Convertible notebooks have been fairly popular in the market. This segment was earlier dominated by pricey devices, but soon companies started experimenting and introduced some really affordable convertible laptops for the masses. The devices gained a lot attention because of their rotatable design and multi-mode functionality. Acer is one such brand, which is known for offering good laptops with great design and features at an affordable price tag. The company recently added a new budget convertible laptop to its product portfolio with the launch of Acer Spin 1. The convertible is quite compact, lightweight and promises to deliver a well rounded performance under Rs 30,000. We used the Acer Spin 1 for some time and tested the device on various parameters just to make sure that you make the right decision. So, here’s our complete review of the Acer Spin 1.
Design and display
Acer is known for its design aesthetics when we talk about laptops and notebooks. The company has once again managed to impress us with the design of its budget segment convertible laptop Acer Spin 1. The device comes with a plastic build quality, but the company has managed to play well with the colours. With a colourful and textured body, the Acer Spin 1 comes across as a sturdy and fetching device. The notebook features a pastel-blue plastic shell with fabric like pattern. The pattern offers a nice grip and also hides scratches. The keyboard of the 360- degree rotatable laptop is surrounded by faux brushed aluminium finish, which makes it look premium and stylish.
Measuring 20.3mm, the device is fairly slim and offers a lot of connectivity ports. The right side of the device consists of a power button, volume button, charging port, lock slot and a microSD slot. While, the left houses one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, HDMI ports and the 3.5mm audio jack. Being a convertible laptop, the Acer Spin 1 can rotate 360 degrees with ease and can be used in both laptop and tablet modes. One of the major design flaws of the laptop according to us is the thick bezels that surround the display. The 11.6-inch touchscreen is surrounded by thick bezels which makes the screen looks small.
The Acer Spin 1 has also managed to impress us with its display. The convertible sports an 11.6-inch full HD display with 1920×1080 pixel resolution. The company has also coated the display with Corning Gorilla Glass in order to protect it from scratches. The display offers sharp colours and accurate viewing angles in all the different modes. The display, however, is not very bright when we used it under direct sunlight, but still works pretty well in outdoor locations. We also witnessed a minor light bleed which might interrupt your viewing experience if you are watching it in complete darkness. The touch response is quite accurate and the device can be used in tablet mode with ease. You can easily browse the internet and watch videos and movies in this mode.
Keyboard and trackpad
The Acer Spin 1 has a nice chiclet style keyboard. The keys are soft and round from the edges and have good travel distance. The keys are very much responsive and make typing a delight on the device. Despite being nicely designed, the company has not made the keyboard backlit, which means that you cannot use it in complete darkness and it can be a turn off for some users. Beneath the keyboard lies the rectangular trackpad, which is fairly large and button-less. The trackpad comes with Microsoft Precision software, which makes it responsive to swipes, taps and other gestures. During our time with the device we didn’t face any problem with the keyboard or the trackpad.
Being a budget convertible device, the Acer Spin 1 is powered by Intel Pentium N4200 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM. This configuration is perfectly fine for daily routine tasks. The Pentium N4200 processor is one of the most powerful mobile Pentium processors but you should not expect an Intel Core i3 performance from it. Surfing the internet, watching videos, writing emails or working on MS office was fine. However, the device does show some lags once you open multiple tabs in Chrome or start multitasking. It is also not capable of running heavy editing apps smoothly; along with this you can definitely not play games on this machine. We also ran some benchmarking tests and it scored 2,257 and 1,982 on PCMark and 3DMark respectively.
The laptop runs Windows 10 Home operating system and offers all its features. Like all other Acer laptops, this one also comes with its own share of Bloatware apps. The Acer Portal app enables organization of created files using abFiles and abPhoto. There is also a Recovery Management feature, which can come in handy for creating backups and restoring data. Also, Quick Access allows easy access to features like Bluelight shield and Adaptive brightness. The bloatware includes mainstays like Twitter, Flipboard, Netflix, Amazon and Kindle, as well as Candy Crush Soda Saga, Music Maker Jam, Firefox and WildTangent Games.
Coming to the audio experience, the Acer Spin 1 comes with a set of speakers which are placed at the bottom towards the front of the device. The speakers work well at the time of watching videos or listening to music when we use the device in tablet mode. The audio experience on loudspeaker does get hampered when the device is placed on the surface. Moreover, the audio experience is much better on headphones as compared to the loudspeaker. There is also an HD webcam to facilitate video calling. It is positioned above the display and offers a fine experience during video calls. Sometimes you will notice a yellow tint during your calls and the images also turn out a bit blotchy.
The company claims that the Acer Spin 1 can deliver a power backup of up to 9 hours on a single charge and in our testing it turned out to be true. Its small size and less powerful processor enable the device to last for up to 9 hours, so you don’t have to look for a power socket at regular intervals. The battery life is quite impressive considering it’s a device in the budget laptop segment.
Acer Spin 1 is a really good looking and compact device. If you are not much into gaming and want a simple device for your routine daily work then you can definitely go for this one. Priced at Rs 30,999, it is a good buy. The device is convertible and also has a brand value attached to it and is better than the recently launched iBall CompBook Aer3, which falls under the same price segment and offers much less when compared to the Acer Spin 1.