Acer has updated its Aspire 3 Spin family with the 14-inch A3SP14-31PT-37NV model. It is a sophisticated convertible laptop that has an updated CPU and excellent battery life. In this review, we will go through the different features of this device, why it is popular right now, and why it should be your next touchscreen laptop.
Let’s start with the tech specs briefly. To be honest, it is not the most high-end device on the market, but it comes with features that are definitely worth considering, especially if you need an inexpensive convertible laptop.
A3SP14-31PT-37NV: The Specs
|Unit||Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 Convertible Laptop | 14" 1920 x 1200 IPS Touch Display | Intel Core i3-N305 | Intel UHD Graphics | 8GB LPDDR5 | 128GB SSD | Wi-Fi 6 | Windows 11 Home in S mode | A3SP14-31PT-37NV|
|Display||A 14-inch IPS 60Hz Touchscreen with 1920 x 1200 resolution|
|CPU||This year’s CPU: Intel Dual-Core i3-N305 (1.80-3.80GHz)|
|Graphics||Intel UHD integrated Graphics|
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Connectivity||1x HDMI, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, Bluetooth, 3mm Audio jack, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (up to 10 Gbps, DisplayPort over USB-C, USB charging 5 V; 3 A, DC-in port 19 V; 45 W)|
|Other features||A Webcam, Stereo Speakers, WLAN, Bluetooth, Antimicrobial Coating|
|Strength & Weakness||VIEW|
Although the Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 A3SP14-31PT-37NV is a pretty decent convertible laptop, it comes with a limitation, which is the keyboard. The keyboard is not backlit, which would make typing in a low-light environment a little bit challenging.
So if you often use your laptop in low-light conditions, it might be worth investing in another laptop or device like this one, also convertible for a little bit more. However, if longer battery life is more important, then this laptop can offer you that advantage. That is because having those illuminated keys can really drain your battery life more quickly, which is not ideal if you prioritize portability.
Also, it was not built for gaming. If you need a day-to-day gaming laptop, this is not the one.
All in all, it really depends on your needs and preferences; it is about finding out what you really need and, of course, your budget.
Let’s move on to other features that this 2-in-1 laptop has:
Small Profile Design
The first standout feature of this Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 A3SP14-31PT-37NV is its aesthetic. The pure silver finish gives the impression of a metal chassis, even though it’s made almost entirely of plastic. Its stylish look is sure to draw envious glances from anyone who sees it.
The device has a small profile and measures just 12.6″ x 9″ x 0.74″, making it highly portable. It’s also fairly lightweight, weighing just 3.31 lbs, thanks to the plastic material. It helps this convertible laptop be more lightweight than those aluminum laptops.
A 2-in-1 Covertible with 360° hinge
One area where the A3SP14-31PT-37NV excels is it is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop. The 360° hinge design converts your laptop into a tablet or tent at any angle between 0 and 360 degrees. When you fold the screen, the keyboard will be automatically disabled to avoid accidental key presses (the keyboard will then be available via touchscreen), which adds to the device’s overall usability.
The 14″ WUXGA IPS touchscreen is ultra-responsive and works smoothly whether you’re using your fingers or a pen. The touchscreen has WACOM AES Pen Support, Acer BlueLightShield, and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The pen, though, is not coming with the device, so it might be a dealbreaker for some. For the 13-inch Spin 5, visit this page.
The 1920 x 1200 IPS screen resolution is a step forward from the standard Full-HD 1080p and is more comfortable for watching movies and doing other tasks. You will appreciate and love how the controls are kept outside the viewing screen.
This Year’s N-Series CPU
In terms of performance, the Acer Convertible Laptop comes equipped with an Intel Core i3-N305, which provides adequate power for most routine office and home use. This CPU is also the most recent N-series processor from Intel, which was released this year, so you’re getting a convertible laptop with an updated CPU inside.
In addition to the latest processor, the Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 A3SP14-31PT-37NV also comes with 8 GB of RAM, which is more than enough for most productivity applications.
The hard drive is a solid-state drive (SSD) with 128 GB of capacity. This is more than the 64 GB that usually comes with this price range. This capacity is adequate, so it should be enough for general use. What is more important, our guy comes with a solid-state drive that helps your laptop boot very quickly.
The A3SP14-31PT-37NV comes with a low-power SoC (System on a Chip), which means that you don’t need to worry about your laptop overheating even after several hours of use. And because it does not overheat, it also helps the laptop run cool and quiet. Basically, a noiseless computer experience!
Other than being pretty quiet and cool while running, this i3-N305 Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 model offers you a battery life of over 10 hours, which is an excellent feature if you often work or watch movies for long periods of time. Over 10 hours of battery life is a significant amount of time, especially for a laptop, and you can’t have this on most tablets.
The ability to use fast charging via USB also adds to its portability, so your laptop won’t die when you need it most.
While this i3-N305 Acer Aspire 3 Spin 14 has its limitations, which are to be expected for an affordable 2-in-1 laptop, it is well worth the price.
Yes, the A3SP14-31PT-37NV is not perfect, but if you need a touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop at this price range, this unit is worth checking out.