Acer Enters the Chromebook Segment with C720

acer c720 chromebookChrome OS is creating a lot of hype these days, and every company is presenting its devices running on this new OS. After the launch of devices from Google and HP, even Acer has jumped into the competition with its C720 chromebook. The original model of by Acer was termed as C720, but it has just been upgraded to a new version yesterday, and is now available as C720-2848, which is also being referred to as C720 only. The major difference between the two models is that Acer has sliced the 4 GB RAM from the predecessor to 2 GB, and this has helped the company in lowering the price of the device by $50.

The new Chrome OS from Google is light weight as compared to all the traditional operating systems like Windows and Mac because it is based on the concept of cloud, and specially designed keeping in mind the requirements of business people. The requirements for this OS are very low, and this has certainly helped the companies in manufacturing economic devices running on Chrome OS. Acer Chromebook is available at a throwaway price tag of $199, and is bound to be among the top choices for anyone who needs day to day computing.

Looking at the specs of the new Acer Chromebook C720, it features an 11.6 inch display which packs a native resolution of 1366 x 768p. The device is powered by an Intel fourth generation Celeron processor which has been clocked at 1.4 GHz. This processor may seem tiny when compared to the monster i7s, but it just packs enough power for normal user multitasking. The device comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash memory available for the user. There’s also a VGA camera on the front for video calls.

As with any other Chromebook, this one too comes with a Google Drive online free space of 100 GB valid for 5 months. Connectivity options include dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, HDMI support, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port. The company claims that this gadget can provide a battery backup of 8.5 hours to the user. This compact device has been designed for better mobility rather than high performance. The dual speakers on the device offer satisfactory performance for easy listening experience.

Google preloads the Chrome OS with its native apps like Gmail client, Chrome browser, Google Calendar, Google Drive application, Google Music Play, etc. Most of these apps can work effectively only when online and this is the reason that there are users who do not opt for this OS beside the new designs and features being provided by Google. This low end Chromebook is now priced at $199 which does complete justice provided the hardware specifications which it packs. Chromebooks have not yet received much positive response from the users mostly due to the limited number of apps currently available, but they seem to pack some powerful features which would rule the world of future.

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