Acer has introduced a new Chromebook computer designed specifically for the education environment. The upcoming Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 machines are rugged enough to handle bumps of life at school and are based on Intel’s Comet Lake processors.
Acer’s Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 comes in a Shale Black plastic chassis that is sufficiently tough to survive drops, shocks, high/low temperatures, and humid or dusty environments. To make the laptop as rugged as possible, Acer had to increase its z-height to 21.5 cm, which is rather thick, but a good news is that the notebook has a spill-resistant keyboard. As for weight, the machine weighs 1.4 kilograms.
The laptop is equipped with a 12-inch IPS display panel featuring a 1366×912 resolution as well as a 3:2 aspect ratio. In fact, the manufacturer plans to offer two versions of its Chromebooks 871: the model C871 with a regular screen as well as the model C871T with a touch-enabled screen.
The Acer Chromebook 871 – which will go by the Chromebook 712 in the retail market – is based on up to Intel’s dual-core Core i3-10110U processor, and is accompanied by 4 GB or 8 GB of DDR4 memory as well as 32 GB or 64 GB eMMC storage. Connectivity-wise, the laptop is rather typical by today’s standards as they feature Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and Type-C connectors, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets. The Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 from Acer also have a standard set of multimedia capabilities, such as a webcam, stereo speakers, a microphone array.
The manufacturer equipped its new Chromebooks with a 48 Wh battery, which is a rather high capacity for a 12-inch laptop. Meanwhile, Acer does not disclose actual battery life figures for its new Chromebooks.
|Acer’s Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712|
|Display||Diagonal||12″ IPS with or without touch|
|CPU||10th Gen Core
Intel Core i3-10110U
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics|
|RAM||4 GB or 8 GB DDR4|
|Storage||32 GB or 64 GB eMMC|
|USB||2 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
|Other I/O||microSD, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphones|
|Dimensions||Thickness||21.5 mm | 0.85 inches|
|Width||296 mm | 11.65 inches|
|Depth||229 mm | 9.02 inches|
|Weight||1.4 kilograms | 3.09 pounds|
|Price (starting at)||$329.99 | €299|
Acer will start sales of its new Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 laptops in North America in March and in EMEA in May. Prices of the PCs will start at $329.99 in the USA and €299 in Europe. The notebooks will be covered by a one year international warranty.
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