Acer wins $70m PC contract with Victorian education department


news Acer, which believes it is the largest supplier of computers to the Australian K-12 education market, has won a further $70 million contract from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, continuing its track record of engagement with the Victorian public sector.

Acer was the first supplier to be named on the Department’s Curriculum Computer Hardware Panel, through which schools purchase hardware devices. The outcome of this contract will be a new range of desktop, notebook, tablet computers and support services by Acer to Government schools throughout Victoria for the next two years. This contract may also be extended to a three year period.

Acer was founded in 1976. The hardware, software & services company offers PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets, smartphones, and wearables. Acer is also developing cloud solutions to bring together the Internet of Things. The company employs 7,000 people globally and is and ranked no. 4 for total PCs globally (IDC 2014). Acer’s revenues for 2014 reached US$10.39 billion.

Rad Bassi, sales director, Acer Oceanic said: “We are delighted that the Victorian Department of Education & Training has again selected Acer as a key supplier and recognised our proven ability to deliver the high quality, robust, value for money productivity tools and support services schools, students and teachers deserve.”

Previously, this year, Acer was awarded a multi-year contract to supply up to 40,000 Acer Travel Mate P466 laptops to teachers throughout the State during the next three years. This contract is now extended by the $70 million contract. These deals have resulted in a successful partnership between Acer and the state. Bassi said: “We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Department as we extend our already successful partnership through this new contract.”

Bassi concluded: “This win caps off a highly successful year for Acer in the education market – one that saw us overtake Apple to become the leading supplier to the K-12 sector in Australia by units sold, a leadership position we have held for the past three successive quarters.”

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  1. Interesting that there is precisely zero information about the P466 available anywhere.


      ACER – TRAVELMATE P446 14″ NOTEBOOK – CORE I5 GEN 5, 1.8KG, 8 HOUR BATTERY – This product is no longer available

      $839.00 ex GST
      $922.90 inc GST

      Intel HD Graphics 4400
      Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam 1280 x 720 resolution
      Acer InviLinkTM NplifyTM 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN
      Bluetooth 4.0
      Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
      Dimensions: 340 (W) x 240 (D) x 21.55 (H) mm
      Integrated BackLit Keyboard
      Weight: 1.85 kg
      SD Card reader
      HDMI port with HDCP support
      External display (VGA) port
      Two USB 2.0 ports
      Two USB 3.0 ports
      3.5 mm headphone/speaker combo jack

      • Thanks Michael. Oddly I couldn’t get that site to work on my phone, but it works flawlessly on my desktop. Weird.

        Interestingly, as soon as I started punching some numbers in, I found a whole lot more info. It has a 1366×768 screen (expected for the price, but still disappointing) in either 14 or 15.6″ options, I5-5200U, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD option… The screen is a bit ho-hum, it doesn’t include an optical drive (which I personally don’t mind, but teachers might find that a bit limiting) and it’s a bit heavy, but otherwise it isn’t too bad for the price.

  2. Dumb question time…

    Is there an Australian manufacturer anywhere on the list?


  3. I don’t know about the P466 but the B115s we’ve had are seriously tatty. Major issue, the screws securing the hinges to the base come adrift, so the hinges don’t open with the lid but crunch through the case instead. that and the screens crack because of the extra flex induce by only one hinge opening. 40 percent failure rate after one year…

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