Acer Announces Rugged “Chromebook 11 N7”

Acer is bringing a new rugged Chromebook to the market, the education market.

The device endured rigorous testing to meet the demanding U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standard. This military specification testing validates the ruggedness, durability and quality of the Chromebook 11 N7 (C731), so that student learning can take place in a variety of environments according to Acer.

The Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731) can handle up to 132 pounds (60kg) of downward force on the top cover. It also has a spill-resistant keyboard that provides protection against spills of up to 11 fluid ounces (330ml) of water.

Acer’s press release states that this Chromebook comes with Intel® Celeron® dual-core processors. It does not provide more details on this though. The display has a 1366×768 resolution.

Port ports and connectivity you get Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port. It also has a 3.5 mm audio jack and SD card reader. The base model comes with 4 GB of RAM which is a good thing.

It will be available to education and commercial customers in North America in January with prices starting at $229.99, and in EMEA in February with prices starting at €299.

Acer C731T – Touchscreen Variant

Along with Chromebook 11 N7 (C731), Acer is launching a touchscreen variant of the same Chromebook.  The Acer C731T has an 11.6-inch IPS touch screen display, while the C731 has a standard non-touch display.

I do not see anything super impressive about this Chromebook, but it looks like a nice package for schools looking for rugged Chromebook solutions. What do you think?

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • John Sowash 08/01/2017, 7:39 pm

    A rugged option for schools is always welcome. I’m happy to see that 4GB of RAM is becoming standard and that most models have a touch screen variant.

    $229 is a decent price point however the Lenovo N21/22 was being sold in bulk for sub $150. It would be nice if Acer could get it under $200.

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