Acer Chromebook Spin 11 model: CP511-1H-C7J5

Acer Chromebook Spin 11

Quick Description

Here's a rugged convertible Chromebook which, unlike some of its competitors can take photos (not selfies) in tablet mode.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Slow storage. Once started, this laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. This could potentially be fixed by replacing the hard drive with a faster component but I couldn't confirm that it is indeed an option in this case.$60-$250

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this laptop.$30-$150

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.~$20

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $460.

Currently Exclusive to Staples for $370

Based on 12 days of observation, the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 usually costs 420 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $369.99.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Staples at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck0.5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability0.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory1/5
Storage0/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy4.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Tablets

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price1/5
Durability0/5
Power1/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power1/5
Memory3/5
Storage0/5
Portability1.5/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Large Tablets

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability0/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power1/5
Memory2.5/5
Storage0/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Netbooks

Bang for the Buck2.5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price2/5
Durability1.5/5
Power2/5
General-purpose power3.5/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory4/5
Storage0/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck0.5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability0/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage0/5
Portability3/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Chrome OS, Android
Processor: Intel Celeron N3350
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
Memory: 4.00 GB
Screen Size: 11.6"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(135.09ppi)
Dimensions: 29.60 × 20.60 × 2.09 cm
Weight: 1.40 kg

The features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • IPS Display
  • Touch Screen
  • USB 3
  • USB Type-A
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • Water-Resistant
  • Back-Facing Camera

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 0/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 1/5
    Video Editing 1/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 3/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 2/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (3 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (0 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (0 / 8)

Video Games (6 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (2 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (1 / 48)

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