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Acer made a Chromebook even your kid can't kill

Designed for classroom or lab use, the 11.6-inch Chromebook 11 N7 C731 announced at CES 2017 is built for abuse.

The Acer Chromebook 11 N7 C731 announced at CES 2017 is two things others in the category aren't: inexpensive and tough.

Meeting the US MIL-STD 810G military standard, the 11.6-inch Google Chrome OS laptop can withstand drops from up to 48 inches (1.2 meters), can handle 132 pounds (60 kg) of downward force on its lid and has a spill-resistant keyboard. The keyboard's key caps are recessed to keep them from being easily removed.

Starting at $230, it arrives in the US later this month and will be available in other regions in February (the price converts to roughly £185 or AU$320). The Chromebook 11 N7 will be available with a 1,366x768-resolution IPS touchscreen (c731T) or with a standard LCD (C731) at the same res. Before you get too excited, though, it will only be for education and commercial customers.

Here's the rest of the stuff you'll find:

  • 1.6GHz Intel Celeron dual-core processor N3060
  • 4GB of memory
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 16GB or 32GB eMMC for storage
  • 720p HD webcam
  • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2x2 MIMO)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Built-in stereo speakers and microphone
  • Two USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot, HDMI output and 3.5mm headphone/mic jack
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life
  • Fanless cooling for quiet operation
  • 180-degree hinges to lay the screen flat for sharing

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