Acer’s TravelMate Spin B1 Aims to be All Things to All Students
Acer is directly targeting busy classrooms and students with its new TravelMate Spin B1 convertible, which was unveiled at the Bett Show in London last month.
The 11.6-inch HD touch-screen notebook comes with Windows 10 Pro provides easy portability, offers four usage modes and has a robust design made for day-to-day use in the classroom. In addition, with a long battery life of up to 13 hours, students can work through a full day of school and beyond.
The Spin B1 has shock-absorbent rubber frame and pressure-resistant screen. With this increased strength, the device can withstand a frontal impact of up to 60 kg. The keyboard is spill resistant; a gutter system under the keyboard and touchpad drains away water, routing it away from internal components and out of the bottom of the chassis. The notebook also has a Kensington lock, so that it can be secured to a wireless cart or lab.
The 360-degree hinge enables the Spin to morph between four usage modes – notebook, tablet, stand and tent, making it versatile enough for use inside and outside the classroom and for individual and shared use.
A stylus with support for Windows Ink is included, so students can take notes, edit documents, interact with apps and draw. They can also access Microsoft OneNote directly and quickly from the locked screen with a simple click of the stylus. Acer TeachSmart software is also included, working with embedded multi-coloured LED lights on each the notebook cover, allowing them communicate with the teacher when they need assistance or class materials, or for classroom-based quizzes and instant polls to be run.