Acer has recently unveiled Aspire ES1-111M-C40S, which is Windows 8.1 powered laptop and has been designed to compete with chrome book. The cost of this small computing machine is $199-$230 (at Amazon). It comes with 11.6” display and is cheaper than many similar sized chromebooks. The display of the laptop is not touch enabled though. The laptop gets it power from Intel Celeron N2840 processor, has 2GB memory and 32GB SSD as storage option. However, you will only get 12-13GB free space as a big chunk of storage will be occupied by Windows operating system itself, along with other preloaded software. However, you have an option to use external storage. Acer Aspire ES1-111M-C40S is suitable for basic computing like typing docs, browsing web, social networking, streaming internet videos, emailing and skype etc. This laptop is not designed for CPU intensive tasks. When it comes to ports and connectivity features, it comes with all the standard ports including USB 3.0 and HDMI. Here is a brief review about specifications and Performance of Acer ES1-111M-C40S
Specifications and Performance of Acer ES1-111M-C40S
Acer Aspire ES1-111M-C40S is installed with Intel Celeron N2840 processor. Each core operates with 2.16GHz and due to Intel’s burst technology (similar to turboboost), the frequency can rise up to 2.58GHz. An Integrated Intel HD graphics handles the graphics processing. The graphics is much weaker than Intel HD 4400 graphics. However, it can stream HD videos without any issue. Alternately, you can opt for Acer E3-111-C0WA which is powered by N2830 and has 320GB SATA hard drive. However, the performance will be little sluggish as it comes with 5400rpm hard drive. The laptop runs noiselessly.
Acer ES1-111M-C40S is integrated with 2GB DDR3L SDRAM which can be upgraded up to 8GB DDR3. However, memory replacement is not easy. It comes with 32GB SSD as storage option. Basically, it is a chrome book alternative. The laptop is preloaded with Windows 8.1 OS but is not touch enabled. Thus, you will need some time to get used to. If you need 11.6” touchscreen laptop, take a look at Acer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3 which comes with better processor ( Intel Celeron N2930 quad core), 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive.
The display of Acer ES1-111M-C40S laptop offers native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. But the resolution is good enough for a 11.6” laptop.
When it comes to external connectivity options, the backside of the laptop contains most of the required ports which include 1 USB 2.0, 1USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet port and head set port. It has SD card reader on the left side. For network connectivity, both Wired and Wireless options are available. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. As expected, Wireless-ac is not available in this model. Fancy feature like backlit keyboard is also not available in this machine. Optical drive is missing.
The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup
Pros of Acer ES1-111M-C40S
Very inexpensive small compact laptop
Cons of Acer ES1-111M-C40S
Only 32GB storage (12-13GB free space)
If you really need a laptop while travelling, which is thin, compact and fast enough for office works, Acer ES1-111M-C40S could be great choice. Overall this laptop is a good value for money and is well-constructed