Acer is refreshing its convertible laptop lineup with two new members of the Acer Spin family.
The new Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N is a 13.5 inch notebook with a 2256 x 1504 pixel touchscreen display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. But you’ll have to wait until June to buy this model, which is expected to sell for about $899 and up.
Acer’s new Spin 3 SP513-54N should be available a little sooner. It’s coming in April for $699 and up, and features a 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. This model’s also a little heavier and gets a little less battery life — those are some of the reasons for the lower starting price.
Both laptops feature 10th-gen Intel “Ice Lake” processors with support for up to Intel Iris Plus graphics, and both feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, WiFi 6, and Wacom pens with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and support for fast charging.
Both laptops also support fast charging — Acer says the Spin 5 should get up to 15 hours of battery life on a charge, while the Spin 3 tops out at 12. But plugging either in for 30 minutes should give you up to 4 hours of battery life. Take those battery life estimates with a grain of salt though — like most PC makers, Acer tends to be fairly liberal with those numbers. Real-world run time will likely be much lower.
And both laptops feature 360-degree hinges, touchscreen displays, support for up to 16GB of RAM and feature stereo speakers and dual microphones. But there are some key differences.
Acer Spin 5 (SP513-54N)
This 2.65 pound laptop has a magnesium aluminum body and palm rest. The laptop measures 0.59 inches (14.9mm) thick.
It will be available with up to an Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake processor, 16GB of LPDDR4X memory, and 1TB of PCIe NVme storage.
The Spin 5 features a 56 Wh battery and has Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port and a microSD card reader as well as support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
Other features include a fingerprint reader and active pen support — Acer will offer a choice of Wacom AES 1.0 or Wacom AES 2.0 pens (the cheaper Spin 3 only supports AES 1.0 technology)
Acer Spin 3 (SP314-54N)
The more affordable Spin 3 is a bit thicker and heavier, at 0.67 inches (16.9mm) and 3.31 pounds. It has an aluminum body and a lower-resolution display. But it does have one feature the Spin 5 lacks — support for dual SSD storage.
Acer will offer this model with up to an Intel Core i5-1035G4 processor, up to 16GB of LPDDR4X memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe solid state storage.
The laptop supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 and features a single Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI port, a microSD card reader and an audio jack.
The new Spin 3 laptop is powered by a 48 Wh battery and supports a pen input when used with an Acer Active Pen.