Acer to release four new Chromebooks for the education sector

By - Dan Millward

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When it comes to education the Chromebook has the biggest market share. It was once the case schools either used the Apple iPad or Microsoft. In the last few years, this has changed completely with Chromebooks being the biggest player in the education sector in the USA. This trend has continued into Europe but at a slower pace.

The reason schools have decided to use the Chromebook rather than any other type of computer is easy to understand. Firstly, Chromebooks are known to just work, so there is less of a need to have a huge IT department. It may explain why Acer isn’t the only manufacturer that has recently released new Chromebooks in this sector. HP has also released two new HP Fortis Chrome OS laptops aimed at the education sector.

Another reason why Chrome OS computers have proven popular in education is to do with cost. Chromebooks are typically a lot cheaper than a Windows PC, but this isn’t necessarily the case when looking at the high-end market. The good news is schools can offer budget Chromebooks to pupils without worrying about whether these computers are fit for purpose. Budget Chromebooks offer everything most pupils need to do their studies.

A laptop for all types of students

Something you need to consider when it comes to education is providing a laptop that can take a few bumps along the way. Acer is obviously well aware of this as these latest Chromebooks have passed Military standard certification. This means these laptops can take a few knocks or even falls and should still be in perfect working order. Something that is really important for reducing the cost of replacing laptops that have been damaged due to accidents.

The release of four new Chromebooks at the same time is a smart move. This offers schools and colleges more flexibility when choosing the right laptop for each pupil. For example, not all students necessarily need a laptop with a 14-inch display. In fact, younger students may find it difficult to handle such a large laptop. Therefore, it’s good to see Acer is offering Chromebooks with different display sizes.

The lastest Acer Chromebooks for students

All of the Chromebooks come with the latest WiFi 6 technology. This is really important if you’ve got plenty of students all competing to get a decent WiFi connection. Providing the router supports WiFi 6 students should find connecting to WiFi much easier compared to WiFi 5. Even if there are many other devices connecting to the same WiFi network.

Acer Spin 311

The Acer Spin 311 is perfect for children under the age of twelve years old. The 11.6-inch display makes this an easy laptop to handle even for younger children. It’s a Hybrid, which means it can be used as either a laptop or tablet. This also means it comes with a touchscreen display, which is important for using many Android apps.

The great thing about the Acer Spin 311 is its battery life. Promising at least 15 hours of use from a single charge. This is something I can see as being easily achievable, as I get very similar battery life from my Acer 311 C722.

It comes with a MediaTek MT8183 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The processor will be more than capable of carrying out tasks when you consider the age of students it’s aimed at. The 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage also offer what you need to do most basic tasks on Chrome OS.

Acer 511

The Acer 511 offers the same display size as the Spin 311. The main difference is the 511 is a laptop-only model. It uses a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and has a display resolution of 1,366 by 768.

The 511 comes with an Intel Celeron processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The two USB Type-C ports will allow you to connect the latest peripherals. However, you can also use older hardware thanks to the 511 also providing one USB Type-A port.

Acer 512 Chromebook

The Acer 512 comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio. This aspect ratio allows you to get a lot more text on the display compared to a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. This may be ideal for students who need to read a lot of text.

Personally speaking, I’ve used both 3:2 and 16:9 displays. The one you will prefer really does depend on what you’ll be doing on your laptop most of the time. Widescreen displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio are more suitable for watching videos, but 3:2 are possibly better for productivity.

The 512 Chromebook offers slightly better performance thanks to the Intel Pentium Silver processor. The extra RAM at 8 GB will also have a significant impact on the performance. Ideal for any student who needs a laptop with more processing power. The storage is the same as the previous two models at 64 GB.

Acer 314 Chromebook

The Acer 314 is aimed at teenagers and above. This is because it comes with a 14-inch display, which is much easier to handle when you’re older. Carrying a 14-inch laptop at the age of ten or under is a bit too much to ask.

The 14-inch laptop comes with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 and a touchscreen display. Again, the processor used is an Intel Pentium Silver, which will offer pretty decent performance for students.

The 8 GB of RAM will ensure you get the most from the processor. Unlike the other models here, which only come with 64 GB of storage. The 314 offers 128 GB of storage, which will be more suitable if Linux Apps need to be installed.

Summary

It’s great to see Acer is not only releasing Chromebooks for the consumer sector. The fact they are focusing on education shows they are committed to the Chromebook.

Although Chrome OS now has a challenge when it comes to education from Windows 11 SE. I think we’re far from any big changes in this sector anytime soon. Education around the world will continue to use Chrome OS now and in the future.

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