At the RECENT BETT exhibition in London, Acer showcased a number of new products aimed at the student population. The first is a 12-inch Chromebook, along with two new TravelMate Windows laptops. Although Acer hasn’t done much product promotion, we’ll probably see these laptops in the classroom later this year.
Acer Chromebook C871
The Acer Chromebook C871 has a 12-inch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Acer says this aspect ratio helps to view vertically and improve productivity, allowing students to see more before scrolling. The display resolution with touch function (C871T) and standard option (C871) is up to 1366 x 912.
In terms of configuration, Acer says the Chromebook C871 will be powered by Intel’s Core i3-10110U processor, as well as the Pentium Gold 6405U or Celeron 5205U. With 4GB or 8GB of memory, 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage, a Cersei says a 48Wh battery can last up to 12 hours.
In terms of connectivity, includes a USB-2 Gen 1-enabled, charged USB-C port, DisplayPort over USB-C port, 2 USB-C ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 MicroSD card slot, and 1 3.5mm headphone port.
The key feature of this Chromebook may be its MIL-STD 810G certified for high and low temperatures, rain, moisture, vibration, mechanical shock and dust. Acer says the Chromebook C871 can withstand 132 pounds of downward pressure because of the potential for violent use by younger users during use.
Acer TravelMate Spin B3
Acer also released the TravelMate Spin B3 and the traditional flip notebook B3. Spin B3 is a variable laptop, and Acer says it is specifically designed for the K-12 market. Both laptops have an 11.6-inch display, while the Spin B3 has a resolution of up to 1080p, while the standard B3 has a resolution limit of 1366 x 768.
In terms of configuration, schools can choose nVMe or eMMC SSDs with 4GB or 8GB of RAM, Intel Celeron or Intel Pentium Silver processors, up to 256GB. Like the Chromebook, we’ve also got MIL-STD 810G certification in the new TravelMate, and 48Wh batteries can last up to 12 hours.