Popular Mechanics (South Africa)




IS IT A LAPTOP? Is it a tablet? This two-in-one hybrid multitaske­r from Acer is the perfect portable everyday device. At only 1.2 kg, it’s lightweigh­t, comes with a built-in Wacom stylus, and has all the connectivi­ty options you’ll ever need. While it might seem as though other devices are slimming down as technology improves – losing ports, jacks and other kinds of connection­s (sometimes even power bricks) along the way – one of the best things about the Spin 5 is that there are still ports aplenty. It has two USB-A ports, two Thunderbol­t 3 USB-C ports, a barrelconn­ector charger as well as a full-size HDMI out, HDCP support and microSD card slot. In addition to all of this, there’s a backlit keyboard, a fingerprin­t reader embedded into the touchpad, and decent, full-day battery life.

The 13.5-inch touchscree­n has a taller-than-most 3:2 screen ratio, so if you’re using it to take notes or sketch, the extra screen real estate is a treat. It can be hard to find the ideal laptop for drawing and design, especially if colour accuracy is key, but the Spin 5 and its fast-charging Acer Active Stylus are a brilliant combinatio­n. The stylus uses Wacom active electrosta­tic technology that replicates ink and paper – think 4096 pressure levels to make writing and drawing oh-so realistic.

If you’re a student taking notes, a creative needing a machine that doubles as a drawing device or just looking for a flexible, long-lasting and light work laptop, the Acer Spin 5 is one of the best two-in-one devices available right now.

RRP R19 999 shopacer.co.za/laptops/convertibl­e

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