Acer Spin 5 review and specs | Best laptop Reviews 2020

If you’re looking for a lightweight laptop that easily converts into a tablet, let me introduce you to the updated Acer Spin 5.

Weighing 1.2kg with a 3: 2 aspect ratio, it has everything a successful laptop needs. We got the opportunity to take a closer look at the laptop at the CES 2020 tech show in Las Vegas.


  • 10th Gen Intel Core processors;
  • 13.5-inch touchscreen (3: 2, 2K);
  • Up to 16 GB of RAM;
  • Up to 1TB PCIe SSD;
  • Wireless connection Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax);
  • Thunderbolt 3 x2, USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen 1) x2, HDMI, microSD ports;
  • Acer Active stylus with Wacom AES technologies;
  • Weight: 1.2kg;
  • Price: from 999 $ (65000r + VAT);
  • Release date: March, 2020


There are several reasons to take a closer look at Spin 5. First, the price. Acer has always had aggressive pricing policies and this 2020 update is no different, starting at $ 999 (RUR 65,000 + VAT), which is not bad considering the laptop’s hardware.

Among others, the 10th Gen Intel Core processors stand out, including the Core i5-1035G4 inside the laptop we tested. Even though it’s only a Core i5, it works with Intel Iris Plus graphics, which offers much better frame rates than previous generations of Intel integrated graphics.

We’re also fans of the Acer Active Stylus, which sits comfortably in a dedicated compartment and also supports Wacom AES 1.0 technology. This means that you get a handy writing and drawing tool that is not so easy to lose, otherwise you will have

Another strong point is the Acer Spin 5 display with a resolution of 2256 x 1504 pixels. At first glance – we didn’t test the screen – it’s a decent panel, although not an impressive IPS, but we really like the 3: 2 aspect ratio. Thanks to the high resolution, you can be sure of detail that will allow you to work with two windows side-by-side, although you need good vision.


We used a pre-production laptop, which means that we can look forward to an improvement in the finish when the Acer Spin 5 (2020) is retail. The fact is that the existing design is not so convenient in tablet mode when you rotate the laptop lid 360 degrees.

This solution, as usual, means that your fingers touch the keys when you hold the device in tablet mode, but a significant problem is that the hinge protrudes slightly backwards, meaning the back of the lid does not fit perfectly to the bottom of the chassis. When you write or draw, you may see a slight gap. Imagine that you are sitting in a cafe, and the table is not completely stable on the floor.


Acer didn’t leave much room for criticism. A gorgeous keyboard we’ve never seen better? No, she’s a little soft, but otherwise she’s perfectly normal. There is no infrared camera, but you do get a built-in fingerprint scanner integrated into the touchpad.

All ports and any communications of the laptop are well thought out. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports are located on the left, along with an HDMI port, USB Type-A and a microSD slot. On the right side, there is a second USB Type-A port and a 3.5mm headset jack. Plus, the laptop works with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) for fast and wireless network connections.

While we don’t think the Spin 5 will receive any design awards, it’s a pleasure to look at thanks to its slim aluminum body.


This is a very promising laptop, and thanks to the price of 65,000 rubles + VAT, there is no need to complain about the cost. While we don’t know the battery life, the 56 Wh battery suggests it will last at least eight hours or more.

Simply put, we love the Acer Spin 5 (2020) and look forward to testing the laptop in March.

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