Acer Introduces New Robust Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T)
Acer has recently made the announcement of their a newest Acer Chromebook, the Spin 11 (R751T), at the BETT 2017 event in London. This convertible Chromebook is being aimed specifically for educational use, although it will be made available for consumers as well. Included with the Chromebook is a stylus based on the Wacom Electro-Magnetic Resonance (EMR) technology. The Chromebook Spin 11 features a rugged design and has four different user modes, all which are ideal for the modern learning environment.
As we’ve reported a few days ago, this Chromebook will also be compatible with Android apps and the Google Play Store. The stylus will allow users to draw and take notes, without the screen getting dirty. The stylus is passive and won’t be powered by a battery and is shock resistant. Acer has equipped the touchscreen of the Chromebook Spin 11 with Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass. Ionic silver is embedded into the screen to give the screen its antimicrobial properties.
The 360-degree dual-torque hinge allows for a number of different modes:
- A tent mode for environments with limited working space. This mode is ideal for viewing video content and can also be used for interactions with apps and webpages.
- A tablet mode for mobile use, but also for use with the stylus. A second Acer HD wide view webcam directly above the keyboard allows you to take pictures and videos as you normally would on a tablet.
- A viewing mode for viewing static content which generally doesn’t require touchscreen interaction.
- Laptop mode
The Spin 11 (R751T) has been designed around the United States Military STD 810G norm and is thus quite robust – such as the strengthened structure along with a rubber bumper around the keyboard. As a result, it’s resistant to drops and falls up to a height of a little over 10 feet. The Chromebook has also been equipped with a drainage system for accidental spills up to 11 ounces. The keycaps of the keyboard are also embedded deep in the frame, which prevents keys from getting loose or damaged.
The R751T uses Chrome OS, a mobile operating system by Google. Spec-wise, the product features an 11.6-inch HD IPS touchscreen and an Intel N3450 or N3350 Celeron quad-core processor. It’s unclear at the moment which HD-resolution Acer will be using.
Depending on the model, there will be 4 or 8 gigabytes of internal LPDDR4 memory along with 32 or 64 gigabytes of eMMC flash storage. The Chromebook comes with a MicroSD slot, two USB type-C ports and two regular USB (3.0) ports. It supports Bluetooth 4.2 and uses a 2X2 MIMO 802.11ac adapter for Wi-Fi. The Chromebook Spin 11 measures at 296 x 206 x 20.5 mm and weighs in at 3,08 pounds. According to Acer, the battery will last up to ten hours.
Details for pricing and availability are yet to be announced.