Also getting the gift of the grab (see what we did there?) is Acer’s C720 Chromebook, which will be updated to the C720P this month.
This minor refresh brings Acer’s Chromebook attempts up to a fourth model, and while it keeps the Intel fourth-generation Haswell based Celeron processor, as well as the 16GB solid-state storage, it increases the memory to 4GB and replaces the 11.6 inch HD screen with one that is the same size and resolution, but now supports touch.
There’s also a splash of paint applied, with grey lightened to white, and the plastic design looking like it’s been firmed up just a touch.
But touch is one of the key features here, and Acer’s C720P will actually be the first Chromebook in Australia to support the technology, and the second Chromebook in the world outside of Google’s own experimental Chromebook Pixel, the latter of which never came to Australia and fetched a pretty un-Chromebook price of over a grand in US dollars.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring touch technology to our Chromebook lineup,” said Daniel Goffredo, Acer’s Head of Commercial Client Products in Australia.
“The 10-point touch display brings the Chromebook interface to life like never before, making it so much more immersive and fun to use.”
While touch is one of those things that you may not yet need in a Chromebook, when developers jump on board, it’s possible we’ll see more apps and websites engaging with Chrome’s touch capabilities.
But it’s more than about being able to touch a web browser or zoom with your fingers, as Goffredo told GadgetGuy that it’s also about durability.
“The biggest thing in education is cracked screens,” said Mr. Goffredo. “The first thing you get from a touchscreen is a stronger display.”
Hands on with the device this week, and what we’re basically seeing is just what Acer has suggested: a slight refresh on an already great Chromebook. We liked the C720 when we checked it out last month, and the updates here look like they could improve the performance (thank you extra memory), though we’ll have to see if the touchscreen is better for users, and better for colour.
The last one we’re not sure about yet, and the quick play we had with it suggested the screen of the C720P hasn’t improved much beyond what we saw on the C720, but a review will let us find out for sure.
If you can’t wait for a review, though, Acer’s C720P should be arriving in stores across the country shortly, priced under $500.