When HP made the fashionable but otherwise underwhelming Chromebook 11 official and announced prices starting at $280, we kind of felt they missed the mark a little in terms of bang for buck. And now, as Acer has detailed the already teased C720, our hunch has been proven right.
Despite considerably upping the ante in terms of performance and even rocking a more polished design than last year’s C7 C710 series Chromebooks, Acer’s new 11-incher starts at a modest $240 via Amazon. Not yet up for grabs, but due out by the end of the month, the C720 is not just the most affordable second-gen Chromebook. It may also be the cheapest Intel Haswell-powered computing machine out there.
Now granted, the thing is unlikely to be blazing fast, as it doesn’t come with an Intel Core CPU. But the 1.4 GHz Celeron 2955U processor is definitely zippier than, say, the Exynos 5 Dual inside HP’s Chromebook 11. Not to mention Acer has equipped this bad boy with 4 gigs of RAM, or double the memory of its direct adversary for 11-inch gold. And a 16 GB SSD.
Meanwhile, the battery is rated at an impressive 8.5 hours of continuous use, the screen boasts an average 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution and the connectivity options include HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0. Basically, the only edge HP’s Chromebook 11 has on the C720 is a thinner profile (0.69 vs. 0.75 inches) and lower weight (2.3 vs. 2.8 pounds). But that’s far from enough to make it a smarter buy than Acer’s Chrome OS-running 11.6-incher, isn’t it?