If you’re looking for maximum screen space on a thin-and-light laptop, Acer’s Spin 7 is an interesting proposition. It’s compact, with the sort of footprint you’d associate with a
13.3in laptop, and just 11mm thin, while the 1.6kg weight is perfectly manageable for a
convertible design. Open the lid, though – or push it back so that it sits flat against the base for a tablet-style configuration – and you’ll see a narrow-bezel 14in screen. That’s a big plus when you’re working across multiple apps on your desktop, even if the 1,920 x 1,080 resolution seems a little lacking.It’s still a bit too big and heavy to double as a tablet, but fine for watching video or standing screen-outwards in a tent configuration. As a hard-working laptop,meanwhile, the Acer is very practical, with a full-sized keyboard that’s let down only by a slightly flabby typing action and a small Enter key. The touchpad is big, smooth and responsive, and the touchscreen doesn’t lag behind either. The only real issue may be connectivity; two USB-C ports don’t give you a lot of options, although Acer thoughtfully supplies a USB-C
to USB-A dongle.Its screen can only reach a mediocre maximum brightness of just 275cd/m2, and
mediocre again applies to the average Delta E of 3.13. That’s not a problem when you’re watching HD video streams, but note the sound – despite Dolby Audio Premium speakers – gets brash at high volumes. Battery life isn’t bad considering the screen size, with the Spin 7 lasting 7hrs 23mins in our video rundown tests. Unfortunately, this comes at some cost to performance.To keep the batteries lasting longer,the chassis slimmer and the Spin 7 quieter – it’s very nearly silent –Acer has fitted its convertible with Intel’s Core i7-7Y75 CPU, running at 1.3GHz with a turbo speed of 3.6GHz. It’s power efficient but not
as fast as mainstream Core i7 chips,even if you’ll only see it struggling with more demanding, multi-application workloads.
Acer Spin 7 is a classy, understated,practical laptop, but the overall package isn’t quite strong enough.
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