Acer Launches Thinner, Faster Chromebook Powered by Haswell for $250

Paul Lilly

Third generation Chromebook is 30 percent lighter

Acer's been on the Chromebook bandwagon since the first day and shows no sign of hopping off. Just the opposite, Acer today announced the debut of its C720 Chromebook line featuring processors based on Haswell's micro-architecture. Suffice to say, the C720 is Acer's fastest Chromebook yet, and also the slimmest, boasting a design that's 30 percent thinner and weighs just 2.76 pounds.

It has an 11.6-inch ComfyView HD display with a 1366x768 resolution. Other features include an Intel Celeron 2955U (what, you weren't really expecting a Core i7 chip, were you?) clocked at 1.4GHz with 2MB of cache, 4GB of DDR3L RAM, 16GB solid state drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a pair of USB ports (1 x USB 2.0 and 1 x USB 3.0), HDMI output, full-size Acer FineTip keyboard, multi-gesture touchpad, and a battery that's good for up to 8.5 hours of run time.

"The Acer C720 is a significant step forward for our highly-acclaimed Acer Chromebook line, as it delivers speedy performance, quick boot times, a matte anti-glare display and a slimmer design that is portable enough for anywhere use," said Arif Maskatia , chief technology officer, Acer America. "These key advances allow families and students to continue collaborating, learning and playing in exciting ways, all while staying secure since Chrome OS includes multiple layers of protection from online threats."

Kicking off the C720 family is the C720-2800 as configured above. This is available to pre-order now at Amazon ($240.27) and is also supposed to be listed on Best Buy's website, though it's not posted at the time of this writing. It will ship in the coming weeks.

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