Acer’s newest Chromebooks are constructed to outlive the classroom
Chromebooks are a huge deal for faculties as a result of they’re low cost and comparatively straightforward to lock down. Nevertheless, not simply any Chromebook will do — ideally, you need a laptop computer that may survive bumps and drops from much less-than-cautious college students. Acer thinks it will possibly deal with that unforgiving viewers, so it is launching two instructional Chromebooks constructed to take pupil-inflicted punishment, the 15.6-inch C910 (proven up prime) and eleven.6-inch C740 (under). Each have shells that stand up to as much as 132 kilos of drive, corners that deal with falls from as much as 18 inches excessive, and strengthened hinges that will not simply snap. The C740 even will get specifically prolonged hinges to ensure it will not flop or twist in excessive-stress conditions, corresponding to a child’s backpack.
They’re respectable techniques past these harder exteriors, for that matter. Each Chromebooks have the choice of Intel Broadwell-based mostly Celeron or Core i3 processors, and both 2GB or 4GB of RAM. You are principally paying based mostly on the display and storage. The C740 begins issues off with a 1,366 x 768 show, a 16GB strong-state drive and a 9-hour battery at $260. Pay just a little extra for the $279 C910 and you will get little greater than the bigger LCD and a barely shorter eight-hour runtime, however there are extra refined variants with 1080p shows and 32GB of area. Each Chrome OS fashions can be obtainable in February, or in time for faculties beginning their early planning for the subsequent faculty yr. And earlier than you ask, the C720 is not going away — Acer tells us that the C740 is an schooling-particular mannequin somewhat than a alternative.