At the BETT show, Acer debuted a new suite of 11.6-inch Chromebooks for education customers. The new Acer Chromebooks deliver durable MIL-STD 810G compliant-designs and a wide range of standard and optional features designed to meet the needs of students at K-12 schools.
"Our 11.6-inch form factor has been the backbone of the Acer Chromebook line for education since we first launched it in 2011," said James Lin, General Manager, Commercial and Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer. "Today we're offering our widest range of options so our education customers can get the exact Acer Chromebook that fits their needs and budget. The new models deliver industry-leading reliability with durable designs, paired with the ease of use and manageability that IT departments appreciate."
Performance and Durability for Chromebook Investment Protection
The Acer Chromebook Spin 511 delivers solid all-day performance for access to multiple tabs, video lessons, and more while providing longer battery life. With the latest dual-core Intel Celeron N4000 or quad-core N4100 processors, highly graphical classroom projects run smoother so tasks are performed quicker. It provides a fast and reliable Internet connection with up to Gigabit Wi-Fi speed with Intel Wireless-AC 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO.
Compliant with U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standards, the new Acer 11.6-inch Chromebooks have a reinforced design and shock-absorbing bumper that can handle drops from heights up to 122 cm (48 inches) and up to 60 kg (132 pounds) of downward force.
In addition, the new Acer 11.6-inch Chromebooks can be enjoyed by younger children since they meet two leading toy safety standards: the ASTM F963-16 and UL/IEC 60950-1.
Acer Chromebook Spin 511 Convertible, Antimicrobial Display
The Acer Chromebook Spin 511 (R752T) delivers the best of what students want and schools need -- a design that is both durable and convertible. The Acer Chromebook Spin 511 has hinges that open 360-degrees, so the touchscreen display can be used in four different modes: tablet, notebook, display, and tent. This allows students to use the Acer Chromebook in the mode that fits best with the activity and environment for better collaborating and learning on-the-go.
In addition, it features an Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass touch display that provides scratch resistance to further protect the device. It's a cleaner, tougher cover glass made possible by an antimicrobial compound that resists the growth of odor and stain-causing microorganisms on touch displays. The Acer Chromebook Spin 511 can be purchased with an optional Wacom EMR Stylus, so students can use the Acer Chromebook for sketching, notetaking and more. Plus, the optional 5.0MP auto-focus world-facing camera allows students to capture photos and video of their environment.
Acer Chromebook 311 (C733) Pairs Rugged Design with Spill-Proof Keyboard
The Acer Chromebook 311 (C733) adds a spill-resistant keyboard to the durability features to make it ideal for science labs and classes that may use the Acer Chromebook near water. The spill-resistant keyboard routes water spills of up to 330ml (11 fluid ounces) out the bottom of the chassis.
The Acer C733 is available in touch (C733T) and non-touch (C733) display models. Powered by the latest dual-core Intel Celeron N4000 or quad-core N4100 processors, the C733 delivers solid all-day performance for students and administrators, a longer battery life, and a reliable online connection via Intel Gigabit WiFi 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO.
Additional Acer Chromebook 311 Lines Feature School-friendly Keyboard; AMD Processors
Two additional Acer Chromebook 311 lines debuted that are powered by the latest AMD processors: the convertible Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (R721T) with 360-degree hinges, and the traditional clamshell Acer Chromebook 311 (C721).
The Acer Chromebook R721T and C721 models are powered by 7th Gen AMD A-Series A4-9120C APU with Radeon™graphics to ensure students can stream video, run the latest apps, play web games and browse the Internet effortlessly.
Ensuring maximum uptime for students, the new R721T and C721 models feature a school-friendly keyboard that is difficult to tamper with and is easily serviceable by local IT departments. Plus, they both feature spill-resistant keyboards that routes spills of up to 330 ml (11 fluid ounces) of water out the bottom of the chassis. The touchpads on these models are also moisture-resistant.
More Ways to Connect the Latest Gadgets
All of the new 11.6-inch Acer Chromebooks include up to two USB 3.0 ports, and up to two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, which can be used to charge the device as well as other products, transfer data quickly up to 5Gbps, and connect to an HD display. The Acer Chromebook 311 (C733/R752T) also features up to Bluetooth 5.0 and two USB 3.0 ports.
The new Acer Chromebooks launched today also feature HD displays that offer IPS technology either standard or as an option. Also, students can connect with others during video chats and Google Hangouts with the Acer HD webcam located above the display.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 (R721T) maximizes its convertible design to include Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass touch display. It's scratch-resistant and ideal for students who may share it or use it in different environments throughout the day.
The Acer Chromebook 311 (C721) comes with a non-touch display and a wide-angle HD webcam to incorporate the whole class.
Easy to Deploy, Manage, Keep Safe; Google Play Support
IT administrators will find it easy to make updates, configure apps, utilize extensions and policies and more with web-based management that makes the new Acer Chromebooks easy to deploy and manage. Plus the Kensington locks allow them to be secured to wireless carts or labs.
Students will stay safer, since Chrome OS is automatically updated and guards against ever-changing online threats, such as viruses and malware. The Acer Chrome OS devices support multiple user sign-in, so each student can simply log onto their unique account to ensure their project, Gmail and other information is kept safe, even if the Chromebook is lost or stolen. Storage on Google Drive protects files, documents, and photos safely in the cloud, and ensures that the most current version is always available.
The new Acer Chromebooks will support Google Play at launch, so students will have access to Android and Chrome apps for learning, research, fun and more.
Acer will be at the BETT show from January 23 to 26 at booth B100 Hall N1-19, where the new Acer Chromebooks will be on display.
The new Acer Chromebooks will be available to education and commercial customers in North America and EMEA in Q2.
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region.