Thought we were done with Chromebooks? Well, we aren’t. Acer have just unveiled their brand new C7 Chromebook with prices from just £199, in a rather obvious move to compete against Samsung’s Series 3 Chromebook which retails for £229, a machine released just last month which has already – and inevitably – transformed the way Chromebooks will be priced in the future.
Much like all Chromebooks, Acer’s model ships with Chrome OS out of the box. That means that cloud computing and working mostly online are this products bag. It features an 11.6-inch (1,366 x 768) display and a 320GB HDD. Powering the machine is an Intel processor, and the C7 is rated for 3.5 hours of battery life. Here the the full specifications:
- 11.6’’ display
- 25mm thin and 1.4kg
- Over 3.5 hours of battery
- Boots up in less than 20 seconds
- 100 GB of Google Drive free for 2 years
Overall the C7 looks like a rather nifty machine for under £200, however from drawing up the specs, the only thing it has going for it over the Samsung Chromebook Series 3 is a larger hard drive — a HDD which, inevitably results in a slower boot up time than Samsung’s offering.
The C7 is perhaps a month too late to cause a stir
Samsung’s Chromebook also features almost double the battery life of the Acer C7 whilst being thinner, lighter, and also better looking in our humble opinion.
The question prospective buyers need to ask themselves is this: Is £29 too much of an extra cost for a better looking, faster machine which offers better battery life and more portability than the C7? We think not and on the face of it, the Acer C7 looks like a machine which has come just one month too late. Had this machine been unveiled at the start of October before the Series 3 was unveiled its price and features may have wowed the technology industry. As it stands, it’s a competitively priced product up against a better model.
Via: Google (Chromebook, non affiliate)