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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  • Samus - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - link

    Windows phones run Win10 on 1GB of ram... Reply
  • zodiacfml - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - link

    4GB is pretty fine for 32 bit browser but not 64. Reply
  • vladx - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - link

    "4GB is pretty fine for 32 bit browser but not 64."

    Don't know where you got that from. It's certainly not true.
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  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    I agree that I wouldn't bother upgrading the OS - if you need full Windows, you might be better off putting the extra money towards a more powerful device. However for non-gaming students, parents/grandparents, etc, this device has plenty. IPS, convertible, touch, 64GB internal - $300? Not too shabby. Devices like this have their place, even if some have a hard time seeing it (since they need the flexibility of full Windows).

    I'd like to see some testing on how fast Win S devices boot and resume.
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  • neo_1221 - Thursday, May 04, 2017 - link

    I'm waiting to see just how much "leaner" WinS actually is. Reply
  • MamiyaOtaru - Thursday, May 04, 2017 - link

    Microsoft's Surface laptop is selling with that much RAM for 999$. The comparison makes this seem rather nice Reply
  • webdoctors - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    11.6” IPS display with a 1920×1080 resolution, which additionally features 10-point multitouch and has a 360-degree hinge

    SOLD! Take my money.
    Reply
  • lmcd - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    Am I just a MS fanboy or does this actually look super nice? Reply
  • guidryp - Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - link

    This is where Windows S, makes some sense. It's likely dirt cheap to OEMs ($10? Free for now?), and that enables things like $300 laptops. Reply
  • ET - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - link

    For some reason it's $399 on Acer's site.

    The only thing I'd like to know is if there's space inside for a hard drive. With this size laptop, it could certainly fit in there. At the very least, an M.2 drive.

    Apart from the limited storage, looks like a pretty good media laptop, with a 1080p IPS screen, HDMI output and 2x2 WiFi. At only $50 for Windows Pro, that's a steal if you want a basic work machine with good media capabilities.
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