With 2-in-1 convertibles being in demand, Acer released its newest version of Spin 1(SP111-31) notebook. It is a stylish-looking Hybrid convertible laptop with an extremely affordable price tag. There are lots of 2-in-1s which come under the same price range but as far as the performance is concerned, Acer Spin 1 easily tops the list.
Although Acer Spin 1 doesn’t pack as much power in it but still, it really is one of the most reasonable notebooks that you can buy under this price tag.
Price and Availability:
Acer spin 1 was initially released with the starting price of $329 for 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. Later on, an updated version with 64GB storage was made available for about $370. We’d recommend you to buy the 64GB version if you want to install challenging apps or store some personal data like photos or videos on the drive.
Acer spin 1 comes with a Celeron N3350 CPU and an extremely alluring outlook. There is a lack of storage resources, as you may have already noticed but still, it is quite remarkable when compared with other convertibles coming under the same category.
Design and outlook:
Acer spin 1 may be cheap but its aesthetics are quite fascinating. The company had tried their best to make it look as appealing as possible and we have to admit, they did a good job. The colors combination being used is solely meant to attract its user at first sight.
Hinges and the outer shell are covered with blue color and although it is made of plastic, a fabric type pattern gives it a good grip. The blue color on the lid and underside gives it an appealing look. The inside of laptop has a brushy type of texture.
It can be easily taken anywhere easily as it only weighs about 1.5kg and is only about 2cm thick. Hinges are extraordinarily flexible and can make the laptop rest at any position.
Keyboard and Touchpad:
There’s not much that you should expect from a convertible laptop when it comes to keyboard and touchpad as there is hardly enough space to work with.
But still, the designers of Acer Spin 1 managed to come up with a comfortable and responsive design for its keyboard which allows the user to work faster. The buttons are 1.4mm in vertical length and there is no stiffness i.e. the buttons is smooth, sleek and comfortable.
Acer spin 1 comes with 4.1 x 2.3 inches a rectangular shaped touchpad which provides easy navigation and there is no convulsively. It supports multi-touch gestures.
Ports and Connectivity:
Acer Spin 1 may be thin but still provides decent connectivity. On the left side, there is a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port and a micro SD card reader. Isn’t surprising it? You can increase the default storage capacity of your laptop by inserting an SD card in it. On the right side, there is a USB 2.0 port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
It lacks the standard USB-C port but still provides pretty reasonable connectivity. With HDMI port, you can attach a monitor easily or turn your laptop into a TV.
Audio and Webcam:
This is where things get kind of rough for Acer Spin 1 users. Although the audio quality is quite reasonable, it is not loud enough. It can only fill one small room worth of space. But since the quality is good, you can attach other accessories to it like audio amplifiers to get loud enough sound. There is no facility on Acer’s part about the loudness.
The camera is particularly not so good, to be honest. Images and video quality is probably worse than your Smartphone. Images taken are grainy and blurry. But you can’t expect a low budget gadget to have everything in it. So, you’ll just have to deal with it.
Heat Emanation Review:
Users have found Acer Spin 1 to remain cool after considerable use. But we had to test it out for the sake of this review. Generally, the temperature below 100 degrees Fahrenheit after about 20 minutes of use is considered to be reasonable. And guess what? It passed the test.
The display of Acer spin 1 is quite fascinating. It comes with an 11.6 inches IPS LCD display. The display quality tops even some of the best and expensive laptops out there. There is no contrast shift i.e. the image quality remains unchanged when tilted to another angle. The colors are bright and you can observe the fine contrast between the colors.
Remember when we said, “You can easily take it anywhere you want”? But wait; make sure to bring the charger with it. It lasts for about 7 hours with continuous WiFi surfing. The battery life is kind of an issue here that’s because; at least 8-9 hours of battery timing is being expected from the laptops of this category. 6-8 hours can get you through your work but it is not feasible for traveling purposes.
Although the processor is not so powerful, Acer spin 1 proved to be a reasonable multi-tasking device. It has an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor, enough for average usage. The base speed of processor was found to be just 1.1 GHz which is kind of slow.
But still, we tried to do some multitasking like surfing the web while running some applications in the background and it worked just fine. There was still kind of a lag for a bit even though we didn’t try out any system toll taking applications.
Acer Spin 1 scored just 1823 scores on the Geek bench 4 which are pretty poor as compared to older convertibles that were also in the competition. If you want to run challenging apps then it really is not the thing for you. It can be used by an average user for average use but that’s just about it (Sorry Gamers).
Acer Spin 1 is quite reasonable considering its price. If you want a cheesy and stylish looking convertible in low price then Acer Spin 1 is probably your best choice. Although there are lots of compromises on performance but still it looks great and works very well for the price it comes with.