Acer Shows Off New Models for Ed and Esports
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Acer has introduced new additions to its Chromebook, Windows and esports lines.
At one price extreme, the ConceptD 7, available now, is intended for power-hungry creative users, including graphic design, film and photo editing and shoutcasting. The device runs a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics processor. The 4K ultra high-definition, 15.6-inch display incorporates 100 percent Adobe RGB, validated color fidelity from PANTONE and true-to-life color accuracy of Delta E <2. The unit runs Windows 10 Home and comes with 32 gigabytes of RAM and a terabyte of SSD storage. It's priced at around $3,700.
The Predator Triton 500, intended for esports playing, sports a 15.6-inch NVIDIA G-SYNC monitor, a 300 nits display with a 144Hz refresh rate; an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU built to Nvidia's Max-Q design and a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor. Pricing starts at $1,699.
At the other price extreme, the Chromebook 871 was designed specifically for the K-12 education segment. Among the device's features are a reinforced hinge, a bumper, mechanically anchored keys and a spill-resistant keyboard to hold up under student use. The unit's durability is built to military-caliber 810G standards. It runs the 10th Gen Intel Core processors and has a 12-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio for extra vertical viewing space. The Chromebook 871 is expected to be available in North America in March, starting at $330.
The convertible TravelMate Spin B3 and clamshell TravelMate B3 also comply with military standard 810G and can run up to 12 hours on a single charge. Both units are expected to be available in April. The Spin B3 is priced starting at $330, the B3 at $240.
Acer's education website has specifications for the Chromebooks and TravelMates.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.