A Convertible GAMING Laptop! – Acer Nitro Spin 5
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A Convertible GAMING Laptop! – Acer Nitro Spin 5

September 23, 2019


Hey, how’s it going? Dave2D here So this is the Nitro Spin 5. This is the 2-in-1 convertible from Acer that’s supposed to do everything Work, play, media consumption, everything Because it’s a 2-in-1 hybrid device that has a GTX 1050 in it, like the entry-level gaming card And, it’s coupled with a Kaby Lake-R CPU So like a quad-core 8th generation CPU So, it’s not like super powerful, but it’s like an entry level hybrid laptop that doesn’t cost too much money, but should be a good fit for a lot of different people So this thing’s build quality is quite good, it’s actually better than I thought it would be for the price. It’s fully aluminum with a brushed finish up top And even the keyboard deck is aluminum. Now, the design is actually something I like You don’t see like, colored hinges very often I don’t love the color red, but I do like the fact that they colored the hinge and the chamfered edge. I do wish it was a different color instead of red, like if this was blue, it would look awesome but, I do like the design. One thing about the build though is that The hinge is quite stiff, and I’m not sure if they done this with purpose… Like maybe there’s some intent to this because when it’s in the different modes, like tent mode and presentation mode, maybe it’s kinda beneficial to have a stiff hinge for tapping the screen, but when you’re just flipping it around to put it into different positions, it is stiff. Alright, this thing is a 2-in-1 device So theoretically, it can used as a tablet The thing is.. It’s a very big device, right? 15 inch tablet feels kind of ridiculous to begin with. It’s not comfortable to hold it like that Like within the ten seconds of holding this, it’s like- it’s a bit of a workout But it can be used in tent mode and presentation mode quite nicely. Now, getting into the inside is actually pretty easy. It’s a few screws, and you’re in there, you can upgrade the two drives, so there’s an M.2 drive and a 2.5 inch bay. It’s kind of strange to see a thinner 2-in-1 device like this to have a swappable hard drive, but that’s kind of nice. The RAM however, is soldered on which is unfortunate Because, otherwise you would be able to upgrade this thing quite a bit. Okay, the battery is 50 watt hours, it’s not particularly large And I just kinda felt the battery life won’t be very good because, it’s a 15 inch screen, 50 watt hour battery, but it’s actually pretty good 7.5 hour battery life with the screen at 250 nits. Now, the charger they supply is a barrel plug, but it’s actually a smaller adapter. It’s only 90 watts. You could actually power this whole laptop through USB-C. So the keyboard and the trackpad are both good… They’re like not amazing or anything, but good Backlighting on the keyboard with a decent layout and a number pad And I find the keystrokes to be… they’re okay It’s not like super tactile or anything, it’s an average keyboard The trackpad is a plastic surface, does have a fingerprint sensor which is nice, but I found the tracking to be… I want to say laggy, like that’s just not the right word, I don’t know how to describe it, It just feels a little bit different, as if it wasn’t using Windows Precision drivers, but it is. The button mechanism and the gestures work nicely. The ports selection is pretty good. You get a bunch of USB’s, and a full size SD slot. Okay, the screen looks pretty good. When it comes out of the box, it has a greenish hue to it, but once you calibrate it, it looks good. Color gamut is decent, and so is the brightness. I kind of wished it was a little bit brighter, because it is a 2-in-1 device You might be using this outdoors more frequently, but yeah, decent screen Especially for the money. I was expecting a much worse screen, considering this is a $1000 device. It’s a touchscreen and it also supports a pen. Acer makes one It’s the Active Stylus or something like that, but it doesn’t come with the product You have to purchase it separately. Now, the stiffer hinge that I mentioned before is actually nice when it comes to pen input in laptop mode. It’s that the screen doesn’t wobble very much. There are two speakers, and a sub underneath. They sound good, not amazing or anything. But it doesn’t have much bass, despite having that sub. Performance is solid. It’s a Kaby Lake-R, so four-core CPU coupled with a GTX 1050, and it’s not a combination you see very often Most companies are sticking this GPU with a more powerful CPU, but it actually works nicely with this. You’re getting pretty good framerates in games, like you can hit 60 frames per second for most of the light to moderately demanding games, if you drop the quality a bit. Now, the thermals on this thing are… well, they’re not amazing I wished that they were better. They’re acceptable because it is a 2-in-1 device. Not trying to be like ultra-hardcore gaming. It does throttle when you benchmark, not when you’re playing games It’s definitely not noticeable when you’re playing games But if you benchmark or if you’re running stress tests, there are some thermal limitations I think the problem comes from the heat pipes. We’ve seen this design before on other Acer laptops, where the CPU and GPU run in series like this, and it’s just not the best way to cool it But it is cost-effective, and because it is only a 15 watt CPU, it doesn’t put out crazy amount of heat You can kinda get away with it. Now something I notice that If you play your games kind of like in this weird way where you use the laptop kind of in presentation mode, and you have an external mouse and keyboard, the thermals are actually a little bit better. You don’t need to play like this, but you can. It’s actually a lot more comfortable than it may seem. I mean the screen is a little bit closer, it’s just a little bit of a different experience The webcam up on top. 720p, it’s not particularly good like this is what it looks like. The fans are quiet on idle And not too loud either when it’s on load. So overall, this laptop, or the hybrid 2-in-1 device, is very good for a lot of people. Now, it’s not built for like hardcore gaming. I feel like, with the red accents and stuff And the way they market it, it might kind of con someone to thinking that this is somehow a really hardcore gaming laptop, it isn’t. It’s a great kind of hybrid device that’s good for a lot of people. I think it’s good for people like students or just someone who wants the versatility of the 2-in-1 device, for casual or moderate gaming. And if you want something that has like tent mode or presentation mode for media consumption This is great. But if you want something that’s like tablet mode where you want to be able to use this thing in your hand all the time, This is way too big for that. I think for most people, it wouldn’t be comfortable as a tablet. Okay, hope you guys enjoyed this video! Thumbs if you liked it, subs if you loved it! See you guys next time!

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  1. Stiff so it doesn’t collapse in tent mode. Kinda wish I bought this thing over my HP i5 2in1-convertible. I don’t have a gtx1050.

  2. Should I get this laptop or the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Edition 7567 15.6-Inch Full HD Screen Laptop – Intel Core i5-7300HQ, 1 TB Hybrid HDD, 8GB DDR4 Memory, NVIDIA GTX 1050 4GB Graphics, Windows 10 laptop??

  3. Hey dave nice review ,can you please tell about acer spin 3 core i5 8gb ,is it good for video editing and is it fast enough to brouse inernet ?

  4. Try gaming in tent mode with an external keyboard/controller… you'll get much better thermal results…. device wouldn't get heated as much

  5. Is anyone else having wifi speed issues with this computer? My speed sits around 3mbps and only increased up to 11mbps once I disabled Bluetooth. For such a high-spec device, I'm really disappointed it can't even internet! Offline though, it's super fast, Photoshop loads in 4 seconds 😀 If anyone has any hacks on how to increase the speed – please share!

  6. so what if the hinge is so stiff? you are not gonna play around put it in a different position every second. what is this review?

  7. Maybe a strange question considering that the 2 laptops have sightly different philosophies but does better than Lenovo Legion Y530? Any recommendations? Il play LOL/Dota, Fortnite, Civ 6, Skylines or games around this zone. 😀

  8. That would've been perfect had it not looked like a gaming laptop, in my opinion. My laptop can run GTA V, but doesn't look like it.

  9. It's a cool overall design but I'll stick with my nitro 5 with the 1050ti but a cool idea over all

  10. My specs
    Intel i78550u
    GTX 1050 w/4gbVram
    256gbssd+2tbhdd
    16gbDDR4 Ram
    In New Zealand The op 2 in 1 Gaming laptop

  11. Thank god something that suits my needs. Touchscreen for art and pen (I don't mind the size) gaming and fkn portability

  12. I Will love this laptops if it has thinner and small borders and 2tb Hdd…..looking for laptops which have specifications like this

  13. Acer nitro 5 $800
    Acer nitro spin 5 $1000

    Just like apple, put a bigger screen and charge a few hundred extra bucks

  14. Can you please review lenovo yoga 730 and compare that with this? Specs wise it is somewhat similar. If possible I would like to see review for i7 version as it will produce more heat.

  15. hey i got this laptop and the battery life doesnt last 4-5 hour with just typing is there any setting i need to do ?

  16. Just purchased this Laptop last week. Screen display is great(using gtx 1050). I use mostly on Autocad and Revit programs. Overall Happy with it 🙂

  17. Dave: It's also supports the pen made by the Acer.
    Me, a beginner artist: *Celebrates*
    Dave: But it doesn't come with the laptop, you actually have to buy these seperately.
    Me: *silence*
    Also Me: So Acer works like apple does eh?

  18. Sir kittena ka ha yea laptop,Sir yea laptop 1 lake ka ha itna mehnga baap re main nahin buy kar paunga sir aap ka laptop bahut acche

  19. I know what you mean about the trackpad i think, when I first got this laptop, the trackpad felt super weird to use, but after a day I was used to it and it seemed completely normal. Aside from that, does anyone know how I can properly charge this through usb type-c?

  20. Hi,I want 2 buy a 2 in 1 windows convertible.. can you suggest?
    I have chosen,which 1 should i buy ?
    Note:including Hp official site price & specs:
    1)Hp envy x360 13 rs 72,990/-
    specs:
    8gb ddr4 soldered,256 nvme m.2 ssd,and ryzen 5,Vega 8 graphics,fingerprint sensor,active stylus.
    Or
    2)HP pavilion x360 14-dh0044tx rs59,990
    specs:i3-8145u,gtx mx130,4gb ddr4 ,1tb hdd+256 nvme m.2 ssd,fingerprint sensor,active stylus.
    Or suggest anything else better than this.thank you 🙂

  21. hey, so is it good for graphic designing stuff, sketching, digital painting etc?
    i am not a hardcore gamer but i am a hardcore artist, so want to start career in graphic designing.
    Please suggest.
    Thankyou

  22. Hi there ! Can you tell me if there are anymore gaming laptops with touch screen?? Does alienware make those ?

  23. I have i5 varient and i want to buy SSD for this laptop.could you please tell me whether this laptop support latest Samsung 970 evo plus m.2 nvme 500 gb ssd.can i use in this laptop.

  24. Seems like Dave is lucky cause my device overheats in 1 minute with throttling down i7 CPU to 0.9GHz. Thus framerate drops from 60 to 30 in Destiny 2 (

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