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

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vrmlbasic

A 720 screen?! That's not something that I would boast about. What a colossal leap backwards from the (exorbitantly priced) Chromebook Pixel.

This is less capable than a netbook. This is less capable than an Android smartphone with a bluetooth keyboard connected (it also likely has a lower screen resolution).

Touchscreen functionality in laptops that don't convert into tablets is wasted.

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NavarWynn

If it's as easy to install ChrUbuntu on this unit as on many other chromebooks, and you can suck the (now) crappy boot time, and the miniscule sized SSD, you've got a Ubuntu laptop w/ a touchscreen (albeit w/ crappy resolution) for $300. - and something that'll work just fine -even without a connection.

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Jeffredo

What a stupid looking picture. Finger heading for the screen when there's a keyboard and trackpad right there. Touchscreens are hella worthless if you can type by touch.

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FenixSS

In your Best Chromebook article, it was declared that the Acer C720 was the winner. Is the C720P the same configuration, except for having touchscreen and being $30 cheaper?

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Obsidian

LoL ... Just below this story Ben has a slam from Microsoft to Chromebook, and the next story Paul counters with a $300 touchscreen Chromebook. Well played balance here MPC. Was that planned?

Too bad Chromebook doesn't interest anyone I know of, other than the Chromebook Pixel that had such a beautiful screen and build quality and a price worthy of sticker shock. For what Microsoft accurately points out, is essentially useless without a reliable internet connection.

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Baer

Useless and Meh!

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thematejka

"For what Microsoft accurately points out, is essentially useless without a reliable internet connection."

Exactly. Even though Android isn't that useful without an internet connection either, I feel that chromebooks would be better off having a more fleshed out operating system like that. I wonder how big the ChromeOS niche actually is? Certainly smaller than Android, anyway. Google is spreading themselves to thin with these two different OS's IMHO.

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Obsidian

Strap in thematejka ... get your helmet! It is possible that (eventually) Android may go away and some variation of ChromeOS will replace it. Clearly it will need an amazingly planned transition and some more core application support, but there are a few developers I know that have predicted this evolution. I don't know how much weight to put on this opinion I've heard. But looking at it logically, it could be possible that ChromeOS will become a unifying system like iOS is right now.

But who knows? I agree there seem to be a lot of fingers in a bunch of things.