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Acer announces two new TravelMate laptops for education

Acer TravelMate B3 open
Acer TravelMate B3 open (Image credit: Acer)

Acer TravelMate B3 front and back

Source: Acer (Image credit: Source: Acer)

What you need to know

  • Acer announced the TravelMate B3 and TravelMate Spin B3 laptops today.
  • Acer made both laptops for the education market, including passing a military standard for durability.
  • The TravelMate Spin B3 ($329) and TravelMate B3 ($239) will be available in April 2020.

Acer announced two new education laptops today, the TravelMate Spin B3 and the TravelMate B3. Acer built both laptops with the education market in mind, including the laptops getting up to 12 hours of battery life. Additionally, both laptops meet the MIL-STD 810G military standard for durability. The TravelMate Spin B3 ($329) and TravelMate B3 ($239) will be available in April 2020.

The laptops share many similarities in terms of specs and design. The main difference is that the TravelMate Spin B3 is a convertible 2-in-1 laptop while the TravelMate B3 is a traditional clamshell laptop.

CategoryAcer TravelMate B3
Display11.6-inch HD (1366x768)
ProcessorIntel Celeron dual-core processor N4020 (4MB L2 smart cashe, 1.10Ghz, up to 2.80 GHz with Intel Burst Technology)
Intel Celeron quad-core 4120 (4MB L2 smart cache, 1.10GHz, up to 2.60GHz with Intel Burst Technology)
Intel Pentium Silver N5030 processor (4MB L2 smart cache, 1.10GHz, up to 3.10GHz with Intel Burst Technology)
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 600
Intel UHD Graphics 605
Memory4GB onboard DD4
8GB onboard DDR4
Storage128GB PCIe Gen 3 8GB/s
256GB PCIe Gen 3 8GB/s
64GB eMMC
128GB eMMC
Webcam1280x720
SecurityAcer ProShield Security Manager
Discrete Trusted Platform Module
BIOS user, supervisor passwords
Kensington lock slot
WirelessIntel Wireless-AC 9560 (802.11/a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
2x2 MU-MIMO technology
Bluetooth 5.0
Gigabit Ethernet (wake-on LAN ready)
Ports2x USB 3.2 Gen1
HDMI
microSD
3.5mm headphone/speaker jack
Ethernet
AudioAcer Purified.Voice technology with two built-in microphones
Acer TrueHarmony technology for lower distortion
Two built-in stereo speakers
Battery48Wh
Weight1.4kg(3.08lbs)

The Acer TravelMate Spin B3 has almost identical internals to the TravelMate B3. There are a few minor differences, including an option for a built-in digital microphone on a world-facing camera. The main difference is the form factor and its price.

CategoryAcer TravelMate Spin B3
Display11.6-inch HD (1366x768)
ProcessorIntel Celeron dual-core processor N4020 (4MB L2 smart cashe, 1.10Ghz, up to 2.80 GHz with Intel Burst Technology)
Intel Celeron quad-core 4120 (4MB L2 smart cache, 1.10GHz, up to 2.60GHz with Intel Burst Technology)
Intel Pentium Silver N5030 processor (4MB L2 smart cache, 1.10GHz, up to 3.10GHz with Intel Burst Technology)
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 600
Intel UHD Graphics 605
Memory4GB onboard DD4
8GB onboard DDR4
Storage128GB PCIe Gen 3 8GB/s
256GB PCIe Gen 3 8GB/s
64GB eMMC
128GB eMMC
Webcam1280x720
SecurityDiscrete Trusted Platform Module
BIOS user, supervisor passwords
Kensington lock slot
WirelessIntel Wireless-AC 9560 (802.11/a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
2x2 MU-MIMO technology
Bluetooth 5.0
Gigabit Ethernet (wake-on LAN ready)
Ports2x USB 3.2 Gen1
HDMI
microSD
3.5mm headphone/speaker jack
Ethernet
AudioAcer Purified.Voice technology with two built-in microphones
Acer TrueHarmony technology for lower distortion
Two built-in stereo speakers
Built-in digital microphone on world facing camera (optional)
Battery48Wh
Weight1.49kg(3.2lbs)

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