Acer debuts two new Chromebooks designed for the classroom

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  • Sunday, 27 Jan 2019

At the Bett Show 2019, a conference dedicated to educational innovation in the UK, Acer announced two new 12in Chromebooks for classroom use: the 512 and the Spin 512. 

On Jan 22, Acer unveiled a pair of new Chromebooks that were designed for students and other education customers. Both the Chromebook 512 and Chromebook Spin 512 feature a display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, “a ratio that falls between the ratio used in books and mobile media, and similar to using a pen and paper”. 

Not only are the laptops outfitted with the latest technology including the latest Intel processors with Gigabit WiFi, but they're also designed to withstand a beating; the standard 512 has a keyboards that is difficult to tamper with and the 512 Spin has a display made of Gorilla Glass. Both models are Military Standard compliant with two additional toy safety standards met. 

The 512 Spin can be powered either by a quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor or a quad-core Intel Celeron N4100 processor and has 360º hinges, while the 512 dons an Intel Celeron N4000 processor and can open up to lay flat on a desk, “for sharing with other students during classes or for school projects”. Both provide up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. 

Each model will be available with 32 or 64 eMMC storage and 4 or 8GB of RAM in Q2 of this year in EMEA and North America. Sources say that the Chromebook 512 will start at US$329.99 (RM1,361) and the Chromebook 512 Spin at US$449.99 (RM1,856). – AFP Relaxnews

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