The Chromebook space is rapidly evolving, and Acer's new model is the first to bring Intel's Haswell technology to the Chromebook. The new Acer C720 has an Intel Celeron processor with Haswell technology with a quoted 8.5-hour battery life.
The Haswell Celeron should bring improved performance over the previous generation processor. Samsung's Series 5 550 Chromebook yields good performance with the older Celeron, so the Acer should be even better. Samsung's older Chromebook gets six hours run time per charge, and the Haswell Celeron should easily beat that. Significantly, Acer is introducing the C710 Chromebook for $249.99.
The Samsung Series 5 is over $500 on Amazon at the time of this writing. Acer's price is the same as the Samsung Chromebook which uses an ARM processor.
The Acer C720 has decent specifications for such a cheap laptop:
- Processor: Intel Celeron 2955U
- Display: 11.6-inch, 1366x768, matte, outdoor viewable
- Memory: 4GB
- Storage: 16GB
- Battery life: 8.5 hours
This is packed in a 2.76lb laptop that is only 0.75in thick. Acer has also worked two USB ports in the C720, one 3.0 and another USB 2.0.
The Acer C720 Chromebook is available for pre-order now from Amazon and Best Buy online shops.
It is noteworthy that Google and HP recently announced the Chromebook 11 with an ARM processor for $279. That Chromebook only has a quoted battery life of 6 hours.