Acer Announces A New Education-Focused Chromebook, Chromebox

Alfred Osborne
January 23, 2018

The Acer Chrome devices support multiple user sign-in, so each student can simply log onto their unique account to ensure their project, Gmail and other information is kept safe, even if the Chromebook is lost or stolen. The company has unveiled two new Chromebooks and a new Chromebox that's packing an 8th generation Intel chipset. It supports Android apps, coming pre-loaded with the Google Play Store, so it can be a laptop, and it can serve as a tablet OS as well.

The new Chromebook Spin 11 comes in two models: CP311-1N and CP311-1HN. The stylus itself doesn't have its own battery, which means that it's passively powered, as pointed out by PC World. Meanwhile, with the new Chromebook models and Chromebox, Acer promises more durability, a key feature of laptops used in classrooms. The Google Pixelbook, for example, costs $1,200 when bundled with the stylus. The two models, the CP311-1H and the CP311-1HN, will be priced at $349 (Rs 22,200 approximately) and will go on sale in the USA starting March.

"We are continually innovating to improve every product in our extensive Chromebook line", said James Lin, General Manager, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer.

Acer is also announcing a new 2-in-1 version of their Chromebook 11, with the Acer Chromebook Spin 11.

Other specs for the new Chromebook Spin 11 include two USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a microSD card reader, Bluetooth 4.2 and 801.11ac Wi-Fi.

With solid performance powered by up to 8 th Gen Intel ® Core TM processors, the Acer Chromebox CXI3 is a great choice for desktop scenarios in computer labs and libraries.

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The laptop has a 180-degree hinge, a fanless design, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and two USB 3.0 ports. On the other side of the device is a microSD card reader, another pair of USB ports and an audio jack. Pricing and availability for the Chromebox CXI3 is yet to be confirmed.

Acer is announcing a new version of their Chromebook 11 focused on education.

The Acer Chromebook 11 C732 includes all the durability features of its predecessor and builds on them with an IP41 rating to further protect the school's investment. The non-touch model comes with an IPS or TN display, while the touchscreen model comes with an IPS touchscreen. Inside, there's either an Intel Pentium quad-core N4200 processor, a Celeron quad-core N3450 processor, or a Celeron dual-core N3350 processor. The C732T with an IPS touch screen display will be available with either 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage. It has two USB-C ports, 4G LTE connectivity and an estimated 12-hour battery life.

Pricing starts at $299 for touch models and $279 for non-touch with North American availability this March. The Chrome OS laptop will be available in North America sometime in March.

This morning, Acer is announcing a couple of new devices at the Bett show in London, which is an industry show focusing on education technology.

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