Education Featured Article
March 13, 2013
Acer Releases C7 Chromebook for Enhanced E-Learning
By Colleen Lynch, TMCnet Contributor
The Acer C7 Chromebook includes useful features for teachers and students, including automatic software updates and protection against online threats, so parents are getting their money’s worth and won’t have to rack up costs for repairs, software updates or other virus-related issues.
Acer America believes the product’s greatest benefit is that it can integrate easily and quickly within a school and district infrastructure.
“Chromebooks are an ideal option for schools and districts that want to quickly implement a technology program that will significantly enhance student learning,” said Acer America’s vice president of U.S. Commercial Sales, Gregg Prendergast. “The Acer C7 Chromebook delivers the advanced capabilities that will help students excel in all areas of their education.”
Along with its fast setup, the Acer C7 Chromebook runs on an Intel Celeron 847 processor and 4GB of RAM (News - Alert), so it has a boot time of less than 18 seconds, can resume from sleep mode instantly, and can run multiple programs simultaneously with no lag.
The device is speedy when it comes to wireless network connection as well, working seamlessly with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, so that the Chromebooks can be transported and used on a mobile cart or fixed in a classroom.
One clear objective for the product is efficiency--the other is comprehensibility.
All considered, the Acer C7 Chromebook is a highly capable device, with both standard and innovative features.
One common feature of most school-related technology programs and devices is administrative control options, and Acer’s is no exception. The device is built with a Web-based management console to let administrators set up and manage apps, policies and users in every Chromebook within the network.
Additionally, Acer has developed the C7 Chromebook with Google (News - Alert) Apps for Education, giving students access to the many educational services Google offers (such as Google Docs, Google Drive and Gmail) for free.
Another selling point, says Predergast, is “the Acer C7 Chromebook is incredibly affordable as a stand-alone product, and even more affordable when schools consider the reduced total cost of ownership thanks to its manageability and security features.”
For schools looking to offer apps that are not included in Google Apps for Education, the Chromebook also works directly with Chrome Web Store Apps, with many other educational app options, some for sale and some for free.
The Acer C7 Chromebook is available in the U.S. from Acer resellers and other retailers for $279.99.
Edited by Brooke Neuman
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