Faster and more widely available.
Acer clearly got the memo indicating that the best way to sell a Chromebook is to undercut the competition with the lowest price, and then hammer out a deal with Walmart to carry the cloud-based laptop. Enter Acer's C710-2856, the latest version of the company's C7 Chromebook line that's available at 2,800 Walmart stores for just $199. Not only is it cheaper than other Chromebooks and widely available, it's also faster than Acer's previous SKU.
That's because Acer dumped the 320GB mechanical hard drive in favor of a 16GB solid state drive (SSD). Obviously there's a huge storage discrepancy there, but since Google's Chrome OS -- the heart and soul of any Chromebook -- is largely based on cloud computing, Acer figured users would prefer to have faster boot times and quick access to apps versus more local storage.
"The expansion of our Acer C7 Chromebook line to Walmart is a clear indication of its growing popularity for anyone who wants a new or second mobile PC for web-based computing," said Sumit Agnihotry , vice president of product marketing, Acer America. "The new configuration with a speedy and responsive SSD at only $199 is an especially notable value."
According to Acer, the upgraded C7 boots in just 8 seconds and resumes from sleep almost instantly. Other features include an 11.6-inch HD display, Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1.3MP webcam.