Acer announces school-friendly Chromebook 512 laptop and Chromebook Spin 512 convertible
Acer has been making some additions to its line-up for the education market: The company has just announced the Chromebook 512 laptop and the Chromebook Spin 512 convertible. Both computers come with a 3:2 screen ratio that Acer claims will boost student productivity because of the increase in vertical viewing space. Intel CPUs have been utilized, with the Spin offering a choice between the Celeron N4100 and the Pentium Silver N5000, while the regular Chromebook model also offers a Celeron N4000 option.
Both devices have been constructed with school and children in mind. The Chromebook 512 and the Spin 512 comply to MIL-STD 810G standards, which means drops from heights of under 48 inches (122 cm) and downward forces of up to 132 pounds (60 kg) can be withstood. In addition to that, the laptops have also passed stringent tests for toy safety standards (ASTM F963-16 and UL/IED 60950-1). If that’s not enough, Acer has also included spill-resistant keyboards, moisture-resistant touchpads, and the Spin model even has Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass covering its display.
Battery life of up to 12 hours is specified by Acer, and variants with 32 or 64 GB eMMC storage and 4 or 8 GB RAM will be made available. The versatile Spin 512 also offers four usage modes: tablet, clamshell, display, and tent. Acer expects the two devices will be available by April; the manufacturer's suggested retail prices start at US$329.99 for the Chromebook 512 and US$449.99 for the Chromebook Spin 512 convertible.