Acer launches updated version of C7 Chromebook with improved specs for $299.99

Acer launches updated version of C7 Chromebook with improved specs for $299.99

Summary: The company quietly lists a new version of the laptop, the C710-2605, with increased RAM, hard drive space, and battery life for $100 more.

TOPICS: Laptops, Google

UPDATE: Acer has just informed me that this configuration was posted in error, and has been removed from the company website. 

Designed to work with the cloud, the Chromebook laptop platform wasn't supposed to be about specs of the particular version you purchased. But that hasn't stopped Acer from boosting the parts inside its latest C7 Chromebook.

SlashGear sussed out the new model, the C710-2605, on Acer's website. While it retains some of the same components as the original $199 edition, including the Intel Celeron 847 processor and 11.6-inch 1,366x768 display, it doubles the RAM to 4GB, expands the hard drive to 500GB, and increases the battery capacity to 5,000 mAh. The battery boost should add a couple of hours to the time needed between recharging.

You still get the 100GB of cloud storage through Google Drive for two years, though the irony of adding hard drive space when Google had originally downplayed its role in the Chromebook model is not lost here. RAM was de-emphasized as well, but an extra 2GB couldn't hurt when you're using a Celeron processor. 

Ironically, our sister site CNET's review of the $199 C7 praised its hard drive size, though it did ding it for short battery life. If you haven't taken the Chromebook plunge yet, will the improved specs of the C7 convince you to buy one? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Laptops, Google

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  • But, will end blend?

    Chromebooks seem to be an answer to a question no one is asking (yet). And the reason the question remains in the future, is because robust full-time broadband/always connected internet access is not available (yet). What you're left with is a netbook with only a browser, and hope.
    • You do know.

      Chromebooks have offline mode where you can still work with your data. It just wont sync.
      Anthony E
      • RE: Thanks but no thanks

        Well, add another $600 and you can get a Surface Pro, and limit yourself much more.
      • Chromebooks sync transparently.

        You are talking absolute rubbish. Unlike Windows apps which have to be manually sync'ed, offline Chromebook apps sync automatically and transparently when connectivity is restored. Chromebooks also handle syncing on flaky connections far more gracefully and reliably than Windows apps.
  • Thanks, but no thanks.

    Add another $100, I can get a i3 running W8. Download the Crome browser and have all the functions of 'chrome book' This device has no reason to exist.
    • May not have to pay that $100

      Some of the regular notebooks are now going for $299 or less.
      • Loverock-Davidson did you see the open boxed Surfaces offered for sale

        (open boxed means customer return) on NewEgg you have to go to check out to see the price because the price is so low to mention ........... make sure you tell all your friends about this
        Over and Out
        • Windows 8 Firesales

          There is a 21% drop in Windows laptops after introduction of Windows. This means there are currently many clearance sales of Windows laptops, particularly low end Windows netbooks and laptops which customers aren't buying, and there is definitely a price crash in this segment with many discounted well below their recommended retail price.
    • RE: Thanks, but no thanks.

      Except that with a Chromebook, you take out the middleman (Microsoft) and don't have to worry about viruses.
      Richard Estes
  • 300 USD for a web browser. Right.

    And at that, Chrome OS has a market share about the current level of the Amiga.

    Just put a stake in it already.
    • Except the Amiga was far more innovative and creative

      The Amiga was cool...
  • Use one before you trash it

    Most criticism I read of Chromebooks/chromebox are obviously from those who've never used one. The conveniences far outweigh any negatives. Ask yourself: how much time do you spend on the computer when your connection is down? Not much, I guarantee. The instant boot-time/on-off is in itself great. No, it's not for the programmer or the designer, but for the "consumer," it works very, very well.
    • Why get one over an Android tablet?

      This is what I don't get.
      • Easy answer

        It's a laptop, android tablets are not.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • chromebook vs. android tablet

        because the chromebook is built more like a sturdy laptop and you're still supporting Google this way. The chromebook is more ideal for getting college homework done, and an Android tablet (e.g. nexus 7) is more for keeping your textbooks on.
        Richard Estes
    • RE: Use one before you trash it.

      I bought the first gen Samsung model when it was reduced to $300 on amazon, and for about 99.99% of it's usage, I have not had any regrets. I did end up buying a seperate USB drive for it because the 16GB SSD was a bit small for storing files on, but other than that, it's been great. the only things it's not really good for are video and image editing (or heavy gaming, but that's a whole other matter). I do recommend it for the average student that spends time in their local college campus library with nothing to do between classes though (no one needs a dual core with 20GB of ram and a 500TB hard drive just for facebook!), and, with Google Docs, it's good for getting that homework done, too!
      Richard Estes
  • I couldn't find any dimension specifications

    That thing looks like it is well over an inch thick but I can't find any dimension specs. I know it is inexpensive but this thing looks like the opposite of mobile.
    • RE: I couldn't find any dimension specifications

      They should all be listed on Google's Chrome website under "Devices". The prices should be listed there as well.
      Richard Estes
  • Brilliant Chromebook

    I've had my Samsung series 3 for a couple of weeks and it's brilliant. I can do everything on it that I did with my Windows laptop, often in a more efficient and convenient way. I can print and scan via the web browser and CloudPrint easily, No antivirus to install and no waiting for Windows updates, etc. Instant on and off with 10 hours battery life. This kind of computer is definitely the future and I bet Microsoft and Apple will go the same way one day.
  • For use on the cloud, subsidized by the user

    $300 still buys a very decent laptop, with none of any work created on it being 'freely' given over to Google to profit from (at the creator's welcomed expense)... read the terms of service carefully, or demand the system be a little more ethical in the first place.