Acer’s Spin series of laptops are named for their "transformer" nature. In this case, the top-range laptops have a hinge that lets you position its touch-capable screen on the outside so you can use the laptop in tablet form. With a cross-hatch-style brushed gunmetal grey finish, silver-colour hinges and full-sized keyboard, the Spin 5 looks contemporary and cool. Overall, it is an attractive, slim, metal-clad laptop — real metal — that feels solid and well-built. That metal does add some bulk — the Spin 5 weighs 1.6kg. That’s midrange for a laptop, and quite heavy for a tablet if you’re going to use it in that mode. The hinges have good tension, though, so it holds form well in "tent" mode — standing up with the screen on the outside. Acer has included a stylus in the box for precision touch, or you can just use your finger. The screen makes a great first impression, bright and clear with 1920 x 1080p resolution, but you do lose a fair amount of screen real estate to a thick bezel....

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