Acer launched a new notebook today, the TravelMate B117, which it says has been designed with students in mind. The Windows 10 Pro-powered notebook is the first from Acer that supports its TeachSmart solution that allows for new ways of classroom interaction and provides teachers with tools and cloud-based services to easily distribute class materials and collect assignments digitally.
The TravelMate B117 will be available in Intel Pentium or Celeron processors with up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, it also has a 11.6 inch display, dual digital microphones, HD webcam with HDR support and a precision touchpad that supports Windows 10 gestures. Connectivity options include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI port with HDCP support.
Since it’s designed with students in mind the notebook has a ruggedized frame with a rubber strip that protects it from drops and bumps. It measures 22.3mm thin and weighs 1.35kg. A solid hinge allows for the notebook to be opened up to 180 degrees, there’s also a spill-resistant keyboard.
TravelMate B117 with Acer TeachSmart has an embedded LED light on the lid that flashes in different colors. Students can toggle between four colors using a software to indicate their status, thus allowing teachers to keep track of their progress at a glance. Acer is yet to confirm exact prices or availability schedule for the TravelMate B117, it’s going to vary by region.