Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s Windows 10 S and Surface Laptop announcement, Acer drops their own announcement in the TravelMate Spin B1. This convertible laptop has a 360° hinge allowing for versatile student learning with Laptop, Stand, Tent and Tablet modes. The TravelMate Spin B1 also comes with 13-hours of battery life and the stylus supports Windows Ink. Read the full press release below.
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Acer Unveils its First Windows 10 S Notebook for Education: TravelMate Spin B1 Convertible
San Jose, CA (May 2, 2017) – Acer today announced the availability of its latest convertible notebook for education customers, the Acer TravelMate Spin B1 (B118) running Windows 10 S. The 11.6 inch convertible notebook is perfectly sized for easy portability, features four usage modes and a robust design made for day-to-day use in the classroom. In addition, with a long battery life, students can power through a full day of school and beyond.
The Versatility of Convertibles, Now in the Classroom
Classroom learning involves a diverse array of subjects, learning environments and teaching methods; therefore the TravelMate Spin B1 convertible notebook is an ideal fit for the wide-ranging needs of students and teachers alike. It features four versatile modes that facilitate all aspects of classroom learning, including Stand and Tent modes for group projects and sharing, Tablet mode for learning on the move in labs or during field trips, and Laptop mode for everything else. The notebook sports a Full HD touch screen2 with 1920×1080 resolution for intuitive operations and engagement with web pages and apps.
Built Tough to Withstand Knocks, Drops, and Spills
The TravelMate Spin B1 was designed with durability features to ensure maximum uptime and help reduce maintenance. They include a shock-absorbent middle rubber frame that can handle the rough-and-tumble of the classroom, while a pressure-resistant screen with increased strength can withstand a frontal impact of up to 132lbf. It also sports a spill-resistant keyboard that provides protection against spills of up to 11 fluid ounces 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. The notebook also has a Kensington lock, so that it can be secured to a wireless cart or lab.
Long Battery Life and Great Performance
The TravelMate Spin B1 sports up to 13 hours1 of battery life, allowing students to learn without interruption, inside and outside the classroom, with power to spare for homework. The premiere model for customers in N. America is powered by an Intel® Celeron® processor2 with Intel® HD Graphics to provide solid everyday performance. It also has 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. A Chiclet keyboard provides excellent tactile feedback for accurate touch-typing, and a Precision Touchpad promotes comfortable and responsive navigation.
Windows Ink and Acer TeachSmart™
Featuring a stylus2 supporting Windows Ink, students can intuitively jot down notes, edit Microsoft Word documents, interact with apps and draw. What’s more, interactions between students and teachers are also more intuitive with Acer TeachSmart™ software. The software’s interface works in conjunction with embedded multi-colored LED lights on each student’s notebook cover to allow them to easily communicate with the teacher, get class materials, take quizzes, and even request bathroom breaks.
Students Stay Connected
Students can stay connected to their school network with fast dual-band 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless connectivity. The device connects easily to peripherals via Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port and one HDMI port. Students can plug in their headphones with the 3.5mm headphone jack, while files can be easily shared with the built-in SD card reader.
Pricing and Availability
The new Acer TravelMate Spin B1 will be available this month to education and commercial customers in North America. The premiere model is priced at $299.99 and comes with an active stylus pen.