Acer just made it a little more tempting to jump aboard the Chromebook bandwagon. With the holiday shopping season getting underway, Acer expanded its C720 Chromebook line with a new $200 entry-level model. Like the $250 SKU, it's built around Intel's Haswell architecture (albeit a Celeron 2955U processor clocked at 1.4GHz), has a 16GB solid state drive, and sports an 11.6-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution. So, how did Acer manage to shave $50 off the price?
Acer's been on the Chromebook bandwagon since the first day and shows no sign of hopping off. Just the opposite, Acer today announced the debut of its C720 Chromebook line featuring processors based on Haswell's micro-architecture. Suffice to say, the C720 is Acer's fastest Chromebook yet, and also the slimmest, boasting a design that's 30 percent thinner and weighs just 2.76 pounds.
It took some time for consumers to warm to the idea of Chromebooks, probably because netbooks hadn't completely died out when they first emerged. Today, however, Samsung's Chromebook is the best selling laptop on Amazon with a 4/5 star rating from over 3,000 user reviews. It's fair to say that Chromebooks have grown on a segment of PC shoppers, and in the coming months, these cloud-oriented devices will become a bit more powerful.
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.
Psst! Hey, you there. Yes, you, the one browsing Acer's C7 Chromebook. Which would you rather have, capacity or speed? Speed, you say? Well in that case, go ahead and take that Chromebook out of your shopping cart and head over to Best Buy. It's there that you'll find the first of several planned new models in Acer's C7 Chromebook line, including an upgraded version of the $199 model you were holding.
It's not easy being a mother, that's something every human on the planet can agree with, regardless of gender. She's the one who put Band-Aids on boo-boos as opposed to dad who would just tell you to man up (again, regardless of gender) and rub some dirt in it. She's the one who sewed up your tattered Star Wars blanket long after it had seen better days, and she's the one who couldn't sit and relax for an evening to watch a recorded movie because you broke the VCR by shoving toys and peanut butter sandwiches inside.
It’s hard to believe that the Chromebook is still with us. If you recall, Chromebooks were birthed in a tumultuous time for the world. The country was in the midst of economic collapse and craptastic netbooks were the cheap hotness.
Note: This review was taken from the January 2012 issue of the magazine.
Google's Chromebook Pixel sports a touchscreen display with a 2560x1700 resolution.
It's not entirely clear what Google is thinking by launching a $1,299 Chromebook. Oh, haven't you heard? Google on Thursday unveiled the Chromebook Pixel, essentially a high-octane Chromebook with a 13.3-inch touchscreen display and 2560x1700 resolution. Google says it's the highest resolution of any notebook in its class, but that luxury doesn't come cheap, as it's also the highest priced Chromebook to date.
HP goes against the grain with 14-inch Pavilion Chromebook
Chrome OS finally seems to be getting some attention from top PC vendors. Close on the heels of Lenovo’s recent announcement of its maiden Chromebook, a spec sheet detailing HP's first Chrome OS device was discovered on the PC and printing ink behemoth's website on Monday.