3.4 GHz and around 25 W TDP for a few seconds, but then clocks down to about 2.2 GHz and the 15 W TDP limit. Details below.
When it comes to games, both the CPU’s cores and integrated GPU have to fit within the 15 W TDP constrain, which at least on this sample means that both the CPU and GPU run below their advertised speeds. I must again stress that these findings should be taken with a grain of salt and you shouldn’t draw any final conclusions based on this review unit alone. But the behavior makes total sense to me.
Knowing all these, the benchmarks results below shouldn’t be a surprise. The i5-8250U matches the i5-7200U/i7-7500U in most single-core CPU tests, outmatches them by a big margin in multi-core tests and by a minor margin in GPU tests. The Intel UHD 620 solution integrated with the KabyLake-R processors runs at 5-10% higher clocks than the Intel HD 620 bundled with the dual-core KabyLake ULVs and that has a slight impact in benchmarks.
3DMark 11: P1776;
3DMark 13: Sky Driver – 4103, Fire Strike – 978, Time Spy – 383;
PCMark 08: Home Conventional – 2875;
PCMark 10: 3522;
Geekbench 3 32-bit: Single-Core: 3042, Multi-core: 6337;
Geekbench 4 64-bit: Single-Core: 4335, Multi-core: 8228;
CineBench 11.5: OpenGL 33.75 fps, CPU 3.48 pts, CPU Single Core 1.55 pts;
CineBench R15: OpenGL 40.69 fps, CPU 308 cb, CPU Single Core 131 cb;
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit: Pass 1 – 103.49 fps, Pass 2 – 19.02 fps.
You’ll find more about the Intel Core i5-8250U processor
in this dedicated article, with more thorough benchmarks results based on multiple review units and conclusions on what to expect from it.
We also ran a few games on our sample and here’s what we got.
Intel UHD 620 – FHD Low
Intel HD 620 – FHD Low*
Bioshock Infinite 23 fps
Grid: Autosport 32 fps
NFS: Most Wanted 27 fps
Tomb Raider 38 fps
The results are a bit under the Intel HD 620 chip paired with the i7-7500U processor(*). In theory, the UHD 620 on the i5-8250U runs at up to 1100 MHz Turbo Speeds, but in practice it averaged around 900 MHz in our tests, and that’s mostly why the HD 620, with a max theoretical Turbo of 1050 MHz, but higher real-life frequencies, was able to beat it. Whether that’s going to be the case on the final retail units or not remains to be seen.
When it comes to gaming you should’t however rely on any of these integrated Intel chips anyway, but rather opt for one of the ultraportables with Nvidia 940MX or
MX150 dedicated graphics, which improve on both the CPU (by taking the integrated GPU out of the equation) and GPU performance.
Emissions (noise, heat), Connectivity and speakers
The cooling on this new Spin 5 is very similar to the cooling on the older unit, with a small fan, short heat-pipes and a small CPU plate that barely covers the processor and attaches in only three points. I’d reckon that could have been improved in order to squeeze better performance in demanding loads from the KabyLake-R configurations, yet Acer chose not to.
Still, as far as everyday use goes, noise, temperatures and performances, as you’ve seen below, are not a concern. The fan is active all the time but it’s barely audible, at 36-38 dB at head level with movies and browsing, albeit it occasionally ramps up to 40 dB with multitasking and by that time you’ll hear it in a normal environment. There’s no electrical noise either, but this laptop is never completely quiet as the fan refuses to shut off even with the most basic of activities.
Under load, the fan remains quieter than on most other ultraportables, ramping up to just 42 dB at head-level. Case level temperatures on the other hand jump fairly high, but mostly on the underside, as you can see below.
*Daily Use – 1080p Youtube clip in EDGE for 30 minutes
*Load – playing Neef For Speed: Most Wanted 4 for 30 minutes
For radios Acer went with a Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 module that performed well on this sample, both near the router and at 30 feet with 2 walls in between, where many other laptops struggle.
The speakers are placed on top of the keyboard, as already mentioned earlier, and that means they fire up and they’re impossible to muffle with daily use in notebook mode. They’re fairly punchy and loud, going up to 81 dB at head level in our tests, and they’re also fairly clean, with no distortions at high volumes. The sound quality is above average for the class, with lows noticeable down to 75 Hz.
I’ll also add that there’s an HD camera placed on top of the screen and it’s good enough for occasional Skype calls and hangouts.
With a 54 Wh battery, a FHD screen and a CPU that quickly adjusts its speed based on activity, the new Spin 5 is cable of going for 4-8 hours of daily use on a charge easily, as you can see below (the screen was set at 40% brightness, roughly 120 nits).
8.3 W (~6 h 30 min of use) – text editing in Google Drive, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
6.8 W (~8 of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Internet Explorer, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
4.2 W (~13 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen .mkv video in the Movie app, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
6.0 W (~9 h of use) – 4K fullscreen .mkv video in the Movie app, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
13.5 W (~4 h of use) – heavy browsing in Edge, Balanced Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
24.2 W (~2 h 10 min of use) –gaming – NFS:Most Wanted, High Performance Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON.
The i5-8250U proved more efficient than an i5-7200U with movies/Youtube and little more power hungry with browsing and multitasking. Overall though, if you were afraid the extra cores would take a toll on battery life, that’s not at all the case.
The Spin 5 comes with a 45 W power brick that weighs .25 kg / .55 lbs with the EU cables. It’s compact, but a little heavier than other 45 W chargers I’ve seen. A full charge takes about 2 hours and there’s no quick-charge feature as far as I can tell.
Price and availability
Acer offers the Spin 5 in multiple configurations, with dual-core and quad-core processors.
The Core i5-8250U version of the Spin 5 SP513-52N sells for around 900 EUR in Europe and about $800 in the US, which is a competitive price. More powerful configurations built on the Core i7-8550U processor are also an option for $100 more.
Follow this link for more details at the time you’re reading the post.
Acer also offers a larger 15-inch version of this laptop built on the same quad-core KabyLake-R Core U platform, but with Nvidia 1050 graphics. This one starts at just under $1000 in the US.
More details via this link.
The new Spin 5 improves on many aspects of the previous generation. It’s entirely built out of metal and looks nice, it gets a brighter panel with pen support, it gets better front-facing speakers and a bigger battery, paired with fast wireless and proper IO.
Then there’s the hardware. The quad-core KabyLake-R processor performs flawlessly and efficiently with everyday use and gives a bump in multi-core power when needed, mostly for multitasking and even demanding loads. Given Intel prices the i5-8250U just a bit above the i5-7200U and around $100 under the i7-7500U, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t get this new i5 configuration, unless you plan to use your computer lightly, in which case the older i5-7200U models make sense as well.
When it comes to demanding chores and games though, there’s only that much you can expect from this processor inside this thin format. So if you’re looking for the most powerful thin-and-light convertible, this Spin 5 might not be for you.
It’s also not the most compact or the lightest, which you’ll primarily feel in tablet mode, especially when compared to the likes of the
Lenovo Yoga 720 13, Asus Zenbook UX360UA or even the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1. But it does get a bigger battery and it should get you KabyLake-R configurations sooner than most rivals.
So all in all, while there are a few aspects that could steer you away from the Spin 5 SP513-52N, I believe this will retain the best-buy badge of the previous Spin 5 if Acer actually delivers on pricing. I would however suggest buying from a place that offers a good return policy and good after sale services, as Acer’s quality control isn’t that great, based on what I could find online on the previous Spin 5.
That wraps-up this article. The comments section below is open though, so if you have any questions about the Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N or the KabyLake-R platform, as well as any feedback or anything to add to the post, feel free to get in touch and we’ll help if we can.
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. I've a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering and I've been covering mobile technology since the 2000s. You'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site, as well as some occasional first-impression articles.
August 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm
I have just read about the Acer Switch 7 presented at the IFA:
It has an 8th generation Core i7 CPU and an Nvidia MX150 GPU, yet it is only passively cooled, having no fans. I find this delicious, and I'd love to read about it on your blog if you ever get your hands on it and have the time to share your impressions with us.
August 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm
Will happen, but this product is scheduled for the end of the year, so it will be a while.
August 31, 2017 at 1:49 pm
No, I don't think so. 54 WHr is absolutely unacceptable for a 13" laptop with a ULV processor. Especially now since they've raised the core no. and reduced the base clock. Which means more power draw while performing everyday load and multitasking, as also confirmed by numbers in this review.
For reference, my 2015 MBP13 had a much bigger 75 WHr battery and I only got 8 hours at most when browsing the web at 150 nits. And my current Lenovo Yoga 910 (14"FHD) that has a bigger 78 WHr battery and a much less powerful 15 watt CPU also gets the same 8 hours, doing the same job on the more poorly optimized Windows 10.
To get 8 hours of full work/school day battery life on these new 13/14" quad-core U series laptops, OEMs need to put in at least 75 WHr capacity cells and maybe more with optional >FHD screen resolutions and dGPUs.
August 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm
Yes but this Spin is a mid-tier laptop and most devices in this range have 48-52 Wh batteries or even smaller. Those you are mentioning are higher tier devices with a higher price. so although I'm with you on laptops with a big battery, I'd expect most buyers would prefer well balanced products that get a big-enough battery, the right weight, the right construction and a price that's not prohibitive. And this Spin 5 is fairly well balanced in its class and segment.
September 4, 2017 at 11:36 am
I know. Forgive me for sounding harsh, it's just that Acer has poor track record when it comes to laptop engineering. Bad power management on top of already small batteries, weak chassis, QC, and little regard for many other minor details. Yes they've gotten much better, but so have Dell Inspirons, Lenovo Yoga/Miix/Ideapads, HP Envy/Pavillions, Asus, and other mid-tier laptops that've been consistently better than Acer in my experience.
And for its weight + price class, 54 WHr isn't really enough. I got my 12" Thinkpad X260 for US$700. Like this acer unit, it too was heavy for its size at 1.5 kg but lasted 18 hours on its good 95 WHr battery. Contrary to what people may argue, I never consider it higher tier due to its weight and other various issues. You could argue that they're different machines aimed at different market segments but at the end of the day, who's gonna care when simply one's better than the other for a similar cost?
September 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm
Well, yes, you're mostly right, but Acer's products are also fairly affordable and somewhat compensate for the lacks by selling for less. Also, it's not really fair to generalize, they have some bad, some decent and some good series, but I wouldn't put all of them in the same basket.
As for the X260, while it's a very nice laptop for what it is (I've been using 12-inch ThinkPads for a long while in the past too, btw), it's different from this Acer Spin: smaller and non-convertible screen, older CPU. So while the x260 might be the better pick for buyers like yourself and others, it's not going to be for someone who wants a bigger touchscreen or the KabyLake-R processor. I'm not saying this Acer is necessarily the answer for those needs, but it's one of the more affordable options. These days there are so many SKUs available that pretty much all needs and particularities should be met and even the pickier buyers would find something that would meet their requirements.
BTW, I switched from the X200 line because I wanted a larger screen, lighter body and quieter fans. I found that in the XPS 13 and I've been using it for more than 2 years now. My next main-laptop would have to be light, long-lasting and fanless, plus have decent IO, excellent keyboard/trackpad, preferably a good 14-inch matte screen. There's no such thing yet :)
September 8, 2017 at 12:25 pm
I'm looking for precisely the same qualities in a laptop, so as soon as you find it please post your review under the title "Found my ideal laptop!" and pin it on the home page of your site so that I see it at a glance.
To your requirements I would add: camera in a "sane" position (not looking into my nostrils), equal and sufficiently large arrow keys (I use them a lot), decent speakers. The CPU and GPU power almost don't matter anymore since even the weakest of them are powerful enough for my needs.
September 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm
August 16, 2018 at 6:20 pm
Well, it seems you are not familiar with Acer laptop especially the newer models – they have a fantastic keyboard, it's better than most of the "superior" brands, and it's far better than the Asus. Touchpad – another big + for Acer Spin 5 but Acer Swift models as well – really nice and very accurate it's a pleasure to work on it. Bright screen, excellent angles, etc. For me as a journalist, it's more important to have all these than the "famous name" on it. I'm not saying there are no much better notebooks out there, I'm just saying it's a very solid, an excellent quality for the money that you can find and no, there is no a better one for that price. Maybe you can find it with a stronger battery, but with worse of the rest.
November 26, 2017 at 12:30 am
The battery on this laptop does seem to die faster than my much older Acer Aspire from 2010. While not terrible I do wish it lasted a bit longer. Ultimately I am happy with my purchase as it only cost me $600 for this laptop from Costco. For that price I can live with a slightly smaller battery. The build quality is all metal and is very nice.
September 4, 2017 at 10:43 am
Hi, which spin 5 has louder fan? With core i5 8250u or 6200u?
September 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm
See both our reviews on the site. If I remember correctly, this newer spin is quieter.
September 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
Nice review, would love to see the 15'' model with gtx 1050 reviewed , pretty sure they make a nitro model that has red trim but also a non-gamer version with the same specs.
October 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm
I am planning to buy a laptop with 8th gen i7 by mid October. My budget is below $1100. I was planning on buying Hp envy 13t or acer spin 5 or swift 5. It is better to avoid spin 5 after the review as it doesn't deliver much on performance.
The new Hp envy 13t is offering 8th gen processors, fast charging ,4K display and fingerprint scanner. Only problem with envy 13 t is that it is coming with ddr3 ram. How much effect does it have on performance? Now it is currently available for $1050 after $150 discount. Will you be doing a review on it? Do u think It is better to wait till December and buy acer swift 5 which starts at $999?
October 8, 2017 at 3:55 am
HI, sry for the late reply. I don't think I'll get to review it, HP and Dell laptops are hard to get over here.
I wouldn't worry that much about DDR3. Yes, the DDR4 is faster in certain apps, but the differences are pretty small with the kind of tasks you'd be running on such thin and light laptops.
As for waiting for the Swift 5, I don't know, we'll have to see it in action first and later conclude if it's worth the attention or not.
October 11, 2017 at 10:12 am
I have some questions about the trackpad:
1) How loud is the rattle?
2) Can you hear the rattle with light taps?
3) Is the top of the trackpad harder to press than the bottom half?
4) Can you record a short audio sample of the trackpad noise?
Trackpad noise really bothers me with all non-Apple laptops where those are very solid and make no tapping noises (even older models that relied on physical clicks).
October 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm
I've returned the laptop and unfortunately I can't remember anything else besides what I noted in the article. I'd say it doesn't rattle with light taps, otherwise I wouldn't have mentioned it. I too am very sensible to this particular aspect. Also, yes, the upper part is harder to press as far as I remember.
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October 20, 2017 at 4:27 am
Any idea on how to buy this Canada and when? The only place this seems to be available if costco.com w which doesn't deliver to Canada.
Really good review. Very helpful.
November 2, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N with kaby lake r i5 8250u. This is probably the worst laptop I've ever tried. Ever. My girlfriend and I read a couple of reviews and said ok, this sounds like a pretty sweet deal, it could be cool. Ordered it a week ago, picked it up in the store today.
In two hours the following happened:
27% of battery drained during 25 minutes of playing Life is Strange.
CPU temperature by cores from one to four: 93c, 90c, 87c, 85c. It's ULTRAHOT.
After realizing how hot the computer is, we turned it off and left it to cool down for about fifteen minutes. When we booted it up again, the trackpad didn't work.
This is a rare occasion of an ultra shitty product, returning it to the store tomorrow and asking for a refund, as I don't believe it's built right.
Really guys, steer clear.
After numerous restarts, the trackpad is still not working. It's a bad product and I don't think anyone should risk it.
November 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm
Well, it gets hot, that's for sure, and it's mentioned in the article. That could be tweaked with undervolting and it's not like other ultraportables with similar hardware run cooler, though.
As far as battery drain goes, not sure how demanding Life is strange is, but you shouldn't expect to get more than 1.5 to 2 hours of gaming on such a laptop anyway. 25% in 25 minuted sound about right to me, not sure why you expected different.
I understand your frustration and I'm definitely not the Devil's advocate here, but you're complaining about things that are just normal with this kind of computers, not sure what you were expecting…
November 2, 2017 at 5:17 pm
Wait, you got 46c tops under game load, and I just got 98c on a pause screen of Life is Strange, how is that even similar? I can get the battery drain, but 98c on one of the cores on a pause screen?
November 3, 2017 at 4:54 am
Mine actually topped at 87 C with games: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/perf-temps-gaming-battery-4.png . And then throttled fast, as you can see in that pic, otherwise it would have probably got hotter. Perhaps yours doesn't throttle as badly and hence the higher temps.
I agree high 90s is unreasonable and wouldn't accept those temp either, but I would still try undervolting first and see if it helps. And btw, did you get yours with the i5, or the i7?
November 3, 2017 at 7:35 am
Yeah, I didn't see for how long it actually peaked. I took the i5 version, the difference in price was 200€, and according to benchmarks, it's only a 5-6% difference in speed. I tried Ori and The Blind Forest and Skyrim as well, and they peaked at 70/80c, so that's a big difference. My girlfriend fell in love with the laptop, and we took the 4 year no matter what thingy, so it seems it will stay in the house. She said she's just not gonna game. I started restoring her old and superbulky 17" HP 6830s, and after giving it a good clean and fitting it with an ssd, it's working unexpectedly fast, so it's her decision whether we're keeping the Acer or not. I'm typing this on it now, and man, I have to admit it's a sexy piece of hardware. Temp at 34c right now, and unlike in your review, the fan actually shuts off when it's not under load, so it's noiseless. But it gave me a good scare with 98c, I must admit.
November 3, 2017 at 9:08 am
Well, good to hear it worked out for you, I do consider this a good buy for its price and I still encourage you to undervolt that CPU to get temps and even noise lower. This article explains how to do it, it's simple, just don't go down too much: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/10167-laptop-undervolting-overcloking/
November 4, 2017 at 10:51 am
Thanks, man. As soon as I get some free time, I'll do it and check back with the results. :)
November 4, 2017 at 5:06 pm
Buyers beware: this laptop doesn't support HDMI 2.0 (i.e. no [email protected]).
November 5, 2017 at 11:13 am
can you provide a complete review of Acer Nitro 5 Spin i5-8th gen variant.i'm looking forward to buy that laptop.
November 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Thanks a lot for a very detailed review, it looks like yours is the only one that I can find using Google right now. I am convinced that this is suitable for my needs, but I am worried about the build quality, especially after seeing feedback on the older models in this series. I understand that the older models used plastic while this is all metal, but does it really translate to a better feel? What about the hinge, do you think it will last a few years?
November 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm
The build quality seems pretty good, but I can't really tell how well the hinges will age. I'd say they should be OK with proper use, but I haven't open every part of the mechanism and I don't know if there aren't any potential weak points.
November 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm
Thank you, appreciate your response!
November 17, 2017 at 1:52 am
I finally bought this and so far like it. Do you have any tips on removing crapware from this?
November 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm
Thank you! Does a clean install find all the drivers requires automatically? Is the extra trouble worth it?
November 18, 2017 at 6:22 am
It should. Can't tell for sure though. Is worth it imo
November 15, 2017 at 7:18 pm
2 weeks in:
– Multiple blue screens for no reason
– Overheating when using only 2 tabs on Chrome
– Sometimes it won't restart, just turns off with vents going berzerk, frequently
– Battery got drained while on a charger during an overnight "update" (it didn't update anything)
– Sound doesn't work every other time
– Acer folks told me to update bios, when I did, it did the same "won't restart" thing, and was like that for about 10 minutes, not responding to ANYTHING
Now, I somehow make it work each time, but this is my girlfriend's laptop and it should be fully operational out of the box. It is not, not by a long shot. It's a faulty product, and I'd never ever purchase it again. Ever.
August 27, 2018 at 3:01 am
Dude if your laptop is crashing and not restarting and sound is not working then you have a lemon don't you think? I'm sorry to hear that but as to your concerns with heat you might want to compare these two reviews on NotebookCheck: notebookcheck.net/Huawei-Matebook-X-Pro-i5-8250U-MX150-Laptop-Review.303146.0.html#toc-emissions and notebookcheck.net/Acer-Spin-5-SP513-52N-54SF-i5-8250U-FHD-Convertible-Laptop-Review.266660.0.html#toc-performance .
Scroll down to "Temperature" and look at the figures with 9 boxed off sections with degrees in the middle, NOT the heat vision pictures. Compare both on max load and tell me what you think about this laptop's thermals, is it really as bad as you think or are you just nitpicking? The Matebook X Pro is an example of a laptop that has crap thermals, this one stays relatively cool and gets hot only in a few sections. I hope anyone reading his comment doesn't get misinformed about this laptop
November 18, 2017 at 1:26 am
Can this support Windows 10 Pro version. Are all drivers available. Will I lose any functionality if this is reimaged.
November 26, 2017 at 12:33 am
I am considering upgrading the SSD in this laptop to a 1 TB m.2 nvme SSD. However, I am having a hard time figuring out whether the motherboard will support the faster nvme ssd or not. Will this support the Samsung m.2 nvme SSDs, such as this one? (samsung.com/us/computing/memory-storage/solid-state-drives/ssd-960-evo-m-2-1tb-mz-v6e1t0bw/)
November 27, 2017 at 4:55 am
U can't tell for sure. Normally it should work, as the M.2 connector has an M-Key, but there might be compatibility issues. You'd better wait for someone else to do it first, or at least buy from a place that allows easy return in case it doesn't work.
April 30, 2018 at 8:25 pm
I'm facing the same question. Have you put in an NVMe SSD (if yes, which one) and did it work? Or have you found any other definite results?
May 6, 2018 at 6:42 pm
I went ahead and tried, Samsung EVO 960 1 TB (MZ-V6E1T0BW), which is M.2 PCIe NVMe, works. For some details see community.acer.com/en/discussion/comment/570332/#Comment_570332
December 4, 2017 at 8:44 pm
Hi Andrea! I'm looking at the Acer Spin 5. You said that the fan is always on, but that there is no electrical noise. Did you hear any high frequency buzzing or chirping with this model? I'm asking because I'm sensitive to some sounds and had this issue with Acer Swift 3. Thanks!
December 5, 2017 at 4:39 am
No such noised in my experience. Some people on another forum reported that there is a chirping noise, though only while playing audio, if the battery level goes below 10%. I wanted to test it, but had to keep my battery charged, so didn't get a chance.
February 9, 2018 at 4:07 am
In my country, we got a core i3-7310u. bizarre as the old version is equipped with core i5-7200u.
would like to know which deliver better performance?
February 16, 2018 at 4:05 am
I'd get the i5.
March 21, 2018 at 12:59 pm
Hello again Andrei,
I have come up with three final choices, thanks for your info you sent me this morning! Which one would you recommend please? I use a laptop for relatively light purposes, which are Office, online movies such as neflix. What is important for me is of course, performance of the processor, wifi and data transmission speeds, but also, its weight as I carry it around a bit. I don't use the laptop for gaming or video/graphic editing. Of course, with a budget of some 650 euros, I realise my options are limited, although there are some pretty decent laptops for the uses I mention above.
My three choices are
. Asus UX330 ua
. Asus UX331.
. Acer SP 513
Costco offers a very good 2 year garanty on laptops, hence my choice for the UX331 and Acer SP 513.
The Acer Swift 3 would serve my needs, but it is relatively heavy, weight also counts for me!
Thank you in advance for your reply!
March 22, 2018 at 4:43 am
I'd probably go with the UX330 or UX331, The UX330 gets a slightly bigger battery, but is also a bit heavier.
Make sure to get something with 8 GB of RAM, as 4 GB are not enough for daily use and there's no way to upgrade it on these thin laptops.
March 22, 2018 at 9:29 am
Good morning Andrei,
My goodness, thank you so much for your advice, you are so kind to take the time to do this! Yes, I want at least 8GO of RAM, thank you for reminding me this choice is preferable, as the RAM can't be updated. I will most likely take the UX331, as it is so light and that I travel a lot with my computer.
I will let you know when I get it and try it.
Thank you again for your generosity!
March 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm
Thanks for the kind words. Looking forward to your feedback.
January 7, 2019 at 8:44 pm
I am having Acer spin 5 SP513-52N-55LV with 8GB Ram, any advise to upgrade RAM to 16GB.
January 8, 2019 at 1:04 pm
Not possible, the RAM is soldered on that laptop