The Acer Spin 5 lets you create and entertain easily from home – or wherever you might be working.
It only took a pandemic to make it stick but flexible working is finally here to stay and we need technology that supports this movement. That’s where Acer comes in with its 2020 line-up of laptops, desktops and monitors to get you through the workday.
Weighing in at just 1.2 kg and a mere 14.9 mm thin, Acer Spin 5 is portable. It goes wherever you go and in my case that extends to the dining room table as well as nearby hotels where I’m meant to be taking a break. Deciding whether or not to take the Spin 5 on a recent staycation was a no brainer because it was easy to slide it in my beach bag and go. It didn’t take up much space or weigh me down and I was happy to have it when a work request came through.
Devices that are used on-the-go should also be durable and Spin 5 meets the mark with a sleek magnesium-aluminum alloy body. It features a 360-degree durable hinge design, which allows you to rotate the screen to comfortably read, write, sketch or stream your favourite shows. The different modes also help with airflow for improved cooling.
The 13.5 inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass and 7.78 mm ultra-narrow bezel combined give Spin 5 an over 80% screen-to-body ratio. What does this mean? I had more than enough screen space to view my entire blog in desktop mode and fill in spreadsheets. In fact, Spin 5 has increased its screen real estate by 18% over previous models.
The Spin 5 comes packed with loads of connectivity options including Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and multiple fully functional USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support. The device seamlessly connected to both my home and hotel Wi-Fi networks without interruption.
In terms of its processing ability, Spin 5 gets top marks yet again. It’s under “Project Athena”, which means it has a Powerful i7 Processor with Iris+ graphics, fast charge (a must for any laptop these days) and SSD storage.
Spin 5 runs Windows 10 and supports Microsoft Cortana. I haven’t conceded management of my life to a virtual assistant yet but Cortana is a welcomed voice throughout the setup process. I also noticed a few slight improvements to how the assistant works since the last time I reviewed a Windows device. Now, Cortana tells you in text on the screen when the device is listening. In my opinion, that small change streamlined audio commands a great deal.
Today’s software solutions are nothing if not part of an end-to-end ecosystem so I was pleasantly surprised when prompted to establish a connection between Spin 5 and my Android device. The process involved downloading the Microsoft Phone Companion app from the Google Play Store, signing in to my Microsoft account and connecting the two devices. This is just one more element that makes Spin 5 perfect for people like me who work and create virtually anywhere.
Spin 5 is compatible with the Acer Active Stylus, which is a true game changer once the kids get involved. They can manage input more easily whether they are completing schoolwork or casually using a coloring app. The stylus was also easy for my kids to handle thanks to the fact that it features 4,096 different levels of pressure sensitivity, which makes it feel very similar to writing on paper.
The stylus dock keeps it safe from loss and also acts as a charger. After just 15 minutes on the charger it gives up to 90 minutes of use.
Safety is a must and I appreciate the fact that Spin 5 is equipped with a fingerprint reader. As with anything, changing your grip takes some getting used to but all in all, the fingerprint scanner, located in the upper right hand corner of the track pad, worked well.
I can’t survive with all work and no play so the Spin 5 came in handy during downtime too. With dual front facing stereo speakers and a larger screen, I didn’t miss a single shady moment of Selling Sunset.
Acer Spin 5 is available at Sharaf DG for AED 5,699.