We have hardly recovered from CES, but Acer are off at BETT 2018 the education technology exhibition based in London where they have announced two new Chromebooks.
These are aimed at the budget end of the spectrum, and the C732 is targeted toward the education market.
Acer Chromebook Spin 11
A 2-in-1 on a budget, the Chromebook Spin 11has a 360-degree hinge with an 11.6″ 1366×768 IPS display.
The exact specification will vary on the configuration, but the options include a quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 or Celeron N3450 processors or the dual-core Celeron N3350. It also comes with 4 or 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB or 64GB eMMC storage. Some models have a secondary webcam for use in tablet mode, and a Wacom EMR stylus option is also available.
There are also two USB 3.1 Type-C ports for fast data transfer, charging, display output.
UK specific pricing isn’t available, but it will be available in Europe including the UK from April from €329
Acer Chromebook 11 C732
Aimed at the education market, the Chromebook 11 C732 could be quite appealing to consumers due to its durable build and IP41 rating.
The IP41 rating isn’t the same sort of rating you would see on some phones, this just stands for Protection from entry by tools, wires etc., with a diameter of 2.5 mm or more. With with no moisture protection.
However, it is drop tested to 122 cm (48 inches) with a spill-resistant keyboard up to 330ml and compliant with stringent U.S. Military Standard (MIL-STD 810G).
As with the previous model you get two USB 3.1 Type-C ports for fast data transfer, charging, display output
Unlike the Spin, this has a 180-degree hinge but keeps the 11.6” 1366×768 display.
The touch-enabled C732T is IPS only, whereas the non-touch C732 is available with IPS or TN panels.
The C732 can be ordered with either a quad-core N3450 or dual-core N3350 Celeron processor.
The C732 can be ordered with 16, 32, or 64GB of eMMC storage, and “up to” 8GB RAM.
Models will be available from April from €379, but it looks like it will be restricted to education and commercial customers.