NEWYORK – Accer on announced two new ruggedized Chrome-books geared for classroom use. Both will go on sale in February.
The Acer Chromebook C910 and C740 have a durable design built around reinforced covers and hinges. The new models support multiple user sign-ons and offline file access.
Security features include a Kensington lock to secure the laptop to a wireless cart or lab station. A Web-based management console allows remote management of apps and policies across all Chromebooks in a school network.
The durable designs can handle the rigors so common in the education environment. Schools can deploy and manage these new platforms cost-effectively, quickly and securely with an emphasis on student success, noted Acer spokesperson Kelly Odle.
These two new school-specific models are not intended to replace the popular Acer C720. That model is still available.
“In some ways, Google designed Chromebooks with the education market in mind. The lightweight Chrome OS boots quickly and minimal hardware requirements mean that systems can be designed and delivered at far lower cost than comparable Windows-based PCs, a point that’s extremely attractive to cash-strapped school districts,” noted Charles King, principal analyst atPund-IT.
Chromebooks run the Chrome OS developed by Google. Providing students with lightweight yet very suitable Chromebook laptops makes good sense, said Jay Lyman, senior analyst for enterprise software at the 451 Group.
“In general, Linux and open source software can be a good match for educational settings, for a couple of key reasons,” Lyman told TechNewsWorld.
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