Acer’s Swift and Spin series laptops were announced together – you can read more about them here. The Swift and Spin series are almost identical, except the Spin laptops add a 360-degree hinge, making them a convertible.
The specifications are impressive, especially considering the price; the convertible boasts a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p touch display hanging off a hinge that – as the name suggests – is capable of spinning 360-degree.
This fancy hinge then allows the laptop to transform into a tablet or anything in between.
Inside the laptop is a 6th generation – yes, the last generation – Intel Core i5-6200U processor, along with 8 GB of DDR4 SDRAM. The laptops come with Windows 10 Home pre-installed as well, making sure that the laptop is perfectly usable as a tablet.
There’s also 500 GB of HDD storage – there’s no SSD’s in here – and two USB 3.1 USB-Type C ports. The laptop also has 802.11ac WiFi.
As for the touchpad and keyboard: the laptop has a wide glass touchpad and a backlit keyboard with 1.6mm of travel for keystrokes.
The battery is meant to last 9 hours per Acer, though you might want to take that with a grain of salt – as the case always is.
You can read more about the laptops in our coverage at IFA 2016 over here.
It’s not the 7th gen
Here’s something noteworthy: Acer has upgraded the Spin 3 laptops with Intel’s latest 7th generation processors, but the company isn’t launching those in India.
Perhaps the decision has something to do with keeping the price low, but it’s annoying nonetheless. It’s akin to selling the old stock.
Intel’s 7th generation Core processors are more efficient, thus consume less power and yet provide the same or better performance; they also come with the latest H.265 decoding support and a few other similar features.
While the Acer Spin 3 has multiple configurations available in the U.S.; India seems to be getting only a single model.
Since the Spin 3 is meant to be a cheaper alternative to Spin 7, Acer has priced it at ₹42,999. If we convert that price to U.S. Dollars, it would be about $642, making this laptop slightly more expensive than it is in the United States.
That’s probably because of India’s taxes, but it’s still better the price difference of Spin 7.