Price (RRP): $399
Acer’s second attempt at a Chromebook has a new processor, better keyboard, and a slightly slimmer build. Does Acer perfect the Chrome idea this time around, or will the third time be the charm?
The next version of the Acer Chromebook isn’t just a refresh with a new chip, as the company could have made it. No, there’s a new keyboard to check out on top of the changes Acer has made for this incarnation.
First up is the screen which stays the same in this laptop from the previous model, the C710. That means you’ll get the same 11.6 inch LCD running the high definition resolution of 1366×768.
Like most laptops, this is connected by hinges to the main body of the Chromebook, which on this computer features an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the technology used in Intel’s fourth-generation Core processing technology. Not everything is here, and you don’t get the same speed or graphics power, but with Google’s Chrome OS operating here, you probably won’t need it anyway.
Working alongside this is 2GB RAM and 16GB solid-state storage, with a version of Intel’s HD graphics with 128MB RAM making up the video and 3D accelerator side of things.
Connections are all pretty standard fare here, with 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless networking as well as Bluetooth 4.0, while wired connections are mostly ports for you to plug stuff in, with the inclusion of a USB 2.0, USB 3.0, SD card slot, HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headset jack.
As part of the package that is Google’s Chrome OS, all purchases of the Acer C720 will come with 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years.
Acer has been making Chromebooks for about as long as any other major, possibly longer, and it was actually the first we had ever seen and reviewed.
That model was the C710, though, a $299 machine from early-2013 that offered up an Intel Celeron with a 320GB hard drive and an operating system that couldn’t really make use of the technology.
Fast forward several months, though, and Acer has taken the Chromebook back to the drawing board, reworking the specifications considerably and building a machine that takes advantage of the cloud, lets you move files to and from it, and should even offer some decent battery life.
Acer won’t exactly win any awards for the design, but at least there have been some changes from the first model we checked out last year.