Acer offers cheapest Chromebook with Haswell for $199.99

Acer offers cheapest Chromebook with Haswell for $199.99

Summary: The new C720-2848 Chromebook has Haswell inside with a cheap price in time for the holidays.

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When I reviewed the Acer C720 Chromebook I came away impressed with what you could get for $249.99. The Haswell Celeron processor ran Chrome OS nicely and the 4GB of system RAM moved things right along. Acer is extending the C720 line with the newly announced C720-2848 for just $199.99.

The new Chromebook is essentially the same as the C720 I reviewed, but with only 2GB of system RAM. The reduction in memory allows Acer to offer the C720-2848 for $50 less than the 4GB model.

Hardware specs for Acer C720-2848 Chromebook:

  • CPU: Intel® Celeron® Processor 2955U, (1.4GHz, 2MB L3 Cache)
  • OS: Chrome OS 
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Display: 11.6-inch, 1366x768, anti-glare
  • Camera: front webcam (1280x720)
  • Connectivity: Wi-fi a/b/g/n
  • Ports/slots: USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, SD slot 
  • Battery: 3,950 mAh, 8.5 hours
  • Thickness: 0.75in
  • Weight: 2.76lbs

The C720-2848 is now available at Best Buy and Amazon in the US.

Topics: Mobility, Google, Laptops

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  • Specs on my first computer (as best I can recall)

    type VIC-20
    Screen 22 chars x 23 lines
    CPU 6502, 1MHz
    memory 4K
    storage cassette tape
    price $300

    And now we have laptops a couple thousand times more powerful (literally) that cost less. I've lived through what must be the most interesting time in history.
    FrankInKy
    • ahh the Vic 20.

      I wanted the Commodore 64 so bad at the time. Wound up purchasing a Tandy Color Computer 3. Learned programming and create a few share ware games that I sold. I miss those days!!!
      Tablazines
      • The debauchery of ancient Rome

        It's only recently that computing has returned to the sub-$300 level that existed in those early Commodore days. And fanless again too.

        A decade ago, when we only had PCs, I wondered why they cost so much.

        Now Chromebooks have allowed the price to go beneath $200, though I think spending the extra $50 to get 4 gigs of RAM is essential.

        Oh, and there were more interesting times in history. The debauchery of ancient Rome would have been a sight to behold.
        Vbitrate
        • Yes it would have...

          but from afar... lol. @ The debauchery of ancient Rome would have been a sight to behold.
          Tablazines
        • Would have also loved...

          to visit Library of Alexandria before it's destruction. Maybe rescue a few books.

          Lol. Imagine what we'll screw up if time travel ever becomes real.
          Tablazines
        • Re: I wondered why they cost so much

          One reason: Microsoft

          :)
          danbi
          • $$$

            another couple of dollars in the ol' paycheck, danbi?

            ;)
            William.Farrel
          • And Apple

            In the UK the prices were horrendous. At a time when a $2000 Mac should have cost around 1000UKP, Apple were selling them for 4000UKP!

            I wanted a Mac IIfx, but it cost more than 10 CBM Amigas A1200s or 3 Gateway 2000 PCs, with 17" CRT.

            It is no wonder that there was a grey market for Apple kit in Europe. You could fly first class to the USA, purchase a Mac and fly back home, first class, for less than you'd pay locally! At least they changed their policy at around the turn of the century.

            Adobe are still on this particular bandwagon. You can still fly first class to the US, buy CS Master Suite, stay overnight in a hotel and fly back home for less than buying it off of Amazon locally...
            wright_is
      • C64

        I loved the c64. Best color graphics of the time. Mananged sprites for graphics. Pretty decent floppy drive. And you could notch the disks, flip them over and double your space even though they said it would ruin your drive. Never did mine. Learned basic on that puppy.
        ZeroGeeZ0
    • I remember that time

      My first computer was an Apple (1), in a metal teletype case made by Hammond with a monster custom linear power supply, and enough wire-wrap wires running to one leg of the RAM caterpillars humping each other that every time I turned the thing on, my father would joke about the (no-existent) burning smell. (The biggest complaint was usually the noise from the fan to keep the PSU cool.)

      And yes. We are living in one of the most interesting times in history. I want to live to 105 so I can see where humanity is heading, self-destruction or the stars or both.
      mheartwood
    • Vic-20

      I had a Vic-20 also! I believe it was 3.5k of memory and 4.77MGZ 6502. But the rest was spot-on!
      Howard Johnson
      • Memory

        the VIC=20 had 5KB RAM, of which 3.5KB was available. The C64 was similar, it had 64KB RAM, but in BASIC mode you "only" had 38KB available.

        I started on the ZX81 (well, I started on a VAX 11/780, but that was too big - and too expensive - for my bedroom). 1KB RAM.
        wright_is
  • Celeron®

    Was hoping for something with a bit more torque than a Celeron. It is still very affordable. A good find I must admit.
    gbouchard99@...
    • Plenty of power

      If you read my review you'll see its plenty powerful enough for a Chromebook.
      JamesKendrick
      • The future of Chrome OS

        The problem is that we have no idea at this point where the Chrome OS is really going. Will there be soon Chrome apps that requires as much processing as Photoshop for example. I understand that running Chrome Os first party cloud based apps are not demanding. But if that platform is to very expend, more powerful applications will be released and requires a bit more CPU power, floating points and multi-threading dispatch capabilities. For what Chrome is right now however, I agree with you, a Celeron must be right.
        gbouchard99@...
        • Exact but ...

          ...it is not an issue related to Chrome OS. MacBook Air does not run very demanding apps properly for example.

          The only way is the cloud. A terminal streaming an app running on a server, like GaiKai for example. Of course, this is for online world.

          Offline, you need to pay more for more power.

          It's good to be able to pay little miney when you have little needs.
          yphilogene
        • We don't need to know

          It's a Haswell smartbook for $199. 8 hours of battery life, dual core VT enabled Intel processor, 16GB SSD plus SDHC, HDMI out. What else do you need to know?
          symbolset
        • a full-blown

          Debian Wheezy XFCE4 desktop runs on it flawlessly in chroot jail concurrently with Chrome OS (if you wanna keep the latter). See crouton project for more information. I don't have any benchmarks on it, however, stellarium (a real-time realistic planetarium) runs very smoothly on it. It's all pertinent to the older setup, btw, this should be better, I suppose. I wouldn't also consider Photoshop as a good benchmark. Take Adobe flashplayer, e.g., a well known resource hog due to very poor design and quality of the code.
          eulampius
      • In your use case

        I think it's fair to say different strokes...I'm typing this on a 4g hp pavilion 14 chromebook; versus my hp chromebook 11 with 2g the difference is night and day.

        Streaming, non-stuttering radio, hd vids, 12+ pages open, much quicker page loading, easier multi-tasking, better productivity (hate that word but it is what it is.) People are running giant networks via simple devices now.

        Chromebooks should not be perceived as being only capable of a few things; with more compute power and further development of apps one would be hard-pressed to differentiate the difference between a traditional PC, the way most people use devices.

        Anyway I've never run into someone who said, "this thing is too fast."
        penelopebuena
  • These should be rental items for $49.99 a year or $5 a month

    That's all I could see paying for the use of a browser as a service.
    greywolf7