Acer undercuts HP with C720, a $250 Haswell-powered Chromebook

October 10, 2013

    Acer C720 Chromebook (6)

    The Chromebooks’ steady march to mainstream continues with the Acer C720, the first Chromebook equipped with a Haswell micro-architecture processor.

    At the beginning of the week HP unveiled the $279 Chromebook 11, a colorful little laptop featuring an Exynos 5250 processor and 2GB of RAM, and now it’s Acer’s turn to offer us an affordable device running Google’s cloud-based OS.

    The Acer C720 features an 11.6-inch 1366×768 anti-glare display and is powered by a Haswell-based Intel Celeron 2955U processor, along with 4GB of RAM. Thanks to the update in the processor department, the new C720 is both faster and less power-hungry that its predecessor, the C710. Acer claims that the new Chromebook should power through up to 8.5 hours, an impressive battery life for a small and affordable computer like the C720.

    Another interesting feature is the small SSD drive that allows for boot times of less than 7 seconds and generally speedier operation. Other specs include an HD webcam, an USB 3.0 port, an USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, and a HDMI port.

    Acer announced that the 16GB version of the C720 Chromebook will go on sale for $249 in the following weeks, with Amazon.com and BestBuy.com already taking pre-orders.

    The C720 Chromebook was first announced at the Intel Developer Forum conference in September, along with the HP Chromebook 14, another Haswell-equipped device expected to launch before holidays.

    So, what is it for you? The Exynos HP Chromebook 11 or the Celeron Acer C720?

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    Acer C720 Chromebook Launches with Sleek Design, Speed and Security

    Editors’ Summary:
    · Customers will enjoy fast, responsive performance and up to 8.5 hours of long battery life with new Intel processor based on Haswell micro-architecture

    · New 30 percent thinner design pairs with anti-glare display that reduces reflection for a better visual experience

    · Less than 7-second boot time gets customers quickly learning, creating and connecting

    · Simple to use, great for sharing between family members and students

    · Available for pre-order now at Amazon.com and BestBuy.com for $249.99 with 4GB memory
    SAN JOSE, Calif., (Oct. 10, 2013) – Acer America today debuts its new Acer C720 Chromebook line that features processors based on the Haswell micro-architecture for faster performance and up to 8.5 hours of battery life.(1)

    This third-generation Chromebook has a design that is 30 percent thinner than its predecessor. It’s also lighter and for the first time, it features an anti-glare display, making it ideal for families and students who want a Chromebook that can be enjoyed in a range of settings, even outdoors in sunlight.

    “The Acer C720 is a significant step forward for our highly-acclaimed Acer Chromebook line, as it delivers speedy performance, quick boot times, a matte anti-glare display and a slimmer design that is portable enough for anywhere use,” said Arif Maskatia, chief technology officer, Acer America. “These key advances allow families and students to continue collaborating, learning and playing in exciting ways, all while staying secure since Chrome OS includes multiple layers of protection from online threats.”
    The new Acer C720 Chromebook builds on the popular Acer C710 Chromebook, which was lauded for its performance and integration of Google’s Chrome operating system at a ground-breaking affordable price. It meets the needs of students, families, anyone on a budget, and the growing number of customers who enjoy the Google ecosystem for school, work and entertainment.

    Speedy Performance and Long Battery Life

    Customers can begin their online fun, research and social networking quickly with the Acer C720. It boots up in less than 7 seconds and resumes nearly instantly from sleep mode thanks to the fast Solid State Drive.(2) The new Chromebook is powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Intel Haswell micro-architecture, so it delivers a noticeable boost in both performance and battery life. The battery keeps customers going for up to 8.5 hours, ideal for all day productivity and fun.(1) Customers can power through web pages and docs, and will also enjoy fluid HD video and apps with the support of up to 4GB of DDR3L memory.(2) Plus, the Acer C720 quickly connects to hotspots and wireless networks via 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi.

    Security for Multiple Users, Collaboration

    Customers will appreciate that the Chrome OS is updated automatically, so it always has the latest features. Multiple layers of security features including data encryption and verified boot defend the Acer C720 Chromebook against online threats, malware and viruses. This is especially useful for parents and school administrators who are responsible for protecting students. IT administrators can also manage the Chromebooks remotely for speedier app roll-outs and increased efficiency.

    The Acer C720 Chromebook also keeps data safe when the device is used by multiple users, such as for collaboration in the classroom and for projects for home, school or work. Users can have separate accounts to ensure their project, Gmail and other information is kept safe if the Chromebook is lost, stolen, or lent to a friend. Storage on Google Drive protects files, documents, and photos safely in the cloud, and ensures that the most current version is always available.(3) Customers can also access files offline, and even open and edit MS Office documents as well as Google Documents. Schools will appreciate that the Acer C720 Chromebooks have a Kensington lock to secure them to a classroom or mobile cart.

    New Thinner, Lighter Design with all the Extras

    The new Acer C720 has a design that is more than 30 percent thinner than its predecessor, measuring only 0.75-inches thick. It still includes a full-sized keyboard, so customers can comfortably create and edit documents and spreadsheets. The device weighs only 2.76 pounds, so it’s easy to carry in a backpack or bag. The slim and sleek size of the Acer C720 still provides room for a vibrant 11.6-inch ComfyView™ HD display with a 1366×768 resolution that keeps websites, images and video crisp and clear. Plus, the display has a matte, anti-glare property, enabling students and families to enjoy the Chromebook outside in sunlight for classwork, reading, playing games and more.

    The Acer C720′s integrated HD webcam delivers sharp and detailed images and rich color saturation. Combined with the microphone, the Chromebook is great for video chatting as well as capturing video and photos for sharing online. Plus, the dual speaker design ensures crisp and clear stereo audio for enjoying music, video and more. The Acer C720 connects to popular consumer electronics devices such as camcorders, digital cameras and smart phones via its fast USB 3.0 port as well as a USB 2.0 port. It also has an HDMI port for pushing video and content to external displays and HDTVs. In addition, customers can access other media and files through the SD card reader.(2)

    Pricing, Availability and Warranty

    The first model in the Acer C720 Series, the C720-2800, is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com and BestBuy.com with 4GB of memory and a 16GB SSD at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of only $249.99 in the United States. Additional configurations will be available in the coming weeks.

    The new Acer C720 comes with a standard one-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years with the Acer Advantage service. All Acer Chromebooks are backed by toll-free service and support.(4)

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    Comments

    • Luka Mlinar

      This is one of the most stupidest things that came out of Google. So the idea is to keep everything on a cloud, right? I have a hard enough time uploading a 3 minute video on YT. With 5 inch phones and 10 inch tablet’s. This thing would in theory sit between a PC and a Tablet. How much gear do you need FFS?

      • panchalkalpesh

        But @lukamlinar:disqus, I think it is possible to store files if you opt for 320 GB version (not the SSD version) and hack dual boot with Ubuntu.
        What say others?

        • Luka Mlinar

          But if i option for a 320 GB model then i might as well stop calling it Chromebook and call it a laptop with Chrome OS.

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Nope, you can’t. Since Laptops can’t run the Chrome OS you see in Chromebooks. There is Chromium OS for PC’s, but it’s very lame, in comparison to Chrome OS.

          • panchalkalpesh

            Totally Agreed with @vardan_nazaretyan:disqus … @lukamlinar:disqus You cannot call it a laptop with Chrome OS.

      • Matt R Carner

        You have a hard time uploading a video to YouTube? lol

        Yeah – the cloud might be a little advanced for you.

        • TeQuieroCali

          LOL! that was quite funny!

      • Jeff

        Self-center comment… I love mine.

      • webster miller

        For me, it sits btw my phone and my ‘real’ computers. I’ve tried tablets and I don’t like them. For my needs, a Chromebook is the ultimate couch browser. Give me a touchscreen Chromebook and I’ll be in couch browsing heaven.

    • Bam

      I wonder if this would dual-boot to Win 8.

    • SlenderSniper

      Definitely would buy the Acer

    • MasterMuffin

      Acer has a “real” computer processor, definitely it

      • Ivan Myring

        Definitely it?

        • MasterMuffin

          “So, what is it for you? The Exynos HP Chromebook 11 or the Celeron Acer C720?” :)

    • Nick V

      Rumor has it that Acer is releasing another Chromebook with a Haswell chip and touchscreen. I want to wait to see what this is, and what the cost of it is.

    • Dana Munn

      What is the better quality company though? Acer or HP … Or Samsung?

      • MasterMuffin

        HP in my experience with Acer, HP and Samsung. Just my experience though

    • Jesse Sutherland

      Sweet deal. SD card is huge for people afraid of the cloud, plus a great expansion if you’re going to dual-boot Linux. This thing sounds great. Hope the build and keyboard are good, because my only real reservation about keyboards that small is when they’re built poorly.

    • JP

      a* USB not “an USB”. Not because it’s proper, but because it’s annoying as hell to read.

      • dextersgenius

        And the reason it’s annoying as hell to read *is* because it’s not proper. :P

        Also, how do you report typos/corrections to the author? I can’t seem to tag +Bogdan Petrovan.

    • Gimpslayer

      I had an acer, cheap rubbish

    • Sam Arbuckle

      Waiting to see the Asus version that is supposed to be coming before Xmas. My C710 Acer with 4GB Ram is doing just fine so might skip a upgrade.

    • Cole Raney

      A USB* not an USB. An goes before words that have a vowel sound (not just a vowel). USB sounds like you es be, which starts with a y sound, which is not a vowel sound. If you are going to write for a living, dear god to a grammar check.

      • Aj

        Haha true and it should also be a HD webcam.. Not an HD

        • JP

          “An HD” because it’s pronounced ‘eytch dee’.. notice the E on the front? Yeah, vowel sound. An HD.

      • JP

        do* a grammar check.. =)

        • Cole Raney

          I’m also not getting paid for it, and typos happen.

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