|Standing screen display size||15.6 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 Pixels|
|Processor||4 GHz core_i7|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4|
|Memory Speed||1.8 GHz|
|Hard Drive||1000 GB mechanical hard drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||4 GB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||10 Hours|
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-83YY, 15.6" Full HD Touch, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U, GeForce GTX 1050, Alexa Built-in, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Convertible, Steel Gray
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Screen Size||15.6 Inches|
|Computer Memory Size||8 GB|
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- 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U Processor (Up to 4.0GHz)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
- Alexa Built-in. Battery Capacity - 3320 mAh
- 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Multi-Touch Display
- 8GB DDR4 Memory & 1TB HDD
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A New Spin on Tech
The ultra-slim, super light Spin 5 now supports Amazon Alexa—giving you your own personal assistant! Now you can and enjoy high-fidelity audio and accomplish tasks just by talking—without ever impacting your system’s performance. The Spin 5 functions like a traditional laptop but with the user experience of a tablet. Just rotate the revolutionary 360° Dual-Torque Hinge and watch this handy machine convert right in front of your eyes into a laptop, display, tent or tablet.
Lightning Fast Graphics
Everyone deserves great gaming. That’s why we integrated the fast, powerful GeForce GTX 1050 graphics with 4GB of GDDR5 Video Memory into this beast.
Crystal Clear Visuals
You deserve to see more & in rich, crystal clarity. With an IPS 15.6” touch screen in Full HD, you can do just that, no matter which mode you choose.
Quick and Safe Login
An embedded fingerprint reader is a quick and secure way for Windows Hello to verify your identity without a password.
Enjoy sounds with greater clarity, in all four modes, when they're delivered straight towards you.
Alexa Built-in Acer Laptops
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|Sold By||E-commerce Champion||Deal Arc||Best Tech Deal Corp||NorthTech(SN recorded)||Argus Tech. (S/N Recorded)|
|Computer Memory Size||8 GB||16 GB||8 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|CPU Model||Core i7||Core i7-1065G7||Core i5||AMD A Series||Core i5|
|CPU Model Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||AMD||Intel|
|CPU Speed||4 GHz||3.9 GHz||2.50 GHz||2 GHz||2.50 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1920 x 1080 pixels||1280 x 720||3840 x 2560 (UHD Touchscreen)||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080 (Full HD Touchscreen)|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches||13.5 inches||15.6 inches||15.6 inches||13.3 inches|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050||—||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050||AMD Radeon Vega 8||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Hard Disk Description||mechanical hard drive, sata||flash memory solid state||ssd||ssd||ssd|
|Hard Disk Size||1000 GB||—||256 GB||256 GB||256 GB|
|Human Interface Input||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||Touchscreen, Microphone, Keyboard||Touchscreen||Touchscreen, Keyboard, Microphone|
|Item Dimensions||10.16 x 15.02 x 0.7 inches||11.81 x 9.25 x 0.59 inches||14.3 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches||9.68 x 14.13 x 0.74 inches||12.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches|
|Item Weight||4.85 lbs||2.60 lbs||4.41 lbs||6.60 lbs||3.53 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10|
|RAM Memory Technology||DDR4||LPDDR4||DDR4||DDR||DDR4|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11ac||Bluetooth||802.11a, Bluetooth, 802.11bgn||Bluetooth, 802.11ac||802.11bgn, 802.11a, Bluetooth|
|Wireless Communication Technology||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi|
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-83YY Touch PC comes with these high level specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U Processor 1.8GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 4.0GHz (8MB Smart cache), Windows 10 Home, 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display - Multi-touch screen, supporting 10-finger touch, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB DDR4 Dual Channel Memory, 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Secure Digital (SD) card reader, Acer True Harmony Technology, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2x2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), 1 - USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps), DisplayPort over USB-C, 2 - USB 3.0 Ports (one with Power-off Charging), 1 - USB 2.0 port, 1 - HDMI Port with HDCP support, Acer Fingerprint Reader supporting Windows Hello, 4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 10-hours Battery Life, 4.85 lbs. | 2.2 kg (system unit only), Alexa Built-in (NH.GTQAA.002). Maximum Power Supply Wattage 90 W.
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Clarification of some Acer products: Acer produces several similarly sounding machines that do slightly different things.
The "Nitro 5" is a gaming laptop without a touchscreen or 360 degree hinges.
The "Nitro Spin 5" is a gaming tablet which is nearly identical to the "Spin 5" machine I reviewed here, except the Nitro Spin 5 has design elements to appeal to gamers such as red keyboard backlighting.
Clarification of the Acer Spin 5 line: The name "Acer Spin 5" covers a whole variety of 2-in-1 laptops ranging in configurations which vary in screen size, processor, hard drive, and video card. READ THE SPECS CAREFULLY! The one I bought and am reviewing here has the 15" touch screen, 8th generation quad core i7, and the NVIDIA GTX 1080 with 4GB video RAM. It is nearly the top-of-the-line for the Spin 5; the only difference is that my configuration has a 1TB HDD instead of a SDD. I opted for this since this option kept the purchase price below 4 figures.
HDD vs. SDD: The initial boot up time for Windows 10 is much slower with an HDD. It takes well over a minute from a cold start. Other machines that I have owned with SSD's boot in less than half a minute; in some cases, less than 15 seconds. However, once the system loads Windows, the system runs fairly quickly and the lag is not noticeable, except when loading very demanding games. The upside of my choice is that it's 1 TB of storage. Most tablets or 2-in-1's have a small fraction of that for storage.
Gaming: I doubt you will find a better game playing tablet for under $1k. I don't play a lot of the latest games but every modern one I have tried on this machine generates high frame rates at high graphics settings. I have always been a gamer that would sacrifice graphics for frame rates but with this machine, I have not needed to do so for any game in my library, which includes the newest Tekken. As mentioned, the only downside is that with the HDD, games tend to initially take longer to boot up. However, once they do load, they run at top speed with high graphic settings.
Laptop usage: I also use Office and some sophisticated mathematical programs for my side work in web analytics. The 8 GB of RAM and the 8th Gen i7 combine to make a very speedy number crunching system. The keyboard is pleasant for typing, and I love having a dedicated numeric keypad for data entry.
Tent mode: The screen can be flipped backwards to form a "tent," the purpose of which is to watch video content as a touch screen. I bring it up to note that I found the viewing angles are superb; the display is still sharp at some rather extreme angles. The only downside is that depending on the angle and room lighting, there is some reflection.
Tablet mode: Yes, a 15" tablet is rather large and some might find it heavy. I don't find this to be the case. I enjoy having a large writing area for helping students solve math problems. I can lay it flat like a piece of paper, or prop it up in tent mode to use like a blackboard. Speaking of writing, it's not well advertised but the Acer Spin 5 supports the optional Acer Active Stylus. In my testing, the stylus works very well with writing programs like OneNote, much better than using a cheap rubber-tip stylus. If you are turned off by having to buy the Acer stylus, consider this: the purchase price on the most famous Windows tablet covers the tablet only. You have to spend at least 3 figures combined to buy their keyboard and stylus.
Miscellaneous: The Dolby Audio is superb for a laptop/tablet. There are 3 standard USB ports and 1 mini 4-pin USB. This is a lot for a tablet, some have only one USB. There is an SD card reader but I almost never have a use for card readers. For video output there's an HDMI port. For audio there's a single headphone jack, but a pleasant surprise is that when I plug something into it, the computer asks what kind of audio device it is (headphone, headset, microphone, etc) so I imagine the port has multiple functions. All ports are on the sides; none in the back or front which I believe is ideal. The touchpad is actually a clickpad and has plenty of real estate (I prefer either using a Bluetooth mouse or the stylus as a mouse), plus a fingerprint reader for secure login which works well in my testing (after config, it has not failed yet).
Bottom line: in more than 2 decades of laptop ownership, I've never owned as complete a system as this one. I can't strongly recommend it enough!
ADDENDUM: 20 July 2019 - After taking my Acer to the local repair shop... with no resolution, I contacted Acer. They repaired it under warranty. They had to replace the hard drive. I am now a happy camper.
ADDENDUM II: Didn't take long for the computer to return to doing it's molasses imitation. I will never again buy Acer.
The only flaw I have come across is the dated 1tb spin disk drive. This device does have an nvme capable m.2 slot, so I put in a WD 500gb nvme drive. This is now the laptop that I wanted. Working in IT I hate slow computers. Boot up with an NVME is under 8 seconds, the finger print reader is extremely responsive and accurate which makes signing in even faster.
The battery life is average considering the hardware included in the form factor. Generally 4 hours is my average with mixed use.
The touch screen is quick to respond, and does work with Acer's active stylus, the touch pad runs windows precision drivers, so does support the windows 10 gestures. This makes it very easy to navigate with only the touch pad.
This model is an almost clone of the gaming acer spin 5 nitro, that device however includes an NVME SSD installed. It also comes in at $1150 with an i7. For the money saved and with disk prices dropping this is the machine to go with.