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Acer - Spin 11 2-in-1 11.6" Touch-Screen Chromebook - Intel Celeron - 4GB Memory - 32GB eMMC Flash Memory - Sparkly Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 242 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Entry Level Machine

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    elitegangsta
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    Unboxing Upon first opening the Acer Chromebook Spin 11, I was impressed by what was included in the box. Acer provides not only the Chromebook Spin 11 itself, but a nice stylish grey sleeve and a Wacom EMR pen (stylus). They also of course included a charger. Included Carrying Sleeve All of the accessories fit nicely into the provided carrying sleeve. The chromebook itself fits in the large center area while the charger and Wacom pen fit into the smaller front pouch. All are protected by a soft felt lining. Build Quality Overall this laptop has a rugged build and feel. It is made of mostly plastic, though a rubberized button makes it grippy and hold tight to the surface you sit it on. It also seems to help with scratches and also protecting wooden tables. The screen itself is made of Corning Gorilla Glass so it is capable of handling drops and is fairly scratch resistant. The keyboard is rather cheap feeling. The keys feel small and I often found myself disappointed with any lengthy typing session. I feel that Acer meant for this to be used by a child. Small form factor, rugged, and fairly bullet proof. For such a small laptop, this also feels fairly heavy at 3.09 lbs Display The display shows sharp and colors show accurate on this IPS 1366 x 768 screen. The 11” screen size paired with the very low resolution of 1366 x 768 make this less than ideal for anything other than light web browsing or basic note taking. Though ChromeOS allows you to force a higher resolution of 1536 x 864, since this is not native to the display, the image becomes much blurrier. The display is also a glossy mirror finish so using this in light or sunny areas results in terrible glare. In dark rooms this is a lot less noticeable. There is a thick black bezel around the display. This is terrible in laptop mode but becomes useful in tablet mode as it give your hands a place to hold and not interfere with the display. Tablet Mode Tablet mode is my least favorite mode. ChromeOS is weird to use and having the keyboard behind the display is awkward. I much prefer in laptop mode, or, tented for youtube, netflix, etc… video viewing. The stylus is a must use when in tablet mode as it helps press the close X or click on smaller icons fingers are just too big for. Battery Life Acer claims 10 hours of use. I’ve been able to get about 6-8 depending on usage. More than enough for a days work or taking notes in a classroom. Charging the laptop only takes limited time to get a useful burst of power though. In my case, about an hour fully charged from completely deal. Charging The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 battery was initially depleted so I had to charge it. This is done via one of the 2 included USB C ports on either side. This is nice since I can choose which side to charge from depending on my changing needs depending on where the laptop is at the time. Charging was quick. In about an hour it was fully charged. Powering on/boot up This thing boots up very fast. Hit the power button and you are presented with a logon screen within a couple seconds. Performance With a standard Intel processor and 4 GB of RAM ChromeOS runs fairly well. Windows open pretty snappy and general web browsing and app use is acceptable. If you’re planning to run some heavier Android apps or doing some photo editing, I found the performance to be lacking. I also found when connecting to an external display and pushing more pixels (connected to a 1920x1080 monitor) the machine struggled to even open apps and overall felt very sluggish. Connecting to External Display I connected to a pair of 1920 x 1080 monitors using USB-C to HDMI cables. I plugged one of each into each of the 2 USB-C ports and was able to view both screens. As mentioned above, performance was less than ideal. I also had a strange issue where Android apps only displayed a black screen and were unusable. This was not an issue when using the laptop by itself. Ports Acer provides a ton of connectivity ports on this machine. 2 USB 3.1, 2 USB-C, headphone jack, a security port for locking. This provides the ability to use any number of USB 3.1 or USB C adaptors to connect all sorts of things. Wacom Pen I found the pen to be a great tool for note taking and generally navigating ChromeOS. The stylus requires no batteries and when detected by touching the screen, ChromeOS shows a pen icon on the taskbar that allows you to quickly take screenshots, or notes. I found this super useful. Since the touch pad is a little clunky and cheap feeling, I prefer the pen over the touch pad. When taking notes, turning the pen over offers the ability to erase just like a pencil. When taking notes, the pen felt natural and the chromebook kept up with my writing speed and it felt as though I was actually writing on the screen itself. Webcam The camera quality is ok. This is more useful for quick Google hangouts, skype, or DUO calls. Don’t expect current mobile phone camera standard here. It was perfectly adequate for its purpose but slightly grainy and fuzzy videos should be expected Overall this is a decent device. I would suggest use cases be either for a younger child who is no ready for a more expensive computer, or, anyone looking for an inexpensive device to browse the web, and who is already in, or planning to be in, an all Google environment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Right Balance of Price and Features

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    Turbolence
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    The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 brings a smattering of options from more expensive laptops and tablets to a 2-in-1 package that represents excellent value at an attractive price point. Though lower-spec internal hardware detracts some from its premium feel and assortment of features, Chrome OS proves itself as a good match for what has amounted to a great travel machine for both work and entertainment. This machine bridges the gap between budget Chromebooks and top-end offerings twice to three times more expensive, and comes highly recommended as a result. - Build Quality The first thing that surprised me about this device is how hefty it is; at 2 lbs 10.6 oz (1.2 kg) this is one of the heaviest 11-inch laptops I’ve held, which was unexpected given the plastic exterior. I find the weight gives the device a high perceived build quality as a laptop, but it makes longer sessions in tablet mode a bit cumbersome after a short period. The textured plastic lid has a premium feel to it, complementing the Gorilla Glass screen (another welcome addition, as most laptops at this price point use a plastic or plexi-glass layer to protect the screen). As with any 2-in-1, the quality of the hinge will ultimately determine how well the device holds up after several years of use, but at least from initial impressions Acer’s dual-hinge design holds strongly and appears well-shielded against debris and dust build up. I was surprised to find a laptop that includes its own sleeve at any price point, and with a dedicated pocket for the included stylus I was very pleased with Acer’s inclusion. Of course, a few things will have to be sacrificed to hit a $349 MSRP, and it appears that the keyboard and trackpad are shared designs from other value Acer laptops. They are by no means bad, but the premium feel of the device is weakened once you begin typing. Key presses are short and light, and the chiclet style keys are preferable to the alternative, but a typical amount of keyboard flex and a lack of backlighting belie the higher-end feel brought on by the screen half of the device. Similarly, the touchpad is precise but pressing-to-click bows the edges of the touchpad significantly. These minor annoyances are forgivable here as Acer’s touchscreen makes up the difference. - Screen & Sound Despite a typical 1366x768 resolution, the IPS display is a bright, vivid panel that is clear and easy to read in all but direct sunlight conditions. I was very impressed watching movies and TV shows in several varied lighting conditions, though brightness does need to be adjusted manually via dedicated keyboard keys. Viewing angles are good but brightness tends to dim at lesser angles than some other IPS screens I’ve used (though admittedly this may be from the digitizer or Gorilla Glass rather than the panel itself). The standout feature of the screen is its Wacom digitizer. In no uncertain terms, this combination multi-finger touch and stylus-compatible screen gives this Chromebook one of the most engaging tablet experiences I’ve had with any device. The stylus works in any orientation (whether laptop, tablet, “tent,” or tabletop) and does appear to be pressure-sensitive when used with select apps. I found myself switching between stylus and finger control with fluidity and ease, and any stylus detection (whether on the screen or as much as ¾” from stylus tip to screen) overrides touch, making drawing a breeze. The included “eraser” end of the stylus seemed gimmicky at first but works exactly as intended. All the typical gestures work well and I never had an issue performing precise button presses on games and apps with small inputs. The built-in speakers are fairly good. They are downward-firing, which makes them a bit muted when played on soft surfaces like a bed or sofa, but the speakers get decently loud and don’t distort much at higher volumes. - Operating System The last time I had used a Chromebook with regularity was several years ago, and at the time these devices could do little more than run a limited port of Google’s Chrome web browser. The last several years of development have done wonders for the Chrome OS, as Google has invested heavily into making this Linux derivative a fully-featured environment entirely suitable for casual users and professionals alike. The desktop-like interface works equally well in both laptop and tablet modes, feeling more like a desktop OS that was tailored to be ready for tablet use on demand rather than the other way around. The biggest leap forward for Chrome OS is the inclusion of the Google Play store, opening up a library of hundreds of thousands of Android apps alongside many Chromebook-optimized apps. At minimum, expect nearly all of your favorite Android apps to function as they do on your smartphone or tablet (running in a window), and at best, optimized apps will run almost identically to their counterparts on traditional PCs. Road warriors will be pleased to find that Chromebook-optimized Microsoft Office apps are indeed available from the Google Play Store, fully usable with any active Office365 subscription, and feature nearly perfect copies of their PC-side interfaces. - Performance & Battery Life As mentioned earlier, certain concessions were made to hit the $349 MSRP, and the processor is among them. The Chromebook Spin 11 uses an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core CPU, which is a fairly weak chip by modern standards. However, Chrome OS does put what little power it does have to good use, and the system hardly ever feels sluggish or stalled when performing everyday activities like browsing the web or streaming video. Intense tasks such as video editing or high-detail 3D gaming are unfortunately beyond the capabilities of this chip, but seeing as the device isn’t intended for these uses, the processor is adequate for its target use cases. Fortunately, the CPU shortcomings are eased by the inclusion of 4GB of RAM. Most entry-level Chromebooks are equipped with half that, and quickly run into issues as the Chrome web browser is infamously RAM-hungry. Here, the 4GB memory allows for a much smoother web surfing and productivity experience, and having multiple apps and tabs open doesn’t slow the system down like it does on its lesser-equipped competitors. While I couldn’t verify whether the memory is upgradable, the SSD (eMMC type, here) is plenty quick enough to supplement the RAM when called upon. 32GB storage seems small for a traditional PC, but Chrome OS was only using about 2GB once fully updated, and it would be difficult to fill the disk so long as media files and documents are stored either on an external drive or on cloud services. I did find that the relative lack of power meant that battery life was good. I averaged about 7 hours battery life between charges with the screen at 80% brightness, which included a mix of video streaming, gaming, web surfing, and drawing. Unfortunately this falls short of the 10 hours listed in the specifications, but this is to be expected. - Connectivity Another banner feature of this device is that it charges via USB-C. Indeed, the Spin 11 abandons any DC jack altogether, thus rendering the included AC adapter redundant if you have a high-power USB-C charger already. I was able to take the Chromebook and all my other devices on vacation with a single AC adapter and power pack, saving quite a bit of room in my bag and ensuring all my devices could recharge on the go without juggling a rat’s nest of assorted cables. In addition to the two USB-C ports (both of which can accept a charge), Acer included a pair of standard USB 3.0 ports which ensures compatibility with all your existing devices. I had no trouble using my mouse, keyboard, USB microphone, and webcam through a USB hub on one port, and an external HDD on the other. A standard 3.5mm jack with microphone input allows most headsets to work seamlessly with the device. The microSD slot is also a welcome feature that allowed me to load up all my music and movies on a 200GB microSDXC card to take with me, though I would have appreciated a full-size SD card slot as my cameras use them and adapters are plenty cheap. A Kensington lock slot rounds out the connectivity, which is an interesting if unnecessary inclusion. All said, the port selection is good, but the lack of an HDMI or DisplayPort jack is disappointing. Video is supported via one of the USB-C ports, but this now means a pricey USB adapter is all but a must to connect to external monitors, projectors, or TVs. Chromebooks can, however, mirror their screens to any Chromecast or compatible wireless display adapter. Wireless connectivity is very good. A typical WiFi a/b/g/n adapter with Bluetooth 4.0 means modern connectivity is not a problem. WiFi signal strength is on par with other laptops I've used, with speeds and throughput remaining strong throughout. I had no performance issues screen-mirroring to my Chromecast while simultaneously updating my apps from the Play Store. - Bottom Line Acer has produced one of the few Chromebooks I would recommend without caveats to friends and family seeking a 2-in-1 for work or play. None of the shortcomings mentioned above are deal breakers, because in the end this is a capable device that I at times forgot even was a Chromebook as I did not run into any issues I associated and prepared for with past devices. It may be pricier than other 11-inch options but the returns on the additional cost make this a great all-rounder. Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A really solid performer

    Posted
    Zunderwood
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    I ‘ve had the Acer Chromebook for a short time now, and it seemed like a good fit since I standardized on the Chrome browser a number of years back. I wasn’t sure if the Chromebook would meet my needs, but so far I’m really upbeat about this unit. It seems like a really solid, quality product. This unit comes with 4gb of memory and 32gb of solid state storage. Some of the 32gb is dedicated to the operating system, and as expected, every app you install deducts from the available space. A quick review of storage shows that I’m down to 24gb of space. Considering that I’ve installed about 4gb of apps, that suggests that about 4gb of the original 32gb is dedicated to the operating system. Of all the apps I've installed from the Google Play Store, thus far I haven’t found any app compatibility problems. Color me really impressed! I've always used Microsoft’s Word and Excel products for work and personal use. Fortunately, the Google Play Store has versions compatible with the Acer Chromebook. With Word and Excel now installed, as well as Google’s own Docs and Sheets apps and a long list of apps, I am now fully productive. Performance on this unit is top-notch. I haven’t seen any lag at all, which was one of my initial concerns. It’s true that I haven’t tried running any CPU or disk intensive apps, but I never intended to do so. The keyboard is very responsive, although I would have preferred one that was back-lit for when I’m working in low-light environments. The hinges connecting the screen to the keyboard allow you to fold the Acer backwards so that back-side of the display and keyboard are touching allowing the Acer to work like a screen-only tablet. Or leave a gap between the two back-sides - which permits the display to stand upright like it has a back-stand. While in tablet mode, it offers a display-based virtual keyboard. You can use the Pen or your finger to type using a hunt-and-peck approach, or you can use the Swype approach. Swype is my favorite way of entering text on virtual keyboards. If you're unfamiliar with this method, let’s assume you’re typing the word HELP. With Swype, touch the ‘H’ letter on the virtual keyboard, and without lifting your finger (or Pen) off the screen, slide your finger or Pen to the ‘E’, then the ‘L’, and finally the ‘P’. Then lift your finger or Pen from the screen. It should have typed out the word “HELP.” [Thought I’d share!] Most of my efforts have been spent getting used to the Pen. While it works fine, I’m not accustomed to using one. It definitely adds flexibility to selecting items and entering/changing text. I’ve been using it extensively with the virtual keyboard as Swype, the Pen and virtual keyboard get along real well together. I’m using Google Drive cloud storage for most of my storage needs, although I did plug a USB flash drive into one of the USB ports to test that out. Worked like a charm! The 32gb that comes with the unit is a good starter amount, although that space will quickly disappear if music, photos, or other space-consuming items are stored locally. So using Cloud storage for greater storage capacity is essential. Or you can use other solutions, like a USB flash drive or an external USB disk drive for additional storage. Syncing the Acer wirelessly to my home network was a breeze. A few clicks here and there, plus logging into my Google account, and I was browsing the internet in no time. I wanted to see if it would work with Wi-Fi turned off, so I used USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Connector plugged into one of the USB ports. It too worked seamlessly. That’s all I have for now. All in all, I’m very happy with the unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Chromebook but don't buy as a budget laptop

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    bridaw
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    This is a nice Chromebook. Don’t buy it thinking it is a “starter” or budget laptop or you will likely be disappointed. Chromebooks aren’t for everyone. Our household has a Win7 desktop, Mac, two Win10 touch screen laptops, iPads, iPhones, Kindles, Android tablet and phone. My son is 15 and uses Chromebooks at school so he wants nothing to do with this device. ;) There are tasks like writing this review I prefer not to do on a tablet or phone without a physical keyboard. Chrome OS is responsive and it boots up in seconds so I can pick up right were I left off. You use your Google account to login to the device, but you can optionally set a 6-digit PIN. It also supports Smart Lock so my Android phone can unlock the Chromebook. This is very handy. This device works great with Office / Office365. Seconds after opening the Chromebook I can be typing something in Word. Close the Chromebook and finish the document on another device. The OneDrive and Dropbox integration work great. Office works well with Google drive although it isn’t as seamlessly integrated -by design. Google drive really shines when using the Google apps like Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep, Calendar, Photos, etc. This model qualified for 100GB google drive storage upgrade for two years. Nice! The touch screen can be quirky. The screen scrolls smoother with the stylus vs using your fingers. Scrolling through a list with my finger is often registered as a click and selects an item. This isn’t much of a problem on a webpage when you touch a text section of the page to scroll but extremely frustrating when I scroll through the list of updates in the Play Store and it keeps selecting the apps instead of scrolling the page. If I have the screen in laptop position I simply use the trackpad to scroll pages or use the stylus. Other notes: *This device charges through the USB-C port but it uses the traditional two-piece laptop power cord with a “brick” in the middle instead of a wall wart design with a USB-C port + USB-C cable. *Wi-Fi is fast. I get 180 Mbps download and 10.95 Mbps upload on Speedtest(dot)net with my 100Mbps/10Mbps Cox plan. *Bluetooth works well paired with my LG HBS750 ear buds and several Bluetooth speakers around the house, good range. *Includes case and stylus. The stylus works very well for scrolling screens and tapping some on-screen buttons. It works great with some of my games and drawing apps from the Google Play Store. The case is also very nice and has a side zipper pocket that has a little stylus sleeve sewn inside to store the stylus. *The hinge is stiff, necessary to keep the 360-hinge locked in the four usage modes, but this requires more effort to open. Not difficult, both hands help. I think this is good given most users will be young and the hinge needs to stay tight. Still, a small scooped finger recess to make it easier to open would have been nice. *The bezels are large but that isn’t a bad thing. I like the aspect ratio of the screen when playing games in portrait. The large bezels make it easier to hold vs my Android tablet. *Keyboard is soft but not mushy. NO back-light on keyboard. If you are in couch potato mode in the dark you probably have the keyboard flipped back in tablet mode anyhow.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Satisifies most home user needs

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    JMan
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    This Acer Spin 11 is a good entry-level notebook without the usual entry-level notebook headaches. Web sites and apps load just as quickly as they do on my i7 Windows laptop that has much more powerful specs. The Chrome OS is very intuitive and easy to pick up if coming from other operating systems. The body is plastic but Acer did a good job of giving it an attractive faux brushed aluminum looking finish. The unit is lightweight and although not quite as thin as some of the competition, is still pretty thin and is easy to transport. There are four USB 3 ports, 2 type A and 2 type C. There is no ethernet port or card reader built in. The Gorilla Glass protected screen is sturdy and seems very well constructed. The display quality is decent and images have good saturation and color rendering. The display isn't HD but the 1366x768 resolution doesn’t look bad on the 11-inch screen. It actually looks pretty good. My only complaint is that the screen is a little warmer and darker than I typically prefer, even at max brightness. I have an older Acer C720 Chromebook with a noticeably cooler screen. It’s not a big deal indoors but reading can be difficult at times in bright sunlight, even at max brightness. Sound is about what I expected which means it’s passable. However, streaming content, particularly music videos, are actually a bit better than expected. For those who prefer more oomph, there is a 3.5mm audio jack for external headphones or speakers as well as Bluetooth capability. Battery life is awesome. I can use this notebook for hours without touching beyond 20% of the battery capacity. I typically go several days between recharges. That’s with light to moderate use. I like the convertible touchscreen being an option but I am not a fan of this particular implementation. I think it’s okay for occasional use but it doesn’t feel like a true convertible. I don’t like the feeling of the keyboard and trackpad against my hands while it’s folded in tablet mode. It makes it near impossible to use like a traditional tablet with any ease or comfort. The touchscreen itself is nice and responsive but the orientation sometimes gets a little goofy. Bundled extras for this package include an OEM sleeve with soft-lined interior and exterior pocket and a Wacom EMR tablet stylus. The Wacom stylus is very accurate and far more useful and precise than a generic tablet stylus. The Chrome OS also has a pen app for extra features like the laser pointer feature. The pen is great for art, signatures, digital handwriting and for making more precise selections in tablet mode. This Acer Spin has everything most people need in a home computer. It has snappy performance, provides access to the web, email and social media, allows users to create documents and spreadsheets right out of the box and can run Chrome OS games and apps. Unless there is a specific need for a certain operating system, this will pretty much handle most home user needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Basic Chromebook

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    Indiaj0nes
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    What's in the box ----------------- Acer Chromebook Spin 11 CP311-1HN-C2DV Bundle 3-cell battery Power adapter, sleeve, Wacom EMR pen ports ----- 2x USB 3.0 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C microSd card reader Pros ---- 1. It spins 360 degree, so you can use it as a tablet, tablet with a stand or a laptop 2. Very good battery life, around 9 to 10 Hrs 3. Light weight and looks well built (It is not aluminium) 4. HD, although not full HD 5. Touchscreen and supports pen 6. Fast and Responsive. Cons ---- 1. I wish it was made of metal. 2. wish we had a smaller travel charger The Review ----------- Its a chromebook and not a windows laptop, so i had to keep it in mind when writing this review. This is my first of this kind and hence, my review will be comparing a windows laptop vs. a chromebook laptop and then stepping into how the computer is. Exterior - Looks ok, its not metal and i do not expect it to be that way. But i think acer has done a good job of making sure it looks like one. it is a plastic one but the color is aluminum. it has 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 3.1 Type c port and i think which is adequate to connect a printer or an external hardware. THere is a microSD slot to expand memory or look at pictures from your phone. the screen is HD but not full HD, but for the size of it, it looks bright and vibrant and its a gorilla glass. It is a touch screen and it can bend 360 degrees. SO it can be a tablet, tablet with a stand or a laptop. The laptop is very light weight at approx 3lbs. Another good thing is that it comes with a wacom pen and works great on this touchscreen and the apps supporting the pen is growing. Interior - Its snappy and part of the reason is because of the sofware. And since its the first time for me using chromebook, i miss my word. Although it has word in offline mode, it is a web based platform. One other thing that i noticed is that chromebook cannot run flash and that is not particularly an issue with this laptop but all chromebooks in general. The keyboard is nice and has a good feel to it. The laptop is very light weight and i think most folks may compare it with the Ipad because of its size. the battery life came out to be a decent 7 hrs which i think is not bad but not stellar either. More i use the laptop i can relate to it more because it's g ot a play store and can download all the apps that i have on the phone and it gives me a phone/tablet type of feeling rather than a laptop. I cant think of instances wherein i am working offline on a computer and it will most likely be on a phone. So i think chromebook is a good option since you are always online and it is snappy and does not come with potential virus threat or at the least not as much as windows. Now on the downside, it should have had an HDMI port for connecting to a TV, they should also come out with an all metal version, i am sure folks may be ready to pay some premium for the sturdyness

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Chromebook

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    DoubleJ
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    This is my first experience with a Chromebook. Overall, I'd say it's lived up to my expectations, which, I didn't expect a PC replacement. To me it functions as a hybrid between phone/tablet/laptop, with an emphasis on the first two. This seems like a well put together device. It's not too heavy, and feels nice in your hands. For the screen, it's a decent size but has a thick black bezel all the way around. I've gotten used to displays with a very thin bezel. However, in tablet mode, this is actually useful because you can hold the device by the edge and not accidentally press anything on the screen. Boot up is literally seconds from being completely powered down, even faster if it's "sleeping". Setup is very easy, just login to your Google account and it walks you through everything. The sound quality from the speakers is ok for casual use. If you're expecting home theater sound, you should lower your expectations. They do the job they're intended for, and if you need better sound quality, you can connect Bluetooth headphones or speakers. As far as browsing the web, using applications, etc, the performance is excellent. I've downloaded MS Office for Android and it works well. I recommend using cloud storage for most of your documents though because you will quickly exhaust the built in storage if you don't. One of the best things about this Chromebook is the Chrome-OS. It's really fast for internet browsing and not too long ago, Google opened up the Play store for downloading Android apps. Most (but not all) of the apps I regularly use are available and make the experience that much better. Now, if you're expecting the same performance as you'd get from a high performance laptop, again, you need more realistic expectations. The battery life is decent, it'll last for hours on a charge. The charging cord a two piece and is pretty long and uses a USB-C connector. I discovered by accident that you can charge the device on either USB-C port (one per side). It has the latest WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth which allows you to connect to many different devices. It also has a micro-SD slot for expanding storage, etc. It comes with a stylus pen, but this one has a point like an actual pen/pencil, so it's great for taking notes in appropriate apps, etc. You can even flip the stylus over and use the other end as an eraser. It's actually pretty cool as it responds to different pressures and writing speed. I'll have to look for some apps that take advantage of those features. If there some features I would add, it would be an HDMI port and a back-lit keyboard to assist in low light usage (considering that a back-lit keyboard would reduce the battery life) The included carrying case is nice, has a special spot for the stylus so you don't lose it. It is not large enough to carry the charging cable, so make sure you've got a full charge before taking it with you somewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Impressive PC alternative

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    Aaronxx7
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    First off, let me say that this Chromebook is great for what it is! For people that are unfamiliar with the term Chromebook, even though this looks like a laptop PC, it is not. Visually it is very similar but with some different button functions along the top of the keyboard. The touchpad is also not a typical laptop touchpad, as this offers no left and right click options like a mouse, because it is not supposed to be a mouse, it offers very accurate cursor features with tapping for selection/activation. The awesome thing is that the screen is a touch screen with built in Wacom Tablet functionality that includes a drawing/selection pen. One can easily use a finger or the included pen for additional selection options over the touchpad. Wacom drawing/editing tablets are usually very expensive, so to have this included in this device is a huge bonus. Wacom devices are typically used by professional photo editors and digital artists, because of the accuracy and different levels of pressure sensitivities creating realistic designs. Adobe Photoshop or Autodesk Sketchbook are great software options to take advantage of the Wacom features. As I mentioned earlier this is not a PC, it is more like a giant Android smart phone with additional features. It actually runs on the Android OS. So no PC or Mac software will work on this device but there are plenty of great Android software options out there for your needs, including Office, Outlook, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, Hulu etc. .. one can simply search the app store for tons of options based on keywords, or actual software titles. I would also like to emphasize how well the battery is on this. With one full charge I was able to use this for a week straight before having to charge it again. I left it on all week, with moderate use. about an hour or two a day, me searching the web, and my kids drawing on the screen. The best thing is that this never heated up like a typical laptop would, even after a couple of hours of use, the unit remained room temperature. There are so many great features to this Chromebook, so I will try to summarize a few that I thought were best: - Wacom Touchscreen features - The screen folds back all the way, which when it does activates the automatic screen rotation. Great for drawing, or angling the screen for watching movies. - When the screen is folded back the keyboard turns off, as not to accidentally cause unwanted inputs while just using the touch screen - works great for games, business use, or casual internet browsing - webcam/camera - can be charged by the included charging cable or any other USB type-C connector - Fast at start up, and use - I experienced no lag or freeze ups in anything I have been doing. - Easy set up - It syncs up great with previous gmail/google accounts. I entered my gmail Id and password at start up, and all my chrome bookmarks, passwords and preferences were right there. - I also love the size of this device it is small enough to carry around with you, but big enough to still enjoy all the features - lightweight , yet sturdy and thick enough to hold - A soft lightly padded case is also included for travel At this point I can't really think of any cons, as I have just been happy with it's performance so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Choice for Normal Use

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    HiFiBlaster
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    When I received this Chromebook, I was a little wary. In the past I had purchased a Netbook and was highly disappointed. Their physical similarities concerned me as I opened the packaging. But that is where my worries ended. This Chromebook provides the speed, ease and reliability that make it a wonderful choice for the beginner, novice and expert user alike. I have a 10 year old daughter and my wife who is in her 30's. My daughter has used chromebooks in school for the past three years and was able to login and immediately start playing games and watch videos. She said that it was WAY better than others she had used. My wife is a little less technologically savvy. Her biggest complaint was that she had a learning curve because this Chromebook was , "like mixing computer and a smartphone together." But with a little usage, the learning curve was gone and this device became her go-to for digital usage over her phone and our larger laptop. As for me, I was intrigued by the ingenuity and thought put into the design of this Chromebook. For example, the Chromebook uses a USB charge which can be charged from ports on both sides. Being able to flip the touchscreen to any angle up to 180 degrees, make it great for whatever you may do, from browsing the internet, to playing a game, to watching a movie. The keyboard is crisp and responsive. The touch screen is also responsive and accepts multi-touch commands (ie. Zooming in/out, etc) We also had everyone logged into this device at one time and there was no noticeable lag. We utilize a lot of streaming video which this machine handled perfectly. There was little to no buffering after hours of play. The screens brightness and crispness allowed for enjoyable watching even with bright ambient light. You may worry about the size. However, I'm glad I went with this size over the slightly larger version. It the perfect "handheld size." Others have mentioned that the screens bezel is a little larger, however after some usage, it really isn't noticeable and doesn't affect performance or enjoyment. If I had to nitpick, I would ask for a backlit keyboard to assist in low light usage.The speakers are adequate but are lacking any depth and quality, However the ability to link bluetooth speakers can make up for that. In conclusion, I would recommend this product for anyone that is looking for a device to browse the internet, stream videos/music, complete emails and documents, and utilize apps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Chromebook for kids

    Posted
    mamallg
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Included- notebook, power cord, a Wacom EMR stylus pen, and travel case. 1 year warranty on parts and labor. When I unboxed the Acer Chromebook, I was impressed with it's look. It has a nice textured design on the cover. It gives it a stylish look. But when you pop it open, the keyboard and interior feel a bit cheap. The hinges seem to be a good quality. They are not too tight nor too loose. It's easy to swing it open and closed and holds it's position well. It will flip and fold into 5 different modes depending on your needs. I was also very impressed with the really nice sleeve it came with. It's a beautiful gray color, has a large zippered pocket to put the charging cord and stylus in, and has a padded foam interior. The 11.6" display size floats between a very large tablet and a small laptop. It feels somewhat clunky, heavy and thick, especially in the tablet mode. It's more forgiving when used in the other positions. It weighs just under 3 pounds but it seems pretty heavy to me, especially given it does not have any CD/DVD drive. it does include a webcam, headphone jack, micro SD card reader, and USB port. The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is a great device to have in the house for your kids. It has all the functionality of a computer but can also be used as a tablet with it's touch screen capabilities.That is our main purpose for owning this. The kids will be able to do school work, watch their youtube videos, and my daughter is even learning to type on it. Another awesome feature it has that I wish every laptop had was the ability to charge the device on either the left or right. That's so important depending on your access to a power source. We get about 8 hours on a full charge. There is not much storage on the Chromebook with only 4GB so you will need to rely on other sources like Google drive. Now, I also own a Google Pixelbook Chromebook. I do prefer that one over this Acer for my own personal use. But the price point is so much higher than this Acer. It's not worth the extra money for something my kids will use for some basic functions. If you want something that is affordable and versatile for your household, this is a good device to own. It's not as light, powerful or capable as other laptops but it is good for what it offers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice for on the go multiuse computing

    Posted
    ObiRob
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    As chrome books go this one is ALMOST top notch(I’ll get to my con in a minute). The physical look and feel of the computer are very sleek and are representative of computers that cost much more. The port position and availability are what you would expect from a computer of this caliber and portability. I was initially concerned with the idea of a Celeron processor, having had them before and had lackluster results from their use in past computers. However due to the low processing need by the computers simple yet intuitive chrome UI, the Celeron handles everything—except the higher end graphic intensive games—with ease(those games still run mind you but have minor hang ups at times due to the heavy work load). The touch screen is super nice makes a good alternative to a traditional mouse when it come to clicking on buttons or choosing drop-down menus. Having the Google Play store available for all your app needs is crazy convenient, however keep in mind that the programs that this computer mainly runs are the tablet versions of their PC counterparts. This is both a blessing and a curse, depending on what you’re most accustomed to utilizing. I don’t know if I’d recommend flipping the computer into full tablet mode due to the keyboard being on the back but using the computer in tent mode to watch shows or movies on Netflix or YouTube is quite a plus. One thing of note and the main reason this computer does not get 5 stars is I noticed that it does run a bit warm when on for a time (over 30 minutes) this is not typical with computers (in my experience) that have flash memory as opposed to HDD(which DO traditionally run much warmer).This does not take away from all the other pluses I’ve mentioned previously however and if you are using it anywhere other than on your lap for long periods of time you may not notice it at all. Lastly the battery life. When in moderate use daily and with proper powering down of the computer when not in use, I found the batter lasted me almost a week without needing to be plugged in. This is with about 2 hours of daily use. Any more than that (or heavier programs) might reduce the battery life but for all intents and purposes I found it to be adequate for my computing needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Many nice features

    Posted
    Poocher917
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is my first experience with a Chromebook. This Acer is small and light as it weighs 2.76 lbs. It comes with the Chromebook, sleeve, AC charger, pen and pen sleeve. The glass is Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass so it should be durable. I charged it immediately but it was almost fully charged already. When you start it up you will connect to a Wi-Fi source (it recognized my 2.5 ghz and 5 ghz immediately) and log in to your Google account (or create one). I even used the built in camera to take a picture for my account profile. This will allow you to use the Google Play Store as it is preinstalled. It was very easy to find the apps I wanted and install them. I installed the ones I wanted and was off and running. The Google equivalent of Office produces work fine. You can also download Word, Excel and others. One app I use is VLC to watch videos I record. I wanted to see how the Chromebook would handle video. I copied some files onto a USB and plugged the USB into the provided USB slot (there is 32GB of eMMC to store your files on the Chromebook). It was recognized and I played a one hour show. I like the way you can fold the screen over to create your own stand more or less. You can fold it over so it is like a tablet if you like. The picture was fine and the audio comes from speakers located in the bottom. So it sounds better folded over than sitting like a regular laptop. I also tried using headphones and the audio was very nice. Everything I tried worked flawlessly. The touchscreen was very responsive. The battery is rated at 10 hours. After using it for about two hours (mostly for video that is a battery hog) there was about 75% left. So depending on what you use it for, 10 hours may be realistic. It is very sturdy and appears durable. I also really liked the feel of the keyboard. I do prefer to have a backlit keyboard. Adding this feature would make it that much better. Overall I am happy with this unit and would recommend it to those looking for a Chromebook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality Chromebook with Great Features

    Posted
    zero325
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 offers a great feature set for a Chromebook and really, for the price point in general. Upon unboxing, I found both a stylish storage sleeve and Wacom stylus are included - albeit the pen has a bit of a cheap feeling to it. The box also includes a pen loop to help keep the pen stored when not in use. The build quality of the Chromebook itself is solid and seemingly durable. Acer claims it is MIL-SPEC 810G compliant, making it an ideal device for students or the clumsy. This thing should definitely be able to stand up to a few bumps, drops, and even some extreme temperatures. The keyboard also claims to be able to stand up to 11 ounces of liquid directly on the keyboard without issue… I wasn’t brave enough to put it the test. The keyboard isn't too mushy, decent amount of travel and click. Easy to type on and not really any keyboard flex with normal use. I/O isn’t bad either. 2 USB C, 2 USB 3.0, a micro SD reader, and a headphone jack - it’s got most of what I need on a day-to-day. I can’t stress enough how impressed I am with how far Chrome OS has come. It feels snappy, responsive and plenty powerful for most web and native apps. Android apps seem mostly useful and smart lock to sign in is a dream. Not having to type in my absurdly complex google password every time to log in or unlock is incredible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Two lemons in 60 days

    Posted
    kimchisandwich
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We purchased an Acer Spin 11 for our daughter's birthday and discovered after about two days of usage that the battery was a lemon: it didn't fully charge, and rather than 9-10 hours of battery life, it routinely estimated only 5 or less. As the machine was still within the retailer's return period, we returned it for a new machine, same model. Now, after just under 60 days of use, the mouse on the new machine has stopped working, meaning that we have to navigate using the touchscreen only. I've tried rebooting the computer but it still doesn't load the mouse/pointer. I just got off live chat with an Acer technician and was given the standard company talking points: no refunds or exchanges. Our only option is to return the computer to the manufacturer so it can be repaired. Now, if this were a year or more after the purchase, I could understand doing that, but we're talking two machines down in 60 days and the company response is just standard operating procedure. I can't recommend this product nor can I speak highly of Acer's commitment to customer satisfaction. One would think that after two clear manufacturer errors the company would make an effort to maintain customer satisfaction or loyalty, but they missed that boat. All we're getting is a shipping label. Folks, two lemons in 60 days and a shipping label as a solution--look elsewhere for that starter Chromebook.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Snappy Little Chromebook

    Posted
    Janine
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Acer Spin 11.6" Touch-Screen Chromebook with Intel Celeron, 4GB Memory, and 32GB eMMC Flash Memory, is a pretty neat little machine. This Acer Chromebook computer has a really nice outer chassis, and its brushed silver texture is also resistant to fingerprints. The 360-degree hinge allows you convert it to tablet, display or tent mode, and its 4GB of RAM will run most applications adequately. This Chromebook includes 32GB of eMMC storage which may seem somewhat lacking when compared to other types of notebook laptops, but just remember what a Chromebook is meant to be used for - work and personal files. Setup was a breeze, as was, customizing this notebook with recognizable Google applications. Using those familiar applications was smooth and easy, and switching between the Chrome browser and the apps, was a snap. The Acer Chromebook itself is light enough to easily be carried in a backpack, briefcase, or appropriately sized ladies handbag. Typing on the keyboard was comfortable, and didn’t feel as if the keypads were too close together or too far apart. The webcam does its job, and the monitor’s display is crisp and bright. Battery life fit the bill, providing more than enough power on a full charge to last for a day’s use. A minor thing I found lacking was any real description on how to use the Wacom EMR Pen, which came with the Chromebook. Great that this accessory was included, but I shouldn’t have to do a web search for instructions. However, the handy, and stylish, slipcover, was an added bonus. My overall impression, after never having used any of the Google Chromebooks before, was quite favorable. And as this is an Acer brand device, I can definitely recommend this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop all around

    Posted
    dlargin

    I did hours of research trying to find a laptop that would suit my needs as a student that would also be good for web browsing and watching netflix, hulu, amazon prime, etc. I eventually decided to go into a best buy store, and this laptop hadn't even crossed my mind during my research. I was looking at a cheaper acer chromebook as well as a samsung one and a couple hp laptops. I saw this one and tested it out, and absolutely loved the feel and look of it compared to the others. It looks very sleek, feels nice and smooth when typing and using the track pad, and has a very nice screen display and touch capabilities. I've been using it for about a week now, testing its capabilities. It runs very smooth and quick for the price, no doubt about it. The speaker sound is loud and clear enough for videos, the screen display is great for watching movies and tv on it, and it still feels like a high end laptop. If you run too many apps and web pages and try to load them up at the same time then it can get a bit slow, but that's expected. There have also been a couple applications like facebook and hulu that are buggy, I'm not sure if that has to do with the computer or just the app not being compatible with the computers software. But those sites work perfect on the chrome browser so it doesn't bother me. I love the chrome operating system as well, very easy to use while also having a lot of customization and practical capabilities that other operating systems lack. If you are looking for a chromebook, look no further. Get this one. It even comes with a stylish protective case and a stylus pen. Couldn't ask for anything more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Little Chromebook

    Posted
    MzKat
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I love this Chromebook. I was skeptical about buying the Chromebook (no access for memory, (all the reasons it it NOT a laptop) . However, in my workplace I was soon to in charge of teaching little ones about the Chromebook and how to use. So, I needed to put myself out there and learn some new skills. The BestBuy guy in charge of the Google area was excellent!! I informed him my need, I asked for the best quality in a particular price range. I got the best deal. In my opinion. Keyboard is small, but it has a touch screen. It rotates nicely to act like a tablet..I BIG tablet.. This is helpful in the classroom. Although I got a chromebook to use from the school district. I prefer mine, because of the versatility. I am quickly learning short cuts, because I am forcing myself to stay on this Chromebook as much as possible (rather than rescuing myself with the laptop). I like the clarity, and functionality of this Chromebook in its ability to effortlessly access everything from my phone or tablet. Its small and easy to carry. If I need to travel, I have a nice little tote it fits in with my table..and a mouse. (which I totally thought I would need ..but I have found that Im able to quickly move through apps, and google suite software (via work) and not need a mouse as much as I thought.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great device for internet browsing and more!

    Posted
    Lenlen
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is my first time using a Chromebook as I have been using both Windows OS and iOS for work and personal. This Chromebook is perfect for internet surfing and most of the apps you can find in Android and iOS are also available in ChromeOS. The setup is quite easy and painless, you just have to turn it on, log on to your Google account, then follow the instructions on the screen and you will be online and ready to use it in just a few minutes. This Chromebook is fast and I have not experienced any lag when opening applications or when surfing the internet, the pages load quickly. So far, I have installed about 8 apps. The touchscreen is also very responsive when using the included pen. The overall design is sleek and it is lightweight, so this is perfect for use on the go. It can be used as a laptop or converted into a tablet by turning the screen 360 degrees. The device also came with an Acer sleeve which is a plus. Overall, the pros are: sleek design, lightweight, fast and responsive, includes sleeve, no need to buy and install antivirus since ChromeOS has built-in antivirus. The cons are: limited memory which may slow the device when a lot of apps have been installed, small screen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Chromebook seems good - Chrome OS not so much

    Posted
    ebk02
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The actual laptop seems well built, and has a nice look / feel. Screen bright with good colors. Keyboard seems to have little flex, and the key action feels good. One con is this could really benefit with backlit keys. Overall, the hardware seems very good. It is a real plus that most android apps will run on Chrome OS, and games run well. But I would point out, that it may not be for everybody. There seems to be no ability to move / install apps to the micro SD card, and even had some issues getting pre-installed apps to "see" or access music and pictures on SD card. I had to install a file manager to do that. Be sure to get the largest internal storage available. And last, I have an almost identical laptop running Win 10 - same manufacturer, same ram, same storage, similar processor, etc. I find the Chrome seems no faster on boot, and actually seems a bit more choppy when scrolling web pages. And, can install apps to micro SD card! I would recommend if Chrome is your cup of tea

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As far as Chromebooks go, this one is great.

    Posted
    Greg
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    Personally, I have never been a big fan of Chromebooks as I prefer the full functionality of a Mac or PC-based laptop. As my daughter needed something for school, however, a Chromebook seemed to be the best choice. After a year with a different Chromebook, we "upgraded" to this one because she wanted a touchscreen. The addition of a stylus with this model was also a nice touch. In brief, this unit is stylish, compact, and works well as a Chromebook. Her previous Chromebook was plastic and it felt cheap. That is not the case with this unit. The build construction is great and, thus far, has proven to be very durable for a fifth-grader taking it back-and-forth to school. The ability to use it as a tablet given the touch screen functionality is nice, and my daughter really likes using they stylus with it. The stylus is not as nice as the Apple Pencil that she uses with her iPad, but then again, this stylus does not require charging and she can use it in conjunction with the keyboard in "laptop mode," which is something that cannot be said for a Mac. 32 GB is not a lot of storage space, but then again, one does not buy a Chromebook for computing power or storage space. The short story is that, if you are in the market for a Chromebook, this particular unit is pretty darn good considering the price you pay. We are very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend