Acer TravelMate B3 front and backSource: 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.

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Category Acer TravelMate B3
Display 11.6-inch HD (1366x768)
Processor Intel 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)
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600
Intel UHD Graphics 605
Memory 4GB onboard DD4
8GB onboard DDR4
Storage 128GB PCIe Gen 3 8GB/s
256GB PCIe Gen 3 8GB/s
64GB eMMC
128GB eMMC
Webcam 1280x720
Security Acer ProShield Security Manager
Discrete Trusted Platform Module
BIOS user, supervisor passwords
Kensington lock slot
Wireless Intel 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)
Ports 2x USB 3.2 Gen1
HDMI
microSD
3.5mm headphone/speaker jack
Ethernet
Audio Acer Purified.Voice technology with two built-in microphones
Acer TrueHarmony technology for lower distortion
Two built-in stereo speakers
Battery 48Wh
Weight 1.4kg(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.

Category Acer TravelMate Spin B3
Display 11.6-inch HD (1366x768)
Processor Intel 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)
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600
Intel UHD Graphics 605
Memory 4GB onboard DD4
8GB onboard DDR4
Storage 128GB PCIe Gen 3 8GB/s
256GB PCIe Gen 3 8GB/s
64GB eMMC
128GB eMMC
Webcam 1280x720
Security Discrete Trusted Platform Module
BIOS user, supervisor passwords
Kensington lock slot
Wireless Intel 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)
Ports 2x USB 3.2 Gen1
HDMI
microSD
3.5mm headphone/speaker jack
Ethernet
Audio Acer 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)
Battery 48Wh
Weight 1.49kg(3.2lbs)

Acer TravelMate B3

Built for the education market, this clamshell laptop meets a military test for durability and gets up to 12 hours of battery life.

Acer TravelMate Spin B3

Acer built this convertible laptop with education in mind. It gets up to 12 hours of battery life and meets a military standard for durability.