Acer has recently presented its newest notebook, the TravelMate B117, designed specifically for the education market.
Acer, in partnership with Microsoft, led a research study around what students and instructors wanted from a laptop. What the organization discovered was that they required notebooks that have a good battery life, a rough outline to withstand the classroom environment, and can share easily via wireless.
In light of this research, Acer thought of the “TeachSmart” solution, which “enables better approaches for classroom interaction, and empowers instructors with tools and cloud-based services to distribute class materials and gather assignments digitally.”
The TravelMate B117 features a LED light on the back of the notebook’s lid, which can display four different colors. This LED light can be used by students to demonstrate the status of their work to proctors and teachers. They can likewise use it to show different decision answers, and signal the need for attention, therefore eliminating the need to raise students’ hands. Educators, thus, get a user interface that displays the status of students’ work, similar to homework and test results.
TeachSmart likewise has the capability of keeping students and instructors associated, even outside the classroom, through its cloud feature. Educators can disseminate data and class material to the students using a Microsoft ID and OneNote, enabling online collaboration, eliminating the requirement for printed versions along the way.
Concerning the specifications, the TravelSmart B117 features a 11.6-inch screen, and is fueled by Intel Pentium/Celeron processors, with Intel HD graphics. It has 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, HDD or eMMC storage options, dual digital microphones, a HD webcam with HDR support, and a Precision Touchpad. In conclusion, it has a 802.11ac wireless with 2×2 MIMO for a faster connection, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and one HDMI port with HDCP support.
The availability and pricing of the TravelSmart B117 is not known yet, and will allegedly shift by region. Nonetheless, with the notebook being marketed for students and educators, we can accept that it will be aggressively priced, like the cost of Chromebooks.