A Chromebook is the perfect device for schools and has become a standard in many districts in the US. And as world’s leader in Chromebook market share, Acer continues to strive in delivering the best possible products of this kind. And now, the company has just announced their latest and newest iteration, the Chromebook 11 N7.
This Chromebook 11 N7 is specifically designed for rugged use, and has withstood drop tests of 48 inches (122 cm). It also sports a fan-less design which improves reliability, keeps it quiet during operation, and makes it ideal for classrooms, libraries, and laboratories.
The device can withstand up to 132lbs of downward force on the top cover, while the reinforced case and hinges prevent it from being easily twisted. Students can just cram this thing into their bags without problems. There’s also the addition of a corner-shield structure and rubber bumper surrounding the keyboard for better protection.
It’s easy to get a grip on the device, thanks to an anti-slip pattern on the rear case. It also features a spill-resistant keyboard with protection for up to 11 ounces of water, and has recessed keys, making it harder for students to remove the key caps.
The Chromebook 11 N7 sports an 11-inch display at 1366×768 resolution and runs on an Intel Celeron processor with 4GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of eMMC storage, and sports essential connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.0,fast dual-band 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port. There is also another variant with a touch-enabled display, for more interactive and immersive learning. Administrators won’t have to worry about charging the device every night, thanks to an impressive battery that can yield up to 12 hours of screen time.
In terms of software the Chromebook 11 N7 supports multiple user sign-in to keep student data safe. All they need to do is login to their respective accounts. Google drive protects their files in the cloud, and students can also open/edit their Microsoft Word/Google documents.
It administrators will have no problems with updating and configuring apps, using extensions, and implementing policies using web-based management. The device also includes a Kensington lock, making it easy to secure onto a wireless cart or a certain room such as a lab.
The Chromebook 11 N7 (C731 – Non-touch, C731T – Touch) will be available in North America this January with a starting price of $229.99, and in EMEA this February with a starting price of €299.