For a relatively affordable price, the Acer Spin 11 2-1 Chromebook provides a nice look and reasonable horsepower. It is pretty solid in feel and, while it doesn’t weigh much more than 1.3 kg, it does feel a bit heavier than that in tablet mode and the 11.6-inch screen really isn’t designed for single-handed use.
However, that 11.6-inch screen is relatively colorful but not quite as bright as it could be. It is a 10-point capacitive touch screen and it is precise and accurate in tracking finger commands. In terms of ports, the Acer Spin 11 offers a 2 x USB-C ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, a Kensington security lock, headphone jack, and microSD card reader.
The keyboard is compact and easy to use, not to mention comfortable, with just 1.1 mm of travel. The touchpad is large, responsive and fast for multi-touch gestures but clicking isn’t quite so easy as it needs more force than you would like to use.
The speakers offer enough noise for standard use, i.e. music and video playing, conference calling, and so on. If you want more you would have to consider adding an external set of speakers. Performance-wise, the Acer Pain 11 packs a dual-core 1.3 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB eMMC. The small storage space shouldn’t be an issue because the Chromebook is designed for Cloud storage. For such small specs, the Spin 11 handles stressful workloads very well – in one test it was running with 13 open browser tabs, 3 videos playing and a game app simultaneously with no noticeable downturn in performance.
Battery life comes in at around 8 to 9 hours depending on what you are doing, not bad if you need to do several hours work away from a power point. Overall, this isn’t a bad choice if you want a 2-1 device with reasonable performance – a secondary system rather than a primary one.