Acer Spin 5 -13.3" Full HD Touchscreen 2in1 - i5-8250U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD £589.99 @ Amazon
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Acer Spin 5 -13.3" Full HD Touchscreen 2in1 - i5-8250U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD £589.99 @ Amazon

£589.99£799.9926%Amazon Deals
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Found 26th May
Latest 8th gen quad core i5-8250U
8GB RAM
256 GB SSD
Backlit keys
Full HD ips touchscreen
Metal body
Fingerprint scanner
Active Stylus
Lots of Ports (SD card, 1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 3.1, 1xUSB Type-C, 1xHDMI)

Same model currently listed at £799.99 on the Acer Store and at £599 at Argos. You may find cheaper versions of this notebook, but they're likely to have 6th or 7th generation dual core chipsets.

Most detailed review I could find seems to be of a similar European model.

OK HotUKDealers, I'm interested in what you think. I'm in the market for a 2in1. My needs are Office, Browsing, Casual Gaming and Video Streaming. I like a backlit keyboard and prefer a metal chassis. Is there currently a better 2in1 a this pice range or below for my needs?
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would this be any good for music production like fl studio?
daveykinetic21 m ago

would this be any good for music production like fl studio?


My guess is probably music production may be too demanding for this machine. I'd probably suggest a i7 chip would be needed and a specialist soundcard with a dedicated Audio System Input Output (ASIO) driver, plus a bigger and higher resolution screen to work on.
Good spec / size
Cooltide9 m ago

My guess is probably music production may be too demanding for this …My guess is probably music production may be too demanding for this machine. I'd probably suggest a i7 chip would be needed and a specialist soundcard with a dedicated Audio System Input Output (ASIO) driver, plus a bigger and higher resolution screen to work on.


thanks
Cooltide48 m ago

My guess is probably music production may be too demanding for this …My guess is probably music production may be too demanding for this machine. I'd probably suggest a i7 chip would be needed and a specialist soundcard with a dedicated Audio System Input Output (ASIO) driver, plus a bigger and higher resolution screen to work on.


I disagree the 8250u is a great chip, better than most last gen i7. Music production isn't that intensive unless you have ridiculous number of plugins etc open at same time. 8GB ram plus this CPU should be fine for most DAWs
daveykinetic26th May

thanks


See my comment, I think this would be fine unless you're a professional. In which case you would be looking to spend A LOT more than this.
From the serial number I think this is the laptop - or darn well close to it.

notebookcheck.net/Ace…tml
You can get it cheaper at very using the cashback
I am tempted. Been looking at the Dell 7000 - crap battery life - and Lenovo 720s both of which are much more expensive new.

(Missed a 15 inch i5 7000 with a 256 SSD & mx940 on the Outlet last night for £540 - hesitated.)
1982john22 m ago

You can get it cheaper at very using the cashback



The £100 cashback goes to a Very account doesn't it - you don't get the £100 in your bank account?
tawse572 m ago

The £100 cashback goes to a Very account doesn't it - you don't get the …The £100 cashback goes to a Very account doesn't it - you don't get the £100 in your bank account?



Well I think you buy the product on credit and you can then use that credit against the puchase? Maybe its a bit of extra faff.
Isit possible to upgrade this with a good gpu and if yes how easy is it??
1982john13 h, 12 m ago

You can get it cheaper at very using the cashback


Nearly a brilliant spot but they currently out of stock on the notebook on it's own. They'll only in a bundle with office 365 subscription that I don't want, but it still works out at £555 after cashback so it's still cheaper than Amazon and I can sell the Office code on eBay.

Mate you need to post your very deal, I think it's great.

Can anyone confirm how the cashback is actually paid?
Edited by: "Cooltide" 27th May
Dilz557 m ago

Isit possible to upgrade this with a good gpu and if yes how easy is it??



No.
Cooltide9 m ago

Nearly a brilliant spot but they currently out of stock on the notebook on …Nearly a brilliant spot but they currently out of stock on the notebook on it's own. They'll only in a bundle with office 365 subscription that I don't want, but it still works out at £555 after cashback so it's still cheaper than Amazon and I can sell the Office code on for eBay.Mate you need to post your very deal, I think it's great.Can anyone confirm how the cashback is actually paid?



You won't sell that licence for much IMPO as it is often availabel for £30 or £40 from various etailers. The Very deal is a very good deal for £550 with the £100 cashback.

But the extra £50 you effectively lose for the MS Office licence negates it for me as I don't like Very's terms & conditions for laptops - I think I would rather pay the £50 more to buy from Amazon.
Dilz5517 m ago

Isit possible to upgrade this with a good gpu and if yes how easy is it??




You could buy an eGPU - external GPU box and connect it using the USB-C port in theory. But would need to double check on that.
tawse5712 h, 5 m ago

No.


There are two top of the range 15" Spin 5's that have a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB Dedicated Memory, but they're £1100. They probably won't fit a dedicated graphics card and extra cooling into the 13".
Edited by: "Cooltide" 27th May
This is a quality deal imho, the active stylus is a big plus at this price.
Cooltide13 m ago

There are two top of the range Spin 5's that have a NVIDIA GeForce GTX …There are two top of the range Spin 5's that have a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB Dedicated Memory, but they're £1100.




Yep, pricey.

I would be worried about them over-heating in such a small chasis.

I have been doing a lot of reading up on laptops in recent weeks because, well, I need to buy a new one. I was curious to read in numerous reviews that several manufacturers are putting in GPU's but limiting what they can actually do by either throttling the voltage to the GPU or crippling the chip in some way. Some just buy a cheaper and slow version of the GPU.

I suppose this is all a cost factor - it is good advertising for them to sell models and allows them to cut costs but it is, IMPO, screwing with the customers. So you have to be very careful about what you think you are buying and what you get.

There is also the battery issue with laptops - reviewers getting laptops with nice big batteries but the models being sold to the public later coming with smaller batteries.

This Acer, for example, is reviewed in the above link with a, IIRC, 52 MaH battery but looking on the Acer website it now comes with a 46 MaH battery... so the battery life is going to be far less than it was in the glowing review.

Going away to do some more research on this laptop.
tawse578 m ago

Yep, pricey.I would be worried about them over-heating in such a small …Yep, pricey.I would be worried about them over-heating in such a small chasis.I have been doing a lot of reading up on laptops in recent weeks because, well, I need to buy a new one. I was curious to read in numerous reviews that several manufacturers are putting in GPU's but limiting what they can actually do by either throttling the voltage to the GPU or crippling the chip in some way. Some just buy a cheaper and slow version of the GPU.I suppose this is all a cost factor - it is good advertising for them to sell models and allows them to cut costs but it is, IMPO, screwing with the customers. So you have to be very careful about what you think you are buying and what you get.There is also the battery issue with laptops - reviewers getting laptops with nice big batteries but the models being sold to the public later coming with smaller batteries. This Acer, for example, is reviewed in the above link with a, IIRC, 52 MaH battery but looking on the Acer website it now comes with a 46 MaH battery... so the battery life is going to be far less than it was in the glowing review.Going away to do some more research on this laptop.


I'm interested in your thoughts, please let me know what you're considering.
Keep an eye on dell oulet.. u can get a laptop with i5 8250u n similar other specs around £300-£350
The only caveat I can think off on this, is that it seems that RAM is not upgradeable. Since the CPU is capable enough to last a few years an upgrade path to 16GB would have been great
tony863 m ago

The only caveat I can think off on this, is that it seems that RAM is not …The only caveat I can think off on this, is that it seems that RAM is not upgradeable. Since the CPU is capable enough to last a few years an upgrade path to 16GB would have been great


I'm sure you're correct. Definitely not upgradable.
I have done some research.

There appears to be two versions of this - grey and black.

I have just watched several youtube videos online - most of them not in English.

The black one appears to be able to upgrade the RAM. There is a video showing this. The black also has a battery the entire length of the laptop.

The grey one has a battery about one third smaller than the black one so, presumably, it is a small battery. The RAM does not APPEAR to be upgradeable.

Here is the video of the grey one - should start at the inside. According to thisd review the grey one has a 48 MaH battery. (Amazon says it has a 56 MaH one.)



Here is the video of the black one inside.



So there is some differences here apparently between black and grey models.
Ignore the above about the grey one - that video appears to be from a slightly earlier version of the laptop. Here is the blog linked to the video. It is in Spanish but Chrome translates it nicely.

hardware.hdblog.it/201…-5/
OK, here is video review of this exact model - it does have the bigger battery. 54 MaH.

The RAM is only 8GB and NOT upgradeable.

Seems to be a pretty silent machine.

I did want something that could do some video encoding so I think this is not for me. The Lenovo 720S is probably the one I need but it is £850 with the new i5 or £650 with the old i5 - but the new i5 is so much more powerful that it should not be an option to buy now unless very cheap... which they are not.

I think if you are on the move and need an ultrabook for basic office stuff in Word, some web surfing and watching the occasional video then this is a good machine by the looks of it. But if you want to something a bit more multimedia - maybe make some videos - then it won#t hack it IMPO.

I will have a think about it over the weekend though.

tawse5710 h, 33 m ago

I have done some research.There appears to be two versions of this - grey …I have done some research.There appears to be two versions of this - grey and black.I have just watched several youtube videos online - most of them not in English.The black one appears to be able to upgrade the RAM. There is a video showing this. The black also has a battery the entire length of the laptop.The grey one has a battery about one third smaller than the black one so, presumably, it is a small battery. The RAM does not APPEAR to be upgradeable.Here is the video of the grey one - should start at the inside. According to thisd review the grey one has a 48 MaH battery. (Amazon says it has a 56 MaH one.)[Video] Here is the video of the black one inside.[Video] So there is some differences here apparently between black and grey models.


The grey one seems like the current 15" i5 model. The black one appears to be an older 13" model.
According to the Acer website the current 13.3" models have a 3 cell 4670 mAh Battery. The equivalent current 15" model has a 4 cell 3320 mAh battery! (Seems counter intuitive).
Edited by: "Cooltide" 27th May
daveykinetic5 h, 17 m ago

would this be any good for music production like fl studio?


It's be totally fine as my son uses FL Studio on his i3 6100 laptop and it's okay. Obviously render time suffers with quite a low spec chip but previewing stuff is totally fine.

Full HD is the minimum requirement in effectively using this software. Although as OP pointed out, more pixels for that sort of thing is always better. Ideally you'd use a second monitor as well.
Edited by: "Blurigard" 26th May
I think there's probably confusion between Watt Hours and Milliamp Hours (which are different measures for the same thing). Unless someone can correct me, I think the battery spec is:
A LI battery, rated at 53.9 Wh = 4670 mAh and is 11.55 V

It's really difficult reading tech specs
Edited by: "Cooltide" 27th May
Nobull14 h, 25 m ago

See my comment, I think this would be fine unless you're a professional. …See my comment, I think this would be fine unless you're a professional. In which case you would be looking to spend A LOT more than this.


yea mate thanks
Blurigard10 h, 33 m ago

It's be totally fine as my son uses FL Studio on his i3 6100 laptop and …It's be totally fine as my son uses FL Studio on his i3 6100 laptop and it's okay. Obviously render time suffers with quite a low spec chip but previewing stuff is totally fine.Full HD is the minimum requirement in effectively using this software. Although as OP pointed out, more pixels for that sort of thing is always better. Ideally you'd use a second monitor as well.


I fancy a touch screen laptop for using fl studio. I like the idea of it rather than a mouse. I've also been looking at this. I've got a 20% off code at very to use also

very.co.uk/del…prd
daveykinetic1 h, 1 m ago

I fancy a touch screen laptop for using fl studio. I like the idea of it …I fancy a touch screen laptop for using fl studio. I like the idea of it rather than a mouse. I've also been looking at this. I've got a 20% off code at very to use alsohttps://www.very.co.uk/dell-inspiron-13-5000-series-intelreg-coretrade-i5-8250unbspprocessor-8gbnbspram-256gbnbspssd-133-inchnbspfull-hd-touchscreen-2-in-1-laptop-grey/1600250915.prd


It's a bit hard to tell the exact model on very, but I think this Dell might have a plastic chassis and a non backlit keyboard.

Because I'm actively shopping for a new device, I've looked at a couple of reviews for what I think may be this model, and they were both, to quote one of the reviews, 'meh'.

If I'm wrong please let me know, 'cos this Dell could be on my short list.
Edited by: "Cooltide" 27th May
Cooltide1 h, 32 m ago

It's a bit hard to tell the exact model on very, but I think this Dell …It's a bit hard to tell the exact model on very, but I think this Dell might have a plastic chassis and a non backlit keyboard.Because I'm actively shopping for a new device, I've looked at a couple of reviews for what I think may be this model, and they were both, to quote one of the reviews, 'meh'.If I'm wrong please let me know, 'cos this Dell could be on my short list.


yes your right. about the reviews on this model but as far as music production goes it's rated very highly here

audiomastered.com/the…on/
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