When it comes to Chromebooks, your first thought might be affordable, capable, fast, and lightweight. Chances are though when you think of or hear the word Chromebook the word rugged is nowhere near the vicinity of your thought process. That’s OK, and it’s easy to understand why. Simply because there aren’t any rugged Chromebooks out there. Acer, one of the leading Chromebook manufacturers with more than a few options for the Chrome OS based laptops, wants to change that. How they’re doing is by introducing a rugged Chromebook around March of 2015.
It’s called the C740, and aside from the rugged exterior that they’re currently touting, it’ll be housing an Intel based 5th generation Broadwell CPU, and an 11.6-inch screen. The word is that the Acer C740 is going to be aimed at the education market, so think schools and various classrooms around the country, a target market that actually makes sense given that these laptops could be passed around the classroom and let’s be honest, most kids aren’t as careful with things that are fragile like electronics, not to mention there has been a huge push from Google to get Chromebooks in schools over the past year, and some schools are already adopting them due to their ease of use and lack of a need for IT training. Now that doesn’t mean that this Chromebook won’t be available to regular consumers, just that Acer was thinking of the education consumer when designing this Chromebook.
As we have come to learn, the Acer C740 will have a screen resolution 1366 x 768, options for 16GB or 32GB of SSD storage depending on your needs, also with multiple options on RAM coming in with a 2GB RAM model and one with 4GB of RAM as well. Some other standard specs also apply here, like a USB 3.0 port, and HDMI out port, and WiFi 802.11 ac with Bluetooth 4.0 LE. It’s also said to have about an 8.5 hour battery life, which seems pretty common with most Chromebooks and while not the longest lasting battery life of all available Chromebooks out there, it’s certainly nothing to scoff at. Now that you know the breakdown of the specs and you have an idea of when to expect this Chromebook to launch, you want to know the price right? According to Acer, you’ll be looking at $259 for the 2GB RAM model, and $279 for the 4GB RAM model, both at those prices having the 16GB SSD, which means the 32GB models will cost a little more. Not too bad for what you’re getting and seemingly pretty comparable to most of the other Chromebook offerings out there. Would you consider picking this more rugged model up if it meant you could have a little more peace of mind?