And It's Mil-Spec

Acer’s $280 Chromebooks Are Fast and Can Survive a Four-Foot Drop


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Acer announced the Chromebook 11 C771, a $280 Chromebook that’s both rugged and fairly powerful. The C771s are tough enough to withstand a four-foot drop and are impervious to keyboard spills (up to 330mml), making them perfect for accident-proned students. According to Acer, the honeycomb structure of each C771 protects it from up to 132 pounds of downward force — that could be a lot of textbooks.

Each model packs some impressive specs, too, including a 11.6-inch IPS display (1366 x 768), 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, and the choice of Intel’s 6th-gen processors (Core i3, Core i5, or Celeron). As far as connectivity, each has a USB-C, one HDMI, and two USB 3.0 ports. Like most Chromebooks, the C771s boast have a decently long battery life. Non-touch screen models can last up to 13 hours on a single charge, while touch screen models promise 12 hours.

The C771 is meant for school systems, so, unfortunately, you won’t be able to order one online or buy one at a store. According to Acer, the computer will be available “to education and commercial customers” in North America in August. Expect touchscreen models to cost $330, up from the standard $280, and be available in September.

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