Acer launches Haswell-powered Chromebook for $250

Acer has followed up HP’s Chromebook 11 with a cheaper Chrome OS system of its own.

Acer has followed up HP’s Chromebook 11 with a machine of its own and this time the Chinese company has one-upped the American giant in terms of specs as well as price.

For starters, Acer’s new C720 Chromebook is powered by a Haswell-based processor. The Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor’s clock speed has not been revealed, but Acer says it helps in delivering battery life of close to 8.5 hours. The C720 is priced at $250 (approx Rs 15,000), undercutting HP’s Chromebook 11 which is priced at $279 (Approx Rs 17,000).

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The C720 is a bargain hunter's delight


Despite the lower price, Acer has managed to provide double the RAM of the HP machine, a better rated battery and a more powerful processor. The C720 comes with 4GB of RAM and its 11.6-inch display has a 720p resolution (1366x768 pixels). The display is identical to many other Chromebooks in this size. The display is not a touch screen, like Google’s Chromebook Pixel.

Having said that Acer has made some compromises when it comes to the dimensions of the Chromebook. HP’s Chromebook is just 0.7-inch thick and weighs less than the Acer C720’s 2.76 pounds. The C720 on the other hand is slightly thicker at 0.75-inches thick.
Just like most other Chromebooks, the C720 comes with 16GB of storage, the very basic that one can get on this cloud-reliant platform.

In terms of connectivity, users can expect to find 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support. The C720 has a decent collection of ports considering the price. It has a multi-card reader, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports. Acer has said that more Chromebook models will be announced in the following weeks at various price points.

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