Acer unveils first Chromebook with Haswell for $249

Summary:The fight between ARM and Intel just got more interesting as Acer unveils a new Chromebook for $249 with Haswell.

Acer Chromebook previewed at IDF forward angle
Image: Acer

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.

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Topics: Mobility, Google, Laptops


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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