Acer has bucked the trend with Chromebooks by using traditional hard drives with its C7 lineup instead of pricier, but more mobile-friendly, solid-state storage. Even when the company recently bumped up the notebook's specs, it merely added a bigger hard drive rather than switch to SSD.
Fast-forward a few months and now Acer has finally yielded to the siren's call of solid-state drives. The new C710-2833 is the first C7 Chromebook to include an SSD instead of a hard drive. The laptop still has fairly minimal specs, per the Chromebook philosophy of not needing a lot of power to run Google's Chrome OS. That means the C710-2833 comes with a modest Intel Celeron 847 processor running at 1.1GHz, 2GB of RAM, and an 11.6-inch LED-backlit display with 1,366x768 resolution.
As for that SSD, you get a mere 16GB of flash storage, though, again, Chrome does not emphasize local storage of files. However, it's a dramatic switch from Acer increasing the C7's hard drive size to 320GB last year. That model — the C710-2605 — also had double the RAM of the C710-2833, but also cost $299. Best Buy is now selling the new SSD version for just $199, though you can also get a model with a 320GB hard drive but 2GB of RAM for the same price.
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