Acer First to Market with a Touchscreen Chromebook, Retails for $300

Paul Lilly

Finally, an affordable Chromebook with touch support

Google owes Acer a pat on the back for making its Chromebook platform a more attractive option. How so? Acer just introduced the C720P Chromebook , the newest addition to its C720 line and the first to feature an 11.6-inch touchscreen panel. What's equally impressive is that Acer managed to bolt on a touchscreen panel without tacking on an obscene premium -- this sucker retails for $300 MSRP.

"Our new touchscreen C720P gives customers an intuitive way to browse sites online, enjoy apps, and do more with the Chromebook," said Arif Maskatia , CTO for Acer. "The Acer C720 Chromebook line has been praised for its performance and battery life, and this new touchscreen model allows us to address the needs of an even wider range of customers with exciting new capabilities. We're certain many holiday shoppers will jump at the chance to get a touchscreen Chromebook for just $299.99."

The rest of the laptop is standard Chromebook fare. The 11.6-inch screen boasts a 1366x768 resolution powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on Haswell, 2GB of DDR3 memory, and a 32GB solid state drive. It also features built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI output, built-in webcam, and up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Physically, the 720p measures just 0.78 inches thick and weights a hair under 3 pounds, making it highly portable for toting to classes or meetings.

The C720p will be available in various configurations in early December at Amazon, Best Buy, and through Acer's online store. Each one will come with 100GB of free Google Drive storage for the first two years, plus 12 free GoGo Inflight passes.

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