Acer Chromebook 11 N7 Is Mil Spec Ruggedised – for Classrooms!

Acer knows that students are tough on technology – its latest Chromebook, the 11 N7 (C731) is built to military specifications (MIL-STD 810G), but is intended for education customers. The device has an 11.6″ touch (C731T) or non-touch display with 1366 x 768 resolution. The device uses a 1.6GHz Celeron N3060 processor with 4GB of RAM and Intel HD graphics. Storage is 16GB or 32GB and features include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, HDMI output and dual USB 3.0 ports. Battery life is said to be 12 hours and the device is fanless.

The unit can handle up to 132 pounds (60kg) of downward force on the top cover, Acer said, while the reinforced case and hinges result in greater resistance to twisting and stress, even if students cram them into their backpacks. In addition, the corner-shield structure and rubber bumper keyboard surround further protect the Chromebook, so it can tolerate drops from heights up to 48 inches (122cm). These features ensure the Chromebook will be protected whether it takes a tumble while being transported or is accidentally knocked off a desk. The anti-slip pattern on the rear case is intended to make it easy to grip and helps prevent it from slipping out of students’ hands.

The device has a spill-resistant keyboard that provides protection against spills of up to 11 fluid ounces (330ml) of water. The unique gutter system under the keyboard and touchpad drains water so that it’s routed away from internal components and out the bottom of the chassis.

A new feature tis the keyboard design with recessed keys that prevent the key caps from being easily removed by students. In addition, the keyboard was designed for an excellent typing experience for students, many of whom are still learning keyboarding skills.

The 11 N7 will be available to education and commercial customers in North America in January with prices starting at $229.99, and in EMEA in February with prices starting at €299.