Computer manufacturer Acer will be expanding its line of Chromebooks targeting schools as it releasies two new Chromebooks for the education market. The models are the 15.6-inch C910 and the 11.6-inch C740.
The models are designed to be affordable, easy-to-manage, and durable enough to handle being around students. The smaller Chromebook also fits nicely into most book bags which students can use in most classroom and lab settings, as well as take home for the use in 1:1 programs.
“Knowing that students can be especially harsh on their devices, the Acer C910 and C740 Chromebooks 15 were designed with extra durability features.”
Both models are distinguished from other Chromebooks by their durability features, which include reinforced covers and hinges as well as corners that allow the device to tolerate drops of up to 18 inches without damage. The C740 Chromebook will likely be moved around a lot because of its smaller size, and is made durable enough to deal with twisting and stress that it may encounter by being in book bags.
“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,” said Eric Ackerson, senior product marketing, Acer America. “The two new Acer Chromebooks feature newly enhanced durable designs that can handle even more of the rigors so common to the education environment.”
The 15.6-inch screen of the C910 is considered to be ideal for the classroom or lab environment when multiple eyes may have to be on the screen. The C910 comes with two resolutions, the HD 1920 x 1080 and the HD 1366 x 768 resolution which is available to help meet school budgets.
Both of the models come with ComfyView displays which have anti-glare properties which help “minimize the amount of eye strain” when using the Chromebooks.
Other features of the Acer Chromebooks include:
- 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooh 4.0
- A solid state drive, a high definition webcam
- Three ports: USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI; and an SD card reader for accessing and transferring files
- A long battery life. The C910 lasts up to 8 hours and the C740 can last up to 9 hours with a single charge
According to Lenovo, the Chinese based company that uses Chrome OS and Windows operating systems on its devices:
“Chromebooks are proving to be increasingly popular in the enterprise, winning against Windows devices that boast too much functionality”
Chromebooks are becoming more popular as people turn away from Windows 8 OS. Chrome has shown to be most popular in cases where mobile users need access to a small number of apps. Chrome is much more efficient in for these clients, while Windows 8 is just too much and inefficient.
“Alabama’s Shelby County Schools are adopting Chromebooks and iPads in an effect to beef up technology options after updating its computer labs last year.”
The 31-school district that serves around 20,000 students at 15 elementary and 14 middle and high schools has provided a total of 140 iPads and 713 Chromebooks at a total cost of “approximately $280,000.”
The Chromebooks have been distributed to schools with older students as they prefer the Chromebooks over iPads. The district will also be upgrading its wireless network to deal with the new devices in the classrooms.