Acer Undercuts Samsung with $199 C7 Chromebook

Paul Lilly

Hey look, it's another affordable Chromebook! This one is from Acer, which this week debuted its new C7 Chromebook priced at $199. That's $50 less expensive than Samsung's recently introduced Chromebook for 2012. Both models sport an 11.6-inch display and the latest version of Google's Chrome OS, and though there are a few subtle differences between the two, you could argue that both are compelling options in a space that was once dominated by netbooks.

With Chrome OS, hardware takes a backseat to the software, though that doesn't mean we should ignore the components altogether. Acer's C7 Chromebook brings to the table an Intel Celeron 874 processor (1.10GHz, 2MB L3 cache), 2GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, 320GB hard drive, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, memory card reader, and a 1.3MP webcam with LED indicator.

For the sake of comparison, Samsung's model boasts an ARM processor and a 16GB SSD rather than an HDD. The advantage of the ARM processor over Intel's chip is that it doesn't require a cooling fan.

According to Acer , the C7 boots in less than 18 seconds. It also comes with various extras, like up to 100GB of free Google Drive storage for the first two years after purchase.

The C7 is available now through Google Play, Best Buy stores, and BestBuy.com.

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