Acer has announced the launch of a new set of products for the education sector. Its latest models include: the 11-inch and 12-inch Chromebooks and Chromebook Spins as well as a 14-inch TravelMate. All models deliver responsive performance, longer battery life and a sturdy design ideal for use both in and out-of-school.
Acer’s newest products offer education customers a wide range of options depending on their needs and budget, while also ensuring that students unleash their potential through a variety of new upgraded features. For instance, on both the new 11- and 12-inch Chromebook Spin series, the 360-degree hinges let students use the Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass display in four modes: clamshell, tablet, display and tent.
Students will stay safer, as the 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 are 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.
New Suite of 11-inch Chromebooks
The 11-inch Chromebooks deliver the latest technology and a wide range of standard and optional features designed to meet the exact needs of students at K-12 schools. The new laptops, Chromebook Spin 511 and Chromebook 311, 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 new models launched 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
Durable 12-Inch Chromebooks
Acer debuts its first 12-inch Chromebooks – the Chromebook Spin 512 and Chromebook 512. The new Chromebooks deliver 3:2 aspect ratio displays and durable designs that ensure students get maximum productivity from them.
The new Acer Chromebooks will fully support Google Play at launch, so students will have access to Android and Chrome web apps for learning, research, fun and more. The keyboard is spill-resistant with a gutter system that routes water away from internal components and drains out the bottom of the chassis, providing protection against spills of up to 330 ml (11 fluid ounces) of water. Plus, the touchpads are moisture-resistant, and the Acer Chromebook 512’s keyboard is easily serviceable by local IT departments.
The new Acer Chromebook 512 and Spin 512 feature durable designs and unique specifications such as dual- webcams, an Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass display and a child friendly keyboard, ensuring that new Acer Chromebooks handle even more of the common rigors of the education environment.
The Acer TravelMate B114 is a powerful and robust 14-inch FHD notebook featuring a larger screen size and sports a sturdy design to protect it from the knocks of school life.
The TravelMate B114 is designed to equip students with the learning tools they need, supporting educational multimedia apps and resources. Featuring up to a 7th Gen AMD A6-9220C APU paired with Radeon R5 Graphics, it offers powerful support for learning and teaching activities. The notebook offers generous storage options with up to a 256GB dual-lane PCIe NVMe SSD or up to 64GB of eMMC flash memory.
Reliable connectivity is essential for connected learning and the Acer TravelMate B114 comes with 802.11ac wireless and an RJ-45 Ethernet port to keep students connected. It also offers plenty of options to connect easily with peripherals such as screens, TVs and projectors and has a full selection of ports, including 1x HDMI, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2x USB 2.0 and an SD card reader.
Microsoft Intune for Education allows IT administrators to easily manage devices for schools of all sizes. Software includes roll-out and management tools like Autopilot to ensure content is secure. Through Windows 10 in S mode, students can quickly and safely access Microsoft-verified secure apps and the educational resources they need.