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Acer Chromebook reveals just keep on coming

Acer Chromebook reveals just keep on coming

Like a couple of its competitors, Acer has showed up to BETT with a slate of new Chromebooks for education. Today the company announced four new Chromebooks altogether, and they all share a few key specifications. Chief among those shared specifications is an 11.6-inch display and a fair degree of ruggedness that comes with meeting MIL-STD 810G in tests for temperature, humidity, mechanical shock, rain, dust, and sand.

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Acer TravelMate B114-21 is a tough, AMD laptop for students

Acer TravelMate B114-21 is a tough, AMD laptop for students

AMD is really pushing heavily into Intel territory. It is challenging its old-time rival in markets where Intel used to reign alone, and that includes the education sector. AMD has recently partnered with OEMs to start putting its A series of notebook chips into previously Intel or ARM exclusive Chromebooks. Now it’s spreading its wings even further with Acer’s latest TravelMate B114-21, the PC maker’s first education-centric notebook powered by AMD.

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Acer’s newest Chromebook has a camera on its bottom

Acer’s newest Chromebook has a camera on its bottom

Today's most 2019 story is that the newest Acer Chromebook has a camera under its bottom. This camera is not below the display, and it's not hidden under a key in the keyboard. This is one of two cameras, the other of which sits above the display in the body of the machine, where a webcam usually sits. It's the one under the bum we're looking at right now.

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Acer Chromebook 512, Spin, made for rugged students

Acer Chromebook 512, Spin, made for rugged students

This week at BETT, Acer revealed a pair of hardcore chromebooks for education customers. These devices are the first two 12-inch Chromebooks offered by Acer. One goes by the name Chromebook 512, the other goes by the name Chromebook Spin 512. Both devices are called "sturdy" and "safe for young students at school and home." Also one has a camera on its bottom.

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Microsoft Education news today: New notebooks, Classroom Pen

Microsoft Education news today: New notebooks, Classroom Pen

In the mix today is a whole lot of Windows 10 devices for education plus a brand new Microsoft Classroom Pen. The Microsoft Education team announced a bunch of news at the annual Bett conference this week, starting with devices, complete with big fat discounts for schools. It's almost as if Microsoft wants to make a big dinger in Google's Chromebook business - the business that used to be unquestionably dominated by Windows machines.

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Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair hands-on: Gloriously Excessive

Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair hands-on: Gloriously Excessive

The Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair is something out of a sci-fi movie - or perhaps your wildest at-home arcade dreams. It's like I'm one of the Sovereign from Marvel Comics - in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where they remotely control spaceships from their super-advanced full-sized consoles. Or one of those kids in the movie TOYS, controlling war machines from the comfort of their own gaming chairs - or something like that. In any case, this is pretty awesome.

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The Best of CES 2019

The Best of CES 2019

The year's most interesting collection of gadgetry and technology of many sorts hit Las Vegas this past week in the form of CES 2019. We looked at the lot, perused the booths, and met with the biggest brands in the business to see what stuck out most. Today we've listed our yearly "Best of CES" awards so that you might discover what we found to be the best, the brightest, and that which had the most potential. Computers, cars, TVs, gaming products, and smart devices are all in the mix.

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Acer Predator Triton 900 Hands-on: Flipping out on gaming excess

Acer Predator Triton 900 Hands-on: Flipping out on gaming excess

We got the chance to get up close and personal with the Predator Triton 900 this week at CES 2019. This Acer-made computer brings gaming power with a robust (read: not made just to be thin and light) laptop with a transforming appearance. The display does a flip. Instead of being relegated to one open position, this laptop flips on a hinge and locks in in several different positions, making it an ideal candidate for one serious gamer's mobile-yet-PC gaming rig.

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Acer Swift 7 hands-on: An impossibly thin and lightweight laptop

Acer Swift 7 hands-on: An impossibly thin and lightweight laptop

Acer has introduced an incredibly thin, incredibly light laptop called the Swift 7. This 14-inch ultrabook weighs a mere 1.9lbs and measures less than 1cm thick, the result being a notebook so svelte it scarcely feels real. Despite its slim size, Acer has taken care to make the Swift 7 durable via Gorilla Glass 6 on the display and a magnesium-alloy chassis.

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Acer Predator Triton 500 hands-on: RTX without the size compromise

Acer Predator Triton 500 hands-on: RTX without the size compromise

Shortly before CES 2019 kicked off, Acer unveiled two new gaming laptops in its Predator line: the Triton 900 and the Triton 500. We were able to snag some hands-on time with the more traditional-looking laptop of the two, the Triton 500. Though the Triton 500 may not have the unique design of the 900, it still sounds like it's going to pack quite a punch despite its relatively slim build.

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Acer Chromebook 315 hands-on: AMD and USB-C on a budget

Acer Chromebook 315 hands-on: AMD and USB-C on a budget

Among Acer's computing wares this year is the Chromebook 315, a generously sized laptop running Chrome OS and packing a number of features. Though the model won't blow anyone away, the device's price tag beckons consumers to take a second look. With a starting price of $280 USD, the Acer Chromebook 315 has a lot to offer buyers compared to other laptops in this price range.

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Acer Predator Triton 900, Triton 500 push the envelope of gaming laptop design

Acer Predator Triton 900, Triton 500 push the envelope of gaming laptop design

When gaming laptops are mentioned or announced, chances are they come in rather thick and heavy designs that clearly speak power more than anything else. They often come in traditional laptop form factors, too, despite the trends happening in the PC market. Acer says enough is enough and with its new Predator gaming notebooks, it’s proving what can be done. The Predator Triton 500, for example, boasts of a thinner and lighter all-metal body compared to other gaming laptops. But it’s really that Predator Triton 900 that takes the cake with a new take on a convertible gaming laptop.

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