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.

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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.

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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.

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4 replies on “Acer launches new Chromebooks for education with 11.6 inch, 15.6 inch screens”

  1. Most people that want Chrome-books have them and they are all the same so why would I upgrade for the same thing reintroduced. 15.6 is too big and 11.6 is almost to small, the 13 to 14 is perfect and cpus are powerful enough that fan-less cpu is the only way to go and BIGGER SSD’s are NEEDED if you want people to buy them. 4GB Ram is bare minimum (more is not really needed either) with HQ displays would be a nice upgrade but the 1366 displays look perfectly fine to me.

    In short you want me to upgrade then build something worth upgrading to like 13.3 display with fanless cpu 64-128gb min drive 4gb ram with 10hr surfing/video watching battery life

    Premium model should be 14″ 1920×1080 4GB Ram 128-256 SSD Drive still fanless CPU with 10-12 hrs surfing/video watching battery life

    Have not tried the touch yet but not necessary unless chrome is ready for it AND you build a yoga like with premium specs otherwise touch is useless.

    1. 64gb is a waste of space for something that’s cloud based don’t you think? And if you justify it with the amount of local music/document files, then there’s the SD slot. 4GB of ram is also overkill when you’re running ChromeOS. I mean, it’s not like you’re going to be composing 16 track full orchestra music on this thing. It really takes about 20+ tabs to see a hit on your system. I honestly don’t see a premium chromebook selling well. Nobody is going to buy an expensive browsing machine when you can buy an expensive windows laptop that can browse just as well.

    2. So basically, what you really want is a Windows laptop, not a Chromebook.

  2. Looking forward to more less expensive devices with IPS (like the Toshiba Chromebook 2, which has proven very popular).

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