If you are one of the common users and like the idea of using a 2-in-1 then Acer TravelMate B118-RN-C8RJ (NX.VG0EK.002) certainly have caught your eyes sometimes. Unlike some of the paltry Chromebooks, the build quality seems pretty good and it’s quite affordable as well.
- CPU – Intel Celeron N3450 Quad-Core, 1.1 GHz
- GPU – Intel HD Graphics 500
- Memory – 4 GB DDR3
- Screen – 11.6-inch FHD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) with 10-point touchscreen
- Storage – 64 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It’s powered by an Intel Celeron processor along with 4 gigs of RAM. It includes 64 gigs of storage for your regular needs. While it performed pretty moderately in the tests it is able to take care of your daily web surfing, movie watching and even a slight bit of gaming comfortably.
- Display – Now, this is one section where most of the budget notebooks try to save some bucks from- or so what we usually think. But it’s not the case with TravelMate Spin B1. The included 11.6 inch IPS panel was surprisingly good. The display is pretty bright at 290 nits and the colour coverage is excellent as well at 90% (sRGB gamut).
- Handling – Being a convertible lets you use it to the fullest. No matter if you are web surfing, typing, scribbling or even watching movies with your buddies there is always a mode at your disposal as the 360° hinges allow it to fold and flip completely.
- Ports – It includes nearly all the most essentials including a couple of USB ports, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port and a micro SD card reader despite being an 11 incher. The only port that it’s missing is a USB type-C port.
- Lack of power – Despite its apparent looks, it’s nothing more than a well-built Chromebook (that is running on Windows)- as a result, it can handle only that much of demanding tasks. So you can forget about running your favourite photo editing tools or latest AAA games.
- Keyboard – The keyboard is not very spacious due to the lack of real estate in this 11-inch netbook. As a result, it doesn’t include a separate number pad and the arrow keys are not full sized. And most importantly, which can prove to be a deal breaker for some, the keyboard is not backlit. So it can hardly be used for typing in a dark room.
So, who is this for? It’d be an ideal fit for the school or college students who would hardly ever use it for anything other than typing, taking notes and a bit of web surfing. But again, if you need to get done some heavier stuff like photo editing or even occasional gaming, I think you should look elsewhere.