ACER SPIN 7 IS A LIT­TLE PRICEY BUT SOLID

Po­si­tioned as the crown jewel of Acer’s con­vert­ible lap­top of­fer­ings, there’s a lot to like about the Spin 7 – even if the price is a lit­tle high at first glance. Though it’s branded as the thinnest the cat­e­gory has on of­fer, the Spin 7’s big­gest as­set is

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Ar­riv­ing at an RRP of $1999, the Spin 7 isn’t su­per pricey nor does it scream bud­get. How­ever, the even-handed de­vice finds a con­ser­va­tive sweet-spot be­tween gutsy specs and ro­bust de­sign. While it cer­tainly doesn’t set a high wa­ter­mark for ei­ther, it’s old school ap­proach to ser­vic­ing both isn’t hard to ap­pre­ci­ate and de­liv­ers sur­pris­ingly good per­for­mance.

In fact, the Spin 7 feels pos­i­tively old-school in lots of ways. It’s got a sig­nif­i­cant (but not ex­ces­sive) price-point, tried (but true) aes­thet­ics and gen­uine (if un­nec­es­sary) ver­sa­til­ity that come to­gether with aplomb. Acer are play­ing things a lit­tle safe here but it’s an ap­proach that pays its div­i­dends.

Spec-wise, the Spin 7 packs a 1.3Ghz i7 pro­ces­sor and 8GB of RAM. In terms of stor­age, you’re get­ting a ser­vice­able 256GB of in­ter­nal SSD to work with. The long and short of it is that the Spin 7 boots fast and can han­dle most of what you’ll likely want to do with it, in rel­a­tive-si­lence no less.

If you’re a bit of a power user (or ad­dicted to open­ing new tabs in Fire­fox) you’ll quickly hit the ceil­ing on what the Spin 7 can of­fer but for most peo­ple, it’ll prove fast and re­spon­sive enough.

While it doesn’t quite make it to dou­ble dig­its in terms of bat­tery, we found the Spin 7 de­liv­ered re­spectable re­sults of be­tween 6 and 8 hours – depend­ing on the usual sus­pects.

The Spin 7 boasts a 14-inch touch dis­play that’s bright and clear to use, even if it does suc­cumb to glare from time to time. Acer’s Blue­lightShield and Colour In­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy are hard at work here help to min­imise eye strain and im­prove colour sat­u­ra­tion – and their pres­ence yields some no­tice­able im­prove­ments.

How­ever, it’s with au­dio that the Spin 7 shines sur­pris­ingly bright. The Dolby-pow­ered speak­ers built into the key­board carry an un­ex­pected level of qual­ity and range. The Spin 7’s wider rec­tan­gu­lar touch­pad works well too. It, along­side the Spin’s 360-de­gree hinge and “tablet-style” vol­ume slider (lo­cated next to the power but­ton), rep­re­sents sev­eral de­tails that de­tract from the old-school sen­si­bil­i­ties at work here.

While able to flip in on it­self and be used like a tablet, we found us­ing the Spin in this way to be a lit­tle cum­ber­some too com­fort­able for our lik­ing. Your mileage may vary in this re­gard.

All told, the Spin 7’s metal body does come with a few draw­backs. The ma­te­rial used here is very prone to smudg­ing and feels oddly weighed at times. It’s easy to hold and han­dle but al­ways feels a lit­tle off-cen­tre when placed on your lap. The Spin 7 is also lack­ing in USB ports, fea­tur­ing only a pair of USB-C out­puts (one of which is of­ten oc­cu­pied by the charg­ing ca­ble). The Spin 7 does come with a sim­ple con­verter kit but it’s still a de­tail that’ll prove irk­some to some.

Con­clu­sion

If any­thing, these new-school fea­tures feel tacked onto the core strengths of Acer’s lat­est prod­uct. They’re con­ces­sions that add value but go lit­tle beyond the bare min­i­mum. De­spite sit­ting in the con­vert­ible cat­e­gory, it’s clear that the Spin 7 is bet­ting it all on the tried-and-true – and it’s a bet that pays off.

4.5/5.0

Acer’s Spin 7 is avail­able now at JB Hi-Fi, with prices start­ing at $1,999.

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