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It also has a few other nifty features, such as the desktop which is truly uncluttered, a simple taskbar that features apps you can pin as well as the obvious necessary ones like Chrome and Gmail, and a very small power pack that reminds us of the original Asus Eee PC netbooks that first came out back in 2007.

There is also so much space on this laptop that you literally won’t know what to do with it.

Like what we used to see on old school netbooks (before that part of the market basically died), the Acer Chromebook features a whopping 320GB hard drive, which is a ridiculous amount of storage for a machine where most of its files are going to be stored online.

In theory, this sounds like a tremendously awesome idea, until you find out that Google’s Chrome OS doesn’t really have the goods to let you explore the file system easily, not like with Microsoft’s Windows Explorer and Apple’s Finder.

Files should help you manage your files, but there isn't a lot it can do at the moment. Maybe with updates to the OS, this will become more useful.

Google has a “files” app, but it only lets you browse your downloads and what’s on your Google Drive on the cloud (online), and doesn’t seem to let you make folders outside of these on your hard drive.

As a result, there isn’t any easy way to move files – such as movies and music – to your hard drive, and so you’re not really sure why you have so much storage, outside of making so much content on the computer that you won’t know what to do with, or downloading some large pieces of data.

And possibly a problem that stems from the cheaper build on offer in this laptop, we didn’t find the keyboard on the C7 Chromebook to be all that amazing.

What we’re feeling is just too soft, with buttons that feel too close together, and even require a slightly heavier touch. You can press lightly if you choose, but some characters may end up going missing in the process.

If you had no problems with the smaller netbook keyboards previously offered, chances are you’ll be fine here.

Slow downs in the typing are reasonably common here, whether connected or disconnected, and we found the Intel Celeron inside just couldn’t always catch up with fast typing, showing noticeable lagging as the machine gradually threw typed letters on the screen.

Battery life could also be a little better. While the Acer Chromebook has been cast from the same mould as Acer’s previous netbooks, we’d have hoped the life to have improved.

As such, you’ll manage only roughly three to four hours here, which is acceptable for a $299 laptop, though not amazing, especially since netbooks pulled in at least four and sometimes as much as six.


Acer’s $299 Chromebook is a great idea that comes in at a great price, but it’s just not as great a product as we had hoped, letting us down in the keyboard and speed area.