Acer Announces New Chromebook and Windows Notebooks for Education

Posted on January 21, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Chrome OS, Chromebook, Hardware, Mobile, Windows 10 with 6 Comments

Timed for the BETT show in London, Acer this morning announced three new laptops, one a Chromebook and two running Windows.

Here’s what’s new.

Acer Chromebook 871. Designed specifically for the education market, this new Chromebook features a durable, MIL-STD 810G-rated design with mechanically anchored keys and a spill-resistant keyboard. It’s powered by 10th-generation Intel Core processors and provides a 12-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It will become available in North America in March and will start at $329.99.

Acer TravelMate B3 and TravelMate Spin B3. Available in both convertible (Spin) and clamshell models, the TravelMate B3 is also MIL-STD 810G compliant, and both provide up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. Both provide Ethernet, two full-sized USB 3.2 ports, and an HDMI port, and select models provide a fully-functional USB-C port for charging, 5 GBs data transfer, and connection to external displays. Both PCs are powered by Intel® Pentium and Celeron processors and will be available in April. The TravelMate Spin B3 will start at $329.99, while the TravelMate B3 will start at $239.99, Acer says.

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6 responses to “Acer Announces New Chromebook and Windows Notebooks for Education”

  1. mrlinux11

    Chromebook with Intel Core processor and the Windows 10 ones only have Celeron and Pentium processors ?

  2. robert_wood

    If anything, the Chromebook is overpowered and the Windows machines are WAY under-powered. I'm sure they did that for cost reasons, but it makes for a terrible Windows experience.

  3. genecrispr

    I don't know what it is but I am apparently a sucker for the words "Mil Spec"

  4. payton

    Looks like at least one of the Windows machines comes with pen support, which is one of the most powerful tools for educational use if it is used well. But if the performance stinks (as Robert_Wood noted), they will be non-starters.