Acer's newest Chromebook (C710-2055) comes with six hours of
battery life, an Intel (NASDAQ:
) Celeron 847 processor (2MB L3 cache, 1.10GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz)
and 4GB of RAM -- all for $80 more than the original. For the
sake of comparison, the previous model (C710-2847) comes with 2GB
of RAM and a battery that runs dry after just four hours of use.
It retails for $199.
The rest of the specs are nearly the same, so users of the
original should not feel left out. Those who have yet to purchase
a Chromebook may be intrigued by these new additions,
"Chromebooks are an ideal option for schools and districts
that want to quickly implement a technology program that will
significantly enhance student learning," Gregg Prendergast, Vice
President of U.S. Commercial Sales at Acer America, said in a
. "The Acer C7 Chromebook delivers the advanced capabilities that
will help students excel in all areas of their education.
"In addition, the Acer C7 Chromebook is incredibly affordable
as a stand-alone product, and even more affordable when schools
consider the reduced total cost of ownership thanks to its
manageability and security features."
Acer believes that teachers and parents will appreciate the
automatic updates that come to the C7 courtesy of the Chrome OS.
The company said that it will also appeal to IT administrators,
who will "be pleased with both the affordable price of the
Chromebook as well as the reduced cost of maintenance and
Chromebooks have access to Google's (NASDAQ:
) free educational apps, preventing users from having to shell
out additional funds for new software.
Finally, Acer is touting the standard Google software that has
become the lifeblood of every Chromebook, including Gmail and the
Chrome Web browser. Acer said this makes it ideal for schools
that plan to share Chromebooks with multiple students, either in
the classroom or on a mobile cart. Since everything is stored in
the cloud, users can log in and gain instant access to their
files on Google Drive. When they're done, they can sign out and
pass it on to the next student.
Acer's educational push comes at a time when Apple (NASDAQ:
), Amazon (NASDAQ:
), Google and Microsoft (NASDAQ:
) are battling for classroom supremacy.
Amazon made a notable announcement when it revealed that it
had become the
of the National PTA's new Family Reading Experience program.
Apple has yet to respond with any new educational
Meanwhile, Google and Microsoft are
fighting a schoolyard battle
of their own.
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