Acer quietly launched its second Chromebook, the C7, earlier this month, making it available through Google Play, BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores. Now, according to the Taiwanese PC maker, the $199 Chrome OS-running device has become popular enough to force some other e-tailers to begin selling it.
The C7, which is the only Chromebook to feature a hard drive, is now also available through TigerDirect, NewEgg and Staples.com, the company announced today. As per Acer, the interest that this device has managed to generate among customers — and thereby retailers — is due mainly to the fact that it’s “easy-to-use, speedy and secure.”
“Our customers’ enthusiastic response to the Acer C7 Chromebook has encouraged more of our e-tail partners to make them available for purchase online – just in time for anyone looking for a great holiday gift for a loved one or yourself,” said Scott Ledterman, vice president of retail, Acer America, in a press release. “The extra low price of only $199 is so affordable that customers can even buy them as stocking stuffers for multiple people on their shopping list.”
Here’s a rundown of what's inside the 3.05-lb C7:
Display: 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD
Processor: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847
Memory: 2GB DDR3
Storage: 320GB HDD and 100GB Google Drive Storage
Webcam: HD 1.3MP webcam w/ LED indicator and microphone
Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100 Ethernet
Ports: 3xUSB 2.0, HDMI, Card Reader
Given the fact that the first Chromebooks were widely reported to have sold in the tens of thousands, it is difficult to say how Acer defines popularity when it comes to such devices.