Acer is releasing a new trim level C7 Chromebook, the C710-2055, adding some improvements to the shortcomings of their initial model. The new edition packs a 6-celll battery, giving it six hours of battery life, as opposed to the original 4 hours of the initial model. They have also doubled the RAM from 2GB to 4GB. The upgrades will take the price to $280, which is still a great price for those looking for a cheap laptop with decent specs.
The low price of the Chromebook is the ideal option for commercial users such as schools and businesses, which is the target audience Acer plans to sell to. It offers good security for students and is easily manageable for administrators. It is ideal for schools and libraries with multiple users logging on, and packs a good deal of multimedia and mobility features.
“Chromebooks are an ideal option for schools and districts that want to quickly implement a technology program that will significantly enhance student learning,” said Gregg Prendergast, vice president, U.S. Commercial Sales, Acer America. “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.”
Students will also be able to get right to work with the Acer C7; it boasts a less-than 18-second boot time and can almost instantly resume from sleep mode. The Acer C7 Chromebooks can connect to campus wireless networks within seconds with integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi, so they can be used in a dedicated classroom or on a mobile cart.
Another great feature is the Google Drive bundle, an online file storage service, where students and teachers can save and access their files safely online and won’t need to back up manually. It also makes it much easier for students to share and work together on school projects, such as presentations and reports that require input from more than one student. Teachers can also set up calendars for homework and assignments, which can be easily checked by students.
The new 6 hour battery life is ideal for students in that it delivers up to six hours of life, allowing them all-day use without having to recharge during school hours. It is powered by an Intel Celeron 847 processor (2MB L3 cache, 1.10GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz) and 4GB of RAM to provide exceptional speed and responsiveness when running multiple apps and programs.