Acer has released a new TravelMate series Notebook for the United States and Canadian markets. The new TravelMate B113 Notebook is a student oriented device with a price tag of just $399, with modest specifications.
The TravelMate B113 Notebook is available in both Windows 8 and Windows 7 versions and powering the device is 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Intel Core i3 processor. The TravelMate B113 comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM as standard, which can be upgraded up to 8GB. The Notebook also supports up to 500GB of SATA HDD storage.
The TravelMate B113 sports a 11.6 inch screen featuring Acer ComfyView LCD LED backlit display, with a resolution of 1366X768 and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The “ComfyView” is a matte finish display surface that reduces glare and mirror like reflection.
In terms of size, the Notebook is 1 inch thick and weighs around 3 pounds. Not exactly ultrabook slim, but a good dimension for the price. However, the battery life is in Ultrabook range. Acer claims the six-cell battery will last for more than 7 hours, making it an ideal Notebook for use in classrooms.
Connectivity wise the Notebook provides Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth and built in microphone and high-def webcam for video conferencing.
In terms of data safety the Acer TravelMate B113 Notebook comes with Personal Secure Drive (PSD) feature, Acer ProShield with pre-boot authentication, File Shredder utility and Acer eRecovery Manager.
“Acer has had great success with the 11.6-inch form factor in the education market because their compact size is ideal in a classroom setting, even for the youngest of students,” said Michael O’Beirne, Acer senior director, commercial product marketing. “The TravelMate B113 notebook is an important addition to our notebook portfolio, as it combines everything educators and students need, including exceptional performance, durability and reliability for a best-in-class mobile experience.”