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Acer’s new Chromebook can take one heck of a beating


Do you often drop your laptop? Or spill your drink all over it? If you answered yes to any of those two questions, you may want to check out Acer’s new Chromebook 11 N7.

The Chromebook 11 N7 may be perfect for those prone to breaking their devices. It meets the U.S. MIL-STD 810G military standard – meaning this tiny notebook could withstand up to 132 pounds of downward force on the top cover. Reinforced case and hinges protect from stress on the Chromebook’s joints, and due to its corner-shield structure and rubber bumper keyboard it can tolerate drops up of up to four feet.

The spill-resistant keyboard protects against up to 11 fluid ounces, and a gutter system installed beneath the keyboard drains any water out and away from internal components.

The device is targeted towards Acer’s customers within the education system. On top of its durability features, the Chromebook has a battery life of up to 12 hours, and zero fans, decreasing the noise a laptop may make in a classroom or library.

The keyboard is also designed to prevent the keycaps from being removed. Anyone working in the education system, or anyone who remembers grade school, may recall the frequency of this problem. This may be a strong selling point for teachers who have to deal with this problem on a regular basis.

Additional features include an touch-screen model, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 and one HDMI port, and a SD card reader. It is less than an inch thick at 0.87 inches, and weighs about 3 pounds. It will be available with either 16GB or 32GB eMMC storage, and 4GB of RAM.

The Chromebook 11 N7 will become available in North America later this month starting at $229 USD.