The Acer Chromebook 11.6-inch is a budget 2-1 device that converts easily from a lightweight laptop to a chunky tablet. It isn’t an all-singing, all-dancing laptop but it is ideal for those who just want a simple machine to get online with.
The 11.6-inch display has a resolution of 1366×768, not the best but it is standard for the Chromebook range. It is an IPS display though, so the colors stand out well and it has a decent range of viewing angles. The 360° hinge allows the laptop to slide into a tablet with little effort, with the Chrome browser switching effortlessly between standard and full-screen mode.
The keyboard is a good size with plenty of travel distance on the keys and the trackpad is very responsive and precise, responding well to multi-touch gestures. The Chromebook may be small but it has plenty of ports on it – a full SD card slot, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-fi 802.11ac are also supported.
Performance-wise, the 32 GB eMMC drive is backed up with 6 GB RAM and a Quad-Core 1.6 GHz to 2.24 GHz processor. It’s more than fast enough for daily use so long as it isn’t heavy use; general browsing and so on work perfectly well on the built-in Chrome browser. The battery is also pretty good at around 8 hours.