New to the TELA+ scheme, Acer is offering two distinctly different devices to help teachers perform to their best in the classroom.
How does it feel to join TELA+?
Acer is extremely proud to be a part of the new TELA+ initiative working alongside Cyclone. We have been instrumental in the growth of technology in New Zealand schools, and now have the opportunity to give teachers access to both a Microsoft Windows and Google Chrome device to aid in educational outcomes. Our products listed on TELA+ are stylish and innovative, and designed to perform in the classroom.
What Acer products will be available on TELA+?
One of the criteria of TELA+ is to give teaching staff a wider range of products to select from. The previous scheme was somewhat limited, both in terms of brand and form factor. Many of the products struggled to meet the demands of today’s classroom. Being the market leader in Chrome, we’re providing the Acer Chromebook, designed for teachers, with a larger 13-inch screen, brushed metal finish and a super thin chassis. The Acer R13 will be the only Chrome device listed on TELA+.
It’s no secret that Chrome has driven rapid growth for us and given a generation of students access to digital learning. However, our Windows-based product set has become increasingly popular. Within TELA+ we will be introducing the latest generation Acer Spin 5, a 13-inch touchscreen Windows device with an Active Pen that supports Microsoft Inking.
What are some of the innovative features Acer devices will include?
Both the R13 Chromebook and Spin 5 Windows notebook have a fully rotatable touchscreen. This means there is flexibility in the positioning of the device, either as a traditional laptop or in tablet mode. Chassis design is important and both devices are thin and sleek with brushed metal finishing that sets them apart from a traditional student device. All-day battery life is now standard for an Acer educational device and teaching staff should expect to experience a full day of usage on a single charge.
Why should teachers choose Acer?
Acer is the leading device brand currently in New Zealand schools. This is testament to the product design and support offered by the Acer New Zealand team. Students are some of the toughest critics when it comes to Information Technology. The fact that we continue to deliver exceptional devices, should install confidence in the wider teaching community that the Acer TELA+ range will meet all expectations.
INTERFACE was talking to Cameron Anderson, Acer Country Manager, New Zealand. For more on Acer go to acer.co.nz
Profiles: Acer Windows and Chrome devices on TELA+
Acer Spin 5 Laptop
The first thing to note about the Spin 5 is it’s an incredibly versatile machine. Tablet or laptop, the choice is yours. The 360-degree, dual-torque hinge allows you to pick from four usage modes.
It’s stylish. The ultra-slim profile with metal cover and fashionable cross-hairline brush finish delivers a clean, friendly feel.
Packs a punch
This Windows device comes with a large, 13.3-inch, full HD touchscreen and a webcam with 1280 x 720 resolution. There are plenty of ports (USB Type-C 3.1, USB 3.0, HDMI, Headphone/Speaker jack, Microphone-in jack) and a decent battery life, about 10 hours.
Inside is an Intel CoreTM i5 1.6 GHz processor, with Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz, 8GB memory and 256GB SSD – all of which means it also packs quite a punch.
Acer Chromebook R13
The Chromebook R13 boast two firsts – the first Chromebook in the TELA+ scheme and the first convertible, 13.3-inch Chromebook. Like the Spin 5, it also has 360-hinge hinge convertibility for four modes.
Because the Chromebook OS is designed for efficiency and simplicity, the R13’s start-up takes just seconds. Another positive is a variety of ports on the left, with the headphone jack, power button and volume rocker on the right.
There’s a HD camera with 1280 x 720 resolution, and 720p HD audio/video recording.
Its keyboard feels spacious and the touchpad is responsive, although the keys aren’t backlit. Inside is a more than adequate 2.1GHz quad-core processor, with 4GB memory and 32GB Solid State Drive.
Saving one of the best for last, a key feature is the long-lasting battery, about 13 hours – you won’t find many better.
For more on Acer go to acer.co.nz