Acer TravelMate Spin B1 B118-RN-P6BE
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Reviews for the Acer TravelMate Spin B1 B118-RN-P6BE
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 57% features: 70% display: 88% mobility: 84% ergonomy: 93%
Model: The TravelMate Spin B1 was introduced in May as Microsoft's next big play in the education sector. Its core attributes are the affordable price, the sturdy chassis and the 2-in-1 design. The education sector is hotly contested and most manufacturers want a piece of the pie. The Acer TravelMate Spin B1 is such a device. More precisely, the Acer TravelMate Spin B1 is a convertible designed to take the place of books and other tools within the educational sector. The TravelMate Spin B1 does not look or feel very upscale, but the design is robust and the base unit, in particular, is torsionally very rigid. Even localized pressure has next to no effect. Strangely enough, the hinges, which allow the display to flip a convertible-typical 360°, have a lot of play. However, touch control is only available in tablet mode. Since this is a convertible, the Spin B1, of course, features a touch display in addition to the touchpad and the keyboard. An active digitizer-stylus is included as well. The pen functions flawlessly and accurately even at the very edges. Since it supports pressure levels, it can be used for drawing as well. The TravelMate Spin B1 reacts quickly and accurately to both finger and stylus input.
Acer did not take any shortcuts when it comes to the display, as all variants of the TravelMate Spin B1 are equipped with an 11.6-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels). The display is based on IPS technology and it is reflective because of the glass panel up front. As it is typical for IPS displays, the viewing angle stability is excellent and easily surpasses those of TN-based panels. Under the hood, it has a Intel Pentium N4200 processor, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and an Intel HD Graphics 505. The Intel Pentium N4200 is a quad-core processor, which utilizes Intel's Apollo Lake architecture. As an Atom-based CPU, the processor is ideal for notebooks where the lowest possible price is of the utmost importance. However, it features a 256 GB NVMe solid state drive storage which increases performance on the device. Since there is no fan, the Spin B1 is completely silent, no matter how hard the CPU and the GPU are working. It appears that Acer implemented a TDP restriction which becomes active when both the processor and the graphics card are running at their respective maximums, which prevents excessive heat generation. The connectivity options are decent with Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0 Type A and audio combo-jack at the left side of the convertible. At the right side of the device, there are an SD card reader, USB 2.0 Type A, and a Kensington lock slot. There is also an Intel Wireless 7265 wireless card to feature WiFi. In short, this device is really suitable for students without any major drawbacks.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
While most manufacturers are trying their best to contribute to the education sector, such as Apple with their iPad, Google with its Chromebook, Microsoft with their affordable Window notebooks, Acer decided to join the list too with its latest venture the Acer TravelMate Spin B1 series. In general, this model is a convertible designed to take the place of books and other tools within the educational sector. The core attributes of this TravelMate Spin B1 series has to be the sturdy chassis, the 2-in-1 design along with an affordable price tag. In terms of its design, the TravelMate Spin B1 definitely does not feel or look very upscaled but the design itself is robust and particularly, the base unit is torsionally very rigid. The overall chassis which was made out of thick, black plastic gives next to no effect even with localized pressure. As far as the display is concerned, this model comes in with 11.6 inches with a 16:9 ratio and high-resolution of 1920 x 1080. This obviously accounts for better viewing experience for users but it should be noted that it does not take a whole lot of pressure to affect the picture on the display with pressure. While the hinge allows the display to flip up to 360-degrees, it still needs experimentation to decide if such excessive movement is detrimental to the longevity of the hinges.
The notebook has been incorporated with a chiclet keyboard without a backlight which is definitely acceptable for its price. However, the keys do carry matte, rough surface which makes the whole typing experience not absolutely great for the users. The keyboard also is not as wide as it would be on a regular notebook, which is another factor that would require time for the users to get use to. TravelMate Spin B1 also features a touch display with an active digitizer-stylus which supports pressure levels and can be used for drawing as well. Acer TravelMate Spin B1 has been incorporated with ports for Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0 Type A and an audio combo-jack port. The location of the ports in this model really needs extra attention as all the ports have been jammed together on the left side. This is obviously unavoidable due to the size of the model itself but it should be noted that there might be a possibility of port contention depending on wat is being plugged in by the user. Another possible drawback for some users would be the exclusion of the Type-C USB in TravelMate Spin B1. Apart from that, the model comes in with Intel Pentium N4200 quad-core processor which utilizes Intel’s Apollo Lake architecture along with a 4GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel HD Graphics 505. There is also a 256GB NVMe solid state drive storage which increases the performance on the device. The graphic card supports most non-demanding games with ease. Acer has definitely made the product available with possible features for its price range.
Intel HD Graphics 505: Integrated low-end graphics adapter with DirectX 12 support, which can be found in some ULV SoCs from the Apollo Lake series.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Pentium N4200: Low power quad-core SoC from the Apollo Lake series for inexpensive notebook. Runs with clocks between 1.1-2.5 GHz and integrates a DirectX 12 capable graphics adapter. Compared to the previous Atom generation, the per-MHz performance of the CPU architecture was vastly improved and the graphics adapter was improved as well.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.
While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.
There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.
79%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.