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Acer’s new TravelMate Spin B1 with Windows 10 S aims for the budget conscious

cjmagowan  —  2 years ago ( May 03, 2017 )    |    Computing

Microsoft’s Window 10 S announcement comes with a new Surface Laptop designed for schools to complement it but if you find the new Microsoft Surface Laptop way beyond your budget, don’t fret just yet. Joining Microsoft to celebrate the Windows 10 S announcement is Acer’s latest TravelMate Spin B1 convertible laptop. Acer is one of the long-running Microsoft partners in the computer industry and the first manufacturer to power its new laptop with the latest Windows 10 S operating system.

The Acer TravelMate Spin B1 is Acer’s answer to a secured computing needs for students and people alike. But unlike the Surface Laptop that Microsoft offers, Acer goes with the traditional design route and the TravelMate Spin B1 is targeted to users with basic computing needs yet requiring a reliable hardware. Reliable as it is, the Spin B1 is a ruggedized machine with a rubber bumpers on the sides to keep the device from damages due to accidental bumps and drops. It comes with an 11.6-inch HD touchscreen display with pressure resistant panel to keep the display at its pristine condition.

It’s chiclet keys are well placed and spaced for typing comfort as well as prevent them from hitting the display when it’s closed. Additionally, the keyboard can take a splash of up to 11 ounces of liquid on its surface without a problem. It even has a built-in channels below the keys to redirect the liquid away from entering the internals of the laptop.

Like all other devices within Acer’s Spin lineup, the Spin B1 also comes with a 360 hinge that can put the display lying flat on the surface or turn it all the way back to transform the laptop into a tablet. There are many options offered by the 360 hinge, and it’s up to the users comfort on which view they are comfortable to settle with.

 On the internals, the Spin B1 is basically an entry-level device and it’s powered by an Intel Celeron processor with Intel Graphics and this is supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For connectivity, it comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection. It also has 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port and 1x HDMI port. Acer claims the new Spin B1 can last up to 13 hours of battery life in a single charge.

As the TravelMate Spin B1 runs Windows 10 S, expect the same closed and we mean a tight environment for security reasons. Users can only download and use apps from the Windows Store much like you would to if you have a ChromeBook or a MacBook. You’ll also have an access to Microsoft’s Office 365 software for students and MS Ink.

The Acer TravelMate Spin B1 convertible will be available later this month with a retail price of $299 in the US.