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Nothing says ‘back to school’ like a new Acer Chromebook

Nothing says ‘back to school’ like a new Acer Chromebook

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Here's the thing: you have to go back to school. Acer made another Chromebook, and so now it's official. The existence of the new rugged Chromebook 11 C771, and its touchscreen variant, the C771T, imply to me that school is good for you and you'll learn things, even if sometimes it’s hard.

The Chromebooks are on the mid-to-high end of Acer's Chromebook line, with a $279.99 starting price for the non-touch version. In school you learn about math! You'll get a late 2015 Intel Celeron processor, 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. The touchscreen model offers the same specs for $329.99. If you go to college, you'll have a better shot at understanding why the Intel Celeron 3855U is preferable to the older Celeron chips in Acer's other Chromebooks, so don't think of quitting on me just because you've got your GED.

In September, Acer is going to add Core i3 and i5 models of the C711, but still won't be using the newer Kaby Lake chips you'd find in higher-end laptops. Education is sometimes about tradition, like the tradition of putting old laptop processors in low-end Chromebooks because Chrome OS runs fine on minimal specs.

Some people say they learned at the "school of hard knocks," which is sort of like these new Acer products. The rugged C711 has been drop tested up to 48 inches, and it has a spill-resistant keyboard. School is often 12 years of your life, and the C711 touchscreen model has 12 hours of battery life, while the non-touchscreen model goes for 13.

I'm sorry you have to go back to school. I'm also sorry the C711 has a 1366 x 768 11.6-inch display. There's nothing I can do about it. Good luck.