Acer is launching two new Chrome OS laptops, and they’re both aimed at the education market.
The Acer C740 Chromebook is a $260 notebook with an 11.6 inch display while the Acer C910 Chromebook is a 15.6 inch model with a starting price of $300.
Both should be available in the US in February.
The 15.6 inch model seems to be a variant of the consumer-oriented Acer Chromebook 15 that the company introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show. But the Acer C740 is something new: the first 11.6 inch Chromebook from Acer to feature a 5th-gen Intel Core processor.
Acer will offer models with Intel Celeron 3205U or Core i3-5005U Broadwell processors and the larger model will be available with a choice of an 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD or 1366 x 768 pixel display. The full HD option probably won’t be available for the smaller laptop.
Acer says the C740 measures 11.3″ x 8″ x 0.8″ and weighs about 2.9 pounds while the larger C910 Chromebook measures 15.4″ x 10″ x 1″ and weighs about 4.9 pounds.
Both models feature 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, HDMI, and SD card slots.
The Acer C740 Chromebook will be available with 2GB to 4GB of RAM and a 16GB solid state drive. The larger C910 Chromebook will be available with 4GB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage.
Acer says the 11.6 inch model should get up to 9 hours of battery life, while the 15.6 inch laptop runs for up to 8 hours at a time.
Acer is positioning the new laptops for the education market and the company says their cases are more durable than Acer’s typical Chromebooks. The company also offers an Acer Educare Warranty program.