Acer Debuts Even Less Expensive $199 Chromebook C720 With Intel Haswell Inside

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News Posted: Fri, Nov 15 2013 11:01 AM
Acer’s $249 C720 Chromebook offered some solid specs (for a chromebook), and the company is already pushing the envelope further with a lower-priced C720 offering: the C720-2848 model will cost just $199.

The new model will run an Intel Celeron 2955U (Haswell) processor, and it will sport 16GB of SSD storage (with 100GB of Google Drive storage) and 2GB of DDR3L RAM with a battery that purports to last 8.5 hours under normal use. The 11.6-inch matte display offers a 1366x768 resolution, and there’s an integrated webcam, dual speakers, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI, and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi.

Acer Chromebook C720

The machine is just 0.75 inches thick and weighs 2.76 pounds, and it comes with a month-long free trial of Google Play All Music Access and 12 free GoGo in-flight passes. You can snag the $199 Acer Chromebook C720 now from Amazon or Best Buy, and Acer will also sell it directly starting in December.

Acer Chromebook C720

Based on the work we’ve done testing the $249 Acer C720 Chromebook for an upcoming review, we can say that either model is a good deal, but paying $199 for what this platform and hardware offer is truly impressive.
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Very unimpressed about this model, it is actually a step backwards because it has only 2GB ram, while the other model has 4GB. Is there even a SD card reader with this model. Apart from that, everything else is the same as before. So you save $50 for a slower machine.

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scolaner replied on Fri, Nov 15 2013 6:43 PM

Well...yeah, I mean that's the idea. You pay a little less for slightly reduced specs. That's how every product line works, always. However, 1) yes, it has 2GB of RAM instead of 4GB, but I don't think that's a huge deal for a machine running a seriously lightweight OS, and 2) either way, Acer broke the $200 price point, which is a huge deal.

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Jun replied on Wed, Nov 27 2013 3:15 AM

Google Docs works offline, too. That stupid video of Microsoft making fun of the Chromebook was so incorrect. As long as you dont need to play games or edit pictures(other than add filters), the Chromebook does everything.

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