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Resistance is useful (Acer Chromebook 11 C730)

The Acer Chromebook 11 C730 combines a great deal of power in a low-cost Chrome package with some useful features that protect against the little accidents of user’s daily life

Chromebooks are definitely in vogue at the present time and the newest addition to Acer’s range of 11.6-inch devices – the Chromebook 11 C730 – adds to the widening choice of Chrome products now available for users who want all the convenience of running Google apps in the cloud and the low-cost of purchasing and managing such a simple device. 


One of the issues you might have with Chromebooks as a reseller or retailer, is distinguishing models from each-other to a sufficient extent that the users feels they are being offered a genuine choice; the core Chromebook spec’ is, after all, pretty simple and the differences between mobile offerings in particular are often fairly subtle or superficial.


Sturdy construction


This is where the Acer Chromebook 11 C730 scores highly. Even though you might not think it at first sight, this system is different. We should say that it looks great; the granite grey finish giving it a classically smart and business-like feel. But look a little closer and you will start to see why this Chromebook stands out from the crowd.


It is just as lightweight as any other Chromebook (it weighs only 1.4kg), but has been given a much sturdier construction than you’ll find on many similar devices. It can withstand a 60% higher drop test than the previous model and has a water spill-proof keyboard and touchpad and built-in drainage channel. To date, these are unusual features on a Chromebook and they enhance the appeal of this Acer offering in all markets.


Accidents will happen


Now, we would not want to imply that your prospective Chromebook customers are a clumsy lot when it comes to technology, but accidents do happen so having this kind of resistance on a Chromebook is very useful.


While no user will deliberately put their systems under duress or danger of being damaged, the very nature of the concept – the freedom its ultra-portability, lightness and lack of internal components proffer, lends Chromebooks to being used in all kinds of places; balanced on knees at stations or on public transport, in cafes and bars, on the sofa or dining table, in the kitchen or in a cramped home office, or at a shared desk in a school or office. It is very easy to imagine a scene developing in which a spillage will occur, or the device being inadvertently knocked off a slightly precarious perch.


Given that very real possibility, every user would want to know that their particular device could probably cope – and schools and businesses that are investing their IT budget in Chromebooks (and a growing number are giving the option serious consideration) will be reassured by this added dimension.


A capable competitor


Even when you put that clear differentiation aside the Acer C730 is a more than capable competitor, generously equipped as it is with great features. The Intel® Celeron® N2840 processor and HD graphics provide the power to run multiple tasks. The 11.6-inch Acer ComfyView LED backlit TFT LCD provides HD 1366 x 768 resolution and uses a 16:9 wide aspect ratio, so it’s ideal for everyday work or watching video.


It has 4GB of memory too and an extra 16GB or 32GB SSD. A seven-second boot-up, automatic updates and built-in virus protection makes it easy to use and manage. It comes with excellent support or 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 for fast wireless connections and extended battery means it can be used on the go for over eight hours. There are USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an SD Card slot, headphone/speaker jack, and HDMI port.


The Acer Chromebook 11 C730 is an exceptional and outstanding client device. Its sturdy design will be equally appealing to education, commercial and consumer customers and the power and features on offer make it a match for just about any other Chromebook you’ll find on the market today. It offers exceptional overall value. For any buyer that wants that extra peace of mind and protection for their Chromebook investment, it’s an excellent choice.


For more information, check InTouch or contact the Google team on 01256 788 000 or by emailing google@techdata.co.uk.

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