(Pocket-lint) - The convertible laptop game has gone from strength to strength, with the latest devices sporting slender bodies and discrete hinge mechanisms that make such flip-around screen devices as good-looking as their top-end notebook cousins. 

Acer's take in 2016 is to add a touch of class to its top-end design, with the new Spin 7 the focus of its efforts. Much like the Swift 7, the aptly named Spin is a rather suave looking laptop.

Key to the Spin 7's design is a hinge that allows for laptop, stand, tent and a laptop-like position, given the 360-degree swivel capability. It's a feature that Lenovo has aced in recent years and an area where Acer's more plasticky and less premium offerings have sat a few steps behind. On the evidence of the Spin 7, though, it's full-on war for a place at the top.

With a 14-inch screen and 13-inch unibody design, the Spin 7 is really thin - 11mm thin, in fact (or 10.98mm if you're counting) - and weights 1.2kgs, meaning it's relatively lightweight for a do-it-all device.

Given its slender design, though, there are no full-size USB ports. This is a future-facing product, instead sporting two USB Type-C ports. That means you can use peripherals and charge the battery at the same time.


From small ports to a large trackpad: we are especially fond of the oversized touch surface which dominates the front of the device. None of this off-centre or dinky trackpad size as found in so many laptops these days.

The Acer Spin 7 will feature a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and be configurable in various ways, with up 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage available. That's impressive for a device so slim.

And so to the price: at €1,299 it's a toss-up between this Spin 7 and the slimmer, sleeker looking Swift 7 in our books. Although the Swift is less functional, as it doesn't have the hinge mechanism of the Spin, we're more sold on its looks.

Or, if you're looking for something more budget, then the Spin range will also feature Spin 1, 3 and 5 models too.

Writing by Mike Lowe.