announced its new generation of Chromebooks, and as we mentioned a month ago
, these machines have Intel
) processors inside. In the case of the first model in the series, the C720-2800, it’s an Intel Celeron 2955U chip; it may be disappointing that it’s not at least a Core series processor, but remember that these Chromebooks don’t demand the same processing power as a full-size laptop running Windows.
The 11.6-inch display (1366x768 resolution) features a matte finish with anti-glare for better visibility even in bright environments. The whole notebook weighs 2.76 lbs, and at 0.75 inches thick, it’s 30% slimmer than Acer’s previous-gen Chromebook
, the C710.
The C720 also features 16GB SSD storage (and of course Google
Drive online storage), 4GB of DDR3L RAM, an integrated HD webcam, a microphone, dual speakers, and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi. Ports include USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI, and there’s an SD card reader and a Kensington lock on board, too. The battery purports to last for 8.5 hours.
Though the C720-2800 is the first model in the series, more configurations are coming within weeks. They include a standard one-year parts and labor warranty with the option to bump up to three years with the Acer Advantage service.
The Acer C720 Chromebook will cost $249.99, and it’s available for preorder how at Amazon and Best Buy.