Acer Releases Entry-Level Chromebook with Haswell Inside for $200

Paul Lilly

Cost of entry just got $50 cheaper

Acer just made it a little more tempting to jump aboard the Chromebook bandwagon. With the holiday shopping season getting underway, Acer expanded its C720 Chromebook line with a new $200 entry-level model. Like the $250 SKU, it's built around Intel's Haswell architecture (albeit a Celeron 2955U processor clocked at 1.4GHz), has a 16GB solid state drive, and sports an 11.6-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution. So, how did Acer manage to shave $50 off the price?

The $200 features half the amount of RAM (2GB versus 4GB). Otherwise, the C720-2848 is the same system as the C720-2800 released last month, only more affordable. Acer's making a play for the gift-giving season.

"The Acer C720-2848 is a great option for families and students on a budget who need an effective way to be productive, share Google Docs with study groups, access apps for school, pay bills and stay in touch via social networks," Acer says.

Acer's C720-2848 Chromebook is a thin machine at just 0.75 inches thick. It's also light at 2.76 pounds, making it easy to tuck into a book bag or backpack, take to classes, or anywhere else it might come in handy. Other features include a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, HD webcam, fully clickable touchpad, and 3-cell battery good for up to 8.5 hours of run time.

In addition, Acer Chromebook customers are eligible for up to 100GB of free Google Drive storage for the first two years after purchase, as well as 12 free Gogo Inflight passes.

The Acer C720-2848 Chromebook is available now from Best Buy and Amazon.

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