Samsung was the first to release a Chromebook built around Google's Chrome OS platform, but if the high price tags ($430 for the Wi-Fi model, $500 for the 3G version) had you down in the dumps, lift your head up. Acer is coming to the rescue with its first Chromebook, the AC700, which will begin shipping "this month" starting at $350. Since we're on the home stretch for the month of June, Acer will have to release the AC700 within the next 3 days to make good on its promise.
"We are pleased to be one of Google’s leading launch partners delivering a new experience in cloud computing for customers with our new Acer AC700 Chromebook," said Arif Maskatia, CTO, Acer. "As a leader in the mobile computing space, we strive to offer customers the widest range of mobile computing devices to support the many ways our customers connect to their world. The Acer AC700 represents the future of computing as it shows how they can access the cloud to vastly improve the simplicity, security and speed of their online experience."
The A700 boasts an 11.6-inch HD display that's slightly smaller than Samsung's 12.1 inch display. Other specs are similar, including:
Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor
2GB DDR3 memory
Intel GMA 3150 graphics
Two USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card reader
Full size keyboard with oversize trackpad
And of course the main attraction is Google's Chrome OS. There will be a 3G version made available "later this summer," though Acer didn't mention a price.