Acer on Tuesday launched its new low-cost PC, the TravelMate Spin B1. The new entry-level mobile computer comes in a convertible form-factor and is powered by Microsoft’s newly-announced Windows 10 S operating system. The device is aimed at students and will rival various Chromebooks from both Acer itself as well as other suppliers.

The Acer TravelMate Spin B1 (B118) is based on Intel’s Apollo Lake platform featuring the Celeron N3450 SoC (four Goldmont cores clocked at 1.1 – 2.2 GHz, 2 MB cache, 6 W TDP, Intel HD Graphics 500 with 12 EUs) as well as Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S, which is a feature-limited edition designed primarily for the education market. Windows 10 S has a faster boot process and supports general features of the operating system (including the Cortana assistant), but can only run applications obtained from the Microsoft Store and has some additional limitations. The main purpose of the Windows 10 S is to enable Microsoft to better compete against Google’s Chrome OS-based laptops.

One of the key selling points of the TravelMate Spin B1 (apart from the OS) is its 11.6” IPS display with a 1920×1080 resolution, which additionally features 10-point multitouch and has a 360-degree hinge supporting notebook, tablet, display and tent modes. The capabilities of the display look rather advanced for an entry-level PC, and as a further kicker, Acer supplies the computer with an active stylus that supports the Windows Ink technology.

As for the other specifications, they seem to be in-line with other entry-level laptops available today. The TravelMate Spin B1 is equipped with 4 GB of DDR3L memory, 64 GB of eMMC storage, a dual-band 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a GbE port, USB ports, a webcam, an SD card reader, a touchpad, a spill-resistant keyboard, and so on.

Acer TravelMate Spin B1
  B118
Display 11.6" IPS panel with 1920×1080 resolution
CPU Celeron N3450 (four Goldmont cores clocked at 1.1 – 2.2 GHz, 2 MB cache, 6 W TDP, iGPU)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 500 with 12 EUs
RAM 4 GB of DDR3L
Storage 64 GB eMMC
Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet GbE controller
USB 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
Keyboard Chiclet spill-resistant keyboard
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jacks, webcam, SD card reader
Dimensions Width: 291 mm/11.5"
Depth: 211 mm/8.3"
Thickness: 23.4 mm/0.9"
Weight 1.5 kilograms
Battery 4-cell battery, 13 hours battery life
Price $299.99

The entry level system from Acer is 0.9” (23.4 mm) thick, it is made of plastic and weighs around 3.3 lb (1.5 kg), which is comparable to competing Chromebooks designed for education market.

The Acer TravelMate Spin B1 is available now from select retailers starting at $299.99 in the U.S. In the coming weeks and month, Acer plans to start sales of the product in other countries, but actual prices and configurations will differ there.

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Source: Acer

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  • osxandwindows - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    And, microsoft's new laptop is brutally beaten and sent back home in tears. Reply
  • shabby - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    A 6 watt cpu in a 1" thick laptop? Oh ya its acer, nevermind. Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, May 04, 2017 - link

    I, for one, am happy to see a company isn't wasting time trying to make a system as thin as possible. The specs are really good and the price ($300 +$50 for a Pro upgrade since I want to load non-Store software) is acceptable. It would do great at pretty much everything I'd throw at it and depending on specific hardware quirks, I may not even need to throw $50 down to get Pro as long as Linux is happy on it. Reply
  • TheTurboFool - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    The only way a Celeron can brutally beat anything is if the device it's in is used as a bludgeoning device. Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - link

    I firmly believe any decent laptop is built well enough that it CAN be used as a bludgeon. Reply
  • vladx - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    Pretty good specs for the price, also option to upgrade to full Win 10 Pro for 50$ is quite nice. Reply
  • tuxfool - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    "4 GB of DDR3L memory"

    Uhuh.
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  • vladx - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    For <$300 that's good enough, especially since the main purpose is to use it with the much leaner Windows S. No one should use this for intensive stuff like gaming, programming or video editing. Reply
  • tuxfool - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    Sure, but it means that it would be quite silly to upgrade it to full fat windows. Reply
  • vladx - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    Not really, 4GB is enough for browsing, media consumption and office work. Heck, my old Windows tablet is still doing pretty ok running full Win 10 with only 2GB. Reply

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