Acer Launches Four New 11.6 Inch Chromebooks–Spin 311 (R721T) with AMD, 311 (C721) with AMD, 311 (C733) with Intel, Spin 511 (R752) with Intel

This latest batch of Chrome OS devices are again aimed at the education market. As such, all four are compliant with the U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standards for drops of up to 48 inches and a downward force of 132 pounds. Additionally, they meet ASTM F963-16 and UL/IEC 60950-1 toy safety spec.  Additionally, they all share the standard 11.6-inch IPS display, two USB-C, and two USB 3.0 ports.

As the names suggest, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 and Spin 511 feature a 360-degree hinge that allows for tablet, notebook, display, and tent modes. The former is notably powered by a 7th Gen AMD A-Series A4-9120C processors with Radeon graphics, while the latter features dual-core Intel Celeron N4000 or quad-core N4100 chips.

The Acer Chromebook 311 (C721) also features an AMD chipset, but in a standard clamshell form factor with both touchscreen and non-touch variants available. Both devices feature a spill-resistant keyboard — up to 330 ml (11 fluid ounces) of water — and moisture-resistant trackpad, as well as Bluetooth 5.0.

However, the Spin 511 supports an optional Wacom EMR Stylus allowing for seamless note taking, while a 5MP world-facing camera is also available.

The last announcement is the Acer Chromebook 311 (C733) with spill-resistant keyboard. Powered by Intel, it features the same processor options as the Spin 511.  Starting prices range from $280 for an entry-level Chromebook 311 with an AMD processor to $380 for a Chromebook Spin 511 convertible with an Intel Gemini Lake chip.  These new Acer Chromebooks will be available in North America by Q2.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Abner Li in 9TO5Google, follow this kink for the complete article and more details.

Here are some additional sources to get different viewpoints on these new models:  Gadgets360, C/net, engadget, and liliputing.