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Acer Spin 5 Convertible Laptop, 13.5″ 2K 2256 x 1504 IPS Touch, 10th Gen

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Acer Spin 5 Convertible Laptop, 13.5″ 2K 2256 x 1504 IPS Touch, 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7, 16GB LPDDR4X, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit KB, FPR, Rechargeable Active Stylus, SP513-54N-74V2

Brand Acer
Operating System Windows 10 Home
CPU Manufacturer Intel
Screen Size 13.5 Inches
Computer Memory Size 16 GB
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor (Up to 3. 9GHz) 16GB LPDDR4X Memory 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 13.5″ Acer VertiView 2K 2256 x 1504 Widescreen IPS LED-backlit Touch Display (3:2 aspect ratio) Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX201 802. 11ax Backlit Keyboard fingerprint reader up to 15 hours battery life
  • 2 – USB 3. 1 Type C port supporting USB 3. 1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps), DisplayPort over USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, USB Charging, DC-in, 2 – USB 3. 2 Gen 1 port (one featuring power-off charging) & 1 – HDMI 2. 0 port
  • Co-Engineered for Mobile Performance by Intel and Acer Rechargeable Acer Active Stylus with Wacom AES 1. 

Additional information

CPU

Intel Core i7 10th Gen, Intel Core i5 10th Gen

Style

Notebook Only, Notebook with Mouse, Notebook with Backpack

15 reviews for Acer Spin 5 Convertible Laptop, 13.5″ 2K 2256 x 1504 IPS Touch, 10th Gen

  1. RD

    This is a great computer at a fair price that is really close to being an outstanding computer.Pros:Beautiful screen, fast, excellent port selection for size, lightweight, great keyboard feel, good value and nice build qualityCons:Plastic touchpad (super disappointing given the gorilla glass screen), touchpad off centre to the keyboard and the palm rest (need to turn off 1 finger right clicking or be faced with lots of inadvertent right clicks), cluttered text on the keys (seriously who needs to see the fake numberpad?), questionable stylus accuracy, small amount of light bleed along the bottom, poor fingerprint reader, no USB-C port on the rightWould be close to perfect with a glass touchpad, USB-C ports on both sides for charging convenience, and a more simple keyboard without the cluttered simulated numberpad.

  2. ykhakuna

    It’s light and and looks sturdy and fast performance with the params. Comparing with the market and price in USA and Canada, this one has good price & performance. . For me, I’m not gamer and GPU killer (machine learning something), so normal usage is enough. I opened VirtualBox, multi-chrome with 4k video, Edge, word, etc. It’s still smooth. The touchscreen is useful if you have a lot of work for note, drawing, etc. The data transfer is really fast, tested by software tool. One is internal ssd, the other is through USB 3.0 ssd. I tried to look at the Zenbook at BB, but if you have this one, then you would forget it. All in all, it has good price, good performance, and is easy to use.

  3. Matt

    FYI … here’s the most common reason for laptop/computer returns – Norton.I honestly don’t know why they are in business still.The default Norton installation protects the boot sector. It’s great until you try to update the OS. Unless your OS is the latest? Norton WILL brick your laptop/computer during OS update.If they cared, they’d have updated their detection.Uninstall Norton before updating your purchases, or your boot sector will be corrupted and you’ll be wondering why.

  4. Nolan Davenport

    For some backstory, I have never been one to buy a product based on its peripherals, such as touchscreen, or keyboard, or anything of that nature. I’ve always wanted pure power. My first few laptops were purchased based on me weighing how fast it is for the buck.This purchase was different because I had different goals in mind for a laptop. My goal for this purchase was to have the perfect laptop for note taking in college (and to save the hundreds of wasted loose leaf paper used to practice my 5 mathematics courses). The only option for me was a 2 in 1 laptop. After some research, this laptop seemed to give the most bang for the buck. So, here I am!This laptop surprised me in just how premium it felt. It was much thinner than any other laptop I’ve ever owned, yet it felt sturdier and more secure. Probably because it is made of metal, as opposed to a cheap plastic. I feel like This laptop wont just out of nowhere, have a damaged hinge, like my last laptop did, even though I didn’t drop it or anything. It is strong and feels really nice. The metal is a nice matte aluminum, so it feels nice to the touch and doesn’t smudge easily.In terms of the performance of this laptop, it is really impressive. This specific laptop in the spin 5 series has impressive stats in every sector of computing. Very nice CPU, with the i7, a lot of ram at high speeds (3200 MHZ I think), and a super speedy NVMe SSD, which makes this thing load stuff almost instantly. It even turns on from being booted off almost instantly. Its very nice and perfect for people who need a computer that is usable the instant that they need it.The touchscreen with the wacom pen is amazing, plain and simple. The touchscreen feels better than my smart phone, so obviously I think its great, and the pen feels almost like i’m writing on paper. More like a slightly sticky whiteboard, but still. Because of that, I believe that 98% of what I write down next semester will be on this bad boy. It just completely replaces pen and paper. Now I can feel better because I am not wasting so much paper.Now for some downsides. The screen aspect ratio is stupid. Yes, I said it, having a taller screen is a thing of the past yet this laptop thought it could get away with it. It looks stupid and feels stupid. Videos now have huge upper and lower black bars, which wastes screen real estate. They even advertise the taller screen as a feature, as if it is a new technology. Come on!This laptop is kind of hard to open. You definitely need two hands to do it and you have to tilt it up to where the hinge is down and the part that it opens is facing up and then you have to pry it open. I think its like this because of the magnets they use to keep it closed. Its not the worst thing, because of how I love this computers features, but It does annoy me.The touchpad is hard to click with. You have to press pretty hard so it makes clicking a little clunky. It isn’t the end of the world, but mac books are definitely easier in this sector.And that is about it in the cons department. I highly recommend this product. If you don’t mind the cons that I listed, this laptop is perfect for being on the go!

  5. PattyCakes

    Update: the overall feel is quite cheap. I charged it for a while, tried turning it on and it said the battery was dead. The exterior paint chips quite easily. Had a trackpad issue at one point where it was high latency, running a little slow. The charger jack does seem a bit thin and cheap. Seems like companies are trying to do everything: small, thin, powerful, TB3, touchscreen etc. for an affordable price and they cut corners somewhere. I would prefer to buy a solid gaming laptop that has a touchscreen and thunderbolt 3 and pay there extra few bucks, sadly that is not easy to find or costs $4000. I’m trying out a lenovo thinkbook 13s gen 2 with Tb4. Tb4 has better compatibility apparently.Original:Maybe a dud. TB3 glitching, blue screen and sound problem.First just had the occasional screen flickering and misalignment when using TB3 docking station. Would get a bluescreen sometimes if disconnected abruptly. Then the first few times I used the HDMI port it wouldn’t work. Then the sound stopped working from native speakers and headphone jack. Only worked on HDMi or TB3 dock. Tried uninstalling drivers, unistalling devices and reinstalling with no luck. Must be a lemon. Will replace it and see if I get the same results then update.Other than that seems like a good laptop with great performance for the size. Can’t do rendering or gaming, but I had not problems running, big excel sheets, Word, multiple tabs on Chrome, Photoshop, Illustrator and CAD software all at the same time on multiple desktops. Love the screen resolution, built-in stylus and the number of ports, unheard of for laptops these days. Battery seems pretty good, but not as good as claimed. The touchscreen is about the same as a surface when using a pen. You get minor jitters when trying to make straight lines. So it is not good for those who want to use this as a dedicated detailed drawing tool, but for occasional notes and reviewing/marking up it’s fine.

  6. Kas

    Backstory: I returned a recently purchased a 2-in-1 laptop on Amazon and bought this instead. This laptop is about $300 more than the one I returned.Pros:-bright screen: extremely important for me to not strain my eyes because of glares, reflections, or dim screens. I really love how bright the screen can be adjusted-speaker locations (changing laptop positions doesn’t hinder speakers too noticeably)-stylus included and quick charging time-battery life: listening to youtube or reading articles online can last this laptop around 8 hours-backlit keyboard-lightweight (portable)-responsive touchscreen: no issues at all either using my finger or using the stylus-small size: perfect for travel, I am now converted to laptops of this size (less than 14″), I thought it would be too small, but the modern screen ratio and large touchpad make the laptop appear bigger than it iscons:-to charge the stylus: the end of the stylus has a part that juts outward, so you really need to pay attention to how you insert it into the laptop or else it won’t go into the port completely-opening the laptop. Maybe the magnet is too strong for me. I can open with open hand, but it takes me about 5 seconds. My much older HP 2-in-1 didn’t require nearly as much grip strength-The bezel portion at the bottom is larger than I believe necessary. It’s about 3x as thick as the bezel portions on the left/right sides of the display. It does take away from creating a larger display-fingerprint ID is really small and doesn’t register my fingerprint as well as the laptop models with larger fingerprint pads-split-screen in tablet mode: I split my screen between apps, but it’s been proven futile while in tablet mode. The display acts like I tried to adjust tabs or that I am switching between apps. Maybe the screen is too small to accommodate dividing the screen while in tablet mode, or I just haven’t figured out how to do it properlyI would recommend this laptop for students or anyone looking for a touchscreen portable laptop with a bright screen and 2-in-1 design. Bonus is the included stylus.

  7. Wacousta Jones

    I would buy this laptop again. On the whole, I’m quite happy with it. My model has 16 gigs of ram and 512 gigs of storage, which is more than enough for most people. It has a really terrific screen in a 3:2 ratio. You can’t find a 2k screen that format at this price point anywhere. The touchscreen works great and the computer flips nicely into tablet mode. The pen is skinny, but works well and the fact that it docks in the chassis is very handy. I appreciate the touch-button login, which has been working fine for me. But you can see where Acer cut costs to get us that screen: the trackpad is not glass and I find that my fingers don’t slide well on it. The touchpad click is crackly, not crisp. The keys have little travel and it’s a bit clickety-clakety typing on the thing. The speakers are not very good, but the bundled DTS does help get passable sound out of some pretty poor hardware. Still, it’s fine for watching videos. I wouldn’t use it as a music player, though.Acer, if you’re listening: put a glass trackpad on this laptop, and give the keys another millimetre of travel and you’d have a near perfect machine that would put Surface and Mac to shame.

  8. Luke

    I bought this laptop for 2 reasons; the 16GB/512GB extra storage, and the active stylus.First the bugs; there’s no way to know these things until after I bought it. The charger isn’t a USB-C which is the new fad, it’s one of the old style. The charger is much smaller and lighter than the others I have used, so that’s a plus worth mentioning, just not as small as a phone charger… The USB-A port doesn’t go all the way in – on both sides (WTF?) the USB-C ports do though. The SD card slot has a similar problem of sticking out too far for comfort. The stylus position is right next to a screw hole, so a few times I have tried to rip out the screw trying to pull the stylus out… You have to get used to the position, or actually pull up the side to check where you are grabbing – it’s just way too close. There is a noticable gap between the base and screen, with a fan out the back trying to use that space for ventilation – which isn’t used well since the laptop heats up (this is when using a heavy data-cruncher) to an almost un-holdable temperature in just a few minutes. During ‘normal’ usage, the temperature is well regulated and comfortable, but under high loads it can’t be on a lap.Sound and video are superb =) I wasn’t looking for high quality video, but my expectations were exceeded. Great for binging. The battery lasts (these are guesses, not calculations) for ~8 hours doing text editing, ~6 hours binging on youtube, but only ~2 doing data crunchingSecond the stylus. I need a stylus to write math formulas down during video conferencing. It works pretty accurately, but the main problem is that the screen is too flimsy to support writing on it even if i try to put my other hand behind the monitor. If I try to rotate to tent-mode the writing works better, but the camera can’t figure out how to flip itself (and there are no app options to flip the camera vertically), and similarly I can’t just put it down flat because it wants to change to tablet mode, and can’t see me on the ceiling…The big problem with the stylus I found out when I contacted customer service. I expected to get a few extra tips for the stylus in the box, but no. I asked if they sell the tips – they don’t. I asked which tips are the right size – they don’t know. I asked what styluses are compatible – they said the one it comes with. I asked if they sell the stylus itself – they do, but they don’t know how much it costs unless they order it (WTF?) and can’t order one unless the original is broken… So the one tip on the one stylus is all you get if you buy this. When I was using it I also found out the hard way that the stylus battery only lasts about an hour, but can be recharged in just a few seconds. Very disappointed in the no-replacement of the stylus.Third the storage; The RAM is 16GB of DDR4-3200 dual-lane. I don’t know why they can’t say that in the tech specs, but they didn’t. The hard drive is 512GB, but came with 50-60GB pre-filled.

  9. johnathon crowley

    I have had this convertible for 24 hours. So for I love this thing. The touch screen with Photoshop 2020 is perfect. The computer is virtually silent. I came from having a Toshiba from 2010, and this was a massive improvement. With the SSD and the ram I can run multiple programs with ease. ZBrush works great for all those 3D Modelers out there. Adobe Suite runs just fine. Substance painter is a little laggy, but for how small this laptop is, I cannot complain. I like that is has a USB and MicroSD ports. If it didn’t have these I would be at a loss since I do not have any thunderbolt adapters at this time. I recommend this if you want to skip the expensive Mac and Microsoft name brands. I am very impressed.

  10. Charlyene Besedick

    Well, now that I’ve had it a couple of days, I can say this: It has a snappy (good tactile feedback) keyboard with 6 rows of keys which is nice since my old one only had 5 with double duty on the top row. It is deeper (front to back) than others in the same class (over 9″) which is a 3/2 screen ratio which makes it better for documents. I was forever opening and closing the ribbon in Excel to get real estate and now I don’t have to do that. The screen resolution is also a little higher than normal high def without paying the big bucks for 4K at 2256 x 1504. It has 4 USB ports: 2 Thunderbolts and 2 USB-A type, a full size HDMI and an SD card reader. It still has an earphone jack. (I hear some are doing away with it.) There’s a fingerprint reader in the corner of the touch pad. It works better than the one on my Samsung phone. It has a slide-in compartment for the stylus which is nice. The Dell XPS stylus magnetic and sticks on the outside. And best of all, it was almost half the price of the Dell XPS 2 in 1 with the identical components (10th generation i7 processor,16 Gb ram, 512 Gb SSD and Iris Plus graphics). All in all, I’m pretty happy with it. One thing was really miserable though…I moved My Documents from my old laptop to One Drive, then from One Drive to the new laptop. It got hung up when I tried to delete them from One Drive when I was done. I’m blaming Microsoft for that.

  11. Ray

    Fast WifiSetup 30 mins with art programs downloadedVery minimal bloatware on my unit if anyThe screen looks better than my 4k monitorTied with my 4k tv, spin 5 is 2kLove the backlit keyboard and spaced out keysMy 1st 2 in 1 but feels light to meTrack pad is good, no mouse neededTested speakers at 50% w/youtube was adequateFingerprint scanner is my new toy!Hobby Digital Artist Initial Review:Downloaded Affinity Suite (designer, photo, publisher) and Autodesk Sketchbook. It does feel like paper. I have a pro pen 2 with wacom intuos pro and Huion Pw517 pen with the mighty Huion Kamvas 22 Plus. The included pen feels really good for it’s small size. I thought my hand was going to cramp up but was adequate. It does have tilt. The white pen is an active pen that I used on my android tablet. It works too! But doesn’t have 4196 levels of pressure sensitivity or tilt. But the Spin 5 did recognize it, no pairing or anything, just draw! And it automatically sensed when the pen tip was close and has palm rejection. I’ll probably buy a big pen like the white pen that has tilt and 4196 levels of pressure, like wacom bamboo for windows 10. I hooked up my XP pen ac19 remote and it works too no problem.Thank you!

  12. K. Bond.

    I have had two acers in the past, both were falling apart after about 6 years, and since I was so used to them I just wanted another acer but something new and that could also turn into a tablet. I almost went with the HP Envy but started to panic after I saw so many comments on reddit about loud fans. The only thing that really made me hesitate with this Acer was the price (1099) which has not dropped since I bought it in July 2020. I would say that I am overall very happy with my purchase. Pros:- New & fast- Bright! I find that at half brightness its super bright for me.- Thin and portable- No loud fans. When the laptop needs to cool down I do hear the fans but they are quiet.- and despite all the cons I’m going to list I am very happy with my decision to buy itCons:- The screen frame is basically non existent so when you grab the screen to flip it you are activating the touch screen. That gets annoying.- Laptop gets hot when using it while plugged in.- When you flip the screen to rotate the screen auto rotates, I’ve only had it for a few months and it already stopped doing that, even though it says Auto rotate on the screen doesnt rotate.- Battery life isn’t great. Definitely not 8 hours. I feel like it’s half that. Maybe less. Not a problem for me personally since I use it at home, but could be an issue for someone who is using it on the go a lot.- Construction feels good but it’s definitely plastic. I saw a reviewer wrote its metal. It’s not.- The corners are a bit sharp which can sometimes be bothersome when its on my lap. Easily remedied by using a laptop cushion or pillow.Lastly, I’ll add that I bought this because the stylus and flip screen seemed so cool and I barely use either! It’s just more comfortable to use it as a regular laptop. The stylus is really cool though, it’s on the side of the laptop and you wouldn’t even know its there.Happy with it so far and genuinely hope I don’t ever have to update this review! 🙂

  13. Michael

    I once had what you could consider the “Chromebook version” of this laptop, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13. I loved everything about it, and almost regretted returning it, but the fact that it ran Chrome OS made it nothing more than a piece of decoration even with the Android and beta Linux support. This, on the other hand, is the perfect laptop.Unlike Lenovo’s Flex 5, Acer’s Spin 5 actually lets you disable the timeout on the keyboard backlight in the BIOS/UEFI (accessed through advanced startup). It also lets you switch the default behavior of the media keys back to the function keys. While the Flex 5 does have the FnLock mode, it still turns on a persistent indicator LED on the Esc key which can get annoying. On the Spin 5, the setting is passive; it makes it feel as though the function keys ARE function keys, and not just media keys temporarily doubling as function keys, if you know what I mean.The fact that this is 3:2, 100% sRGB, and has a docked Wacom stylus with very little jitter (for AES), makes this the laptop with the least amount of compromises for artists on Windows. The stylus only has one button though, and it can be pretty hard to press depending on your grip.Tips:• You’re going to want to uninstall about a dozen bloatware applications as soon as you finish the Windows setup. Maybe even just install a clean version of Windows right away with installation media on a USB stick. That solves many OEM-related issues, and Windows will still automatically find the drivers that you need for graphics, audio, etc.• Intel Graphics Command Center -> System -> Power. Not only does it cause that annoying adaptive dimming of the screen’s brightness and contrast, but it also messes with frame rate in video games for battery-saving purposes. Luckily, you can disable those features.• Push that charging plug all the way in, until the silver part is concealed and you hear the click.• Disable DTS if you want to hear music the way it was created, and not bass-boosted.

  14. Johnazon

    Updated review after a few months: The power cord is a tiny Jack, Smaller than a standard headphone Jack, and proprietary to Acer. It’s been bending with normal use. It’s now hard to keep in. Soon it won’t stay in at all. The laptop is no good if you can’t keep it powered. What a piece of junk for a power connection. Do not buy this piece of junk!Also, the battery life is a lie. Look at my photo, 100% charged and only half of what they claim it’ll last.Just got it today a couple of days ago. So far impressed. This is feature rich.Pros: The 2:3 screen resolution display full web pages that my 16:9 screens can’t without scrolling right or left. The 13.5” screen may sound small compared to a 15.6 widescreen but it’s not, you actually see more on this one. I’m glad we’re moving away from 16:9. If I want to watch a movie I’ll use my plasma TV with surround sound, not a laptop. That sound the sound isn’t bad on this, it gets loud.I like the 2 in 1 design that folds like a tablet. I like the fingerprint reader to sign in instantly. It’s super, super light. I love touchscreen, can’t do a non-touch nowadays. You get 25GB free cloud storage from Acer for a year so you don’t need to save any docs to the SSD drive. The SSD is super silent, it doesn’t make a sound. This laptop is as silent as my Chromebook…glad I went with SSD over a loud, hot, spinning SATA HDD. This also has the latest version of SSD so it’s extra fast. It boots up instantly, literally as fast as my chromebook.The stylus is recharged in its dock. It actually places a crosshair on the screen so you know what it’s going to press before you press it.Cons: (1) the power button is hard to feel for being in the middle of a bunch of ports on the right side. And find it half the time without looking. (2) the edges Of the case are kinda thick, sharp, and hard. (3) the headphone jack is way in back of the right side so it’s farther away for cords. They should switch the power button and headphone jack location. (4) it’s a little hard to open. (5) the heat vent is on the bottom so when folded like a tablet the heat can’t escape. Being a SSD, it doesn’t get hot so it’s not a problem but is a dumb design. My fan hasn’t had to run much at all and I’ve had it on for hours at a time. (6) battery life is way over-exaggerated, you’ll get half a day with normal use regardless, that’s all. None of these cons affect functionality for me as an average user for college, it’ll be perfect for years of college work.

  15. SunnysideUp

    Aesthetically a nice laptop – lightweight, nice touchscreen, stylus etc, HOWEVER – Product worked fine, until it didn’t. The laptop is barely 3 months old – purchased end of August 2020, and not used until mid-September 2020.Fast forward 2 months (2 MONTHS!!!) Worked on the laptop the night before, woke up in the morning and it could not find a wireless network. Couldn’t see any of the networks available, and no, it was not a problem with the internet, as 3 other people were also working from home, as we all have to do in this pandemic. After trying to troubleshoot myself, googled to find that it happens to other Acer Spin 5’s as well… then proceeded to spend 2.5 hours on the phone with Acer. After 2.5 hours of troubleshooting, they determine it is a hardware issue, and I need to mail it in to them for repair.Here’s where it gets messy: I now have to pay for shipping to them, as their “manufacturer warranty” doesn’t cover shipping. Per their tech support, the issue will take 15-20 days for diagnostics/repair AFTER they receive the laptop. SO I am going to be without a laptop for a month, after shelling out $1000+ for a laptop, and using it for 2 months. No loaner, no paid shipping, not even a box to ship it in – and get this: NO GUARANTEE THAT THE ISSUE WILL BE REPAIRED AFTER THE 15-20 DAYS. This, as I need to work from home in the middle of a pandemic.I tried to go through SquareTrade, as I purchased an extended warranty through them: they won’t cover this, as it should be covered by the manufacturer, AS IT SHOULD BE – sorry for the all-caps, but FFS, the computer was purchased 3 months ago, and only used for 2 of those months! Absolutely unacceptable in my opinion.I have been a Dell customer for years… and if there is one thing I can say: Dell stands by their products, and actually supports you when you need them, will not only send you a box to ship your laptop back for repair, but will cover shipping BOTH WAYS. Maybe you may say I have been spoiled by Dell, but in my opinion, this is what customer service is. Never in my wildest thoughts would I have ever expected a $1000+ computer to magically fail in 2 months with no warning, no explanation. This is my first and GUARANTEED LAST Acer purchase. I will never ever purchase another Acer product again. As I stated in the title of this review: purchase at your own risk. Dell, I’m sorry for cheating… please take me back. I will never stray again!

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