Chromebooks are expected to be a big seller this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is no exception. We anticipate this laptop to be heavily discounted since it has been on the market for a year. Note that this Chromebook has been updated with newer internals. We have changed references throughout this review to reflect current upgrades that have occurred since our testing to give you a better sense of what you may be purchasing.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is not to be underestimated. The most excellent Chromebooks for 2021 were introduced in 2020. However, this one was already on the market when it was. All are owing to its superb touch screen, beautiful style and outstanding versatility – not to mention its updated specifications for 2021.
The Chromebook Spin 311’s lid is coated in matte black with just a diamond-shaped pattern to break up the monotony of the device’s design. Because of its simple design would be suitable for usage in either a classroom or a corporate conference.
Because the touchpad and keyboard are so comfortable to use, it’s great for working. As a result, the keyboard is a little tight, most likely due to the smaller chassis and the same-sized keys as on previous Acer laptops. Our initial discomfort with it was quickly replaced by its pleasing clicks and actuation.
It’s a mixed blessing. Gorilla Glass protects the touchscreen, making it simple to operate and highly robust. However, the screen is too dark and tiny for comfort. To add insult to injury, it is encased in very thick bezels. Bezels may have been necessary because of the toughened glass touchscreen and general robust construction, but it seems like a lot of potential screen real estate has been wasted.
Although the Acer Chromebook Spin 311’s shape may make it seem a little smaller than a laptop replacement, this Chromebook is a great option if you’re looking for a cheap device that can withstand the odd bump and knock.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is always up to the task with just a few parts in the system. Running a lot of Chrome tabs, listening to music on Spotify or YouTube, and chatting on applications at the same time never displays any stuttering or problems that AMD-based technology and 4GB of RAM can’t handle. As a Chromebook workhorse, it’s underappreciated and modest in performance.
If you’re on a budget, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is a terrific option: it’s entertaining and adaptable, and you can do all the things you can do on more powerful Chromebooks. This is the Chromebook for you if you like the size and want a dependable touchscreen Chromebook.
Despite its small size, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is a well-built, well-designed laptop. As a start, it’s an orchestra of black, with black on the back, keyboard, and screen. However, this makes the overall look and feel of a small Chromebook more coherent and appealing.
As with other Acer Chromebooks, the Spin 311’s body is made of matte black plastic, while the screen is covered with a diamond-print panel. This adds texture and a quirky quirk to the design, but it might also shield the screen from damage. As a whole, the case is solid and sturdy and will be comforting to anyone searching for a long-lasting Chromebook. Only if you’re a strong typist will you notice a tiny amount of giving in the keyboard panel.
This is a stark contrast to the shell’s general hardness and sturdiness. If you want a bigger Chromebook, you’ll have to settle for a smaller Acer Chromebook 314, even if its keyboard is the same size as the larger Acer Chromebook 314’s. The keyboard and touchpad are still enjoyable to use, and clicking and clacking your way about is still rewarding. If you’re a heavy typer, you’ll notice that the keyboard has a small amount of flex.
The 11-inch screen is theoretically 11-inches broad from corner to corner, but the bezels are so large that this is compromised. Probably for safety, especially in “spin mode,” the Gorilla Glass will be firmly in place. A further oversight on the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is the absence of a fingerprint reader, which is understandable given the laptop’s price tag of $300 / £250. However, this oversight is mitigated somewhat by the peculiar design of the Acer Chromebook Spin 311. Aside from that, it’s a notable one.
Considering its size, the port environment onboard the ship is relatively favourable. You get two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack. The power button and the volume slider can be found on one side, while the Kensington lock dock/hole can be found on the other. However, you won’t be able to connect to a wired network with this Chromebook. The compromise is reasonable in light of its magnitude.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 311’s keyboard has an excellent click and clack, unexpected for such a compact laptop. It’s good that the touchpad is simple, responsive, and pleasurable to use. What’s on-screen doesn’t match that gratification, as we had to adjust the brightness to view photos well—this unavoidably hampered battery life.
The screen became brighter, but only in the sense of lighter and whiter; colours and contrasts did not follow suit, making it difficult on the eyes. Using the Acer Chromebook Spin 311’s spin mechanism to transform it from a laptop to a tablet is enjoyable and valuable, especially with the touch screen.
You may quickly go from using it as a laptop or notepad to browsing and touching a tablet-like device on the couch. One nice but critical note: when the screen is fully turned to use as a touchscreen, the keyboard is deactivated, so you don’t accidentally write in random Google searches.
You may also utilise the spin mechanism to enjoy having a gadget with you wherever you go, like watching Netflix in a tent. The 12 second boot time from off to log in screen is terrific since you can shut the screen to sleep and then quickly wake it up by lifting it back up.
There is minor stuttering when it resyncs and loads a Google account, documents, emails, etc. This is minor and not a huge detractor. Our tests show it’s stable and smooth, but not fast. Again, compare them to the larger and beefier Acer Chromebook 314, and the stats and figures are evident. To its credit, it doesn’t seem slower while utilising hundreds of Chrome tabs, playing music, or conversing on Slack. Its small hardware effectively runs Chrome OS and applications.
Aftermarket parts have been added to Acer’s Chromebook Spin 311. It now boasts an AMD A6-9220C processor and AMD Radeon R5 graphics instead of the earlier A4-9120C and Radeon R4. But we haven’t tried this new arrangement.
The Acer Chromebook 311 has a decent battery life, but it isn’t exceptional for a Chromebook. But don’t get us wrong; our film test indicates that it can easily last you a whole workday away from the office.
USB-C charging is lightning fast. And the Acer Chromebook 311 may be ultimately charged in two hours from zero. Even without its impressive battery life, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is a very enticing prospect. However, if you’re looking for something with a larger battery, the Acer Chromebook 314 is a better option.