Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2021) Laptop Review


Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2021) Laptop Review

Operating System 
 Chrome OS
 MediaTek MT8183
 ARM Mali-G72 MP3
 4 GB
 32 GB

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (2021) is an 11.6 inch convertible laptop that runs Chrome OS. It feels decently well-built despite having an all-plastic chassis, and it's easy to carry around due to its compact size. As it's a 2-in-1 laptop, it has a 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the screen around so that you can use it as a tablet. It has a low-power ARM-based SoC (System-on-Chip) that's only powerful enough to handle simple tasks like web browsing and video playback. However, its battery life is exceptional, lasting almost 16 hours of light productivity. Unfortunately, the touchpad is tiny, the webcam's video quality is bad, and while the keyboard provides a good typing experience, it lacks backlighting. Also, it has a small, dim screen that looks slightly washed out. It doesn't get hot under load, though, and it's completely silent because it's fanless.

Our Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (CP311-3H series) has a MediaTek MT8183 SoC, Mali-G72 MP3 integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. There aren't any other CPU, GPU, or memory configurations, but you can get a model with a larger 64GB storage drive.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 is decent for school use. It's a compact laptop that's easy to carry around, with a battery that lasts almost sixteen hours of light productivity. It's a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge, which means you can flip the screen around into tablet mode. Unfortunately, the touchpad is tiny, and while the keyboard feels good to type on, it lacks backlighting. Its ARM-based SoC can handle light productivity tasks, but it isn't powerful enough for demanding workloads like graphic design.

  • Exceptional battery life.
  • Easily to carry around due to compact size.
  • Decent build quality despite all-plastic chassis.
  • Limited port selection.
  • Screen doesn't get bright enough to fight glare.
  • Tiny plastic touchpad.
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