Continuing our stroll through the Windows 8 Notebook devices in education neighbourhood, today I'm going to share with you my thoughts on the Acer Aspire V5-122P, a safe and sturdy notebook perfect for students and educators to carry to work and pull out at and use at any time.
As you can see, the Acer, at 11.6", with sizes ranging from 11" to 15", is the perfect size to slip into a rucksack or brief case and pick up work in a coffee shop, on your lap whilst commuting or sitting on the sofa at home. Its screen size makes it large enough to be able to comfortably write a long essay or report on, yet small enough to easily transport to university, college or school and work from any location.
Work online & offline
Perhaps one of its greatest advantages, and this is also relevant for the entire series on Notebooks I will be blogging about, is that the Acer Aspire V5 can be used to browse web pages and apps online whilst similarly using offline documents. It must be noted, that Office 365 doesn't come readily built into the Acer Aspire V5 but can be purchased separately. To paint a scenario, a group of students could be sitting in class, doing research online for a presentation. Whilst researching online, they could snap a PowerPoint deck onto the other half of their screen and browse and create simultaneously. Once offline and on their way home, if a sudden idea comes to mind, they can open their PowerPoint doc, just like they would with a regular laptop, and jot their ideas down. Unlike the Chromebook which is dependent on internet access, I think this makes the Windows Notebook a little more aligned to students' and educators' mobile working style. For more info on Office 365 in education, check out our new Office 365 in Education e-book.
Where can I get one?
The Acer notebook retails in at £349.99 which I think is a great price for people looking for a larger sized notebook and small enough laptop with full working functionalities, to easily transport. For more info, have a look at the PC World website!