Acer is announcing today five new laptops aimed at schools, including four Chromebooks and a Windows Convertible. Two of the Chromeboxes are Intel-based convertibles, with screens that rotate around to turn them into laptops, while the other two features showcase a more traditional design and run an arm-based processor. All five laptops are designed to be durable, with spell-resistant keyboards and components tested to Mill-STD 810H military stability standards.
Able Spin 512 and Spin 511 are two Chromebook books to convert. They run on Intel processors (especially the N4500 and N5100). The Spin 511 has an 11.6-inch HD 16: 9 display, while the Spin 512 has a 12-inch HD + 3: 2 display. Both come with up to 64 GB of storage, and 8 GB of RAM, while the battery life is rated up to 10 hours.
Both the Spin 512 and Spin 511 have antimicrobial scratch-resistant displays, but the Spin 512 also has similar antimicrobial coating properties on its keyboard and touchpad. Chromebooks will be available in March in Europe and North America in April. The Spin 512 starts at 429.99 (399), while the Spin 511 is slightly cheaper at 399.99 (€ 369).
The next section includes the 11-inch arm-based Chromebook 511 and Chromebook 311, which also have durable designs. The 511 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7C processor, features 4G LTE connectivity and can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. Meanwhile, the 311 has a Meditech MT8183 processor and it also lasts up to 20 hours on charge. The 311 launches in North America this month and starts at 29 9,299.99, while the 511 starts at $ 399.99 in April. They will launch in Europe in March at 26 9,269 and € 399, respectively.
Finally, a $329.99 (€409) Windows laptop, the Travel Mate Spin B3. It also includes a durable keyboard that can be turned to turn a laptop into a tablet, and has an Intel Pentium Silver processor with up to 12 hours of battery life. The Spin B3 is standard with an anti-microbial display, and has the option of having a similar coating on the keyboard and touchpad. The laptop will launch in April in North America and Europe sometime in Q2.