27 January 2021
Acer has unveiled new Chromebooks for classrooms at the ongoing BETT, an annual EDU-centered tech show in the UK. Acer introduced a total of five new laptops aimed at schools. The new lineup utilizes Intel, Arm-based, and Qualcomm processors. They are rugged and come in both clamshells and convertible forms.
The new lineup launched at the British Educational Training and Technology Show includes four Chromebooks and a Windows convertible. These are Acer Chromebook 511, Chromebook 311, Chromebook Spin 512 & 511, and the TravelMate Spin B3, a Windows-based laptop.
The Acer Chromebook 511 (C741) is powered by a Snapdragon 7c compute platform from Qualcomm. It is a standard 11.6-inch clamshell with 15 (36Wh configuration) or 20 hours (48Wh) of battery life, and 4G LTE connectivity. It is MIL-STD810H tested, which means it has a rugged build quality. It is equipped with spill-resistance and reinforced I/O ports. It is also ASTM F963-16 Toy Safety Standard and optional touch display. It can run Android apps via the Google Play Store.
It is priced at $399.99 and will be available in April in the EMEA in March.
The Chromebook 311 is priced at MediaTek 8183 processor. It is also a MIL-STD 810H complaint, which makes it sturdy and an apt device for classroom use. It also offers up to 20 hours of battery life and has certification for the ASTM F963-16 Toy Safety Standard and an optional touch display. It can also run Android apps via the Google Play Store.
The price of the Chromebook 311 is $299.99 in the US and it includes an HDR webcam as well. It will be available in EMEA in March at €269.
Two more convertibles are Acer Chromebook Spin 512 & Spin 511. They are powered by Intel processors. The Spin 511 has an 11.6-inch HD 16:9 display, while the Spin 512 has a 12-inch HD+ 3:2 display. Both come with up to 64GB of storage, and 8GB RAM. The battery life of both convertibles is rated up to 10 hours. They both have antimicrobial scratch-resistant displays, but the Spin 512 also features this coating on its keyboard and touchpad as well.
The price of the Spin 512 starts at $429.99, while the Spin 511 is slightly cheaper at $399.99.
Talking about the TravelMate Spin B3, the Windows laptop, it is powered by up to an Intel Pentium Silver processor with as much as 12 hours of battery life. It also includes a durable keyboard that can flip around to turn into a tablet. The price of the TravelMate Spin B3 is unknown but will launch in North America in April and Europe in Q2.