Acer today announced the new TravelMate B117 notebook with Windows 10 Pro and tailored to the education sector. It is the first laptop equipped with the Acer TeachSmart solution that facilitates the interaction in the classroom and provides teachers with new tools and cloud-based services to distribute materials in the classroom and collect assignments digitally.
Designed keeping in mind the needs of the school environment, the TravelMate B117 has a reinforced body with a rubber band that frames the chassis to protect the notebook from falls and bumps; also it weighs just 1.35 kg and is just 22.3 mm thick. A solid hinge, which opens up to 180 degrees, can be used without any friction up to 25,000 times, while the lid bears up to 60 kg of pressure. The keyboard is spill-resistant thanks to a special design that allows water to drain and protects it from accidental spills.
Equipped with Intel Pentium or Celeron, the TravelMate B117 11.6 inch are characterized by an Intel HD graphics, up to 4GB of DDR3L memory, HDDs or eMMC, dual digital microphones and a webcam Acer Crystal Eye HD support HDR. In addition, a touchpad precision supports gesture of Windows 10 and provides smooth and responsive experience. Acer TravelMate B117 has 802.11ac wireless technology with MIMO 2×2, which enables network connections incredibly fast, up to three times faster than 802.11n, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 and a full-size HDMI port with HDCP support .
Acer TravelMate B117 with Acer TeachSmart has an LED integrated in the cover which may flash in different colors. Students can set up to four different colors through a software interface to indicate its status or their own choices, allowing teachers to monitor the situation at a glance. For example, teachers can send multiple choice questions to the whole class and when students respond on the notebook, the LED lights of a color to indicate the answer choice. Or, students can turn on the LEDs after they have finished a task and teachers can monitor the progress of the whole class just by looking at the notebook.
The LED light can also replace the traditional show of hands, signaling the need for attention to the teacher. In addition, teachers also have an interface that displays the global situation, indicating the number of students who have completed their tasks or the distribution of multiple responses. The class in the Cloud Acer TeachSmart also includes an integrated cloud computing that keeps connected teachers and students. Through a Microsoft ID and sharing accounts with Microsoft OneNote, teachers can distribute material in class and stay informed of the progress of each student or eliminating the need for hard copies. The system keeps connected teachers and students not only in the classroom, but also outside, with customizable features to suit the individual needs of different teachers.