Acer Spin 1 Review

Acer today presented the latest version of its well-known Spin 1 convertible team. The new model features a lightweight, fully metallic chassis and offers maximum mobility at a competitive price. Its 11.6 inch touchscreen makes it an all-terrain SUV. An ideal team for students or professionals who require great portability. The Acer Spin 1 will be available in Spain in July with a price from 400 euros. Let’s go over their features.

If anything wanted to highlight Acer’s Spin 1 is its lightweight and portable design. We’re facing a device with a metal chassis. It measures 14 millimeters thick and has a weight of 1.25 kg. Being convertible, it has hinges that allow to rotate the screen 360 degrees and use the equipment as a tablet.

And speaking of the screen, we have a 11.6 inch IPS touch panel. The screen resolution is Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and has a viewing angle of 178 degrees. In addition, this device also features Acer BluelightShield, a system that can help reduce eye fatigue caused by prolonged contact with the screen.

Inside the Acer Spin 1 we find a modest technical team, but enough for office tasks. We have Intel Pentium or Intel Celeron processors, depending on the model. Completing these processors we have 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a EMMC internal storage capacity of 32, 64 or 128 GB. In terms of autonomy, the manufacturer assures that the battery lasts up to eight hours.

Accessories and Connectivity

The Acer Spin 1 comes equipped with a keyboard that integrates a touchpad that supports Windows 10 commands. However, this equipment is also ready to work with the Acer Active Stylus. With this stylus we can write on the screen as if we were on paper. A system compatible with Windows Ink, with which you will be able to take notes quickly on the screen.

Despite not being too powerful a team, Acer has not forgotten the multimedia section. The Acer Spin 1 features Acer TrueHarmony technology on your speakers, located on both sides of the computer. This technology allows audio channels to be inverted automatically to ensure optimal sound quality in any mode.

Finally, in terms of connectivity, the Acer Spin 1 is well-served. We have WiFi 802.11 ac 2 × 2 connection, Bluetooth 4.0, a 3.1 USB port, a 2.0 USB port, an HDMI port and a MicroSD card slot (SDXC).

The hit on the table is considerably less intense with the Acer Spin 1. Compacting almost 12 inches is not an easy task and there is a good job in this direction, although perhaps there is a little more effort in that front with prominent frames, and it might have compensated for more powerful hardware watching what the competition is doing. Depending on which audience you are facing and what price you have left you may have to stay on a Celeron/Pentium has been a matter of savings.

Acer Aspire E 15 Review

If you want a sub-$350 Windows laptop, you usually have to settle for a dull, low-res screen; lackluster design; and mediocre performance. For $349 ($429 with Windows Office), Acer’s Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM defies those expectations, providing a colorful 1080p display, solid build quality and a reasonable Core i3 processor. Throw in over 8 hours of battery life, a DVD drive and just about every port you can imagine, and this 15.6-inch laptop is a real winner for consumers on a budget.

Design: Solid

Acer’s Aspire E 15 is made of sturdy black plastic with a dark gray, matte lid that has a subtle crosshatch pattern and texture, along with a deck that looks like faux brushed aluminum. The notebook seems to have solid build quality, because it didn’t creak or buckle during my use; the keyboard didn’t show any signs of flex while typing either.

At 10.2 x 1.5 x 1.2 inches and 5.06 pounds, the E 15 E5-575-33BM is bulky, but it’s not much bigger than other budget 15-inch laptops. The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is heavier (5.2 pounds) but thinner (0.92 inches), while the HP Notebook 15-ba009dx (4.6 pounds, 0.96 inches thick) is both thinner and lighter. The 14-inch Asus VivoBook E403SA is a much smaller alternative, at 3.18 pounds and 0.7 inches thick.

Ports: Everything you need plus DVD

The Aspire’s thick frame leaves plenty of room for both a DVD writer and almost every conceivable port. The left side houses a full-size Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 connectors, HDMI-out, VGA-out and a USB Type-C 3.1 port that’s good for data but that can’t be used to charge the laptop. The right side contains the DVD drive, a third USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack. The front lip offers an SD card reader.

Keyboard and Touchpad: Comfy and accurate

The Acer E 15’s keyboard offers a good typing experience that’s free from any of the shallowness or flex we find on many budget laptops. The keys provide a full 1.5mm of vertical travel and require 64 grams of force to actuate, a combination which prevented me from bottoming out as I typed. I reached a strong 100 words. Many users will appreciate the dedicated numeric keypad, which makes using the calculator or editing spreadsheets easier.

The 4.2 x 3-inch buttonless touchpad provides reasonably-accurate navigation around the desktop, but its surface felt a little slippery to me. The pad seemed to have a little trouble with pinch-to-zoom, as it didn’t always respond right away when I performed the gesture in Chrome browser or Windows 10’s photo app. Three-finger swiping to switch between apps worked every time.

Display: Surprisingly good

It’s rare that you find a 1920 x 1080 display on a sub-$400 laptop, let alone a display that covers this much of the color gamut. The Aspire E 15’s 15.6-inch screen outputs at a sharp 1080p resolution with tones that are vibrant, though not always accurate, and very limited viewing angles. When I watched a trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the reds and blues in Spidey’s costume popped, but appeared a bit oversaturated.

According to our colorimeter, the Acer E 15 can reproduce an impressive 159 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is well above the 94 percent mainstream laptop average. That showing also trounces competitors in the E 15’s price range, such as the HP Notebook 15 (70 percent), Asus VivoBook E403SA (68 percent) and Dell Inspiron 15 5000 (72 percent).

Unfortunately, the numbers here don’t tell the full story, as the viewing angles were quite narrow. Dark images began inverting at just 45 degrees to the left or right.

Don’t try using this laptop in direct sunlight. The Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM registered just 215 nits on our light meter, well below the 276-nit category average but actually better than showings by the Notebook 15 (174 nits) and VivoBook E403SA (201 nits). The Inspiron 15 5000 (213 nits) had a nearly identical score.

Acer Aspire S13 Review

Acer manufactures notebooks for a lifetime. E ‘was the first company to move on Ultrabook market is the one that counts the series longest (Aspire S7, from two years among the best), he continued to believe in class even when it meant only take risks. To say they are not surprised by the excellent impressions I had in these 10 days of testing with Aspire S13, the newest.

Yet the conditions were not at all obvious. A 999 Euros in Europe (IPS panel configuration with non-touch, Skylake Core i5, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD) this ultraportable could end up asking too many sacrifices in exchange for lack of real, maybe below average range, poor screen, a little sliding touchpad. Or he could really be the work laptop or ideal studio, practical, old-fashioned, is recommended in the price list is made in the everyday.

And ‘indeed the case: Aspire S13 gone does not force compromises, has no technical problems or constructive (perhaps the ointment is the thickness of the cover, very thin with a creaking effect), use standard-size doors and a replaceable memory SSD, has a ‘battery life of 6 comfortable hours in Wi-Fi use stress, and 8 hours in use lightweight Internet or partially offline – maybe by train to write papers or watch a movie.

The test configuration has S5-371 code. He Core i7-6500U CPU and SSD Skylake Liteon CV1 512 GB. Costa 1099 € list and is the most handsome on the market. Like the other from 899 EUR, has 8 GB of RAM in Dual Channel and Wi-Fi ac chip Qualcomm QCA6174 (values averaged over Iperf, look at the table below), two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C 3.1 by 5 Gbps (no Thunderbolt) and the Intel HD GPU 520 (GT2) with 24 processors.

On a 13.3 IPS matte Full HD screen, very bright and without automatic sensor, and with a SATA 3 SSD M.2 529 and 460 MB / s, super responsive in 4K files, start Windows 10 in 7 seconds off, open Photoshop in a moment, indexes 2 GB of photos and video on Adobe Lightroom in the range you see the minute 4:50 of the video review. 3DMark, have 6210 points in the Cloud Gate tests, and 876 of 3717 on skydriver FireStrike – too much for the integrated GPU.

And ‘from a hardware Ultrabook top, and is reliable in the contexts in the long run as demonstrated by the graphs of temperature, CPU usage, and operating frequency. There is no thermal throttling track. The maximum temperature of the core reaches 72 ° C but usually remains quiet below 50 ° C. The keyboard is around 32 ° C, with peaks at 39 ° C in the upper part during the benchmarks and the games. The ventilator does not often start, but it is small and fast and then makes a whistling sound that you can perceive. It ‘a behavior that could be modified in future software upgrade; at this time there is a new BIOS 1.0.3 but its changelog is generic and not detailed.

To summarize, if you really do not want to lose yourself for a few minutes in the graphs below, it is really a good machine in practical use: it does what it should and has no weaknesses of design and construction defects.

Further down you will find 2 thermal images (reactor effect!) And other photos taken at the open laptop, without the bottom. Disassemble it is only a matter of bolts, traditional. Take the case of the CMOS battery, all thermal pads applied on the components, the modularity of the battery and, in fact, the size of the fan. But keep in mind that mine is a sample of pre-production, probably less refined the production models.

The keyboard is excellent. It has a low stroke but an important rebound due to the metal plate that is a little below. Leaves you write fluently, has well spaced keys, it has the SHIFT and CTRL large far left, where it belongs. And ‘flush with the wrist rest because he resides in a recessed area in the rest, and this makes sure that the fingers arrive at the keys with a push. I would have moved the power button at the top right, yes, but it is one of the most comfortable keyboards last period.

Touchpad fluid, he too like all new-generation Windows 10. Inset, surrounded by chrome, 150 x 65 mm. But it is a less valuable in the touchpad click buttons: need firm pressure and noisy that ends up being imprecise in certain operations. Select text by pressing your finger to move it then it becomes complicated if you do not practice. Even the front camera is not memorable, it must be said. Ok for Skype chat, but it ends there. Excellent front microphone installed because the right of the Enter key, not on the edge of the laptop.

But overall I return to the opening speech. Aspire S13 is as good as Aspire S7, but much cheaper and advisable. It has no flaws, has a good Full HD display for outdoor use, for example by train, comes in configurations that allow you to do everything from video editing with dual screen to the simple management of Office documents with low power consumption and a ‘ 8-hour autonomy, has a good sound, is 15 mm thick, weighs as much as the others – 1400 grams, has the backlit keyboard, has a hinge that tilts more than necessary.

A Dell XPS 13 hand configuration (FHD, i5, 8, 256) costs 1249 EUR, 400 EUR more. A similar Asus UX303 (FHD, i7, 8, 256) costs 1099 EUR and is 2 cm thick, it will decrease and no trace of aluminum. The Dell laptop has a more modern look, it’s true – probably the frames and the convenience of the palm rest of this Acer are the “bonds” that does not make it a top Ultrabook – but the practice is made. Whereas we talk about lists, net of offers and promotions online, I suggest you follow carefully the distribution of this Aspire S13 because it could be the final of this summer portable. The configuration of 999 Euros (IPS / i5 / 8/256) will be available in Italy in the coming weeks.

Acer Swift 7 Review

Acer has given us the opportunity to try the brand new Acer Swift 7, a notebook that pushing the concept of portability in a design that packs a full generation and practically every computer provided that the category forces in less than a centimeter thick.

The notebook has stood for all his caraatteristiche, and from a perspective that sees Acer point very even on the category of high end devices with this new line of notebooks launched with this generation of laptops. Ready then to have another slice of the market in which soar.

We will try to analyze this notebook by comparing it to what are the alternatives on the market and understanding what are the target users of the notebook and what the best scenarios for using this Acer Swift 7.

Low-power fanless platform, but the details we’ll talk later, available with Intel Core i5 series is seventh-generation M-Y (ex m5) is the series i7-Y (former m7) all dual core and all with good integrated graphics to keep pace with the times.

The memory is 8 GB DDR3 and stands on the soldered on board, while the SSD is a SATA disk 3 with a capacity of 256 GB already installed at the time of sale. Configure Acer Swift 7 is completed with a 13-inch Full HD screen with, among other things, glass panel and full hd IPS technology and a webcam.

I mean, the notebook you leave appreciate for itself. Acer Swift 7 adopts a striking design, reduced thickness, lines not too familiar to the notebook market because they approach only with other Acer products already on the market, at lower prices and with an appearance varies widely.

Great are the materials of this laptop, it is metal with the exception of the hinges of the screen (which would seem the only weakness of the notebook) and the display itself which is protected by a Gorilla Glass 4 but which we will tell you certainly better later. This is not a unibody design but a choice that makes apparently easy access inside.

Excellent colour combination with a black color that characterizes “outsiders” more obviously the keyboard keys and the outline display, and the gold color that characterizes the bottom of the keyboard, the touchpad with borders framing the back housing with great elegance.

Definitely great weight, a little more than one kilo is an outstanding result for a 13.3 inch laptop is difficult to obtain and that maybe they broke through downwards only solutions that are limited to have much smaller display (about 12 inches).

Obviously also the thickness is a strength of this device. We even under centimeter thick, which makes this the thinnest notebook with Intel Core processor available in the market which combined with weight decisamenrte content while not extreme reduction of spaces with normal-sized frames still manages to make this a notebook to use really anywhere.

The system is fanless heat dissipation and therefore your notebook will be getting a little warm in the upper zone-Central, that precisely where the CPU. The heat but does not expand too much, the keyboard is always fresh and the wrist rest is not for anything touched by dissipation. Specifically though that area during prolonged use can become very hot and then cool down very quickly from off/stand-by mode.

There are two USB ports are the only Type-C with one that is shared as the same laptop power port and the other as a simple USB 3.1. We also have a 3.5 mm headphone jack port while it is completely absent a memory card reader.3

The keyboard of this product has pleasantly surprised, compared to other products of the same company we found to be much more stable, much more precise and generally very good even compared to the competition from other products in the same category.

Only down fall, if we can say, is the limited key race that forces you to learn a bit to use it before you get carried away and of course the lack of keyboard backlight, which is really a shame on a laptop at this price and with certain expectations.

Passing instead to talk about the touchpad that’s sticking out another strong point of this Acer Swift 7. This is a very large touchpad with considerable size, a bit too wide and maybe a little high but the surface is very wide and smooth, with ease of use.

The surface is made of glass and the controller allows the use of up to four fingers gesture native Microsoft Windows-integrated 10 precision touchpad though (maybe for problems about installing on our unit) we had to install the drivers manually by downloading them from the Acer website.

Even the display of this Acer Swift 7 stands out within this review. The resolution is not too high, it is a Full HD IPS has become the minimum to consider a portable computer some cost, but since the first ignition doesn’t seem the common economical Full HD.

Great indeed contrast and colors in normal use they seem an entirely different world than a cheap Full HD atiriflesso that often we have seen in other notebooks, Acer, but also cheaper. The glass panel to protect the display can be seen in a double role.

This is a great protection, a great design element because it harmonizes and makes it more solid on everything, but it’s certainly less comfortable than a light-reflective display a little unfortunate though must we say that the reflections are not the major problem we encountered on many laptops touchscreen.

Partner maybe, but not too much, brightness of the Panel and the content gap between glass and LCD Panel, LCD Panel 7 on Acer Swift reflexes are really a problem almost non existent which should not be underestimated when choosing a notebook for work and for extreme mobility as in this case.

Let’s talk about the performance of this Acer Swift 7. This is a notebook that does not Excel from this point of view nor we are facing one of the flagship features that Acer advertises on their pages as the key in the description of this product, which focuses attention on other things.

But this mini introduction not to tell you that this NetBook is not handsome, nay, every day will amaze by its responsiveness, by always being ready and willing to carry out the tasks of any user with ease without waiting, without planting itself.

The seventh-generation processor, particularly in our model a Intel Core i7 CPU of the M7 series, manages to keep up with daily tasks that an average user, allowing even the possibility to perform tasks far more complex without problems, except with some extra time compared to more powerful but also more costly in terms of energy.

The processor board can be an i7 or i5 (ex series Y then Core M) in any case always dual core and with limited operation frequencies precisely from the fact that these solutions with fanless heat dissipation and therefore cannot produce in abundance. To support we also have a great amount of 8 GB of RAM, welded and individually expandable not retrospectively (shame).

As regards the storage solution we have a 256 GB SSD drive that manages to make everything always responsive and startup applications always fast and with very little delay. The disk is a SATA 3 model that fails to express what PCIe models on competition models with the same target, fail to give.

Here are some of our tests and comparisons with other notebook models we tested, with the benchmarks performed during our reviews, a few summary graphs.

Good results in this regard. Acer on his Swift 7 doesn’t try to aim too high with numbers from science fiction as some company makes always or as some historic reliability is doing right now. Nine are the hours that the manufacturer declares that this notebook can achieve, “only” 9 hours of battery life.

From our tests we were able to achieve maximum given while using the product a little more than 8 hours, which is certainly an important factor, facilitated mainly by the presence of the Intel Core M of seventh generation, a fanless dissipation system but also a display of resolution does not point to the stars.

In realistic usage scenario, with web browsing a bit more aggressive, obviously using WiFi (also because the only adapter on board), you will never be able to go short of six hours and a half, which is still just as good as a notebook often less than one cm and weighing just over one pound.

On the media front this notebook was equipped with special accessories to multimedia. On board speaker of excellence but that in fact we are just enough to have a decent listening experience, preferably of voices and music not given the lack of bass and richness of sound.

The speakers are still two stereo unit positioned at the rear of the front 7 but Acer Swift enough which favours anyway a good listen. The volume is not too high but fortunately a headphone jack or Bluetooth can help in terms of audio.

Too bad even for the front, this is unfortunately the usual webcam just enough units at videochaimate/video conferences but nothing too sharp nor defined. Yes the resolution is pretty much good, but just for video 1080 p that still seem a bit grainy and few clear in bright not too favorable.

No conventional video output, it passes everything wirelessly with miracast support built into Windows 10 or via USB port Type-C which is now a real handyman’s door. Good microphone that captures very well the voice.

From the standpoint of Acer did not leave us too dry on this Swift 7. On board we have the entire suite of application programs of Acer as that for the Cloud, for driver updates and maintenance of disc and drums, in addition to managing the recovery. We also have the trial version of McAfee.

From the point of view of the drivers we could not detect instability aside that of the Synaptics driver but that probably was only relative to our installation. We also noticed a slight occasional flickering on screen. We don’t know whether this is due to some driver problem chart or our preproduction units.

As for Windows 10 on this platform juggles quite well thanks to the SSD and the components compliant with standards officially supported by Microsoft in the latest version of the operating system.

Acer Swift 7 is a great ultraportable notebook, but it certainly isn’t that notebook for the masses. Performance is not rightly the best on the market, are those which, however, the vast majority of users of the market can be fine. Swift 7 is that notebook which puts even more than other proposals, next to all the convenience of a 13 inch in more notebook on the market.

His audience there is unclear. This product, in our opinion, is primarily aimed at all those professionals who find themselves having to travel a lot and having to work a lot in extreme mobility and anywhere on the train for example, where space for a 15 inch is scarce or when traveling in makeshift offices and desks.

However, if you need power, the Core M 7th generation does not fit. Best graphics card than the previous generation but processor performance, although less consumption, have not improved a lot. CPU and an SSD is not the latest generation doesn’t make this laptop to perform better on the market.

In short we can say that Acer Swift 7 is the perfect companion for your mobility, which will satisfy even more than other competitive products, despite some questionable lack in 2016, but that certainly will be able to complete the experience of using a notebook or desktop computer you already own.

The notebook is available at a price of € 1299 official web store of Acer itself. A very high price given the competition and in view of the fact that there are solutions that are distinguished for the ULV solution more handsome than this. We do not have a backlit keyboard and at least until the market does not enjoy a bit of the money we are faced with a great product at 360° but on investment a bit over the top than the market.

However, if we consider that among the various offers available online you can snatch a price of just over £ 1000 we can say that it is more than that of the world’s thinnest notebook even to one of the cheapest in its class.