Acer introduces two new Chromebooks targeting education market

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The success of the Chromebook platform in the education sector is well documented and manufacturers of Chromebooks definitely look to that market for sales success. To further that end, Acer announced today the launch of two new Chromebooks for education users, including the first 15.6-inch Chromebook. The Acer C910 comes with a 15.6-inch display running at a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution or at a 1366 x 768 resolution for more budget constrained buyers. The Acer C740 is an 11.6-inch tablet. Both devices can be equipped with either an Intel Core i3 processor or an Intel Celeron processor. Acer says both models have been mildly ruggedized to withstand a school environment and in particular, the C740 has features incorporated to make it suitable for checking out to students who may toss it in a backpack or pick it up at weird angles. The C910, with its larger screen, is considered more suitable for classroom or lab use where several students may be using the device as a group.

The Acer C910 will sell for $299.99 with 16 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM with a 32 GB version available. The Acer C740 pricing starts at $259.99 for 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. Both units will be available starting in February.

After the break, you can check out some images of the devices and read the full press release.
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Acer announces the 64-bit 7.78 mm thick Liquid Jade S smartphone

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The Liquid Z410 isn’t the only Acer phone heading to CES this year. The Liquid Jade S  was also announced today, which sports a 5-inch display along with a MediaTek 64-bit octa-core processor. That might not be as powerful as something from Qualcomm or Exynos, but couple that with a 13 MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 5MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE (Cat. 4), and a 7.78 mm body, and you have quite a phone for €299.

One cool feature is the AcerEXTEND app that will let you use your computer keyboard in place of the onscreen keyboard. You will have to connect the Jade S to your desktop, but it might not be bad for those times in which you need to type information in an app that isn’t available on your computer.


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Acer announces budget friendly Liquid Z410 smartphone

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Acer continues to grab the early spotlight for CES 2015 with one of their latest devices to be announced, the Acer Liquid Z410 smartphone. Acer is focusing on the budget buyer with the Liquid Z410 which gets a starting retail price of €129 ($155 USD) when released to EMEA markets at the end of February. Even with the low price, Acer is bringing a smartphone with a 64-bit quad-core chip and support for 4G LTE to market.
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Acer launches projector with Chromecast port inside

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In advance of the upcoming CES 2015 in Vegas, Acer unveiled a new projector yesterday that has a hidden compartment for you to connect your Chromecast into. The projector’s designation is H7550ST and it packs some pretty impressive specs, outside of that bit about the Chromecast.

Acer is hoping that besides home use, the business and education sectors check out this projector. Once the Chromecast is connected inside of the device, the projector can be operated via smartphone or tablet, which would allow for easy usage by the corporate world during meetings or by professors during lecture.
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Acer announces 15 inch Chromebook, touchscreen coming to 13-inch model

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As attendees start to roll into Las Vegas for CES 2015, Acer decided to get an early start with announcements by revealing today that they are bringing a 15.6-inch Chromebook to market. The new Chromebook 15 will be the industry’s first device with a screen in the 15-inch range. That is not the only first for Acer though as they are also including 5th generation Intel Core i3 and Intel Celeron processors in the new Chromebook 15.

According to Jerry Kao, president of the Acer Notebook Business Group,
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Acer Chromebook 13 review

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It is hard to come by a laptop at a low price that does not sacrifice quality hardware. There are trade-offs to be made. Even laptops running Windows are not alone in this. When Google launched Chrome OS in 2011, the hardware was pretty bad. It was not until very recently that hardware manufacturers started to build respectable Chromebooks. In time for the holidays, Acer released the Chromebook 13. It combines a simple design with specifications that you would find in a high-end tablet, such as the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which might make it the most powerful Chromebook ever.

Everything looks good on paper, so how does the Chromebook 13 perform in real life? Hit the break to get started.


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Acer reveals budget-friendly Liquid Z500 with DTS Studio Sound speakers

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Acer has always been adept at releasing budget-friendly devices that still pack a punch, and the newly-announced Liquid Z500 is no different. The device features a 5-inch IPS display of an undetermined resolution and an 8MP rear camera. Its real claim to fame, however, is “CD quality audio” and front-facing stereo speakers that take advantage of DTS Studio Sound technology.


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Acer unveils two new Android tablets

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During their time on the stage at IFA 2014 today, Acer took the opportunity to unveil a couple new Android powered tablets. The Acer Iconia Tab 10 is a 10.1-inch display device that incorporates Zero Air Gap technology and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor. Acer says the device has an anti-fingerprint coating applied to help keep it smudge free. The Iconia Tab 10 will come with Android 4.4 KitKat in either black or white.
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Acer Chromebox CXI to hit stores in late September

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Today Acer announced a new Acer Chromebox CXI line for the U.S. and Canadian markets. The new Chromebox CXI is a small unit that can stand on its own or be mounted in an out of the way place, like the stand for a monitor. The devices are designed for computer users that don’t need mobility for their device and may be especially suitable for education, small business and budget-conscious users. According to Simon Hwang, president of Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group, “The Acer Chromebook CXI is an excellent fit for schools and any other institution or business where conserving costs and space are high priorities.”
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