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Acer TravelMate Spin B3: A silent 2-in-1 device with pen input and Power Delivery

Testing the Acer TravelMate Spin B3: A robust 2-in-1 laptop with pen input
Testing the Acer TravelMate Spin B3: A robust 2-in-1 laptop with pen input
Acer's 2-in-1 device offers silent operation, a good battery life, and an NVMe SSD. The touchscreen can be operated either with your fingers or the included input pen. Windows 10 Pro serves as the operating system.
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With the TravelMate Spin B3, Acer offers a 2-in-1 device that is primarily targeted for usage in schools. The price level of barely 330 Euros (~$375), the included input pen, and the preinstalled Windows 10 Pro operating system should also generate some interest in private buyers.

The Pentium Silver N5030 processor (Gemini Lake) and 4 GB of working memory (DDR4-2400, single-channel mode, soldered in, no storage slots) should satisfy the demands of simple office and Internet applications. However, you shouldn't put too many demands on the system, since it is targeted for usage scenarios that need only few concurrent applications or opened browser tabs. The storage space (128 GB), which is not very abundant, can be expanded if necessary, since the TravelMate uses a standard NVMe SSD.

Thanks to its passive cooling, the Spin B3 runs silently. In addition, the laptop doesn't get particularly hot. A 50.3-Wh battery ensures a realistic battery life of almost 9 hours, so you don't necessarily have to take the charger with you. Another positive point is the ability to charge the convertible either using the included proprietary Acer charger or a USB charger. The USB-C port supports Power Delivery.

The technology of the Spin is housed inside a robust, black plastic case, whose slightly roughened surface offers a good grip to the fingers and is not prone to fingerprints. The short sides of the Spin B3 are also protected from bumps by some rubber slats. The touchscreen can be operated either with your fingers or the included input pen, which is housed in a slot in the base unit and can also be charged there.

You can find additional information and many benchmark results in our review of the Acer TravelMate Spin B3 TMB311RN-31.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 842 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 282 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Sascha Mölck, 2022-01-14 (Update: 2022-01-12)