The first thing you notice about this laptop is the fact that it has a top like we have never seen before, the screen being half covered by a hinge. The reason for this design is simple: Acer wanted to create a laptop for content creators whose screen can be viewed from any position, and they really did.
The white design of the laptop seems “dirty” with the gray hinge at first, but over time you get used to it and appreciate its strangeness. The first impression is a shock, it’s like looking at an object that comes without an instruction manual and you don’t know what to do with it. This is an aspect that will definitely attract your attention, wherever you use this ConceptD 3 Ezel.
Opening the laptop is as simple as any other device, but its 2-in-1 capabilities can only be seen once you realize how the hinge works. It’s a weird little mechanism that scared me at first, but as I used it more I began to appreciate how well built it is. Basically, you have to tap on the top of the screen to detach the hinge and turn it over and turn it into a graphics tablet or simply to show it to your project colleague.
I have to admit, of all the 2-in-1 transformation systems I’ve tested, this one seemed the most successful, because you don’t have to pick up your laptop and turn it over to turn it into a graphics tablet. or draw on the screen.
It’s not a lightweight laptop, weighing about two kilograms, but the edges of the screen are not magnified and it is quite generous, with 15.6 inches diagonally. But before we talk about the screen, let’s take a look at the ports it has. Thus, on the left we find the Power button, a mini DisplayPort, a Thunderbolt 3 and an HDMI, along with the charging jack and a Kensington lock port in the upper area, close to the hinge, while on the right we have two USB- type-A, an SD card slot and headphone jack.
Being a laptop for content creators, it is normal for the screen to be one of its strengths. So we have a 15.6-inch display with a Full HD resolution and a refresh rate of 60Hz. The brightness is not the brightest at 333 nits, but the ConceptD 3 Ezel compensates with the matte glass of the display, which stops reflections and allows excellent visibility even in brighter rooms.
The true quality of the ConceptD 3 Ezel comes in the representation of colors. As with other Acer content creators, the screen of this laptop is Pantone validated and no longer needs to be calibrated, already having a very good contrast and accuracy of how you open it. You will notice this immediately in the creative applications, especially if you edit a lot.
Stylus and writing experience
ConceptD 3 Ezel also comes with a stylus, which you can find on the left side of the laptop, and which has two buttons – one acts like a eraser and the other takes the place of the right click. It has 4096 pressure levels, according to Acer, but I’m not an expert in drawing or using a stylus, so I’ll just say I like its inclusion and found the screen response time to be satisfying. Writing on the screen is not similar to writing on paper, of course, but it still gives you a pleasant feeling.
In terms of keyboard and touchpad, Acer has included a good combo on the ConceptD 3 Ezel – the first is positioned slightly to the left (the OCD would have preferred to be centered correctly), but the keys are large, well spaced and the experience the writing is enjoyable, helping with that and solid key travel. The touchpad is large, something I always appreciate on laptops, with a size of 4.9 x 3.3 inches, the clicks do not make an unpleasant sound, as I have encountered on other laptops for designers content and scrolling is pretty easy.
Oh, and I don’t forget to mention that the keys have orange lighting underneath them, which after a while starts to get a little annoying and screaming, in my opinion, so I turned it off.
The model that came to my hand was equipped with an i7-10750H from Intel, clocked at 2.6GHz and a graphics card from NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 4GB. In terms of RAM + storage, it had 16GB and a 512GB SSD.
They are solid specifications, good for photo and video editing and you should have no problems with it. It is strong enough to handle long and difficult tasks, but you have to keep in mind that it will get a little hot in them. Fortunately, it’s a pretty heavy laptop, so you’ll probably keep it on your desk most of the time.
It’s not a gaming laptop, but you can do that if you want, although with some limitations. Fortunately, game streaming services like NVIDIA’s GeForce Now now allow you to play triple-A games in excellent quality on machines that aren’t necessarily built for that, so gaming laptops could soon have serious problems in to find a market.
But I digress a little, so let’s go back to autonomy and draw a conclusion: ConceptD 3 Ezel lasts a few good hours, about 3-4 if you put him to work. It should be enough to finish editing some photos or a video, and then immediately upload it.
Acer ConnceptD 3 will cost 7900 lei when it launches in Romania, at the end of November, so it is not a cheap laptop. However, the way it is presented and its target audience make the price quite fair in my opinion, because it is a device from which, if you buy it, you will earn some money, using it for work which you do. Its main advantages are the display with excellent color accuracy, the bizarre but gorgeous design and the good configuration it has.