Everyone loves a good deal and if you’re in search of a new Chromebook, the prices on these devices just got a bit cheaper. A couple of weeks ago, we saw the launch of a $249 Chromebook that was a joint project between Samsung and Google.
This device was described as something that could meet the basic needs of an average user and relied heavily on cloud based services. One of the attractive points of this device was its low price of $249. Today, there’s a new Crhomebook available and this one brings a new low to pricing. The latest Chromebook is from Acer and it is the Acer C7, a Chromebook that retails for $199. The new “extra bright” 11.6-inch laptop goes on sale within the United States today and it is the cheapest model available at this time.
In order to keep costs low, some compromises did have to be made to the innards, but the device is good enough for basic tasks. The Acer Chromebook will launch with an Intel Celeron 847 processor and it will have 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The device measures about 1-inch in thickness and has an overall weight of three pounds. It features a fully clickable trackpad, a full sized keyboard and a battery life that has an uptime rating of 3.5 hours. Also included within the device is a 320GB hard drive which is complemented by an additional 100GB of free storage space that the search engine will provide through Google Drive. This storage space will be free for a 2 year term. Rounding out the features are an 18 second boot time, instant resume, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi network support, LED indicators, and 1.3 megapixel camera with microphone.
As this device runs on Google’s operating system, there is heavy integration with Google’s suite of apps with software updates being run automatically. In addition, the default location for saving data is within the cloud. US customers that would like to buy this device can do so through Best Buy stores, online locations as well as Google’s own Play store.