Acer Spin 1 11.6" (2 in 1) Laptop - 4GB, 64GB, Touchscreen IPS, Gorilla Glass, 1 Year Office 365, 1TB OneDrive Cloud Storage Plus £10 Gift Voucher £215.99 (using code) @ Argos Ebay
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Acer Spin 1 11.6" (2 in 1) Laptop - 4GB, 64GB, Touchscreen IPS, Gorilla Glass, 1 Year Office 365, 1TB OneDrive Cloud Storage Plus £10 Gift Voucher £215.99 (using code) @ Argos Ebay

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Good price for this 2/1, Excellent reviews.


  • Intel Celeron dual core processor.
  • 1.1GHz processor speed.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • 64GB.
  • Microsoft Windows 10.
Display features:

  • 11.6 inch screen.
  • High definition display.
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.
Graphics:

  • Intel HD Graphics505 graphics card.
  • Shared graphics card.
Interfaces and connectivity:

  • SD media card reader.
  • Secure Digital (SD), .
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports.
  • 1 USB 3.0 port.
  • 1 HDMI port.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Wi-Fi enabled.
Multimedia features:

  • HD webcam.
  • Built-in mic.
  • HD Audio sound system.
General features:

  • Up to 9 hours battery life.
  • Size H2.03, W29.8, D2.1cm.
  • Weight 1.5kg.

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ciarandanielbyrne110 h, 11 m ago

DUAL CORE 1.1 MHZ CPU! You might as well go make a cup of tea every time …DUAL CORE 1.1 MHZ CPU! You might as well go make a cup of tea every time you open a web page lool.


You mean GHz. In this day and age, sheer clockspeed has very often little do with the user experience as the processor alters its "speed" depending on the task assigned. So 1.1GHz very often means "up to 1.1GHz". In this case. the N3350 has a base frequency of 1.1GHz and can overclock to 2.4GHz, which is not bad. Other variables to keep in mind are the number of cores, the number of threads and the amount of cache available.
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Also, Grade A refurbished £184.49. CLICK
DUAL CORE 1.1 MHZ CPU! You might as well go make a cup of tea every time you open a web page lool.
I believe that the Acer model on offer is the Acer Spin SP111-31-C4AV (NX.GL2EK.004). The main distinguishing features from the numerous other Acer Spin 1 variants out there are the Celeron N3350 cpu 64GB storage and the 1366 x 768 res display panel. Most of the external reviews tested a variant with a Full HD IPS panel that comes in for a lot of praise but only a stingy 32GB of storage (why?). Laptops Direct have it for £260.

A quality Full HD panel would have been nice but is unrealistic at this sort of price point so taking the package as a whole, then this is a good deal as long as your computing needs are undemanding and/or for use as a 2nd laptop. Me, i'd go for the refurb and save a further thirty quid but TBH the same hardware running Chrome and with access to Playstore apps (e.g Acer R11 flip) is a more attractive proposition. Instant on, much faster performance and better battery life. Nevertheless, Heat added.
ciarandanielbyrne110 h, 11 m ago

DUAL CORE 1.1 MHZ CPU! You might as well go make a cup of tea every time …DUAL CORE 1.1 MHZ CPU! You might as well go make a cup of tea every time you open a web page lool.


You mean GHz. In this day and age, sheer clockspeed has very often little do with the user experience as the processor alters its "speed" depending on the task assigned. So 1.1GHz very often means "up to 1.1GHz". In this case. the N3350 has a base frequency of 1.1GHz and can overclock to 2.4GHz, which is not bad. Other variables to keep in mind are the number of cores, the number of threads and the amount of cache available.
ciarandanielbyrne112 h, 30 m ago

DUAL CORE 1.1 MHZ CPU! You might as well go make a cup of tea every time …DUAL CORE 1.1 MHZ CPU! You might as well go make a cup of tea every time you open a web page lool.


It's just about bearable and probably fine for casual users.

siliconbits2 h, 19 m ago

You mean GHz. In this day and age, sheer clockspeed has very often little …You mean GHz. In this day and age, sheer clockspeed has very often little do with the user experience as the processor alters its "speed" depending on the task assigned. So 1.1GHz very often means "up to 1.1GHz". In this case. the N3350 has a base frequency of 1.1GHz and can overclock to 2.4GHz, which is not bad. Other variables to keep in mind are the number of cores, the number of threads and the amount of cache available.


Probably okay for occasional users but it won't be particularly snappy. I have the N3450 quad core and the CPU maxes out to 100% continually when opening several tabs at once, particularly webpages with alot of embedded video (alot of decoding needs to be done). My i5 also spikes to 100% but drops almost immediately back to 20-30% doing the same tasks and feels alot more snappy.

For someone doing alot of web browsing and multitasking each day, a Core m3-Y would be alot better, or even a Pentium (in the range between this and the Core m3-Y)
Unless you absolutely must have a flippable screen, the EZBook 3 Pro is better in terms of spec and also cheaper at £160-£170.
siliconbits2 h, 58 m ago

You mean GHz. In this day and age, sheer clockspeed has very often little …You mean GHz. In this day and age, sheer clockspeed has very often little do with the user experience as the processor alters its "speed" depending on the task assigned. So 1.1GHz very often means "up to 1.1GHz". In this case. the N3350 has a base frequency of 1.1GHz and can overclock to 2.4GHz, which is not bad. Other variables to keep in mind are the number of cores, the number of threads and the amount of cache available.


So is this fast enough for regular browsing, social media and working on windows eg for a high school kid?
Picard12353 m ago

Unless you absolutely must have a flippable screen, the EZBook 3 Pro is …Unless you absolutely must have a flippable screen, the EZBook 3 Pro is better in terms of spec and also cheaper at £160-£170.


Just read up on it can only purchase through Gearbest and the laptop itself is about £180 + Import Duty at 20% on top + Admin fee of around £11

Making it about the same price as this Acer Spin.

Specs and build wise you're right much better. Though another downside i'd say is it's from a Chinese company. Also not sure if they updated to patch in Spectre/Meltdown for the CPU too.
Edited by: "007bla" 2nd Feb
Fury1 h, 17 m ago

So is this fast enough for regular browsing, social media and working on …So is this fast enough for regular browsing, social media and working on windows eg for a high school kid?


YMMV but I will say yes on this one the N3350 is far better than the crappy Atom series from 2016/2017. If you don't need touchscreen though, I would go for something else, probably a refurbished lappy.
siliconbits30 m ago

YMMV but I will say yes on this one the N3350 is far better than the …YMMV but I will say yes on this one the N3350 is far better than the crappy Atom series from 2016/2017. If you don't need touchscreen though, I would go for something else, probably a refurbished lappy.


Excuse my ignorance but what is YMMV?
Fury3 m ago

Excuse my ignorance but what is YMMV?


Your mileage may vary. Google services tend to use a lot of memory (I have gmail tabs that routinely take more than 1GB of RAM, i just kill them from time to time) while other slike say a HUKD tab hovers in the low hundred. I would say that memory - more than raw compute resource - is what counts the most ATM. I'd rather have a celeron with 4GB of RAM than a Core i7 with 2GB (so to say)
siliconbits3 m ago

Your mileage may vary. Google services tend to use a lot of memory (I have …Your mileage may vary. Google services tend to use a lot of memory (I have gmail tabs that routinely take more than 1GB of RAM, i just kill them from time to time) while other slike say a HUKD tab hovers in the low hundred. I would say that memory - more than raw compute resource - is what counts the most ATM. I'd rather have a celeron with 4GB of RAM than a Core i7 with 2GB (so to say)


Thanks for the advice
Fury5 h, 53 m ago

Thanks for the advice


Hello Fury this review might help, talked about the performance of this processor. Click
This might be easier to work with, recommend a bigger screen for home use. ebay.co.uk/itm…085
Edited by: "win26" 2nd Feb
007bla7 h, 40 m ago

Just read up on it can only purchase through Gearbest and the laptop …Just read up on it can only purchase through Gearbest and the laptop itself is about £180 + Import Duty at 20% on top + Admin fee of around £11 Making it about the same price as this Acer Spin.Specs and build wise you're right much better. Though another downside i'd say is it's from a Chinese company. Also not sure if they updated to patch in Spectre/Meltdown for the CPU too.


No Vat or customs as it comes via EU if using normal post.
ciarandanielbyrne122 h, 1 m ago

DUAL CORE 1.1 MHZ CPU! You might as well go make a cup of tea every time …DUAL CORE 1.1 MHZ CPU! You might as well go make a cup of tea every time you open a web page lool.

Lol 1.1MHZ cpu would take you back in 1960s lol cracking NM post
Would this be better than a chromebook for a similar price? Only using it for browsing as we already have a PC and laptop with windows on it.
Picard12321 h, 43 m ago

Unless you absolutely must have a flippable screen, the EZBook 3 Pro is …Unless you absolutely must have a flippable screen, the EZBook 3 Pro is better in terms of spec and also cheaper at £160-£170.


But the EZ Pro 3 is a truly awful machine build quality wise.

It's basically the cheap Chinese smart phone o laptops. I've owned one and cannot understand why anyone would want one, especially as there's no warranty.

Besides the build quality, the charger lead is about a metre long which makes having to use a travel plus even more irritating.

And the fact is, that EZ thing would be more expensive than this device if they were forced to pay tax and provide a 2 year warranty.
Edited by: "supermann" 3rd Feb
supermann17 m ago

But the EZ Pro 3 is a truly awful machine build quality wise. It's …But the EZ Pro 3 is a truly awful machine build quality wise. It's basically the cheap Chinese smart phone o laptops. I've owned one and cannot understand why anyone would want one, especially as there's no warranty. Besides the build quality, the charger lead is about a metre long which makes having to use a travel plus even more irritating.And the fact is, that EZ thing would be more expensive than this device if they were forced to pay tax and provide a 2 year warranty.


Actually the build quality of the EZbook is excellent. One thing that is easy to make in China is machined aluminum. The chassis quality is superb for the price - vastly better than those thick, flexy slab like plastic laptops you see in the UK for this price.
Picard1231 h, 40 m ago

Actually the build quality of the EZbook is excellent. One thing that is …Actually the build quality of the EZbook is excellent. One thing that is easy to make in China is machined aluminum. The chassis quality is superb for the price - vastly better than those thick, flexy slab like plastic laptops you see in the UK for this price.


Run your fingers along the lid when the thing is plugged in? Can you feel an electric charge across the lid?

Not good. Also the trackpad is so poor they have to include an application to try and prevent missed clicks but regardless the performance of it is poor.

People have also reported problems with the WiFi.

The lid is also not really a proper aluminium construction but rather a sheet of aluminium that's been attached on if you look carefully.

Moreover, you'll be lucky if you get a genuine copy of Windows, the copies are tampered with to stop updates and there is some bizzare Mingmingming application running in the background.

And I'd argue the fact there is no warranty just encourages them to manufacture things like that and at a price point that is much more expensive than this laptop as said when the cost of a warranty, all that tax and ripping off royal mail free postage is taken into account..
Edited by: "supermann" 3rd Feb
supermann2 h, 34 m ago

Run your fingers along the lid when the thing is plugged in? Can you feel …Run your fingers along the lid when the thing is plugged in? Can you feel an electric charge across the lid?Not good. Also the trackpad is so poor they have to include an application to try and prevent missed clicks but regardless the performance of it is poor.People have also reported problems with the WiFi. The lid is also not really a proper aluminium construction but rather a sheet of aluminium that's been attached on if you look carefully.Moreover, you'll be lucky if you get a genuine copy of Windows, the copies are tampered with to stop updates and there is some bizzare Mingmingming application running in the background.And I'd argue the fact there is no warranty just encourages them to manufacture things like that and at a price point that is much more expensive than this laptop as said when the cost of a warranty, all that tax and ripping off royal mail free postage is taken into account..


Nope. Lid is fine and its all alu. Track pad uses the Windows precision drivers so you must have an old or different model.

The laptop is fine and incredible value for £160.
Picard12310 h, 21 m ago

Nope. Lid is fine and its all alu. Track pad uses the Windows precision …Nope. Lid is fine and its all alu. Track pad uses the Windows precision drivers so you must have an old or different model. The laptop is fine and incredible value for £160.


It was the EZ Book Pro 3 V4, so not an old model. A lot of people had issues with the trackpad, as you can see if you read peoples comments on this website.

You keep quoting a cheap price but that's not how much it normally costs. Normally the price is about £190, rarely going below £170. It's normally ~£194.

You presuppose this Acer Spin isn't great value and the EZ Book is but as I have demonstrated, you are not comparing like with like.

The EZ Book would be a fair amount more expensive if EZ had to adhere to the same standards as Acer. And getting excited about tax evasion and dodgy Chinese practices to avoid having to pay postage is frankly wrong. Hopefully one day the UK government will reign in these Chinese crooks that are clearly taking the UK taxpayer for a ride.
supermann5 m ago

It was the EZ Book Pro 3 V4, so not an old model. A lot of people had …It was the EZ Book Pro 3 V4, so not an old model. A lot of people had issues with the trackpad, as you can see if you read peoples comments on this website. You keep quoting a cheap price but that's not how much it normally costs. Normally the price is about £190, rarely going below £170. It's normally ~£194. You presuppose this Acer Spin isn't great value and the EZ Book is but as I have demonstrated, you are not comparing like with like.The EZ Book would be a fair amount more expensive if EZ had to adhere to the same standards as Acer. And getting excited about tax evasion and dodgy Chinese practices to avoid having to pay postage is frankly wrong. Hopefully one day the UK government will reign in these Chinese crooks that are clearly taking the UK taxpayer for a ride.


You clearly don't know what you're talking about. V4 has Windows precision drivers, so no idea why you're doing on about touchpad software. Normal price is about £170. Been loads of deals on here for less than that. It's for tax evasion, it's no more evasive that Apple, Amazon, Ebay etc, not paying UK corporation tax on UK sales despite having tens of £billions of sales in the UK to UK buyers. How many hospitals would that have been built? The number of EZbooks sold in the UK is a drop in the ocean compared to that.
Picard12333 m ago

You clearly don't know what you're talking about. V4 has Windows precision …You clearly don't know what you're talking about. V4 has Windows precision drivers, so no idea why you're doing on about touchpad software. Normal price is about £170. Been loads of deals on here for less than that. It's for tax evasion, it's no more evasive that Apple, Amazon, Ebay etc, not paying UK corporation tax on UK sales despite having tens of £billions of sales in the UK to UK buyers. How many hospitals would that have been built? The number of EZbooks sold in the UK is a drop in the ocean compared to that.


Those corporates avoiding tax is not good I agree but it's not tax evasion, this is.

The issue with the touchpad is a well known problem and has been discussed at length on Hotukdeals too. In fact, look what a certain Pickard123 said about the touchpad back in September,

"Trackpad pointer movement is okay but the sensitivity for two finger scroll and lower trackpad buttons is very poor. No way of adjusting the trackpad scrolling speed either or setting up scrolling zones on the left/right edge of the trackpad. Trackpad surface is a rough texture which I dislike. You wouldn't really want to use the trackpad for long periods anyway as your hand rests on the bottom edge of the laptop which is bevelled and therefore uncomfortable. I decided to use a mouse instead. "

hotukdeals.com/com…363

You weren't too happy about many aspects of this device, so what's changed since Picard? I trust you're using the same model? It was a bit disingenuous of you to state that I must be using an old model when you had similar problems when you bought the same model.

Regards the price, I'll say it again, the normal price is about £194. Plus taxes, delivery charges, the cost of complying with EU safety standards and cost of providing a two year EU warranty I'd say the price creeps up to near £300 RRP.

And please don't try and make out this tax evasion is not an issue, the practice is endemic and must be costing fortune, not forgetting that it creates an unfair playing field, making it harder for genuine companies to compete.
Edited by: "supermann" 4th Feb
supermann11 h, 37 m ago

Those corporates avoiding tax is not good I agree but it's not tax …Those corporates avoiding tax is not good I agree but it's not tax evasion, this is. The issue with the touchpad is a well known problem and has been discussed at length on Hotukdeals too. In fact, look what a certain Pickard123 said about the touchpad back in September,"Trackpad pointer movement is okay but the sensitivity for two finger scroll and lower trackpad buttons is very poor. No way of adjusting the trackpad scrolling speed either or setting up scrolling zones on the left/right edge of the trackpad. Trackpad surface is a rough texture which I dislike. You wouldn't really want to use the trackpad for long periods anyway as your hand rests on the bottom edge of the laptop which is bevelled and therefore uncomfortable. I decided to use a mouse instead. "https://www.hotukdeals.com/comments/permalink/31906363You weren't too happy about many aspects of this device, so what's changed since Picard? I trust you're using the same model? It was a bit disingenuous of you to state that I must be using an old model when you had similar problems when you bought the same model. Regards the price, I'll say it again, the normal price is about £194. Plus taxes, delivery charges, the cost of complying with EU safety standards and cost of providing a two year EU warranty I'd say the price creeps up to near £300 RRP.And please don't try and make out this tax evasion is not an issue, the practice is endemic and must be costing fortune, not forgetting that it creates an unfair playing field, making it harder for genuine companies to compete.


The effect is still the same - the UK taxpayer is deprived of £billions in revenue due to tax scamming by those rich corporates. It's on a massive scale as well that dwarfs anything involving this laptop.

EZB3 Pro always has been around £170. Stop making up figures.

As for usage, it's all good now. Ironed everything out. Superb machine for less than £200. Only gripe is that for my heavy usage, I'd prefer a more powerful CPU. For casual users it will be fine though.
Edited by: "Picard123" 4th Feb
Picard1233 h, 49 m ago

The effect is still the same - UK taxpayer deprived of £billions in …The effect is still the same - UK taxpayer deprived of £billions in revenue due to scamming by those rich corporates. Massive scale as well.EZB3 always has been arround £170. Stop making up figures.As for usage, it's all good now. Ironed everything out. Superb machine for less than £200. Only gripe is that for my heavy usage, I'd prefer a more powerful CPU. For casual users it will be fine though.


Did you have to iron out the problems yourself or was it some sort of automatic updates, I only ask as I'm not very technical and wouldn't want to fix the issues myself.
ibblackberry11 h, 11 m ago

Did you have to iron out the problems yourself or was it some sort of …Did you have to iron out the problems yourself or was it some sort of automatic updates, I only ask as I'm not very technical and wouldn't want to fix the issues myself.


Did all the tweaks myself. There are loads of guides online particularly on the techtablets.com message boards, but ultimately there's not that much to do. You just need to change a few Windows settings. If you can follow basic instructions whether online or through a YouTube video, it's pretty straightforward. Would be a 2min doddle for anyone who knows how to enable/disable stuff in Windows. I

In a nutshell, it's basically:
- disabling the MeiMengMeng.Win.Clients service (or deleting if you're paranoid)
- enabling Windows Updates in Windows 10 Settings
- disabling or deleting the trackpad blocker (not strictly necessary as it doesn't do anything anyway)

None of that is any harder than uninstalling the bloatware that comes on Acers, Dells, HPs etc.

In my case, I additionally installed an SSD, re-seated the WiFi antennae, and removed the magnets from the top of the lid. I did alot of BIOS settings experimentation as well eg. 10W power increase, but none of it is strictly necessary for normal folk.

Trackpad surface only feels rough initially. After several weeks of use, it seems to smooth down after you've been regularly rubbing your fingers across it!
It's probably pretty easy but sounds a pain / confusing to be honest, it's probably not though but puts me off a tad.

Sort of thinking the Chromebook route anyways but I am in no rush.
ibblackberry13 h, 52 m ago

It's probably pretty easy but sounds a pain / confusing to be honest, it's …It's probably pretty easy but sounds a pain / confusing to be honest, it's probably not though but puts me off a tad. Sort of thinking the Chromebook route anyways but I am in no rush.


If all you want is a web browser then a Chromebook is fine. I had one for 2 years but after a while, it just drove me nuts because of the things it couldn't do.
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