One would think that Acer’s Predator 21 X reveal could have no follow-up, but you have to appreciate how the company can cater to the extreme gaming market while also focusing on education. Hence, CES 2017 brought us the Acer Chromebook 11 N7, and it is a tough little cookie.
Designed to take a beating, the Chromebook 11 N7 is an 11.6-inch laptop that is fortified to the extremes. It can withstand drops from 122 cm, and even has a water resistance of up to 330 ml. Additionally, it can handle up to 60 kgs of downward force. It even features an anti-slip pattern, just in case.
“But why?” you may ask, “why would Acer even think of something like that?”. Well, dear reader, let me tell you why. Simply put, this notebook is made to withstand and pass the ultimate test for any electronic item: children. Whether you are a clutz, or whether you are a parent with a lively mini version of yourself running about, this laptop is for you.
Acer says that the Chromebook 11 N7 complies with the United Stated military standard (MIL-STD 810G). Similarly, it is designed for classrooms and education, with children in mind as its core users. Besides being practically indestructible, the notebook sports a 12-hour battery life for day-to-day tasks. It also features a fan-less design. This way, it refrains from getting noisy and distracting children from learning.
Under the bonnet, however, is where this laptop begins to sound a bit lacklustre. The Chromebook 11 N7 features an Intel Celeron dual-core processor. This chipset will power a 1366 x 768 11-inch IPS display. The notebook itself has a 22mm thickness and weighs only 1.35 kg. It also comes with standard wireless technologies namely Bluetooth 4,0 and Wi-Fi MIMO 802.11ac. Moreover, the Chromebook 11 N7 also features two USB 3.0 ports and a single HDMI port. Although not cutting edge, these specs should more than suffice for school based activities and homework.
As an added bonus, Acer has built multiple user sign-in right into the OS. This ensures that every student or child will have his or her own data that is safe and secure.
The Acer Chromebook 11 N7 will come in two flavours: the C731, and C731T with touch display. Both will be available with either 16 GB or 32 GB eMMC storage and 4 GB of RAM. The notebook will be available by March 2017 with a recommended retail price starting at R4,999 ZAR.