Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) Convertible Laptop Review

December 19, 2016
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Acer is known to produce affordable yet acceptable quality notebooks. Also the popular type, the 2-in-1, is not unknown to them – one of their latest convertibles is Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU). It looks only good when reading the spec sheet – Full HD and SSD included – but how about when a closer examination takes place?

General performance

In my opinion, you really need to have a solid-state drive in a 2-in-1 laptop. Well, Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) has got that down, there’s 128GB M.2 SSD installed. The only problem with it could be the small size, one hundred gigabytes might fill quickly if you download a lot of stuff. There are no empty bays for extra drives, but the current one can be upgraded if you tear down half of the notebook.

For day-to-day work, the processor is decent. The Core i3-6100U is a 6th generation Intel with two cores and 2.3GHz clock speed (no turbo) to keep you running. For your information, its score in CPU Mark is 3900 which is very decent for a convertible model. You can use it for lightweight and multimedia tasks easily.

For memory the notebook has one 8GB DDR4 stick installed. It is a lot to begin with, but if you want more, be advised that the maximum is 16 gigabytes (one slot for RAM in the system).

How does it work for gaming?

Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) isn’t considered a gaming notebook, the fact there is integrated Intel HD 520 graphics doesn’t make it good for players. Newer, demanding 2015-2016 games are a tough or impossible job for it, the older favorite GTA 5 would get around 30 frames per second on low settings & 720p resolution. Titles that are older, or those with simple graphics such as WoW run fine no matter what settings you use.

How about connectivity?

Well, there is a HDMI-out on this laptop, so it accepts an external monitor if you want to plug in one. Also USB ports are present: two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0.

There’s no optical drive which is very common for convertible models. But, you’ll get to use the media card reader, it can expand the local storage, for example.

The computer doesn’t have RJ-45 port for networking, but surely a Wireless adapter (802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0) is included to get you connected.

What other things to keep in mind?

The touch screen of Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU) flips 360 degrees into a tablet mode. Its diagonal is compact 13.3 inches and resolution very good 1920×1080 a.k.a. Full HD. The IPS panel type should make professionals happy since it often brings accurate colors and 180 degree viewing angles to the table. Integrated webcam is found on top.

Bear in mind this notebook has no stylus support. Backlit keyboard is sort of available: the back of the keys are illuminated.

I see good things about the battery life on the 4-cell 48Whr unit. Several people have said it lasts ca. 8 hours on typical home/office use. Just remember the battery can’t be easily replaced.

Summing it up

There are many things you can do with Acer Spin 5 (SP513-51-30EU), the obvious thing being dual unit of laptop and tablet. Itself, the screen is gorgeous, offering high-standards 1080p resolution and IPS panel for your enjoyment. The performance for software is in check, this computer isn’t even afraid of some occasional Photoshop stuff. The one drawback would be gaming performance – you can’t get good thing for players at this price. If that doesn’t worry you, the Acer should fit the bill nicely!

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