Acer recently announced their new TravelMate B117 notebook built in collaboration with Microsoft targeting education market. The TravelMate B117 features a ruggedized frame with a rubber strip that frames the chassis to protect the device from unexpected bumps and drops. Also the solid hinge which opens up to 180 degrees can take on up to 25,000 swings, while the cover can withstand up to 60 kg of pressure. The keyboard is also spill-resistant. It has some unique features like Acer TeachSmart which features an LED light embedded on the lid which can flash in different colors. Students can toggle between four colors through a software interface to indicate their status, where teachers can easily keep track at a glance.
Built in collaboration with Microsoft over the last year, The TravelMate B117 was built off common feedback educators and students provided during in-school visits and in multiple-rounds of qualitative and quantitative research that Acer performed. What students and teachers told Acer was that they needed longer battery life, a rugged and yet compact design to withstand the classroom setting and a device that was great for wireless sharing.
Inside this laptop, you will get either Intel Pentium or Celeron processors, an 11.6-inch HD display, up to 4GB of DDR3L memory, HDD or eMMC storage options, a discrete TPM (Trusted Platform Module), dual digital microphones, Precision Touchpad, 802.11ac wireless with 2×2 MIMO, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a full-sized HDMI port with HDCP support and an Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam with HDR support. Acer has not yet announced the pricing of this laptop yet, but expect it to be affordable and highly competitive with similar spec Chromebook devices.