Here at Laptop Mag, we love a good 2-in-1. That's why we're glad to see that the Acer Spin 3 got a nice price cut for Prime Day, lowering the original $809 cost down to $699, a savings of $110. The laptop can seamlessly switch from a traditional laptop to a tablet, tent mode for watching movies or stand mode for presentation. It also ships with a rechargeable active stylus, which makes the notebook that much more versatile.
- Acer Spin 3 for $699 ($110 off, Core i7/16GB of RAM/512GB SSD)
This iteration of the Spin 3 features an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U CPU with 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD in a lightweight, inoffensive 14-inch chassis. The notebook also has a backlit keyboard and a 1920 x 1080 touch panel. It's a solid option for students, mobile and creative professionals who don't want to break the bank for a reliable system.
We reviewed the Core i5 model of the laptop and were impressed with its long battery life, good performance and solid speaker. The notebook lasted 9 hours and 12 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test, which means it'll last longer than the average workday. It did well on our overall performance tests and has a fairly zippy SSD. And it's one of the rare laptops that has solid audio so you don't need to immediately reach for the headphones.
The Acer Spin 3 isn't without its flaws: namely a dim display and a bucketload of bloatware. But this convertible laptop is a versatile workhorse that can do a little bit of everything fairly well.
Looking for something a little more premium or something more entry-level, check out our Amazon Prime Deals page for up-to-the-minute coverage.
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Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for Laptopmag.com since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.