Acer Chromebook Spin 11 CP311-1H-C5PN Convertible Laptop, Celeron N3350, 11.6" HD Touch, 4GB DDR4, 32GB eMMC, Google Chrome
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- Chromebook runs on Chrome OS - an operating system by Google that is built for the way we live today. It comes with built-in virus protection, updates automatically*, boots up in seconds and continues to stay fast over time. (*Internet connection is required).
- All the Google apps you know and love come standard on every Chromebook, which means you can edit, download, and convert Microsoft Office files in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
- With the Google Play Store, you can access a rich library of apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines, and more, all from your Chromebook.
- Chromebooks come with built-in storage for offline access to your most important files and an additional 100GB of Google Drive space to ensure that all of your files are backed up automatically.
- Convertible Chromebook with Intel Celeron N3350, 11.6” HD Touch Display, 4GB Memory, 32GB eMMC and Up to 10-hour Battery Life
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Versatility Meets Fun
The stylish Chromebook Spin 11 easily transforms into anything you need it to be—thanks to its versatile, 360° Dual-Torque Hinge that lets you rotate it to any angle to create a Notebook, stand-up Display, Tent or Tablet. This super-cool functionality allows you to take it anywhere and use it everywhere!
- Intel Celeron N3350 Dual-Core Processor (Up to 2.4GHz)
- 11.6" HD IPS 10-point multi-touch screen (1366 x 768)
- 4GB of Onboard DDR4 Memory & 32GB eMMC
- 2 - USB Type-C ports USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps) DisplayPort over USB Type-C & USB Charging
- 2 - USB 3.0 ports
- HD Webcam (1280 x 720) with 88 degree wide angle lens supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- 3-cell Li-Ion (3490 mAh) Lithium Ion Battery, Up to 10 Hours Battery Life
- Google Chrome Operating System
With four modes to choose from, finding the right fit for your needs has never been easier.
Maximizes productivity with full functional keyboard.
Brings the screen closer for enjoying any entertainment content.
Perfect in a narrow space like on an airplane or viewing a recipe in the kitchen.
The best way to browse the Internet, play games or share information.
Watch what you love in all its clarity with detail and saturated colors from edge to edge thanks to the 11.6" HD display with IPS technology. The 10-point touch screen makes it easy to surf, organize, swipe and edit with the tip of your fingers.
Clear Photos & Google Hangouts Experience
Built-in 88° of wide angle view Webcam supporting HDR imaging, enhances face-to-face chats and video conference experiences so you don't miss out on any details and don't need to crowd in front of the webcam.
Supercharged Internet! Equipped with the latest 802.11ac and 2x2 MIMO stay unplugged and connected to the Internet, to wireless devices, and to the world. Enjoy smooth streaming, extremely fast downloads and keep up with your most demanding workloads.
Best of Chrome
This Chromebook starts in seconds and stays fast. It’s easy to use, backs up your files online, has virus protection built in, and keeps going with up to 10 hours of battery life, so you can, too.
Android Apps from Google Play Store
In addition to the apps in the Chrome Web Store, you now have full access to more than 2 million of Android apps from the Google Play Store that can help you do everything from work to play.
USB Type-C Flexibility
The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 has two USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 ports providing ultra-fast transfer of power, data and hi-res display output on each port.
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I've waffled a lot between preferring either the Chromebook or the iPad Mini for travel. But I'd be really upset if I ever lost my iPad... whereas a lost or stolen Chromebook is pretty survivable. I'd hate to lose one, but I'd feel that my data is safe. I know losing a ~us$400 device is still major, but it just wouldn't carry the same life-and-death meaning, y'know?
Anyway. This review is long, so let me begin with its salient takeaways:
- The build quality cannot be beat. Sturdy construction makes this Chromebook a great value.
- Decent performance for the size and expense.
- Terrific keyboard, very comfortable for long-stint typing (although I did put a silicon cover on mine, and I do feel that this has made a difference)
- "Handsomely benign"
- Not an ASUS
- Free stylus
- It's a Chromebook!
- Bulky and rather heavy, not at all a tablet replacement (although tent mode does work well)
- Grainy screen and tinny speakers will be a dealbreaker for some.
- Lower battery life than Acer claims -- 8 hours or fewer, I'd say. Not bad, not exemplary either
- The mousepad is... functional, but not good.
- It's a Chromebook.
When I first started looking for a new "portable machine," I knew I wanted a small computer to serve as a reasonably-priced "go-between" (I switch a lot between a Mac and a PC for work, and I also travel a fair amount).
I quickly realized that "performance" was, weirdly, not going to be the highest criterion on my priority list -- if it were, I'd just bring my MacBook Pro with me to Europe, right?
What I wanted was something small. Secure. And rugged! A TANK! And with a Gorilla Glass screen, ideally! If a small, inexpensive computer IS meant to be tossed into a backpack, it should be sturdy and tough! A lot of tech reviewers praise other Chromebooks' superficial resemblances to MacBooks, which I personally find baffling. Aluminum unibodies are prone to dents and scuffs!
I realized I was probably going to be looking seriously at, not an "adult" Chromebook, but a Chromebook designed for kids and students.
And the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 IS, in fact, intended for kids. But please don't be deterred if you're older -- there is nothing childish about wanting a laptop that won't break in your luggage.
It's called "Spin" because it's a four-position convertible laptop. I actually really enjoyed my last ultrabook, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, only because I could leave my laptop in either "stand mode" or "tent mode" and use my own mechanical keyboard. The exact same is true of the Acer Spin: I can set up a cozy little workspace in a hotel with my external bluetooth Filco keyboard. Ahh, so homey.
Except... I *like* this thing's keyboard? Elsewhere I've seen it called "mushy"; *I* would say that it just isn't as weird and clicky and "chicklet" as some contemporary keyboards. Even though the machine is a petite 11" or so, the keyboard is very comfortably sized, not noticeably cramped at all. I've been typing on my Acer Spin for six hours now -- really!! -- and although I wouldn't go so far as to call the keyboard a "pleasure to use," it's certainly more than acceptable according to my high standards. I WILL say, however, I slightly prefer typing with a silicon keyboard cover on top. (The Spin's keys' "travel distance" is actually very short and shallow, so maybe I like using a silicon cover because it gives the illusion of a longer travel distance.)
The touch mousepad is... not great. It's almost bad. Two-finger "right-clicking" is kind of a chore. It isn't quite as bad as the mousepad on my Predator gaming laptop, though, which is also made by Acer. (Who is designing these terrible touchpads? Is it just one guy??)
For that matter, the Acer Spin 11 won't win any audio/visual awards. The screen is dimmer and lower-res than you might hope, and sound is tinny and pretty quiet. It isn't a very exciting machine. It struggles to run certain sideloaded game ROMs, for instance.
And the entire machine is plasticky. For its size, it's heavy and pretty beefy. It's too thick to really use as a tablet (although I HAVE used it to read an eBook in portrait mode). A lot of people won't like the design overall.
I personally think that, aesthetically, it's appealingly sporty, like a running shoe. It reminds me of "survivalism" -- you know, army knives and "tactical" breath mints and all that. You could definitely take this laptop and go camp in a yurt.
It's still just a Chromebook, though, so the associated perks and limitations apply. Chrome power-users know that they can also install and run Linux, access Windows and Mac machines remotely, et al. (I consider Chromebooks' reliance on cloud-based storage a huge negative, but Android support has changed this somewhat.)
Thanks to Google Play support, the Acer Spin 11 does run Android apps. I regularly leave the Android versions of BlueMail, Telegram, 1password, and iA Writer all open and running simultaneously. (I'm writing this in iA Writer right now! Through Dropbox, it synchronizes my drafts with my PC, MacBook, and iOS devices.)
But what really makes Chromebooks great is the fact that, ultimately, they offer a stripped-down work environment, free from distraction. The fewer apps and tabs you leave open, the better the machine functions, which in turn imbues a certain monastic "practical minimalism" in the user. Generally Chromebooks are snappy... but a Chromebook ill-used will be sluggish instead.
The Acer Spin 11 definitely zips along far better than Chromebooks that come at a lower price point, which are the Chromebooks I have previously used. I can enthusiastically confirm that this particular model of the Acer Spin can simultaneously run four other Android apps and a handful of "live" browser tabs -- in addition to Netflix Android simultaneously playing an episode of the Joel McHale Show -- without running into any hangs or lags.
I encountered performance difficulties only when I briefly disabled a Chrome browser extension called uBlock Origin. The ads on the website I was visiting slowed my machine to a halt, and I finally had to reboot my machine (for the first time in two months!). I also use a plugin called "The Great Suspender," which "sleeps" on open browser tabs that haven't been looked-at in a while. Both add-ons have drastically improved performance in a machine that might otherwise fall short.
At this price point the available eleven-inch Chromebooks are slim pickins, unfortunately. You've got Acer, you've got Dell, you've got the more-expensive Samsung. The top-rated frontrunner, if you read a lot of tech reviews, is definitely one of the 11.6" ASUS machines.
I've had two ASUS computers previously -- a netbook and a Chromebook -- and both fell apart. It was like plate tectonics, where the different planes of the chassis slowly shifted out of place. After a couple years with the netbook, it got to a point where, if I were typing and I paused to rest my right palm on the space for palms, the machine would suddenly shut off, losing whatever I was working on.
Still, the ASUS Flip is probably the top-rated Chromebook in this price point, so I remained open to it. But when I read user reviews suggesting the build quality was not great... ugh, call it confirmation bias, but it sounded like a familiar tune. So I wrote the ASUS off and kept searching.
The Acer Spin 11 is definitely a polarizing machine. I've noticed that professional tech reviewers give it glowing, middling, AND low reviews, depending on what they're looking for.
Ultimately it all comes down to how you intend to use the machine. It isn't a desktop replacement -- I've read that the Acer Spin 11 can huff and puff during certain benchmark tests -- and it's too large and cumbersome to function as a true tablet replacement.
But I think it's a great... Chromebook.
Philosophically I think a practical Chromebook should never be stunningly beautiful, or able to run everything you throw at it, or even necessarily sound great or whatever. Sure, there are Chromebooks that can outperform this one, and there are Chromebooks that look like "grown-up" machines, with backlit keyboards and aluminum unibodies and all that. This machine, in comparison, isn't glamorous.
But I can't help but feel that, in this category, no Chromebook will ever really measure up. You have to manage your expectations instead.
Although it would be impossible to ever mistake it for a Google Pixel computer, the stalwart Acer Spin 11 is a handsomely benign device, and a wonderful little work machine. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to "road warriors" as a secondary laptop, to students who require a go-anywhere note-taking essay-writing machine, and to kiddos whose parents want them to have a safe, secure "grown-up" computer that can also stand up to some roughhousing.
I gave the sound quality four stars merely because I know nothing of sound quality. I can hear something therefore, good quality.
The only thing I dislike: no delete button, only backspace. Not that it’s a huge deal but I like having both.