Acer announces two new Chromebooks designed for education

This week is the BETT education conference, which means that there are plenty of education-focused devices being announced. Acer today unveiled a pair of new Chromebooks, the Chromebook 512 and the Chromebook Spin 512. Both PCs are pretty much the same, except the Spin is a convertible that has a built-in pen.

Both machines are powered by quad-core Intel processors, either Pentium Silver N5000 or Celeron N4100. Acer says that these PCs are its first 12-inch Chromebooks, and they even have a 3:2 aspect ratio, with a resolution of 1366x912. Battery life is up to 12 hours.

They're also meant to be tough, standing up what a student might do to it. They're MIL STD-810G certified, and they can withstand drops of up to four feet. There's a shock-absorbing bumper that protects it against 132 pounds of downward force. And of course, the keyboard is spill-resistant.

The Chromebook 512 will start at $329.99 and the Chromebook Spin 512 will start at $449.99. Both will be available in North America beginning in April.

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