Acer Is Launching Chromebooks and Chromebox Designed for Business and Classroom

Acer outs new Chromebook pair and Chromebox for classrooms

The Spin has an 11.6-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, a quad-core Pentium or Celeron processor, as well as two USB-C 3.1 ports. The laptops ship with IP41 certification for water and dust protection, MIL-STD 810G durability standard and MIL-STD 810F for sand and dust intrusion. James Lin, general manager of commercial and detachable notebooks at Acer, said in the press release that the device could enable schools and educators to reach new environments for learning.

The big news (For me at least) is a new Acer Chromebox, the Chromebox CX13, which will be powered by an 8th generation (Coffee Lake) Intel Core desktop processor.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 continues in the tradition of the Chromebook R 11, which won many awards for design, performance and strong feature set, and now includes the latest ports, all-day battery life and solid performance in a stylish, convertible design.

Like its Chromebook 11 C732 brethren, the Chromebook Spin 11 includes an HD web cam, as well as estimated battery life of up to 12 hours on a charge. You also get USB-C for both data and charging, plus it can be configured with up to 8GB of RAM.

Chromebook Spin has a 360-degree rear hinge, which allows you to position it according to your needs.

The Chromebook Spin 11 features an 11.6-inch HD IPS2 touch-screen display with 1366×768 resolution that can be used with an optional Wacom stylus to give users the capability of "writing" on the display as if they were using a pen and paper.

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Acer unveiled the two laptops at the UK's Bett IT in education conference this week in London, where Microsoft also showed off new Windows 10 laptops from Lenovo and JP at prices ranging from $189 to $300.

This Chromebook will go on sale in March 2018, starting at $409.99 CAD for the touchscreen models and $379.99 CAD for the non-touchscreen variant.

The Chromebook 11 will be available in March starting at $280.

Acer's new Chromebook hits all those points, but it does it for $350, rather than $999. Price starts at $349. It's essentially a mini PC built around Chrome OS, and a powerful one at that with up to 8th Gen Intel Core processor options. They'll be available in the U.S. from March and Europe from April. There's no pricing or availability information, and there are a few holes in the spec sheet.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 are included, with a 4G model tipped to be available later. The new Chromebox features numerous ports including an HDMI output, one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port, one USB 2.0, and five USB 3.1 ports.


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