At the BETT in London, Acer presented the TravelMate B114-21, a device for which the name says it all. Internally, the device is assigned to educational products, so it is aimed at a comparatively young target group who should be able to use it primarily in a school context.
As the name of the laptop already reveals, it is suitable for taking with you and for use on the go. This is ensured above all by the comparatively long battery life of ten hours and the robust design of the laptop. Equipped with an impact-resistant rubber edge and a housing that is highly resistant to environmental influences, the laptop is ideal for everyday use. The device is certified according to the US military standard MIL-STD 810G. It should therefore be able to withstand shocks, blows, extreme temperatures, bad weather and falls from heights of up to 122 centimetres without any problems. The robustness of the device is particularly important for users who want to take it with them every day and use it at school. Since it is aimed primarily at a young audience of pupils, it has been adapted with special protection to the needs of this target group.
In addition, the laptop should be able to score with high performance and good connectivity. It is equipped with an AMD processor – the most expensive version is the seventh-generation A6-9220C – and a Radeon R5 graphics card. The SSD memory, however, is up to 256 GB.
In addition to WLAN version 802.11ac, the laptop has an RJ-45 Ethernet port that ensures that students are not disturbed by connection problems during learning tasks. In addition, there are various ports – in addition to an HDMI port and several USB ports, there is also a microSD card reader.
With Microsoft Intune for Education, administrators can easily update, configure apps and other settings. The Microsoft software contains several management tools, such as “Autopilot”, which, among other things, guarantees the security of the content. With this software solution, the manufacturer also ensures the ideal adaptation to the needs of the special target group of the new laptop. The laptop is also equipped with Windows 10 in S mode. In this mode, users can only install applications certified by Microsoft. However, the S mode can be switched off if desired.
The new laptop will be available from the end of April. Prices have not yet been announced.