Acer announced four new Chromebook models this week that bring the latest hardware and features designed to optimize them for the school environment. All come with the Chrome Education upgrade so teachers and administrators can enjoy all the features of Chrome OS.
It is possible to enroll a user on Acer Chromebooks remotely if the school wants the IT department to monitor the machines. Acer’s General Manager of IT Products and Notebooks Business James Lin says:
“The popularity of Chromebooks continues to grow thanks to the robust features of the Chrome Education upgrade combined with advances in Chromebook design, features and technology. These new Acer Chromebooks provide the foundational technology that helps students strive for success in school, while time, ensuring teachers and administrators have a powerful device for lesson preparation and IT management.”
Design made to last in school environments
Acer’s four new Chromebooks are designed with school environments in mind and feature an impact-resistant chassis that meets MIL-STD 810H standards. There is also a shock absorber to protect notebooks against drops of up to 122cm, in addition to supporting up to 60kg of pressure.
The screen on Chromebooks can rotate 180°, making notebooks easier to handle when the screen is being positioned. In addition, the keyboard has a unique drainage system to help protect internal components from liquid spillage.
Touchpad made with OceanGlass
Thinking about the sustainability of its products, Acer used the OceanGlass touchpad in its new Chromebooks, made from plastic waste that is dumped into the ocean. By using this material, the company reduces ocean-drift plastics and even gives the touchpad a glass-like texture.
Acer Chromebook 512
The Chromebook 512 (C852) features a 12-inch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio that makes it easier to view text, photos and maps compared to 16:9. In addition, the notebook comes with the latest Intel N-series processors and a battery life of 12 hours.
Acer Chromebook 511
The Chromebook 511 (C934/T) has a standard 11.6-inch or touchscreen display. The notebook also has a battery life of up to 12 hours and is powered by the latest N-series model of Intel processors.
Acer Chromebook 314
The Chromebook 314 (C934/C934T) is designed to perform multiple tasks simultaneously in classes and projects. The notebook features a thinner 14-inch full HD IPS touchscreen. In addition, there is an anti-reflective coating to use the computer in different situations.
Acer Chromebook Spin 311
Chromebooks 311 (R722T/R723T) have an 11.6-inch screen with Corning Gorilla glass with antimicrobial protection. The notebook is able to rotate its screen 360 degrees to facilitate the display of images in group work. The processor used in these models is the MediaTek MT8183 which provides excellent efficiency allowing the battery to last up to 15h.
price and availability
The new Acer Chromebooks are now available, but notebook prices vary by region and should be consulted on the company’s official website.