Acer has introduced a new Chromebook computer designed specifically for the education environment. The upcoming Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 machines are rugged enough to handle bumps of life at school and are based on Intel’s Comet Lake processors.

Acer’s Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 comes in a Shale Black plastic chassis that is sufficiently tough to survive drops, shocks, high/low temperatures, and humid or dusty environments. To make the laptop as rugged as possible, Acer had to increase its z-height to 21.5 cm, which is rather thick, but a good news is that the notebook has a spill-resistant keyboard. As for weight, the machine weighs 1.4 kilograms.

The laptop is equipped with a 12-inch IPS display panel featuring a 1366x912 resolution as well as a 3:2 aspect ratio. In fact, the manufacturer plans to offer two versions of its Chromebooks 871: the model C871 with a regular screen as well as the model C871T with a touch-enabled screen.

The Acer Chromebook 871 – which will go by the Chromebook 712 in the retail market – is based on up to Intel’s dual-core Core i3-10110U processor, and is accompanied by 4 GB or 8 GB of DDR4 memory as well as 32 GB or 64 GB eMMC storage. Connectivity-wise, the laptop is rather typical by today’s standards as they feature Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and Type-C connectors, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets. The Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 from Acer also have a standard set of multimedia capabilities, such as a webcam, stereo speakers, a microphone array.

The manufacturer equipped its new Chromebooks with a 48 Wh battery, which is a rather high capacity for a 12-inch laptop. Meanwhile, Acer does not disclose actual battery life figures for its new Chromebooks.

Acer’s Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712
  Chromebook 712
Display Diagonal 12" IPS with or without touch
Resolution 1366×912
Brightness ? cd/m²
CPU 10th Gen Core
(Comet Lake)

Intel Core i3-10110U
Intel Pentium Gold 6405U
Intel Celeron 5205U
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
RAM 4 GB or 8 GB DDR4
Storage 32 GB or 64 GB eMMC
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
WWAN -
GbE -
USB 2 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
Camera Full-HD
Other I/O microSD, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphones
Battery 48 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 21.5 mm | 0.85 inches
Width 296 mm | 11.65 inches
Depth 229 mm | 9.02 inches
Weight 1.4 kilograms | 3.09 pounds
Battery Life ?
Price (starting at) $329.99 | €299

Acer will start sales of its new Chromebook 871/Chromebook 712 laptops in North America in March and in EMEA in May. Prices of the PCs will start at $329.99 in the USA and €299 in Europe. The notebooks will be covered by a one year international warranty.

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Source: Acer

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  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    That resolution should be outlawed in 2020 Reply
  • ingwe - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    I mean this product isn't interesting to me, but as said by Anand, there are no bad products only bad prices. At $330 it doesn't seem unreasonable to me. Particularly because it isn't just 768 vertical pixels. Reply
  • kpb321 - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    It's a 12 in screen so it's actually fairly high DPI at ~136. About the same as a 16 inch 1080p screen and it's a squarer aspect ratio so it has more vertical space than a 768p or 720p screen would. Overall it doesn't seem like a bad choice for a cheap laptop. I'd certainly rather use this than your typical widescreen 16x9 equivalent. At these low resolutions the additional vertical pixels are pretty helpful. Reply
  • jabber - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    Yeah it's fine on a screen that size. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    Affordability is important when you're whoring out everything you do on your computer to the world's creepiest corporate monster. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    Comcast? Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - link

    Bwa ha! Well maybe, but I'd put Comcast a few paces behind Alphabet/Google and Facebook as everyone's "favorite" cable provider sucks less in a "lurking in the corner of your bedroom watching you sleep" way and more in a "screwing you over by charging you as much as possible for the most sh*tty internet service" way. Reply
  • NextGen_Gamer - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    Corrections to be made to article (all take from Acer's official press release - really AnandTech you should read those things before posting articles):
    1) You should mention this meets official U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standards along with "two leading toy safety standards: the ASTM F963-16 and UL/IEC 60950-1"
    2) This actually has Wi-Fi 6 onboard, specifically dual-band Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) AX201 (802.11ax) with 2x2 MU-MIMO technology, which is pretty dang good for a $329 Chromebook.
    3) The press release does say 4GB or 8GB of RAM, but not which type. I am assuming you guys are guessing at that. Could be LPDDR3, could be DDR4, could even be LPDDR4x (though that last one is of course extremely doubtful).
    Reply
  • NextGen_Gamer - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    Oh, and the press release says "up to 12 hours" of battery life which sounds about right considering the low power components, low resolution screen and battery size. Reply
  • antonkochubey - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    >Acer had to increase its z-height to 21.5 cm, which is rather thick

    Damn that's thicc indeed
    Reply

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