Acer Spin 5 (2022): Two-minute preview
The Acer Spin 5 (2022) follows one of the best 2-in-1 laptops on the market, and from what we’ve seen so far, it will definitely continue the Spin 5’s legacy.
We’ve previewed an early pre-production unit of Spin 5, so we’ll have to see an actual production unit before we can comment specifically on its performance metrics vis a vis its predecessor or its competitors. Still, with that being said, the new Intel Alder Lake processor is definitely a nimble little CPU that chews through productivity tasks and general computing work with ease.
Here they are Acer Swift 5 (2022) preview configuration sent to for review:
CPU: Intel Core i7-1260P
Graphics: Intel iris Xe
HIT: 16 GB LPDDR5
Screen: 14 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600p
Store: 1TB PCIe SSD
ports: 2 x Thuderbolt 4, 2 x USB Type-A, 1 x 3.5mm combo jack, 1 x HDMI, 1 x MicroSD, 1 x Kensington
As far as design goes, the visualization unit we got is a rather utilitarian product that doesn’t put much emphasis on premium aesthetics, nor should it. But we also don’t expect much to change on that note, as Spin 5 was never particularly flashy, and that’s okay. There’s a place in the market for a 2-in-1 laptop that does exactly what it needs at a great price, and the Spin 5 certainly fills that niche very well. Once we get more details on the production units later this year, we’ll be able to say if it priced in, though.
That’s not to say the Spin 5 isn’t a well-designed product. It’s a pretty solid laptop in terms of build and is comfortably light. It doesn’t get very hot and there are plenty of ports, which is nice to see, especially considering how thin the laptop is.
The 16:10 display is great for note taking with the included pen, which has its own garage on the side that secures it with your laptop while also carrying it around.
The Wacom pen is a bit small, so if you’re looking for a more pen-like option, you might need to provide your own. Still, we definitely think the trade-off is worth it for the security of having a place to store and carry the pen with you on the go.
The webcam is full HD and the screen is crisp and clear, though not necessarily bright enough to use outdoors on a particularly sunny day. The keyboard and trackpad are comfortable, so it’s definitely a laptop you can use for a few hours without any problems.
The screen is also quite responsive to the pen, which has 4,096 pressure levels with tilt detection, making it good for note-taking and light sketching work on the go. With up to 16GB LPDDR5 and a Core i7 CPU, you’ll be able to run Adobe Photoshop and the like without too much trouble, although there’s plenty to do even with the best 2-in-1 laptops.
This would definitely be an on-the-go solution for starting some basic design work during your commute, rather than a complete replacement for a creative workstation at home or in the office. The 16:10 display doesn’t hurt, and makes it easy to take notes of what you’ll find with a 2-in-1 16:9 laptop.
This is a step back, in our opinion, from the Acer Spin 5 (2020), which had a 3:2 aspect ratio, so it was even better for that purpose, but 16:10 might be a better compromise for those who need that aspect ratio. wider view, but don’t want to feel like you’re being surrounded while taking notes.
We’ll be interested to see how the final design of the laptop shapes up, but even if nothing else changes, there’s a lot to appreciate about this 2-in-1. Especially as a back-to-school item, the Acer Spin 5 (2022) is taking shape. making it a great choice for anyone looking for more power than a Chromebook can provide but who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on a flashier 2-in-1 company, although business users will definitely get their money’s worth with this one.
- First viewed in June 2022