Laptops under $700 keep improving by leaps and bounds—just take the Acer Spin 3 as an example. For an affordable price, this convertible laptop offers a few surprisingly high-end features, like a Thunderbolt 3 port, Wi-Fi 6 support, and an integrated stylus. That’s in addition to solid performance in everyday tasks and roughly nine hours of battery life, all packed into a body with a 14-inch, 1080p IPS screen.
Of course, laptops in this price range do make compromises, and the Spin 3 is no exception to that rule. Its biggest sin is the inclusion of bloatware, though that is fixable if you take the time to purge unwanted software. Its performance can’t be pushed to extremes, either, so while it’ll handle everyday tasks like document editing and web browsing fine, you won’t be able to batter it hard with demanding work.
But the Spin 3 is designed to be an easy travel companion, rather than a powerhouse desktop replacement—and it does that with aplomb.
- Performance is generally average for a budget PC
- A nicely integrated stylus
- Decent price
- Lots of bloatware
- Webcam image quality is a little flat