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Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-2H-C7QD Review And Specification

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-2H-C7QD Review And Specification

The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-2H-C7QD is the ideal Chromebook for most people because it's affordable, lightweight, and capable of handling both work and light gaming on a daily basis. The Spin 311, which Acer designed for students, kids, and pretty much anyone else searching for an extremely portable device that fulfills all requirements for essential use, is, in fact, one of the best Chromebooks for students and can hold its own against some of the best low-cost laptops, all for a very affordable price.

a silver body broken up by emblems for Chrome and Acer on the lid. It would look great taking notes in class or using it in a business meeting because of its understated appearance.

Because of the greatest touchpad and keyboard we've seen on a Chromebook, it's a pleasure to use for business. However, as can be expected with an 11.6-inch chassis, the keyboard seems a little small. It will take some getting used to if you're coming from a larger size, but in the end, its pleasant clicks and actuation will win you over.

The screen is a bit of a mixed bag; while its touchscreen functionality is simple to operate and incredibly robust (it is shielded by Gorilla glass), it is too dark and too small for comfortable viewing. There's also thick bezels all around it, which I think is a waste of space.

Overall, some users may find the Spin 311 CP311-2H-C7QD's design to be a little too small; if you're searching for a laptop replacement, this isn't the device for you. But this Chromebook is definitely something to think about if you're searching for something affordable that can withstand the odd shove in the classroom and everyday commute.

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-2H-C7QD Specification

  • Processor : Intel Celeron N4000 2 x 1.1 - 2.6 GHz, Gemini Lake
  • Graphics adapter : Intel UHD Graphics 600
  • Memory : 4 GB , DDR4
  • Display : 11.60 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel 135 PPI, Capacitive, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
  • Storage : 64GB
  • Connections : 4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD
  • Networking : Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 296 x 206 ( = 0.78 x 11.65 x 8.11 in)
  • Battery : , 3-cell
  • Operating System : Google Chrome OS
  • Additional features : Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet
  • Weight : 1.19 kg ( = 41.98 oz / 2.62 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds) 

Design and Features

As previously stated, the Spin 311 is the Chromebook that you either love or hate: Yes, it is inexpensive, but it also boasts a chassis made entirely of aluminum silver, thick bezels surrounding the screen, and a built that is meant to be both portable and sturdy.

On the final two, the Acer CP311-2H-C7QD is successful. It does not flex at any point along the body, not even at the hinges. Because of Gorilla Glass protection, the screen ought should be able to survive a few drops.

This Chromebook, which weighs 2.62 pounds and measures 11.65 x 8.11 x 0.79 inches—smaller than an A4 sheet of paper—is marketed by Acer as a portable replacement for your heavy laptop.

The small size of the Chromebook Spin 311 has both pros and cons. No matter how you angle your view of it, this machine feels constrained. It's lightweight enough to tote anywhere, but most heavy users find the limited space to be inconvenient at best and a deal-breaker at worst.

Not the Acer Spin 311 particularly, but a problem with Chromebooks of this size is what we frequently encounter. Apart from that, the build quality is superb, and even though it has a somewhat boring appearance, it still manages to seem elegant and appealing.

There isn't much of a port selection, but you have enough for practically all of your peripherals. A Kensington lock and the volume rocker are located next to a USB-A port on the right side of the device, while a headphone/microphone combo jack and the power button are located close to a USB-C connection on the left. You can utilize an external monitor with the USB-C connection because it supports DisplayPort over USB-C. It functions as a charging port in addition.

Display

The 11.6-inch IPS display of the Chromebook Spin 311 has a resolution slightly above 720p (1366 x 768). It's a trade-off screen. One way to shield the display from most falls is to cover it with antibacterial Gorilla glass. However, it features large bezels, a very poor resolution, and a very low peak brightness.

The resolution remains low when watching movies on this device. The resolution, even at 11.6 inches, is insufficient. The movies seem to have been overly compressed, with fast-paced sequences disintegrating into a mess of pixels.

Acer Chromebook Spin 311 CP311-2H-C7QD Keyboard

Peak brightness on the screen is 205.3 nits, with occasional values falling short of the 200-industry average. It is disappointing that the Spin 311's display only generates 70.6% of the sRGB color spectrum when other devices like the Asus Chromebook Flip C433 can get a 73.4% sRGB spectrum rating.

Put simply, it's not the best screen for viewing TV shows or movies. Having stated that, there should be no problems when you launch Destiny 2 on Stadia. The screen manages motion effectively, even in fast-paced first-person shooters, and in a gaming environment, the reduced resolution is easily overlooked.

The screen functions as a touchscreen, albeit not flawlessly. A few glitches, such as clicking a link by mistake while scrolling, prevent the experience from being flawless. However, at this price, a few small complaints are reasonable and easily overcome.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Acer CP311-2H-C7QD's keyboard is without a doubt its best feature. Although mechanical keyboards are said to provide the best typing experience, the Spin 311 is incredibly fast. Given how inexpensive the Spin 311 is, it even rivals the typing experience on the Dell XPS 15, which is quite impressive.

The fact that typing is such a fantastic experience is also no coincidence. The 1.6 mm travel distance of the Spin 311's keys gives each keystroke a pleasant snap and responsiveness. Even on the factory sticker that comes pre-applied on the Spin, Acer highlights this capability. When you use the Spin 311 for the first time, it appears to be no more than a marketing ploy, but you start to believe it.

Conversely, the touchpad is reasonably sensitive despite being quite small (measuring 2.4 by 4.1 inches). You can swipe from side to side without any problems because it is wide but short, however occasionally your finger may slip off when going up or down. It's something to keep in mind rather than a reason to buy. Although Google hasn't quite nailed the feel of Windows Precision drivers, gestures are still not exact.

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