Acer Launches Two New Tough Chromebooks For OZ Education Market
Acer Australia who are tipped to announce multmillion dollar profits for the last year ending December 2014, is a major supplier to the Australian education market with the Company outperforming several other PC manufacturers.
The launch of the C910 and C740 Chromebooks comes as Microsoft desperatly tries to vcrank up interest in their Windows OS.
The two new sturdy notebooks are housed in reinforced covers capable of withstanding up to 60kg of force, with the corners able to survive drops of up to 45 centimeters (17.7 inches) without damage, making the computers highly durable.
Aside from the stronger covers, the hinges for both notebooks have been reinforced to cope with the extra physical stress children can place on notebooks. Since Acer believes the smaller C740 will be moved more frequently, Acer has added extended metal hinges to the design, in order to keep the notebook more rigid when picked up by the display or shoved into a backpack.
Both Chromebooks have the option of Intel Broadwell-based Celeron or Core i3 processors, and either 2GB or 4GB of RAM.
You’re mostly paying based on the screen and storage. The C740 starts things off with a 1,366 x 768 display, a 16GB solid-state drive and a 9-hour battery for around $345.
Pay a little more for the $390 C910 and you’ll get little more than the larger LCD and a slightly shorter 8-hour runtime, but there are more sophisticated variants with 1080p displays and 32GB of space. Both Chrome OS models will be available in February, or in time for schools starting their early planning for the next school year. And before you ask, the C720 isn’t going away — Acer tells us that the C740 is an education-specific model rather than a replacement.