Acer Unveils 2 New Chromebooks for Education
The new Acer Chromebooks include an 11.6-inch machine and a 15.6-inch machine, both built to take tough punishment from students in school and home situations.Acer has unveiled two new Chromebooks aimed at schools and students, featuring durable construction to hold up under rough treatment and a myriad of technology features to help students get their schoolwork completed at home or at school. The new Acer Chromebook C910, with a 15.6-inch display, and Acer Chromebook C740, with an 11.6-inch display, were announced by the company in London on Jan. 21. Both machines will be available starting in February. Specifications, prices and availability will vary by region, according to Acer. In the United States, the Acer C910 will be sold with either a 16GB or 32GB solid-state drive (SSD) drive and 4GB of RAM starting at $299.99, while the Acer C740 will be available with a 16GB SSD drive and either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, starting at $259.99. The larger Acer C910 is aimed at school lab and classroom uses, where the larger devices can be shared by multiple students. The smaller Acer C740 is a compact Chromebook that fits well in backpacks so it can be easily transported home by students, the company said.
"Acer Chromebooks are already seen as a proven platform for successful student learning, as they are being used by students to collaborate, conduct research and work on projects in exciting new ways," Eric Ackerson, senior product marketing spokesman for Acer America, said in a statement. "The two new Acer Chromebooks feature newly enhanced durable designs that can handle even more of the rigors so common to the education environment. Also, schools can deploy and manage these new platforms cost-effectively, quickly and securely, so the emphasis stays on student success."