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[Comparison] Acer Spin 3 (2020) vs Spin 5 (2020) – what’s new?

At CES 2020, Acer introduced its new replenishments – the Acer Spin 3 (SP314-54N) and Acer Spin 5 (SP514-54N).  The Spin models are affordable 2-in-1 transformers with a thin profile, slim bezels, low weight, and decent hardware.

The new ones are no different. The new models will be slimmer and lighter than its predecessors and will rock Ice Lake CPUs. This means that they will also have the powerful Intel Iris Plus graphics inside. The 2020 variants of Spin 3 and Spin 5 will come with the new Acer’s Active Stylus with Wacom AES technology.

You can check the prices and configurations of the Acer Spin 3 (SP314-54N) devices in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/acer-spin-3-sp314-54n/

You can check the prices and configurations of the Acer Spin 3 (SP314-53N) devices in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/acer-spin-3-sp314-53n/

You can check the prices and configurations of the Acer Spin 5 (SP514-54N) devices in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/acer-spin-5-sp514-54n/

The Spin 3 and 5 models share some other similarities like aluminum chassis, LPDDR4X memory that will boost the CPU performance and the iGPU speed as well, Thunderbolt 3 support, Acer True Harmony audio enhancements, and, hold your breath – TN panels. Hm, the convertible devices are preferred by the content creators because those notebooks offer more freedom because of their innovative chassis designs and touchscreen panels – but a TN display doesn’t fit well on the whole picture. PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs will be on board too with capacities up to 1TB.

The Spin comes with 1.5kg weight and the 16.9mm profile.

Acer Spin 3 (SP314-54N)    |    Acer Spin 3 (SP314-53N)    |    Acer Spin 5 (SP514-54N)

The Acer Spin 3 (SP314-54N) – Ice Lake CPUs, Wi-Fi 6, and Thunderbolt 3

The new Spin 3 model will be available with CPU options from Core i3-1005G1 to i5-1035G4. The G1 CPUs will feature an Intel UHD G1 graphics which is an entry-level Iris graphics with 32 EUs. The G4 CPUs will have the much more powerful Intel Iris Plus G4 iGPU with 48 EUs. The max supported memory size will be 16 GB of LPDDR4X.

The connectivity options look really good for a device of this price range –  two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Wi-Fi 6, an HDMI, two USB 3.1 (Gen 2), and audio jack, and a microSD card reader. The battery will be a 48 Wh unit with up to 12 hours of autonomous work (Acer’s info).

The Acer Spin 5 (SP514-54N) – a 2K screen with 3:2 aspect ratio, very light body, and 10th Gen CPUs up to i7-1065G7

The Spin 5 model is a boosted version of its smaller sibling. The biggest difference is the screen – it’s a 13.5″ panel with 2256×1504 resolution and an extraordinary 3:2 aspect ratio which more comfortable for Web browsing and content creation.

Two Ice Lake CPUs will be available  – Intel Core i5-1035G4 and i7-1065G7 (with the top iGPU Intel Iris G7 with 64 EUs). The storage and connectivity options look similar to Spin 3. This one comes with a bigger battery capacity – 56 Wh. As for a final, weight and thickness – 1.2kg and 14.9mm.

Specs Comparison

Acer Spin 3 (2020) vs Acer Spin 3 (2019)

The Acer Spin 3 (SP314-54N)The Acer Spin 3 (SP314-53N)
Display14.0″, Full HD, IPS14.0″, Full HD, IPS
GPUUHD G1, Intel Iris G4UHD 620
CPUi5-1035G4, i5-1035G1, i3-1005G1i7-8565U, i5-8265U, i3-8145U
Memory16GB LPDDR4X16GB DDR4
StorageM.2 SSDM.2 SSD
Gigabit WiFi802.11ax802.11ac
Battery48Wh51Wh
Thickness16.9mm20.3mm
Weight1.5kg1.7kg
Review

Acer Spin 3 (2020) vs Acer Spin 5 (2020)

The Acer Spin 3 (SP314-54N)The Acer Spin 5 (SP514-54N)
Display14.0″, Full HD, IPS13.5″, 2K, IPS
GPUUHD G1, Intel Iris G4Intel Iris G4, Intel Iris G7
CPUi5-1035G4, i5-1035G1, i3-1005G1i7-1065G7, i5-1035G4
Memory16GB LPDDR4X16GB LPDDR4X
StorageM.2 SSDM.2 SSD
Gigabit WiFi802.11ax802.11ax
Battery48Wh56Wh
Thickness16.9mm14.9mm
Weight1.5kg1.2kg
Review

Prices and Configurations

Acer Spin 3 (SP314-54N) configurations:

Acer Spin 3 (SP314-53N) configurations:

Acer Spin 5 (SP514-54N) configurations: