You can even use the spin mechanism in a variety of ways to enjoy having a device with you wherever you are like putting it into a tent position to watch Netflix. Here's how the Acer Chromebook 311 performed in our suite of benchmark tests: JetStream2: 41.330 (higher is better) You'll be without an Ethernet port however, so it's a purely wireless Chromebook. In this day in age, manufacturers like Acer or Lenovo should not be building laptops with less than a 1920x1080 resolution display, regardless of the price. Optical drive: No JetStream 1.1: 65.275 (higher is better) Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (CP311-2H) comes with a touchscreen panel with an IPS panel, giving it comfortable viewing angles and good contrast ratio. The Chromebook is very light at 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs), and the sloped chassis makes it even easier to pick up. I wish there was another USB-C port on the right so you could charge on either side. Please refresh the page and try again. With heavy use, it doesn't noticeably cause heat buildup in the system. Lenovo recently launched its C340 Chromebook, which shook up the budget segment by offering great specs at a low price. There are only two ports (1 USB-C and 1 USB-A). The Acer Chromebook Spin 311's battery life is good but it won't last you a day, so if you're looking for a Chromebook that'll get you into a second working day, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 probably isn't it. The first thing to notice when sitting down to use the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is the very satisfying click and clack to the keyboard, and it's surprising just how pleasing typing could be on such a small machine. You will receive a verification email shortly. It's particularly nice that the touchpad is of the same ilk; easy, responsive and satisfying to use. The device is equipped with 4GB of LPDDR4X memory and 64GB of eMMC flash storage. I can easily hit Acer's projected 15 hours of screen-on time, and sometimes around 17 hours of battery life with 3 Chrome windows, 19 tabs, and Android apps. You are easily frustrated by bad trackpads. Sign up to get breaking news, reviews, opinion, analysis and more, plus the hottest tech deals! Coming from the m3 edition of the Pixel Slate, I was pleasantly surprised how well the Spin 311 performed despite the significantly lower price point. Android and Linux apps are a bit slow to launch, heavy websites can take some time to finish rendering, and 4GB of RAM isn't enough for my occasional heavy Linux use. Sometimes there is the tiniest bit of stuttering as it resyncs and loads up a Google account, docs, emails and so on, but this is negligible and certainly nowhere near a major detractor. Screen: 11.6-inch (29.5cm); HD (1366 x 768); 16:9; IPS The increase in brightness made the screen brighter, obviously, but only in the sense of it getting lighter and whiter; colors and contrasts doesn't follow suit, for example, so it is a bit tough on the eyes. While it’s nice to have that versatility, it doesn't mean you should regularly use it as a tablet. BA1 1UA. The Spin 311 I'm reviewing is equipped with the MediaTek MT8183 CPU, an 8-core ARM-based processor. The touch screen and spinning ability of the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 make this an incredibly flexible (literally) and versatile machine that can be deployed to a number of uses. Embedded into the black chassis, the keyboard and touchpad are as easy as ever to use on a Chromebook. The trackpad experience is frustrating, especially when using multiple fingers. The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is a great little Chromebook that has impressive levels of versatility, as well as satisfying interaction and usability. RAM: 4 GB, DDR4 SDRAM You need - or like - your Chromebooks to be versatile The 11.6-inch touchscreen on the Spin 311 is a 16:9 1336x768 IPS display with Gorilla Glass, and while it gets bright and looks good at off-angles, the screen resolution is a massive let-down. Tested September 2019 If you're looking for a reasonably priced Chromebook that transforms into a tablet, look no further than the Acer Chromebook Spin 311. One cool but important note: when the screen is flipped all the way around to use just as a touchscreen, the keyboard is disabled so you accidentally type and smudge keys into odd google searches as you go. The Spin 311 is a very portable little Chromebook, but may be a little heavier and thicker than you might expect. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. | © Illogical Robot LLC, 2009-2020, Acer Chromebook Spin 311 review: A good Chromebook held back by glaring flaws, Lenovo recently launched its C340 Chromebook, which is a very similar laptop on paper that earned the Most Wanted award from us, 11.4 (w) x 8.1 (d) x 0.74 (h) inches (289.56 x 205.74 x 18.8 mm), 11.6-inch IPS LCD, HD (1366x 768), 16:9 touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, 296 nits max brightness, 4670 mAh, "Up to 15-hours battery life," 45W USB PD charging, Qualcomm Atheros QCNFA324, Wireless 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2. The typing experience is good, too. Here are a few benchmarks to get an idea of the performance: If there is one thing that Acer nailed with the Spin 311, it's the battery. The downward-firing speakers aren't very loud and sound hollow. However, the keyboard, despite being the same size as on other Acer Chromebooks does feel a bit small - due to its place in a smaller design. Split roughly in two these are nicely spread along either side, one side sharing space with the power button, and the other side with the volume slider and the Kensington lock dock/hole. Utilising the spin mechanism of the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 to turn it from a laptop-like device to a tablet-like one is great fun, but also handy, particularly in combination with the touch screen. The trackpad on the Spin 311 is lackluster, the small 4GB of RAM may not be enough for heavy users, and mediocre audio sounds hollow and quiet, but the Chromebook's most significant issue is the screen. Overall the Acer Chromebook Spin 311's design might make it feel a bit small for some users - a laptop replacement this is not - but if you want something inexpensive that is going to survive the occasional bash and knock, then this Chromebook is definitely one to consider. Despite using an IPS panel, the lack of clarity from the low resolution is substantial enough to be distracting. Just using the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is a joy, and the design and build quality of this device are also immediately apparent as soon as you take it out of the box. The weight is distributed toward the top of the laptop's back half, making it awkward to hold. Overall, though, the shell feels sturdy and solid, reassuring for those looking for a durable Chromebook. It's incredibly frustrating to select a block of text, and trackpad gestures are hit-or-miss. As a result, all in, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is a great machine: it offers good value; it's very fun and versatile; and you can do anything on it that you can other, more powerful Chromebooks. Still, casual consumers should be okay with the Chromebook's performance. The other side has a single USB-A port and a Kensington lock. However, that satisfaction is not matched by what is on screen, as we had to increase the brightness a fair chunk to see pictures more clearly. This contrasts that overall solidity and robustness the shell has. The Acer Spin 311 can be purchased at the following retailers: Subscribe to Android Police's weekly newsletter, with the biggest stories, latest deals, and insight on the week's news.