Acer launches low-cost PC, the TravelMate Spin B1 for $299

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Acer launched a new convertible PC, the TravelMate Spin B1 for $299 on Tuesday. The entry-level PC comes with Microsoft’s newly launched Window 10 operating system which has been designed exclusively targeting students and educators in the education sector. With the TravelMate Spin B1, it looks like Acer is attempting to bring in competition to the Chromebooks.

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The device has an 11.6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080p. The device is based on Intel’s Apollo Lake platform and features the Celeron N3450 SoC and Windows 10 OS, as mentioned earlier. The new OS has a faster boot process and supports Cortana, but it also comes with a limiting factor – it can only run apps from the Microsoft Store.

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The TravelMate Spin B1 also features 10-point multitouch with a 360-degree hinge supporting notebook, tablet, display and tent modes. Acer has also provided the PC with an active stylus that comes with Windows Ink technology. The convertible PC is 23.4mm thick and weighs around 3.3lbs. It has a plastic chassis. 

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The Acer TravelMate Spin B1 is currently available in the US for approximately $299.99. You can expect the device to launch in other regions soon as well. However, do keep in mind that prices and configuration of the device in other countries may vary.